A few questions about the Panasonic DVD-S97 (yes I did do a search first) :)

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  1. Rolando

    Rolando Screenwriter

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    Have a 57HX84 coming in on Saturday and I need a new DVD player.

    reading up on players I was interested in the Denon 2910 or the Panny DVD-S97.

    I am leaning towards the DVD-S97 due to price difference as I figure the quality reads as similar on paper at least.

    after reading up on the DVD-S97 at this and other forums it seems to be a very recommended player for fixed pixel displays and it's upscaling feature. to be honest I do not really need the upscaling. I can wait for the real thing another year or so.

    What I want is a kick ass player with great PQ. I will NOT be listening to DVD-A or SACD (as far as I know) so not an issue at all.

    the features from the DVD-S97 that attracted me are:
    variable zoom as I hope it means I can zoom out to compensate for overscan like I can on my Malata.

    Can anyone tell me if there is a buffer on the DVD-S97 to avoid that layer switch pause?

    Does it pillar box 4:3 material?

    I love that my current player adds black pillars to my 4:3 TV shows as I hate those grey bars but REFUSE to zoom or stretch.

    Will HDMI always upconvert or can I get 480i or 480p with pillar boxes (hopefully) through HDMI?

    should I decide to use the upscaling, will the benefits be lost on a CRT RPTV? meaning will the benefit be more for someone with a 720p unit?
     
  2. Rich Malloy

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    I've got the S77, which is presumed to incorporate the same changes as the latest built S97s, as well as the same firmware, despite a few other differences. I think my findings will be entirely applicable to the S97.

    I have a CRT-RPTV (Panny 53x54), and I defintely see the benefits of the upconversion. The Panny displays only 540p or 1080i, thus the 480 signal I used to send was upconverted to 540p. The Panny is optimized for 1080i, and I suspect that this (as well as the lack of additional analog-to-digital-back to analog conversions), explains why the picture looks better. Switching back and forth from 480p to 1080i-upscaling shows a definite improvement from 1080i on my monitor.
     
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    I use a CRT RP HDTV, upscalling to 1080i has been amazing for me. I don't use DVI/HDMI though so my opinion on this may not apply here.
     
  4. Rolando

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    Thanks for the info Rich.

    john, are you using a DVD player that can upscale through component?
     
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    LG makes a player that can do it through component
     
  6. Rolando

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    and how does the LG compare PQ wise though?
     

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