Summary: I got this player several years ago, and apparently I'm lucky to have gotten that much life out of it. During its life, it gave me good picture quality on both small tube TV's and large, rear-projection HDTV's. Sound was fine, as it was the default CD/mp3 player in my room. But like so many others, one night I got an HO2 error. And apparently, this thing is now more valuable as matter for an artificial reef than for electronics.
Summary: I'm giving it two stars only because mine lasted about three years before it quit and gave me the "H03" error code a couple days ago. It worked fine while it lasted, but judging by the large number of complaints about this same issue it's obvious it's a defective design. I took the top off mine and nudged the white disk inside and it at least temporarily fixed the problem and allowed me to finish watching my movie.
Summary: Well I too am a victim of the H03 (or H02, I'm not sure I understand what the codes are). Well the good news, is I came to amazon.com to print my invoice and check the warranty on this POS. When I started reading the ratings, I decided to take the cover off. Procedure: Took off the cover and gently spun the mechanism. Plugged in; NOTHING. Spun the mechanism while plugged in; NOTHING.
Summary: This DVD player is wonderful, while it works! Be prepared for this player to mysteriouly quit. After less than a year and a half the player came up with an h02 error. Panasonic help line will tell you that it's a humidity problem and that all you need to do is reset the player but this is not true. Research on the internet will tell you that this is because of the faulty lens. Do your research first and be sure to buy the extended warranty!
Summary: well i have bought 2 of this player on november 2001 and both of them are just dies one week ago at the same time. the picture quality is good but week during changing scence sometime it cause freez for 2 seconde or totally stop and cannot do anything so it will force you to turn off power and start again with some movies.
Worked fine until 2 weeks after labor warranty ended
Jay Brandes, Amazon
15 March 2002
Summary: .....then I got the H02 error code. A call to Panasonic and I find out the repair cost will be almost as much as what new units are selling for these days. I thought I had a lemon until I saw all the reports of this error code on the web. Straight out and out design flaw by Panasonic. The motor won't spin the CD/DVD and when it does, there are dropouts. The customer support team is clueless and I even had one rep tell me he always buys extended warranty coverage...
Summary: I bought the player in Sep. 2001 and it was easy enough to operate. I'd say we watched about one DVD every other week on it so it has definately not been overworked. Well, it just died on me while watching the Matrix. I get the error code H03 and called the CS number. She told me where I could get it fixed and all I had to pay for was labor!!! Are you kidding me, I might as well just buy a new player. When I asked her how I would get my disk out she had no answer.