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Panasonic DVD-S97

Panasonic DVD-S97
alaScore 80

95 reviews

Jun, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 reviews of Panasonic DVD-S97. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews.

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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic DVD-S97


alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Panasonic DVD-S97 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DVD-S97S Progressive Scan DVD Player (Silver)Panasonic DVD-S97S Progressive Scan DVD Player (Silver)

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Tham — December 10, 2005 (

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

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

Dec, 2005

Expert review by : B.Greenway (

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...

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : staff (

Panasonic DVD-S97 review


Definitely worth taking a look at

Looks ; Upscaled-HD picture ; HDMI digital output ; DVD-A compatible

No AVI/DivX playback

A compact yet versatile player with just about every up-to-date audio-visual feature that you'll need

Mar, 2008

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (

Panasonic DVD-S97


Panasonic's DVD-S97 looks youthfully slim and retails at a deceptively reasonable price. Yet it is superbly endowed with features and crammed with high-performance technology. It supports a wide range of video and audio formats, and delivers a truly excel

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : Richard Arrowsmith (

Panasonic DVD-S97 DVD-Audio player


Panasonic?s DVD-S97 arrives equipped to the eyeballs with a host of high-end features that not only read well on paper but push performance to new heights in practice. Add affordability into the equation and the DVD-S97 offers...

A fistful of features including HDMI digital AV connection and comprehensive compatibility ;

Tepid colours don't generate the excitement that some similarly equipped players can deliver

The snag (isn't there always one?) is that you'll need compatible components, a display or receiver, with corresponding digital inputs to enjoy the advantages of HDMI. The choice of screens is still limited to the latest displays that use all-digital...

Apr, 2005

Consumer review (

the best i've had




Jan, 2007

Consumer review (

Fantastic player for HD TVs


Easy to use, picture quality is astounding, great audio cd player as well

The manual is sometimes hard to understand

Aug, 2006

Consumer review (



HDMI, DCDi, 1080i, the Most Features of any UPconvert player.Video D/A Converter @ 216MHz/11-bit

VERY Hard to Find!

Mar, 2005

Consumer review (



Having had my hands on this player for a couple of months, I've grown to love it. It has all the features that Panasonic has become known to have, in the ability to adjust your picture, and combines this with HDMI and DCDi, into the finest DVD player ...

HDMI, DCDi, 1080i, the Most Features of any UPconvert player.Video D/A Converter @ 216MHz/11-bit

VERY Hard to Find!

Mar, 2005

Consumer review (

Best DVD player I have ever had (out of 10)


HDMI, upconversion, ease of use and sturdy construction

none that I can find.

Jan, 2005

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 D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/192kHz
Audio dynamic range CD:98
Audio dynamic range DVD:100

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

Energy Management

Power consumption (typical):20


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DVD



Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):16.9 x 9.8 x 2.32
I/O ports:Composite x 1, S-Video x 1, Component x 1, RGB (via SCART), Analog Audio x 1, Analog Surround x 1, Digital Audio Coaxial x 1, Digital Audio Optical x 1
Power Requirements:220 - 240 V, 50Hz

Ports & interfaces

HDMI ports quantity:1


Power consumption (typical):20

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Progressive scan output: Yes
Video D/A Converter (DAC):11-bit/216MHz

Weight & Dimensions