Hi, My Panasonic RP82 stopped working last week, it can't read any disc, so I decided to buy the S77, after reading all your comments, thank you. So far I am very pleased with the S77, the video is stunning and the audio is even better than the RP82.
My question is about the difference between the S77 and S97.
From what I can make out on the Panasonic site is that the S97 has MPEG Digital Noise Reduction (Mosquito/Block/3D), the S77 does not or is not listed.
The S97 has Dolby Surround Pro Logic II, the S77 does not.
And the Component Video Out (Y, PB, PR) on the S97 is Switchable (480P/480I), switchable is not listed for the S77.
I also see that Hi Speed Scan is x100 on the S97 and x200 on the S77. As well as Dynamic Range: DVD-Video (LPCM) 100dB on the S97, and 102dB on the S77.
I am not using HDMI because my Sony KP-53HS10 TV does not have that input. I use 480p progressive video instead with my S77 and it looks wonderful.
But, are there any advantages to getting the S97 over the S77? Again, I am very happy with the S77, but wonder if I'm missing something the S97 has that the S77 does not.