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post #451 of 4322
Not on the 6ave website
post #452 of 4322
Quote:


Originally posted by ratflinger
Not on the 6ave website

You need to call 6Ave to find out, as some people had previously called OneCall.

It may be best to order from OneCall as you can take advantage of the 10% discount and free FedEx shipping (BOTH promotions will expire on November 5th, so you better hurry!). Even though the DVD-S97 is currently in backorder at OneCall until December, you do not have to pay the MSRP or a higher price on this unit.


Update: I am please to announce that I received a $18 refund from OneCall after it over-charged me by adding FedEx 3-day shipping even though I should pay nothing for it (as according to the promotion). It seems that the OneCall sales person I ordered the DVD-S97 from forgot the free FedEx shipping promotion for DVD players, even though she did remember to add the 10% discount for my order.

Since I used the free FedEx promotion, I will receive my unit on Monday as FedEx does not shipping on weekends.
post #453 of 4322
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Which forums ratflinger?
post #454 of 4322
Quote:


Originally posted by megamii
You need to call 6Ave to find out, as some people had previously called OneCall.

Update: I am please to announce that I received a $18 refund from OneCall after it over-charged me by adding FedEx 3-day shipping even though I should pay nothing for it (as according to the promotion). It seems that the OneCall sales person I ordered the DVD-S97 from forgot the free FedEx shipping promotion for DVD players, even though she did remember to add the 10% discount for my order.

Yes, onecall is a class act (no affiliation).
post #455 of 4322
I'll second that re. Onecall, they also re-imbursed me for shipping charges of which I should not have been originally billed, as per promotion.

Apparently, this happened to several of us that pre-ordered the unit as soon as Paul was pounding the ground about this DVD player even before he actually received his.

Paul, apparently alot of your insight has come to fruition ! Good Call !!!
post #456 of 4322
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Originally posted by silvertone
Where's this main page you're refering to Paul?

thanks.

1st Post, first page.
post #457 of 4322
I shall wait for a couple of days. If no one has any idea of this player and when they shall be getting it locally (B&M Store), then I shall place the order on onecall. I am not that impressed with their return policy. Thats all.
post #458 of 4322
Thread Starter 
Finally placed a couple of writeups into the Physical and Remote parts of the Review section. Hope to get Video and Audio parts soon.

Still haven't looked at the audio much other than to verify working HDMI and analog two-channel and sync'ed sound.

Did listen a bit to some movie material with some electrostatic headphones -- sounded pretty good. Haven't tried any CD or DVD-Audio music yet.

Paul
post #459 of 4322
Paul, when you have a chance would you mind snapping a pic of the remote to include in the first post alongside the other pics of the player?

Thanks for all your work on this...

-tony
post #460 of 4322
Thread Starter 
Tony,

What an oversight! Will do!

I should take a picture of the HDMI-HDMI cable as well.

Paul
post #461 of 4322
If any S97 owner happens to also have a Panasonic AE700....well, let us hear how its working together
post #462 of 4322
Paul, since you have Digital Video Essentials, can you make photos for the 1.78:1 and 1.33:1 versions of the "restaurant" scene?
post #463 of 4322
Thread Starter 
megamii,

Which part of the scene? The opening plates of food or the people?

Paul
post #464 of 4322
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Originally posted by Paul Bigelow
megamii,

Which part of the scene? The opening plates of food or the people?

Paul

The people.
post #465 of 4322
Can someone please test a DVD+R on this player ???

Thanks !!!!!
post #466 of 4322
Thread Starter 
I would but I don't have a single one. Folks?

Paul
post #467 of 4322
I have a couple of questions with respect to this player:

1) Has anyone compared the picture quality from this player to the Zenith 318? Is there a noticeable improvement? I realize the Panasonic has a boatload of features that the LG doesn't but my main concern is overall PQ.

2) Does this player have bass management for DVD-A?

3) Does anyone know of a retailer in Toronto that is carrying this player and what the price is?
post #468 of 4322
Thread Starter 
DVD-S97 MACROBLOCK SURVIVAL GUIDE added to the MISC/reference section.

Paul
post #469 of 4322
Thread Starter 
EVT,

I don't have the DVB-318, my apologies. If you have the DVB-318, how does the information in the FAQ section contribute to a comparison? It was the hope to present enough information (with screen pictures) so that comparisons with any player could be made. If you don't have the DVB-318 here is the FAQ thread for that player and perhaps a reasonable comparison can be derived:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=400480

Best regards,

Paul
post #470 of 4322
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DVD-S97 MACROBLOCK SURVIVAL GUIDE added to the reference section.

We need a laughing smiley - that's too funny! (but indeed good information - thanks again Paul!)

One more note to add to the MB section - using a Denon 1910, I noticed some MB on large RED fields as well on a poorly-mastered DVDs (one or two).
post #471 of 4322
Thread Starter 
Hea,

You're welcome! The macroblocking can apper in various isolated situations. I saw some evidence on the 20IRE window pattern in the "Sound and Vision Disc" but not on the 20 IRE window on the Avia disc. Go figure.

I was just trying to cover most of the bases from my experieces so far.

Paul
post #472 of 4322
AGHGHGHGHHG, SO bummed this thing has Macroblocking issues. Why can't they fix this? I'll be interested to see a comparison to the XP50. IT sure seems they don't make them like that any more.
post #473 of 4322
Thread Starter 
I don't know that they can't. Perhaps with time. I assume a firmware fix would do it.

Paul
post #474 of 4322
Had a thought.... Wait for Faroudja's next generation chip and macroblocking should be gone!! yeehah!! =)

Nice report for the remote Paul. The remote design still looks a bit werid but I'll use the RP91's remote instead since it's a lot better than the XP/RP designs.
post #475 of 4322
Paul Bigelow Praise

You guys have seen Paul's knowledge about the scene. He was one of the reason i purchased my Hitachi plasma 42hdt51. AVS forum is great, no one is trying to sell you anything, just great knowledgeable people like Paul. I will also purchase the Panasonic DVD-S97S, due to i need the HDMI connection and the 1080i up conversion. I don't want to spend over $300 bucks for a stinking dvd player! I am going to buy the panny in a week or two when i save up enough pennies!

Thanks again Paul
post #476 of 4322
I just ordered a S97S direct from Panasonic.com and their price is $299.95. Shipping is free but they add tax to the order. For me this was $22.98 for a grand total of $322.93. Their estimated shippind date is on or before 11/22.
post #477 of 4322
Thread Starter 
Panasonic has a presense in most (all?) states so sales tax, when applicable, is added.

Paul
post #478 of 4322
Thread Starter 
Jay,

Thanks for the kind words. Trying hard to have a DVD-S97 resource thread here.

Paul
post #479 of 4322
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mgkg3,

Thanks for your post. Just curious, do you have previous Pannies to compare against?

So far still no word against how it compared to previous! Hopefully the answer will be out soon.

Sango
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Sango,

My guess is that you're referring to some Panny player that set the standard for PQ while back? The other DVD player I have is a Panny but it is a DVR (DMR-80EH). It has components out and is a progressive scan player.

When I compared the two 480p images, my DVR provides a better PQ via component than S97 via DVI - a reference point perhaps. Not sure what kind of deinterlacer is in my DVR but until S97, I was pretty happy with the PQ performance of my DVR and PDP combo.

In my original post, I did mention about Denon 1910. Since many folks have that player now, it may be worth mentioning that S97 clearly out performs 1910 for my setup. (lets make clear that I am not a brand biased consumer - frankly, I don't care if it is Denon or Panny, or Sony or what have you - as long as the mfg is know to provide quality products). Aside from the HDCP handshake issue, once it synch'd, the picture quality was only marginally better than my DVR at 720p and 1080i. The details and the textures that I now see in scenes (especially clothing, water/translucent, and scenematic views) with S97 was not noticed on 1910. I am not bashing 1910, rather, for my setup it was not as good as S97. The build quality of S97 is superior to 1910 (both in terms of weight and feel). I actually prefer the styling of 1910 (and new Sony) better than S97 but its just HW and PQ is more important.

Did play CDs but I did not use any of DAC in the player. I have it set up to send digital stream via optical out to an AV receiver and it does all the work. The sound in both movies and Clean and clear.
post #480 of 4322
I am unsure if this is against forum rules so if it is please remove wrong parts..., but J&R is another source to look at. Free shipping and also the price is hard to beat!!
Will be shipping by EOM.
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