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Stereo, Advanced Virtual Surround Sound (V.S.S.), Headphone Surround (V.S.S.)

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mschmid 2:05pm on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 
DVD This has been a great DVD player. Functional, Good Quality, Basic DVD Player Excellent quality picture, easy to use, easy setup, simple remote control. Neat Little Player I bought this Unit for $78.00.

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Operating Instructions

The illustration shows DVD-S27 for U.S.A. and Canada.

Model No.


Dear customer

Thank you for purchasing this product. For optimum performance and safety, please read these instructions carefully before connecting, operating or adjusting this product. Please keep this manual for future reference.

Table of contents

Getting started
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS. 2 Accessories/Discs that can be played/Disc handling. 3
STEP 1 The remote control. 4 STEP 2 Connection to a television. 4 STEP 3 QUICK SETUP. 4 Operations

Region number

The player plays DVD-Video marked with labels containing the region number or ALL. Region Number U.S.A.,Canada and units with PX printed on the 1 outer packaging The Middle East and South Africa 2 Asia 3 Australia and N.Z. 4 Russia 5 Example: [U.S.A.\and\Canada[
Basic play. 5 Enjoying higher quality audio and video. 5 Changing the play sequences. 6 Using navigation menus. 6 Convenient functions. 8 Using On-Screen Menus. 8 Changing the player settings. 10


Specifications. 11 Troubleshooting guide. 12 Product Service/Maintenance. 13 Limited Warranty (ONLY FOR U.S.A). 14
Referencia rpida en espaol (Spanish Quick Reference). 15
Main feature index. Back cover
Unless otherwise indicated, illustrations in these operating instructions are DVD-S27 for U.S.A. and Canada.
This manual was printed with soy based ink.


Except for U.S.A. and Canada The socket outlet shall be installed near the equipment and easily accessible or the mains plug or an appliance coupler shall remain readily operable. THE FOLLOWING APPLIES ONLY IN THE U.S.A.


This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. Any unauthorized changes or modifications to this equipment would void the users authority to operate this device. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. THE FOLLOWING APPLIES ONLY IN THE U.S.A. AND CANADA

Handling precautions

Do not attach labels or stickers to discs (This may cause disc warping, rendering it unusable).
Accessories/Discs that can be played/Disc handling
Remote control AC power supply cord [U.S.A.\and\Canada] \Australia\and\N.Z.] [United\Arab\Emirates,\South\Africa,\Asia,\Russia,\ \and\units\with\PX\printed\on\the\outer\packaging] AC power supply cords [The\Middle\East]except\United\Arab\Emirates\


1 Audio/video cable (JAC3315N) 2 Remote control batteries \Units\with\PX\printed\on\the\outer\packaging\ 1 Power plug adaptor (K2DA42E00001)
STEP 1 The remote control


R6/LR6, AA, UM-3
Insert so the poles (i and j) match those in the remote control. Do not use rechargeable type batteries. Mishandling of batteries can cause electrolyte leakage which can damage items the fluid contacts and may cause a fire. Remove if the remote control is not going to be used for a long period of time. Store in a cool, dark place.

Do not:

mix old and new batteries. use different types at the same time. heat or expose to flame. take apart or short circuit. attempt to recharge alkaline or manganese batteries. use batteries if the covering has been peeled off.
Aim at the remote control sensor, avoiding obstacles, at a maximum range of 7 m (23 feet) directly in front of the unit.
The remote control/Connection to a television/QUICK SETUP
STEP 2 Connection to a television
Do not place the unit on amplifiers or equipment that may become hot. The heat can damage the unit. Do not connect through the video cassette recorder. Due to copy guard protection, the picture may not display properly. Turn off all equipment before connection and read the appropriate operating instructions. Connect the terminals of the same color.





Video cables

S video cable Audio/video cable (included) Audio/video cable (included) Not used
To enjoy progressive video
Connect to a progressive output compatible television. 1 Select Enable in the progressive output setting in QUICK SETUP ( see below). 2 Set Video Output Mode in Picture Menu to 480P ( page 9). All Panasonic televisions with 480P input connectors are compatible. Consult the manufacturer if you have another brand of television. \U.S.A.,\Canada\and\units\with\PX\printed\on\the\outer\packaging\ Select Darker from the Black Level Control in the Video tab ( page 10).
using this connection, the audio cable (red and white plugs) should also be connected.
You can connect the audio cable to the 2channel audio input terminals of an analog amplifier or system component to enjoy stereo.

Back of the unit

Connect the AC power supply cord last

AC power supply cord (included) To household AC outlet
For units with PX printed on the outer packaging
If the power plug does not fit your AC outlet, use the power plug adaptor (included). If it still doesnt fit, contact an electrical parts distributor for assistance.
Enjoying multi-channel surround sound
Amplifier with a built-in decoder or a Coaxial cable decoder-amplifier combination

Conserving power

This unit consumes a small amount of power, even when it is turned off (1 W). To save power when the unit is not to be used for a long time, unplug it from the household AC outlet. [The\Middle\East\ Use the AC power supply cord that matches the socket for the area you live in.


[For[Saudi]Arabia\ Change PCM Digital Output, Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround and MPEG in Audio tab ( page 10).
Back of the unit MPEG: [The\Middle\East,\South\Africa,\Russia,\Australia\and\N.Z.]


Turn on the television and select the appropriate video input on the television.





Power ON.

Shows QUICK SETUP screen.
Follow the message and make the settings.
Press to finish QUICK SETUP.

Press to exit.

To change these settings later
Select QUICK SETUP in Others tab ( page 10).


Basic play

1 Power ON.

2 Open the disc tray.






Remote control signal sensor

3 Load the disc.

Load double-sided discs so the label for the side you want to play is facing up.

4 Start play.

Press to skip. Press and hold to search slow-motion.
Press [1] (PLAY) to restart play. (Group skip [WMA] [MP3] [JPEG])
[DVD-V] Shows a disc top menu

Disc menu

[DVD-V] Shows a disc menu


(during play)



(during pause)

Up to 5 steps Press [1] (PLAY) to start play. [VCD] Slow motion, forward direction only [VCD] forward direction only

[VCD] Shows a disc menu

Return to previous screen Main unit display


Number display :; Time display [WMA] [MP3] [JPEG] Turns the information screen on/off


On-screen item select

Information screen



Standby/on switch (/I)
Press to switch the unit from on to standby mode or vice versa. In standby mode, the unit is still consuming a small amount of power. \Units\sold\outside\the\U.S.A\and\Canada\
If you are experiencing problems, refer to troubleshooting guide ( page 12, 13).
Discs continue to rotate while menus are displayed. Press [] when you finish to preserve the units motor and your television screen.

Standby/on indicator ()

When the unit is connected to the AC mains supply, this indicator lights up in standby mode and goes out when the unit is turned on.
Enjoying higher quality audio and video


AV Enhancer

(Main unit)

Picture Mode
By just pressing this one button the disc type is automatically determined and the best audio and video settings which are indicated below are configured.

Menu AV Enhancer On

Press [PICTURE MODE] to change the picture quality for movie viewing.

Menu Picture Mode Normal

Press [AV ENHANCER] to select On.
Audio settings: Advanced Surround ( page 6) Dialogue Enhancer ( page 9) Video settings: Picture Mode ( right) When AV Enhancer is on, individual settings can no longer be changed.
Normal Cinema1: Mellows images and enhances detail in dark scenes. Cinema2: Sharpens images and enhances detail in dark scenes. Animation Dynamic
Basic play/Enjoying higher quality audio and video
The position is memorized when ! flashes on the display. Press [1] (PLAY) to resume. [DVD-V] To review the previous chapters ( page 8, Position memory). Press [] to clear the position.
[RAM] [DVD-V] [VCD] [CD] e.g. To select 12: [S10] [1] [2] [VCD] with playback control While stopped, press the numbered buttons. [WMA] [MP3] [JPEG] e.g. To select 123: [1] [2] [3] [ENTER]

Enter number

( Refer to the back cover for remote control button positions)

Using navigation menus


Advanced Surround

Playing data discs
[WMA] [MP3] [JPEG] [CD] (CD-text only)
[WMA] [MP3] [JPEG] You can play JPEG files on DVD-RAM or play HighMAT discs without using the HighMAT function ( page 9, Play as Data Disc in Other Menu).
[RAM] [DVD-V] [VCD] (2 or more channels)
Press [ADVANCED SURROUND] to select SP1 ,SP2,HP1or HP2.

SP (Speaker) 1 Natural HP (Headphone) 1 Natural SP 2 Enhanced HP 2 Enhanced
Menu Advanced Surround SP 1
Using playback menus (except JPEG files on DVD-RAM)
While the menu is displayed
When using discs recorded with surround sound, sound seems to come from speakers on either side of you. When using headphones from the connected equipment, select HP 1 or HP 2. Optimum seating position is 3 to 4 times the distance between the front left and right speakers or the width of the television if using the televisions speakers. Do not use in combination with surround effects on other equipment.
Press [3 4] to select All, Audio, or Picture and press [ENTER].
To display/exit the screen Press [TOP MENU].
Using navigation menus 1 Press [MENU]. 2 Press [1] to select the group or audio/picture content and press [ENTER].
Navigation Menu 002 My favoriteJapanese 001 Lady Starfish Perfume 001 My favoriteMy favoriteBrazilian 002 Chinese 003 Czech 004 Hungarian 005 Japanese 006 Mexican 007 Philippine 008 Swedish 009 Piano 010 Vocal Group 005/023
DISPLAY to display the sub menu
Changing the play sequences


Group and content number currently playing :JPEG files
001 Lady Starfish 002 Metal Glue 003 Life on Jupiter 004 Starperson

Program/Random play

:WMA/MP3 files
Enjoying higher quality audio and video/Changing the play sequences/Using navigation menus
[DVD-V] [VCD] [CD] [WMA] [MP3] [JPEG]
While stopped, press [PLAY MODE].
Each time you press the button: Program -------------------------------------) Random ^-------------Off (Normal play),-----------b Disable HighMAT disc play to use random and program play. Select Play as Data Disc in Other Menu ( page 9). Group

Content 0001/0004

RETURN to exit
Number currently selected

Audio/picture contents

Program play (up to 32 items)
1 Press the numbered buttons to select the items ([WMA] [MP3] [JPEG] then press [ENTER]).
Repeat this step to program other items.

e.g. [DVD-V]

Choose a title and chapter. No. Title Chapter Time
To enjoy listening to WMA/MP3 contents while showing a JPEG image on the screen Select a JPEG file first, and then select audio contents. (The opposite order is not effective.) To exit the screen Press [MENU].

Play Clear Clear all

Using the submenu [WMA] [MP3] [JPEG] 1 While the menu is displayed, press [DISPLAY].

2 Press [1] (PLAY).

Selecting all the items (on the disc or in the title or group) Press [ENTER] and [3 4] to select ALL, then press [ENTER] again to register. Changing the program Press [3 4] to select an item. To change an item, repeat step 1. To clear an item, press [CANCEL] (or select Clear and press [ENTER]). Press [ANGLE/PAGE] to skip page by page. Clearing the whole program Select Clear all and press [ENTER]. The whole program is also cleared when the unit is turned off or the disc tray is opened.

Direct Navigator

Press [3 4] to move through the tracks and press [ENTER].
Press [ANGLE/PAGE] to skip page by page.
Ashley at Prom City Penguin Formura one Soccer Baseball Neanderthal Cartoons Trilobites White Dwarf Discovery
2 Press [3 4] or the numbered buttons to select the program.
Date 11/ 1(WED) 1/ 1 (MON) 2/ 2 (TUE) 3/ 3 (WED) 4/10(THU)
On 0:05 AM 1:05 PM 2:21 PM 3:37 PM 11:05 AM
Title Monday feature Auto action Cinema Music Baseball


to select and press ENTER
Playing HighMAT discs [WMA] [MP3] [JPEG]
Press [ANGLE/PAGE] to skip page by page. to select and press ENTER To select a 2-digit number e.g. 23: [S10] [2] [3] Press [1] to show the contents of the program.

to exit

Select the item following the on-screen instructions.
New Playlist Item Long Name Display Te

PAG E 1 / 3

Playing a play list [RAM]

P l ay l i s t 1

2/ 2 3/ 3 4/10 4/11 4/ 15 4/ 17 4/ 20 4/22
1:10:04 0:10:20 0:00:01 0:00:01 0:01:10 0:13:22 0:05:30 0:07:29
Formula one Soccer Baseball City Penguin Ashley at Prom Formula one Soccer Baseball

P l ay l i s t Prev

Menu3 3Return

P l ay l i s t 3 Next1

Press [ANGLE/PAGE] to skip page by page. To select a 2-digit number e.g. 23: [S10] [2] [3]
To change the menu background Press [DISPLAY]. The background changes to the one recorded on the disc. To display/exit the screen Press [TOP MENU].

3 Press [ENTER].

9 to select and press ENTER

Selecting from the list

1 Press [MENU]. 2 Press [2] then [3 4] to switch among Playlist, Group and Content lists. 3 Press [ 1] then [3 4] to select an item and press [ENTER].
Press [ANGLE/PAGE] to skip page by page. To exit the screen Press [MENU].
Playlist All By Artist No. Content title 1 Few times in summer 2 Less and less 7 And when I was born Quatre gymnopedies You've made me sad Playlist Group Content
I can't quit him Evening glory 8 Wheeling spin 9 Velvet Cuppermine 10 Ziggy starfish

to select

ENTER to play
Tips for making WMA/MP3 and JPEG discs (For CD-R/CD-RW) Discs must conform to ISO9660 level 1 or 2 (except for extended formats). This unit is compatible with multi-session but if there are a lot of sessions it takes more time for play to start. Keep the number of sessions to a minimum to avoid this. Naming folders and files e.g. [MP3] At the time of recording, prefix folder root 001 group and file names with 3-digit numbers in the order you want to play them (this 001 may not work at times). 001 track.mp3 Files must have the extension: 002 track.mptrack.mp3.WMA or.wma 002 group.MP3 or.mp3.JPG,.jpg,.JPEG or.jpeg

003 group 001 track.mptrack.mptrack.mptrack.mp3
[WMA] You cannot play WMA files that are copy protected. [MP3] This unit is not compatible with ID3 tags. Compatible sampling rate: 8, 11.02, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, and 48 kHz [JPEG] To view JPEG files on this unit: Take them on a digital camera that meets the DCF Standard (Design rule for Camera File system) Version 1.0. Some digital cameras have functions that are not supported by the DCF Standard Version 1.0 like automatic picture rotation which may render a picture unviewable. Do not alter the files in any way or save them under a different name. This unit cannot display moving pictures, MOTION JPEG and other such formats, still pictures other than JPEG (e.g. TIFF) or play associated sound.
001 track.mptrack.mptrack.mp3
Menu: Takes you to the next menu which shows play lists or another menu Play list: play starts
(Only when the disc contains a play list)
1 Press [PLAY LIST]. 2 Press [3 4] or the numbered buttons to select the play list.
Playlist No. Date 11/1 1/ 1 Length 0:00:01 0:01:20 Title City Penguin Ashley at Prom
Convenient functions ( Refer to the back cover for remote control button positions)

Changing play speed

[DVD-V] (with multiple soundtracks) [RAM] [VCD] [RAM] [DVD-V]
Press [AUDIO] several times to select the soundtrack.
from k0.6 to k1.4 (in 0.1 units) After you change the speed Digital output switches to PCM-2ch. Sampling frequency of 96 kHz is converted to 48 kHz. To return to normal play Press [1] (PLAY).

DVD-VR a0.9

[RAM] [VCD] You can use this button to select L, R or L R. [DVD-V] (Karaoke discs) Press [2 1] to select On or Off of vocals. Read the discs instructions for details.

Menu Audio 1

Signal type/data
LPCM/ Digital/DTS/MPEG: Signal type kHz (Sampling frequency)/bit/ch (Number of channels) Example: 3/2.1ch.1: Low frequency effect (not displayed if there is no signal) 0: No surround 1: Mono surround 2: Stereo surround (left/right) 1: Center 2: Front leftiFront right 3: Front leftiFront rightiCenter

[RAM] [DVD-V] [VCD] This feature expands the letterbox picture to fit the screen.
Press [ZOOM] several times to select the preset aspect ratio or Auto. (Just Fit Zoom)
Fine adjustments (Manual Zoom) Press [2 1]. from k1.00 to k1.60 (in 0.01 units) from k1.60 to k2.00 (in 0.02 units)

Menu Just Fit Zoom

Starting play from a selected group
Convenient functions/Using On-Screen Menus
[WMA] [MP3] [JPEG] A folder on WMA/MP3 and JPEG discs is treated as a Group.

Position memory

(Only when the elapsed play time can be displayed [JPEG]: Works with all JPEG content.) This position is memorized even after turning off the unit or changing the disc.
1 Press [GROUP]. 2 Press [3 4] to select the item and press [ENTER].


Menu Group Search 1
Angle select and Still picture rotation


Position memorized
Up to 5 discs. When the sixth disc is memorized, the earliest position is replaced. When the unit is turned on or the disc is inserted, ! flashes on the display.
Press [ANGLE/PAGE] several times to select the angle or rotate the still picture.
[DVD-V] (with multiple angles)Angle select [JPEG] Still picture rotation
Press [1] (PLAY) to start play from that position.
To review the previous chapters [DVD-V] Press [1] (PLAY) while the following message is displayed.
Press PLAY to preview chapters

Sleep timer

Press [SLEEP] to select the time to turn off (60 min, 90 min, 120 min) or Auto.
Press PLAY to Chapter Review
Do not press [1] (PLAY) if you want to cancel review.


[DVD-V] (with multiple subtitles) [VCD] (SVCD only) [RAM] (On/Off only)
Sleep Auto Auto: Turns the unit off 5 minutes after play finishes. Also works with DVDs that show a menu after play finishes. Does not work if you stop play or show a disc menu. It is activated again when you restart play. To confirm the remaining time Press [SLEEP] again.
Press [SUBTITLE] several times to select the subtitle language.
To clear/display the subtitles Press [2 1] to select On or Off.

Menu Subtitle Off

Quick replay
Except [JPEG] (Only when the elapsed play time can be displayed)
[RAM] (Only discs that contain subtitle on/off information) Subtitle on/off information cannot be recorded using Panasonic DVD Recorders. (Subtitle on/off information is also not recordable on Panasonic DVD-R finalized with a Panasonic DVD Recorder.)
Press [QUICK REPLAY] to skip back a few seconds.
Using On-Screen Menus ( Refer to the back cover for remote control button positions)
Select Go to the next menu
Return to the previous menu

Press once.

Select the menu.

Make the settings.

Audio during Search

Display tab
Menu Language On-Screen Messages
English English 7 English On
Franais Espaol Franais Deutsch Italiano Off
Espaol Portugus Svenska Nederlands

Others tab

FL Dimmer Changes the brightness of the units display. Auto Power Off
Bright Dim Auto: The display is dimmed during play, but brightens when you perform some operations. On: The unit switches to standby mode after approximately 30 minutes in the stop mode, Off Enable Disable (Unable to use the HighMAT function.) Yes No Yes: The password screen is shown if Ratings ( above) are set. Please enter the same password. No
After INI on the display disappears, turn the unit off and on again.
irrespective of the SLEEP setting.
HighMAT QUICK SETUP Re-initialize Setting This returns all values in the Setup menus to the default settings.
Language options [U.S.A.,\Canada[and\units\with\PX\printed\on\the\outer\packaging\ : French and Spanish [Asia] : Chinese [The\Middle\East,\South\Africa,\Russia,\Australia\and\N.Z.] : French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish and Dutch The original language designed on the disc is selected.
Input a code number referring to the table on page 11. If the language selected for Audio is not available, subtitle appear in that language (If available on the disc). [U.S.A.,\Canada[and\units\with\PX\printed\on\the\outer\packaging\ [Asia] [The\Middle\East,\South\Africa,\Russia,\Australia\and\N.Z.]

Go right

Shows Setup menu. Language code list
Abkhazian: 6566 Afar: 6565 Afrikaans: 6570 Albanian: 8381 Ameharic: 6577 Arabic: 6582 Armenian: 7289 Assamese: 6583 Aymara: 6588 Azerbaijani: 6590 Bashkir: 6665 Basque: 6985 Bengali; Bangla:6678 Bhutani: 6890 Bihari: 6672 Breton: 6682 Bulgarian: 6671 Burmese: 7789 Byelorussian: 6669 Cambodian: 7577 Catalan: 6765

Select the tab.

Select the item.


Signal system: [U.S.A.,\Canada[and\units\with\PX\printed\on\the\outer\packaging\ NTSC [Other\areas] PAL 625/50, PAL 525/60, NTSC Operating temperature range: i5 to i35 oC (i41 to i95 xF) Operating humidity range: 5 to 90 % RH (no condensation) Discs played [8 cm (3 z) or 12 cm (5 z)]: (1) DVD-RAM (DVD-VR compatible, JPEG formatted discs) (2) DVD-Video (3)DVD-R (DVD-Video compatible) (4) CD-Audio (CD-DA) (5)Video CD (6) SVCD (Conforming to IEC62107) (7) CD-R/CD-RW (CD-DA, Video-CD, SVCD, MP3, WMA, JPEG formatted discs) (8) MP3/WMA Compatible compression rate: MP3: between 32 kbps and 320 kbps WMA: between 48 kbps and 320 kbps (9) JPEG Exif Ver 2.1 JPEG Baseline files Picture resolution: between 320k240 and 6144k4096 pixels (sub sampling is 4:2:2 or 4:2:0) (10) HighMAT Level 2 (Audio and Image) Video output: Output level: 1 Vp-p (75 ) Output connector: Pin jack (1 system) S-video output: Y output level: 1 Vp-p (75 ) C output level: [U.S.A.,\Canada[and\units\with\PX\printed\on\the\outer\packaging\ 0.286 Vp-p (75 ) [Other\areas] NTSC; 0.286 Vp-p (75 ) PAL; 0.300 Vp-p (75 ) Output connector: S terminal (1 system) Component video output: [U.S.A.\and\Canada\ (480P/480I) [Other\areas] (NTSC: 480P/480I, PAL: 576I) Y output level: 1 Vp-p (75 ) 0.7 Vp-p (75 ) PB output level: 0.7 Vp-p (75 ) PR output level: Output connector: Pin jack (Y: green, PB: blue, PR: red) Number of connectors: 1 system Audio output: Output level: Output connector: Number of connectors: Audio performance: (1) Frequency response: DVD (linear audio): 2 Vrms (1 kHz, 0 dB) Pin jack 2 channel: 1 system 4 Hz22 kHz (48 kHz sampling) 4 Hz44 kHz (96 kHz sampling) 4 Hz20 kHz

CD Audio: (2) S/N ratio: CD Audio: 115 dB (3) Dynamic range: DVD (linear audio): 100 dB CD Audio: 98 dB (4) Total harmonic distortion: CD Audio: 0.0025 % Digital audio output: Coaxial digital output: Pin jack Pickup: Wave length: 662 nm/785 nm Laser power: [U.S.A.\ CLASS IIa/CLASS I [Other\areas] CLASS 2/CLASS 3A Power supply: [U.S.A.\and\Canada\ AC 120 V, 60 Hz [Russia,\Australia\and\N.Z.] AC 220240 V, 50 Hz [Other\areas] AC 110240 V, 50/60 Hz Power consumption: [U.S.A.\and\Canada[ 8W [Other\areas] 9W Power consumption in standby mode: 1W Dimensions: 430 (W)k227 (D)k55 (H) mm [16 15/16z (W)k8 15/16z (D)k2 3/16z (H)] Mass: 1.9 kg (4.2 lb)
Specifications are subject to change without notice. Mass and dimensions are approximate.
The total combined maximum number of recognizable audio and picture contents and groups: 4000 audio and picture contents and 400 groups.
Chinese: Corsican: Croatian: Czech: Danish: Dutch: English: Esperanto: Estonian: Faroese: Fiji: Finnish: French: Frisian: Galician: Georgian: German: Greek: Greenlandic: Guarani: Gujarati:
Hausa: 7265 Hebrew: 7387 Hindi: 7273 Hungarian: 7285 Icelandic: 7383 Indonesian: 7378 Interlingua: 7365 Irish: 7165 Italian: 7384 Japanese: 7465 Javanese: 7487 Kannada: 7578 Kashmiri: 7583 Kazakh: 7575 Kirghiz: 7589 Korean: 7579 Kurdish: 7585 Laotian: 7679 Latin: 7665 Latvian, Lettish:7686 Lingala: 7678
Lithuanian: 7684 Macedonian: 7775 Malagasy: 7771 Malay: 7783 Malayalam: 7776 Maltese: 7784 Maori: 7773 Marathi: 7782 Moldavian: 7779 Mongolian: 7778 Nauru: 7865 Nepali: 7869 Norwegian: 7879 Oriya: 7982 Pashto, Pushto:8083 Persian: 7065 Polish: 8076 Portuguese: 8084 Punjabi: 8065 Quechua: 8185 Rhaeto-Romance:8277
Romanian: 8279 Russian: 8285 Samoan: 8377 Sanskrit: 8365 Scots Gaelic: 7168 Serbian: 8382 Serbo-Croatian:8372 Shona: 8378 Sindhi: 8368 Singhalese: 8373 Slovak: 8375 Slovenian: 8376 Somali: 8379 Spanish: 6983 Sundanese: 8385 Swahili: 8387 Swedish: 8386 Tagalog: 8476 Tajik: 8471 Tamil: 8465 Tatar: 8484
Telugu: Thai: Tibetan: Tigrinya: Tonga: Turkish: Turkmen: Twi: Ukrainian: Urdu: Uzbek: Vietnamese: Volapk: Welsh: Wolof: Xhosa: Yiddish: Yoruba: Zulu:

Troubleshooting guide

Before requesting service, make the following checks. If you are in doubt about some of the check points, or if the remedies indicated in the chart do not solve the problem, refer to the Customer Services Directory on page 14 if you reside in the U.S.A., or refer to the Product information on page 13 if you reside in Canada. In other areas, consult your dealer.
No power. The unit is automatically switched to the standby mode. Insert the AC power supply cord securely into the household AC outlet. When Auto Power Off is set to On, the unit automatically switches to standby after approximately 30 minutes in the stop mode. The Sleep timer functioned.


MPEG: [The\Middle\East,\South\Africa,\Russia,\Australia\and\N.Z.]

Product Service

1. Damage requiring serviceThe unit should be serviced by qualified service personnel if: (a) The AC power supply cord or AC adaptor has been damaged; or (b) Objects or liquids have gotten into the unit; or (c) The unit has been exposed to rain; or (d) The unit does not operate normally or exhibits a marked change in performance; or (e) The unit has been dropped or the cabinet damaged. 2. ServicingDo not attempt to service the unit beyond that described in these operating instructions. Refer all other servicing to authorized servicing personnel. 3. Replacement partsWhen parts need replacing ensure the servicer uses parts specified by the manufacturer or parts that have the same characteristics as the original parts. Unauthorized substitutes may result in fire, electric shock, or other hazards. 4. Safety checkAfter repairs or service, ask the servicer to perform safety checks to confirm that the unit is in proper working condition.

Product information

For product information or assistance with product operation: In the U.S.A., refer to Customer Services Directory on page 14. In Canada, contact the Panasonic Canada Inc. Customer Care Centre at 1-800-561-5505, or visit the website (, or an authorized Servicentre closest to you.


Clean this unit with a soft, dry cloth.
Never use alcohol, paint thinner or benzine to clean this unit. Before using chemically treated cloth, read the instructions that came with the cloth carefully.
Troubleshooting guide/Product Service/Maintenance
Limited Warranty (ONLY FOR U.S.A.)
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, Division of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America One Panasonic Way Secaucus, New Jersey 07094 Panasonic Sales Company, Division of Matsushita Electric of Puerto Rico, Inc., Ave. 65 de Infantera, Km. 9.5 San Gabriel Industrial Park, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00985
IF REPAIR IS NEEDED DURING THE LIMITED WARRANTY PERIOD THE PURCHASER WILL BE REQUIRED TO FURNISH A SALES RECEIPT/PROOF OF PURCHASE INDICATING DATE OF PURCHASE, AMOUNT PAID AND PLACE OF PURCHASE. CUSTOMER WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE REPAIR OF ANY UNIT RECEIVED WITHOUT SUCH PROOF OF PURCHASE. Limited Warranty Limits And Exclusions This Limited Warranty ONLY COVERS failures due to defects in materials or workmanship, and DOES NOT COVER normal wear and tear or cosmetic damage. The Limited Warranty ALSO DOES NOT COVER damages which occurred in shipment, or failures which are caused by products not supplied by the warrantor, or failures which result from accidents, misuse, abuse, neglect, mishandling, misapplication, alteration, faulty installation, set-up adjustments, misadjustment of consumer controls, improper maintenance, power line surge, lightning damage, modification, or commercial use (such as hotel, office, restaurant, or other business), rental use of the product, or service by anyone other than a Factory Servicenter or other Authorized Servicer, or damage that is attributable to acts of God. THERE ARE NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES EXCEPT AS LISTED UNDER LIMITED WARRANTY COVERAGE. THE WARRANTOR IS NOT LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THIS PRODUCT, OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY. (As examples, this excludes damages for lost time, cost of having someone remove or re-install an installed unit if applicable, travel to and from the servicer, loss of or damage to media or images, data or other recorded content. The items listed are not exclusive, but are for illustration only.) ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, ARE LIMITED TO THE PERIOD OF THE LIMITED WARRANTY. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied Limited Warranty lasts, so the exclusions may not apply to you. This Limited Warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. If a problem with this product develops during or after the Limited Warranty period, you may contact your dealer or Servicenter. If the problem is not handled to your satisfaction, then write to the warrantors Consumer Affairs Department at the addresses listed for the warrantor. PARTS AND SERVICE, WHICH ARE NOT COVERED BY THIS LIMITED WARRANTY, ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Panasonic DVD Player Limited Warranty
Limited Warranty Coverage If your product does not work properly because of a defect in materials or workmanship, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company or Panasonic Sales Company (collectively referred to as the warrantor) will, for the length of the period indicated on the chart below, which starts with the date of original purchase (Limited Warranty period), at its option either (a) repair your product with new or refurbished parts, or (b) replace it with a new or a refurbished product. The decision to repair or replace will be made by the warrantor. Product or Part Name DVD Player Rechargeable Batteries (in exchange for defective item) Parts One (1) Year Ten (10) Days Labor Ninety (90) Days Not Applicable
During the Labor Limited Warranty period there will be no charge for labor. During the Parts warranty period, there will be no charge for parts. You must mail-in your product during the warranty period. If non-rechargeable batteries are included, they are not warranted. This Limited Warranty only applies to products purchased and serviced in the United States or Puerto Rico. This Limited Warranty is extended only to the original purchaser and only covers product purchased as new. A purchase receipt or other proof of original purchase date is required for Limited Warranty service. Mail-In Service For assistance in the continental U.S.A. in obtaining repairs please ship the product to: Panasonic Services Company Customer Servicenter Suite B 4900 George McVay Drive McAllen, TX 78503 For assistance in Puerto Rico call Panasonic Sales Company (787)-750-4300 or fax (787)-768-2910. When shipping the unit carefully pack and send it prepaid, adequately insured and preferably in the original carton. Include a letter detailing the complaint and provide a day time phone and/or email address where you can be reached.
Customer Services Directory
Obtain Product Information and Operating Assistance; locate your nearest Dealer or Servicenter; purchase Parts and Accessories; or make Customer Service and Literature requests by visiting our Web Site at:
or, contact us via the web at:
You may also contact us directly at: 1-800-211-PANA (7262), Monday-Friday 9 am-9 pm; Saturday-Sunday 10 am-7 pm, EST.
For hearing or speech impaired TTY users, TTY: 1-877-833-8855

Accessory Purchases

Reproduccin bsica

[] [<] Encienda. Abre el cajn. Introduzca el disco. [1] (PLAY) Inicie la reproduccin.

[S10] [1] [2]

[VCD] con control de reproduccin Durante la parada, pulse los botones numerados. [WMA] [MP3] [JPEG] Ej.: Para seleccionar 123: [1] [2] [3] [ENTER]

Men de disco [TOP MENU]

[MENU] [RETURN] Vuelta a la pantalla anterior [RETURN] Visualizacin de nmeros Visualizador del :; aparato principal Visualizacin de tiempo [FL SELECT]
[DVD-V] Muestra un men inicial de disco [DVD-V] Muestra un men de disco [VCD] Muestra un men de disco
Cmara lenta (durante la pausa) [6 5] [VCD] Sentido de avance solamente Cuadro a cuadro (durante la pausa) [2 1] Seleccin de elemento en pantalla [2 1] [ENTER] Introduzca nmero [RAM] [DVD-V] [VCD] [CD] Botones numerados Ej.: Para seleccionar 12:

Main feature index

Recalls recommended audio/ video setting (page 5) To enjoy virtual surround with televisions speakers (page 6)
Changes the units display (page 5)

Repeat play (page 6)

To select the preset picture quality (page 5)
Changes play speed (page 8) Memorizes the position during play (page 8) Skips back a few seconds (page 8)
Shows a disc top menu (page 5) Shows a program list (page 7)
Shows a disc menu (page 5) Shows a play list (page 7)
Shows On-Screen Menus (page 8) Changes subtitles (page 8) Changes soundtracks (page 8)
Changes angles or rotates still pictures (page 8) Selects groups to play (page 8) Changes the zoom ratio (page 8)


Program/random play (page 6) Sleep timer (page 8)


Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. DTS and DTS 2.0 i Digital Out are trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, lnc. Apparatus Claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 4,631,603, 4,577,216, and 4,819,098, licensed for limited viewing uses only. This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by method claims of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights owned by Macrovision Corporation and other rights owners. Use of this copyright protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is intended for home and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision Corporation. Reverse engineering or disassembly is prohibited. MPEG Layer-3 audio decoding technology licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson multimedia. Windows Media, and the Windows logo are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. WMA is a compression format developed by Microsoft Corporation. It achieves the same sound quality as MP3 with a file size that is smaller than that of MP3.


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Panasonic DVD-S27
FEATURES Plays: DVD, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW (video and VR modes), DVD+R, DVD+RW, VCD, SVCD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, WMA, JPEG, HighMAT; Dolby Digital/DTS output; Advanced Surround; picture mode; Direct Navigator (for DVD-RAM); slow motion; frame advance; repeat play; random playback; chapter review; program play; onscreen display; rotate JPEG; slideshow; quick replay; AV-Enhancer; dimensions 430(w) x 55(h) x 226(d)mm SOCKETS Scart (RGB output); composite video output; electrical digital audio output; stereo analogue audio output CONTACT

DVD player 90

he budget end of Panasonics current DVD range looks to be in good hands if the spec sheet of the DVD-S27 is anything to go by. Despite the price, Panasonic has included multi-format compatibility and an excellent complement of features. It also looks like a mid-range deck rather than a bargain offering, with a pleasing silver finish and neat LED display. There are negatives, however. You do not get component video output, which rules out progressive scan, and there is no optical digital audio output. Among the more distinctive features is a TV type function, which lets you specify what sort of monitor you are viewing on and adjusts picture parameters accordingly. The Advanced Surround feature works through either a TVs speakers or a set of headphones to simulate surround sound, while the AV-Enhancer automatically gets the best out of whatever disc you put in. The DVD-RAM compatibility also brings Panasonics Direct Navigator function (the same found on its DVD recorders and HDD combis) into play. It is an elegant way to access a discs contents.
Set-up is extremely easy, with a basic (if slightly crowded) remote and a no-frills onscreen menu.


The picture is very good on a range of material. Fast-paced action fare delivers crisp images with no smearing or artefacts. Skin tones are realistic. The picture may be a touch on the clinical side, but there are enough picture adjustments available to make this a non-issue. On cartoon material the colours are vibrant, so that slightly clinical look on skin tones probably owes more to a realistic depiction compared to the boosted levels of some other decks. Audio performance is excellent. Not only do movie soundtracks come over loud and clear, there is a surprising level of clarity to CD material as well. Nobody would call this an audiophile deck, but it does a more than adequate job.
All in all, the DVD-S27is an excellent deck. Its a shame there is no progressive scan, but you can step up the Panasonic range if you want that this deck is primarily aimed at saving you money s David Smith


Picture; sound


No prog scan; no optical digital output


Very good performance if you can live without prog scan this is a real budget contender


FEATURES Plays: DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW (Video mode), DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, VCD, SVCD, MP3, WMA, JPEG, MPEG4; Dolby Digital/DTS output; variable speed playback; still picture; frame advance; slow motion; one-touch replay; program/random playback (not DVD); repeat/A-B repeat playback; zoom; Video Fine Processor; sound effect; slideshow playback; BGM slideshow playback; onscreen display; parental lock; remote control; dimensions 435(w) x 47(h) x 259(d)mm SOCKETS Front: SD, MultiMediaCard, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, xD-Picture card slot; CompactFlash card slot Rear: Component video output; Scart output (RGB capable); S-video output; composite video output; optical and electrical digital audio outputs; stereo analogue audio outputs CONTACT 5000

DVD player 160

op of the class in JVCs current DVD range is this eye-catching model, a versatile deck offering PAL progressive scan, DiVX compatibility and memory card slots. At 160, it is putting some distance between itself and the budget brigade and will need to be on its mettle to live up to the price tag. There can obviously be few complaints about features. Once upon a time, such a specification would have knocked our socks off, although DVD-Audio and SACD playback is not available. The memory card reader is one of those things that you may find totally irrelevant on a DVD player, but for the record it can handle SD, MultiMediaCard, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, xD-Picture card and CompactFlash files, with a choice of wipes for the slideshow. Connections include the necessary component video outs, as well as an RGB-capable Scart and digital audio outs in both optical and electrical variants. Set-up is perfectly straightforward, thanks to an intuitive onscreen display and methodical manual. The remote,

meanwhile, is a step up on that partnering the XV-N212S.
Performance is very good, but not quite top-drawer. Picture quality sees plenty of image detail and excellent colour rendition, with cartoon fare looking particularly gorgeous, but it remains a touch off the top quality the format can offer. Audio reproduction is also very good on movie soundtracks. Pure CD playback is only fair, though thats not particularly surprising for a DVD deck. The sound effect mode, which adds a level of reverberation to audio playback, apparently just for the hell of it, should be forgotten about. JPEG picture files look smashing onscreen, but still look better on a PC monitor. The ease of showing friends your images on TV is a plus point here, however.
To conclude, this is a very good deck, but we have come to expect a little more from this price point. Make sure you audition other decks as well before deciding whether or not this JVC has what youre looking for s David Smith

Picture; sound; features

Slightly underperforms for the price
A very good and highly specified deck that delivers solid results


Technical specifications

Full description

It's a digital world. A world where sound surrounds you and pictures dazzle the imagination. It's a world where the excitement of the movies is captured and brought to life on a simple five-inch disc - the size of a CD. Welcome to the incredible world of DVD. As a leader in digital technology, Panasonic made possible and forever changed the face of home theatre. Big-screen excitement packed into the world's smallest and lightest DVD player. Come and experience the ultimate in home theatre entertainment as Panasonic knows it. PRODUCT FEATURES: Multi Format Playback (DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, SVCD, VCD, CD, CD-R/RW, WMA, MP3 and JPEG); Progressive Scan (4: 4: 4 Signal Processing); Variable and Auto Zoom Modes; Direct Navigator, Playlist Playback (DVD-RAM); Quick Replay; Position Memory (5 Discs); Quick Set Up Guide; Audio/JPEG Navigation Menu.

Product TypeDVD player
Form FactorTabletop
Width16.9 in
Depth8.9 in
Height2.2 in
Weight4.2 lbs
Available Body ColorsBlack, silver
Media TypeCD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAM, SVCD, DVD-R, DVD, CD, Video CD
Video D/A Converter10bit / 54MHz
Audio D/A Converter24bit / 192kHz
Horizontal Resolution500 lines
Media Load TypeTray
Search SpeedUp to 200x
Picture ModesPan and scan, normal, widescreen, letterbox
DVD Playback ModesProgram play, random play
DVD Repeat ModesAll, title, chapter
CD Playback ModesProgram play, repeat folder, random play / shuffle, all tracks repeat, one track repeat
Supported Digital Audio StandardsWMA, PCM, MP3
DVD Features
Picture ZoomYes
Video Signal-to-Noise Ratio65 dB
Parental LockYes
Additional FeaturesHighMAT support, auto power off, on-screen display, dialogue enhancer, progressive scanning, dual laser optical pickup system, JPEG photo playback
Audio System
Sound Output ModeStereo
Surround Sound EffectsAdvanced Virtual Surround Sound (V.S.S.), Headphone Surround (V.S.S.)
Response Bandwidth4 - 44000 Hz
Dynamic Range100 dB
Digital Audio FormatDolby Digital output, DTS digital output
Signal-To-Noise Ratio115 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion0.0025%
Remote Control
TypeRemote control
Connector Type1 x composite video/audio output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - rear 1 x SPDIF output - rear 1 x component video output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - rear 1 x S-Video output - rear
Cables IncludedA/V cable
Power DevicePower supply - internal
Universal Product Identifiers
Part NumberDVD-S27



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