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post #541 of 2153 Old 02-22-2005, 06:55 PM
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I think v536 is much better. v528 may falsely look better at first...because of the artificial detail that is added due to the edge enhancement it adds. You can see this on the resolution test patterns in DVE. v536 more accurately shows what is on the disc. If for some strange reason you like this edge enhancement....use the Sharpness control on hte player to bring it back. This player has many adjustments...use them to your liking.

But, then again, I am using HDMI at 720p, the native resolution of my display, which is what most people are buying this player for (quality upconversion in the digital domain). This gives you the pure quality this DVD player is capable of.....and not getting dumbed down by the mediocre scaler found in most displays.

To all:

Be sure if you are comparing to write down all of the settings you have in the player BEFORE upgrading so you can compare apples to apples. All settings get reset to factory defaults after the firmware upgrade (which is 480i and component). Ick....

The volume of adjustments in this player is amazing....take the time to set it up to match your display....and you will most likely be amazed.

Check these out as well:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=509280

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...28#post5175528

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...96#post5165596

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While results can vary from display to display and from eyes to eyes, I'm pleased with 536. I think it represents a solid improvement.

However, as is true with any firmware update, if a problem isn't seen, then think twice about an update as it does entail some risk (if done outside of a service center).

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Thanks for all your contributions. Solid work. Isn't the S97 amazing in what it offers? While I think some manufacturers purposely hold back configurable options, Panasonic seems to have thrown in everything but the kitchen sink.

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Paul,

Thanks......more to come.

I own several very high end Denon components and numerous Panasonic DVD players. I am very happy with this player...especially what it offers for the money.

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Does any one pair it with sony 60xs955 lcd rptv?
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Does the s97 have disc memory ? I know when I had the 975 it had a really good disc memory and could remember the location of where you left off on the disc and could do this for several discs. Can the s97 do that ?

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Can anyone tell me why there is not an eject button on the remote? My harmony will eject the s97s but not the actual remote?
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Does the s97 have disc memory ? I know when I had the 975 it had a really good disc memory and could remember the location of where you left off on the disc and could do this for several discs. Can the s97 do that ?

I don't have this player but have been looking at both this one and the Sony. I believe the Panasonic has 5 disc memory and I know the Sony has 40 disc memory.
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Does the s97 have disc memory ? I know when I had the 975 it had a really good disc memory and could remember the location of where you left off on the disc and could do this for several discs. Can the s97 do that ?

Yes, but unlike the Sony which automatically remembers a number of discs when you hit stop, you have to tell the S97 to remember your position. There is a button on the remote called Position Memory or something like that. If you hit that while playing a disc, the s97 will remember the spot. It lets you store 5 of these I believe.

A little annoying to have to remember to press the button but the good news is that it doesn't wipe out a spot on a disc you wanted to remember b/c you've watched a number of discs since then.
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Does any one pair it with sony 60xs955 lcd rptv?

I pair it with my Sony 60'' XBR LCD RPTV
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Until then, you can use any other Panasonic DVD remote that has an eject button. Or you can program it into your programmable remote. There are files for this all over the internet.

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Any news on 540 firmware?
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Is it possible to go back to a previous version after applying the newest firmware?
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I'm not aware of 528 firmware floating around the internet.

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Is it possible to go back to a previous version after applying the newest firmware?

I would be VERY careful concerning downgrading from a higher to a lower firmware version!

I remember various adsl router owners who "killed" their devices trying to downgrade from a higher firmware version!

Not shure if that applies to the S97, but you never know....

TAKE CARE!

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So, lcd rptvs should be taken as lcds or projection tvs? in set up
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I would think LCD TV/Projector is the correct setting. LCD is the key part since they require different contrast/brightness settings.

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Have a look a the bottom of the first post of the Panasonic FAQ thread. Today, I added Hugh2's findings from November concerning the "TV Type" setting. The TV Type settings are operable if one is *not* using the manual "USER" settings.

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Can anyone tell me why there is not an eject button on the remote? My harmony will eject the s97s but not the actual remote?


Where did you get the command for eject and programed to the Harmony?
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I did not see any mention of the menu anomaly (mentioned in the FAQ thread) addressed in the Addressed/Not addressed update for the updated firmware. Is this assumed to be a player problem?

I have the 536 version of firmware as it was shipped, and I have experienced the menu anomaly.

I have to say I am very please with the picture thus far. Of course I was using a low budget JVC with s-video before this. Now with the S97 via HDMI to my Epson Cinema 500, the picture looks stunning. Still playing with it and making a few adjustments. I think it is probably time for me to invest in DVE!

Another question, what is HDMI color space?

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I've never seen any 528 firmware floating around so far. Even if there is one floating around, it wouldn't be downgradable unless it was modified.

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A little side note:

Just for fun I put the DVD-S97 firmware update CD that I created from a link provided at the beginning of this thread into my Panasonic DVD-F87 and it automatically updated the firmware without asking me any questions. When it was done it displayed GOOD on the DVD player display. I now have firmware version 81H552. It also set everything back to factory defaults.
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Yikes!! that's a pretty risky move but glad it worked out thou.
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That is risky, you could have ended up with a CD player only or a toaster!

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Wow, amazing that such a great product spurrs all of the coverage, and well worth the effort. BEST PLAYER out there easily, under 1k usd.

For future reference, what is the "color space"?

As far as missing "open" button, I dont miss it cause I usually never opened till i was at the unit anyway and I am glad my 3 year old cant do it remotely......or my cats do it while laying on the remote. wife actually pref's no button.

This player almost makes me wanna upgrade now to an hdmi unit. it seems like there will be an even better picture waiting for me but I love my Tosh 57hx81. Is there a profound difference between component and HDMI?

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Very cool!

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Originally posted by Nascar Dog
A little side note:

Just for fun I put the DVD-S97 firmware update CD that I created from a link provided at the beginning of this thread into my Panasonic DVD-F87 and it automatically updated the firmware without asking me any questions. When it was done it displayed GOOD on the DVD player display. I now have firmware version 81H552. It also set everything back to factory defaults.


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Originally posted by Bjoern
I would be VERY careful concerning downgrading from a higher to a lower firmware version!

I remember various adsl router owners who "killed" their devices trying to downgrade from a higher firmware version!

Not shure if that applies to the S97, but you never know....

TAKE CARE!

yours,
Bjoern

Agree you have to be careful but I played around with the zenith dvd318 firmware back and forth without problem. I found white and black crush issues either way so I finally brought it back. Others have also had success reversing firmware with other players so I would be less hesitant about switching firmware though your caution is warranted. Edge enhancement doesn't bother me if the overall image quality is improved, which may have been the case with the old firmware but at the expense of more macroblocking.

Bladerunner

I use hdmi exclusively with the s97 because the PQ is so much better than component. Others run a 480 signal from component over iscan to upconvert the signal though this seems unnecessary to me because the s97 does such a good job of scaling. Also you can't get 720p or 1080i over component with this player the way you can with the zenith or lg unit (with earlier firmware). If you want superior PQ go for hdmi in the s97 with a display that can accept the input but if you want to keep your existing tv you should consider the lg which upconverts through component which I believe provides a better image than s97 through component. Don't even consider the dvi output on the LG because of the crush issues.

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Just in case others are wondering, this Panasonic DVDPUPDT.FRM file does apparently have firmware updates for their later generation players as well. No, there is nothing in there for the XP30/50/RP82, but I put the disc in my F85 and it did read it, but didn't upgrade since I already had the latest firmware (71M266). It did however reset the player back to defaults and said "GOOD" on the display. I would think all the S27, S47, S97, F85, F86, F87 players have firmware in this update file.

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A little side note:

Just for fun I put the DVD-S97 firmware update CD that I created from a link provided at the beginning of this thread into my Panasonic DVD-F87 and it automatically updated the firmware without asking me any questions. When it was done it displayed GOOD on the DVD player display. I now have firmware version 81H552. It also set everything back to factory defaults.


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