Summary: I just got this DVD today and tested it right away. My first impression is the slim, light-weight but high-tech look design. The included HDMI cable makes the connect so simple. Since I have the top of the line SA-XR70S home theather receiver, 8 speakers surrounding sound system (5 bose, 3 infinity), the sound is just simply wonderful, so theater-like environment. The HDMI cable doesn't really improve the sound compared with the optical cable.
Summary: I've had this player for about 6 months now and it really does a fantastic job of deinterlacing and upconverting. I'd read about potential "macro-blocking" issues but have not experienced this. I use this in conjunction with a Hitachi 51F510 51" HD monitor (rear-projection CRT) and it does an excellent job at displaying black-level details. The Faroudja deinterlacer/processor produces an extremely film-like image and I'm very pleased with it's performance.
Panasonic DVD Player 97-S Wonderful DVD Upconverter imagery and DVD features
Mr. CNET, Amazon
25 August 2005
Summary: Wonderful DVD Upconverter imagery and DVD features" Orfinal review - August 23, 2005 CNET.com Pros: Great picture and ability to isiolate vidio and or audo on the HDMI out Cons: Darkened My image at 720P and no disk eject /open on remote Full user opinion 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 beef's ___ I found using 720P darkened my image some what ??
Summary: I own a 43" Pioneer Elite Plasma Monitor, when I plugged the DVD Panasonic S97S via the HDMI connection the highest 1080i resolution was in use, the result.... a crisp, high detail HD image. It does the same work of any high-end brand with a fraction of the cost. The only reason I didn't gave the 5 Stars was because of the materials they used on the unit, is too light, too fragile and the disk tray give you the sensation that it could be broken with a whisper.
Summary: My goal was to set up a small home theater using an inFocus 4805, a DVD player and typical DTS audio set up. I was first smitten by the Toshiba SD-5970 DVD Player with HDMI since I had Toshiba before and thought they made great players. Wrong. See TomC's review for full details on what turned out to be another one of life's little lessons. I just received this unit and it's everything the Toshiba wasn't.
Summary: This dvd player is listed on PANASONIC.COM (U.K)for Release in Europe on 11/04.So maybe the USA release date is soon to follow. The delay has been because there have been recalls of some new players(Toshiba 5960)with the HDMI connection. I am interested in this model because of the MPEG Video Noise reduction. Which for some dumb reason, Panasonic put only in thier (FIVE) DVD changer PANASONIC(DVD-S87S) but not in any of thier new single disc DVD Players.