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Panasonic DVD-S97

Panasonic DVD-S97
alaScore 79

142 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 142 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Panasonic DVD-S97 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 142 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Panasonic DVD-S97 DVD Player Review


Panasonic has always made highly regarded DVD-video players, and the DVD-RP82 was widely regarded by many as one of the best DVD players ever made (so much so that when it was discontinued, these players were selling on E-Bay for higher than the...

Excellent video and audio ; HDMI 1.1 A/V digital out with support for 5.1 high resolution multi-channel audio ; Good value for money

User interface is a bit sluggish ; Front panel display is too minimalist (doesn’t display elapsed time) ; Remote control has no back-lighting ; No time delay for subwoofer ; Time delay in milliseconds, not feet/meters

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Panasonic DVD-S97, a review cut short


The popularity of up-converting DVD players such as the Denon DVD-1910, Samsung HD-941, and Bravo D2 demonstrate the desire for DVD players that output 720p or 1080i. Owning one myself I have to say in the end, standard definition source material is...

Consumer review by:

The best DVD player that I found!


I have 8 DVD players and I found in Panasonic S97 the best image of them! The S97 realy shows that the DVD midia contains! No more words.

Perfect image in plasmas and LCD's displays by HDMI interface

It's necessary a good job for the best setup to obtain the best image. Maybe a professional is required


Consumer review by:

sure looked good, but ....


This player looked very good in technical reviews, but my experience is that it is a piece of junk. After just 5 weeks, it began to stall during DVD playback. After several occurrances, I contacted Panasonic. They told me how to reinitiate the player,...

great picture, features WHEN IT WORKED

stalls during DVD play, cannot get it to move on, even with brand new, clean DVDs

Consumer review by:

Had it for over a year and it still outperforms


This is the best DVD player that I have ever had.

Picture, Picture, Picture. HDMI works great

None after 1 year

Consumer review by:

Amazing Upscaling HD DVD


I finally upgraded my outdated panasonic r32 interlaced dvd for this amazing unit. I am very pleased with the unit thus far. I used an upgraded HDMI cable to connected to my Pioneer PDP 4350 plasma. The supplied cable looked pretty flimsy so I got a...

Tons of features, value, easy use, bookmarks, great audio and video, great reviews

Remote not back lit, No eject on remote buttun, Crappy HDMI cable supplied, no elapsed time on front panel

Consumer review by:

Panasonic DVD-S97S


I received my Panasonic DVD-S97s today, replacing a 1 year old Toshiba D-VR3. The Toshiba is okay, as it does A LOT of things, but none of them really well. Seeing as the poor remote response of the Toshiba made me want to hurl the remote AT the...

Picture quality, ability to manipulate settings

Pointless manual, possibly flimsy tray

Consumer review by:

It just works!


THis is my first Upscaling progressive scan DVD player.

HDMI Hookup, excellent picture, no compatibility issues

None at all

Consumer review by:

Wonderful DVD Upconverter imagery and DVD features


Wonderful unconverted image... For what it is worth.. from a 480P image .. Compared with Toshiba unit 5980 it is an improvement in the jag ergs end ...only 2 beefs

Great picture and ability to isiolate vidio and or audo on the HDMI out

Darkened My image at 720P and no disk eject /open on remote

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the best i've had





Product Specifications

If you have even a moderately complicated home theater setup, you probably have a pile of tangled cables on the floor behind it. Imagine replacing all those cables with a single cable that carries both digital video and audio at the same time. With the new HDMI standard, that's exactly what you get. HDMI carries high-quality digital video and audio over the same thin cable, allowing you to run one cable from your DVD player to an HDMI-compatible TV or home theater receiver. The goal of any playback device should be accurate reproduction of the original content. In the case of DVDs, most of that content is film-based. Utilizing advanced progressive scan1 playback techniques and very accurate MPEG video decoders, this DVD player provides an image that faithfully represents the image you see at your favorite movie theater. Most people think of their DVD player simply as a movie machine. This DVD player not only plays prerecorded DVDs and DVD-R2/DVD-RAM discs, but also MP3s3, CDs, CD-R/RW4 discs, WMA5, and DVD-Audio discs. Let's say you're enjoying the latest Hollywood blockbuster, and one of your kids needs to watch his favorite animated character perform his antics - right now. With position memory feature, you can mark the exact point on the DVD where you stopped it. Even after removing the disc and playing another, you can put the original disc back in the player and pick up right where you left off. This DVD player can memorize positions on up to 5 DVDs, so even if it's a kiddy movie marathon, you're covered. When compressed digital audio such as MP3s and movie soundtracks is created, higher frequencies are lost due to limited frequency response. Most of these frequencies can't be heard by human ears, but their presence conveys subtle nuances. When they're missing in a digital recording, it doesn't quite sound the same as the live performance. The multi re-master feature examines the audio signal and helps compensate for these lost frequencies, providing sound quality closer to the original performance.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Surround Sound Effects:Advanced Virtual Surround Sound (V.S.S.)

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Audio Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Pro Logic II / DTS decoder
Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-Audio / DVD-R / DVD-RAM / HDCD
Search Speed:Up to 200x
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3 / WMA
Type:DVD player

DVD Features

HDCD decoding: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DVD



Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty