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Panasonic DVD-RP56

DVD/CD player with progressive scan

Item # 133DVDRP56

Panasonic's DVD-RP56 makes the benefits of progressive-scan video — more stable images, more fluid motion, and...

Panasonic's DVD-RP56 makes the benefits of progressive-scan video — more stable images, more fluid motion, and...

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About the Panasonic DVD-RP56

Panasonic's DVD-RP56 makes the benefits of progressive-scan video — more stable images, more fluid motion, and an overall smoother look — surprisingly affordable. (To use the DVD-RP56's progressive mode, you'll need to connect it to an HDTV-ready TV.) Even if your current TV isn't progressive-scan-compatible, your next one probably will be, and this versatile player has so much else going for it.

Panasonic's DVD-RP56 makes the benefits of progressive-scan video — more stable images, more fluid motion, and an overall smoother look — surprisingly affordable. (To use the DVD-RP56's progressive mode, you'll need to connect it to an HDTV-ready TV.) Even if your current TV isn't progressive-scan-compatible, your next one probably will be, and this versatile player has so much else going for it.

The DVD-RP56 is your one-stop A/V entertainment source — it not only plays DVDs, but also CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and even MP3 CD-R/Ws! High Speed Smooth Motion Scan lets you zip through a DVD at up to 100X regular speed, and a handy front-panel shuttle dial simplifies searching. Video black level control lets you adjust the player's video signal for a more filmlike picture. For the component video output, you can select either interlaced-scan (480i) for use with standard TVs, or progressive-scan (480p) for use with HDTV-ready TVs. You'll enjoy a great picture either way!

Details:

  • plays DVD-Video discs, CDs, audio CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs
  • 54MHz/10-bit video D/A converter
  • selectable interlaced/progressive-scan component video output
    (progressive scan requires a compatible TV)
  • de-interlacer with 3-2 pulldown processing
  • Smooth Motion Scan & Slow with front panel shuttle dial
  • Advanced Virtual Surround for enhanced 2-speaker sound
  • Dialogue Enhancer
  • video black level control
  • optical digital output for Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM (96kHz/24-bit-capable)
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite video, S-video, and 480i/480p component video)
  • subwoofer output
  • 96kHz/24-bit audio D/A converter
  • audio signal-to-noise ratio 115 dB
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-3/16"H x 11"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
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What's in the box:

  • Single disc DVD/Video CD/Audio CD player
  • N2QAHB000012 remote
  • 67" AC power cord
  • 56" A/V patch cord (left/right RCA audio and RCA video)
  • Manual
  • Warranty information sheet
  • Customer care plan information (extended warranty)
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Inputs and Outputs

Compatibility/Specifications

Compatibility: This unit can play the following discs:

  • DVD: 5" or 3", NTSC, "Region 1" or "All Region" discs
  • Video CD: 5" or 3"
  • Audio CD: 5" or 3"
  • CD-R: 5" or 3"
  • CD-RW: 5" or 3"
  • CD-R/CD-RW with MP3 Files: 5" or 3"

Frequency Response:

  • DVD (at 48kHz sampling frequency): 4Hz to 22kHz
  • DVD (at 96kHz sampling frequency): 4Hz to 44kHz
  • CD: 4Hz to 20kHz

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:

  • CD: 115 dB

Dynamic Range:

  • DVD: 102 dB
  • CD: 98 dB

Total Harmonic Distortion:

  • CD: 0.0025%

Features

MP3 Playback: This unit will play MP3 files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1 and level 2 formats. When playing an MP3 disc, you can use repeat play, however, you cannot use program play or random play.

96kHz/24-bit D/A Converter: This unit has a 96kHz/24-bit D/A converter that will allow it to play back video DVDs recorded with 96kHz/24-bit audio. If the DVD is copyright-protected, no digital signal is output unless converted to 48kHz/16-bit. If the DVD is not copyright-protected, a 96kHz/24-bit digital signal can be output.

Component Video Output: In addition to the composite video outputs and the S-video output, this unit is equipped with a set of component video outputs. When connected to a television with a component video input, the component video output of this unit will provide picture color and detail that is superior to video from composite and S-video outputs.

Progressive Scan Output: When using this DVD player with a TV that has progressive scan inputs, you have a choice of sending a progressive signal or an interlaced signal through the component video outputs.

On-Screen Display: The on-screen menu language can be set to English, French, or Spanish.

Subwoofer Output: This unit has a mono RCA subwoofer output that can be connected to an optional powered subwoofer. Note: This is a pre-amp level output with no level control. If a subwoofer is connected using the subwoofer output, you must adjust the subwoofer level with the subwoofer's level control.

Dialogue Enhancer: This feature makes dialogue easier to hear by raising the volume of the center channel. Note: Dialogue Enhancer only works with DVD software that has at least three channels of recorded audio, where the dialogue information is recorded in the center channel.

Advanced Virtual Surround Sound (V.S.S.): If you are only using two front speakers in your system, this feature simulates a surround-sound environment. If you are playing a disc with surround effects recorded on it, the effects are broadened and the sound seems to come from virtual speakers on either side. You can select "Natural effect", "Emphasized effect", or Off. Note: For use with Dolby Digital DVDs only.

Resume Function: When the Stop button is pressed, that position is stored in the memory. When the Play button is pressed after pressing the Stop button, playback resumes from the position where the disc was stopped. The resume function is canceled if the disc tray is opened or the Stop button is pressed a second time.

Multi-Angle Function: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles. Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.

Marker: Up to 5 points on a DVD can be stored in memory and easily recalled. Markers are cleared when power is turned off or the tray is opened.

Repeat Play: You can have the unit repeat a portion of a title or track by selecting the starting and stopping points for the section to be repeated (A-B repeat). When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current title or the current chapter. When playing a Video CD or an audio CD, you can repeat the current track or the entire disc. In addition, the unit can repeat Program Play.

Program Play: When playing a Video CD or an audio CD, up to 32 tracks can be programmed and played in any order.

Random Play: When playing a Video CD or an audio CD, you can play the tracks in random order.

Karaoke: When playing a karaoke disc, the vocals can be turned off. Note: This unit does not have a microphone jack.

Cinema Mode: Cinema Mode mellows the video output and enhances detail in dark scenes.

Auto Power-Off: If the unit is in stop mode for approximately 30 minutes, it will automatically switch to standby mode.

Settings

Disc Settings:

  • Audio: Allows you to select the preferred audio language.
  • Subtitle: Allows you to select the preferred subtitle language.
  • Menus: Allows you to select the preferred language for disc menus.
  • Ratings: You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.

Video Settings:

  • TV Aspect: You can choose 4:3 Pan & Scan (the disc may override this setting and show in letterbox), 4:3 Letterbox, or 16:9. 
  • Still Mode: Allows you to specify the type of picture shown when the player is paused. You can select Automatic, Field, or Frame. When Field is selected, still pictures are displayed without blur. Field should be chosen if jittering occurs when Automatic is selected. When Frame is selected, even sharper still pictures are displayed. Frame should be chosen if small text or fine patterns cannot be seen clearly when Automatic is selected.
  • Black Level Control: Allows you to select the black level of the picture; you can select Lighter (normally used when the TV is connected through the composite or S-video output) or Darker (normally used when the TV is connected through the Component Video output).
  • Transfer Mode: Selects method of conversion for progressive output to suit the material being played (film or video).

Audio Settings:

  • PCM Down Conversion: You can select Yes or No. When Yes is selected and you are playing a DVD recorded in 96kHz, the signal is down converted to 48kHz/16-bit before it is passed though the digital output. When No is selected and the unit is playing a non-copyright protected DVD recorded in 96kHz, a 96kHz/24-bit signal passes through the digital output. If the DVD is copyright protected the digital signal is automatically down converted.
  • Dolby Digital: Determines the type of signal passed through the digital output when a Dolby Digital-encoded disc is being played. You may select Bitstream or PCM. When PCM is selected, the digital output passes a two-channel stereo PCM digital signal. When Bitstream is selected, the digital output passes a Dolby Digital signal without down mixing.
  • DTS: Determines the signal passed through the digital output when a DTS-encoded disc is being played. You may select Bitstream or Off. When Bitstream is selected, the digital output passes a DTS signal without down mixing. When Off is selected, no digital signal is output.
  • Dynamic Range Compression: When playing a Dolby Digital-encoded DVD, you can turn the Dynamic Range Compression On for late night viewing.
  • Audio During Search: Can select "On" (outputs audio during search) or "Off" (mutes audio during search).

Display Settings:

  • Menu Language: The on-screen menu language can be set to English, French, or Spanish.
  • On-Screen Messages: On-screen messages can be turned On or Off.

Other Settings:

  • Demo: Can be set to On or Off. A demonstration of the unit's on-screen displays starts when you select On.

Inputs and Outputs

Rear Panel:

  • Audio Out: Stereo RCA jacks
  • Subwoofer Out: Line level RCA output
  • Video Out: One RCA composite video jack and one S-video jack
  • Component Video Out: Component video jacks (3 RCA jacks, Y/Pb/Pr)
  • Digital Audio Out: One standard Toslink digital output with plastic cover
  • AC In: AC input for use with supplied AC power cord

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