Summary: Plays burns (+R/+RW) and scratchy commercial discs well, much less picky about media than either of my older $ony players. Viera link to Panasonic LCD TV works nicely. Breathed new life into my DVD collection, hopefully allowing me to put off Bluray (enough with the spinning plastic discs already) until something better comes along.
Pros: Consistent Performance, Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use
Summary: One of the few players that still supports DVD-RAM. Tray is a little flimsy; you definitely want to press the button rather than the tray. Great picture, plays virtually all discs, and has multiple connectors including HDMI. J&R once again excells with fast service and great prices!
Summary: I liked the ease of use of the dvd with my Panasonic plasma tv. It automatically connected dvd to the hdmi it was hooked to without going to a menu box.Picture quality was excellent and it was very easy to use.
Summary: This dvd player is a great find for the money. I will be honest and say that I am legally blind, so I cannot comment on the picture quality it provides. However, others have remarked on how beautiful the images are. So, I assume it's upconversion is of high quality. It also plays all of my dvds without any problem. One crucial note on this, however. It seems to want to play dvds upside down.
OK Player, Except Will Not Properly Up-Convert to 1080p
Sinclair Cohen, Amazon
8 July 2009
Summary: I just bought one to replace an older, but much better, Panasonic DVD-S97. This S54 player requires a lot of settings to up-convert to a new LCD 1080p TV using HDMI cable. Unfortunately, with all the correct settings, it will not up-convert -- the picture looks like 480p, not 1080p. Using the same TV, cable, DVD disc, my old Panasonic S97 player displays a gorgeous up-converted picture, compared to the S54. Panasonic doesn't seem to care either.