Is this true about Panasonic DVD players?

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  1. Duster

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    HI,
    I saw this post over at DVDRhelp.com, and i'd like to know if it's true, as I have never owned a Panny DVD player before.
    Please read below-


    "called Panasonic about the layer change pause with the S35 and was told that it was "normal" and that all Panasonic players do it. When I asked why my second generation RCA player had no such problems, I was met with icy silence.

    This player is great for everything except watching movies I guess.

    Personally, I'm disappointed and will never buy Panasonic again".


    Is this true or not- If it is, I wont be buying a Panasonic DVD player.

    Thanks.
     
  2. LV426

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    Layer change pauses are evident on many DVD players. Indeed the packaging of dual-layer DVDs often contains a warning to this effect.

    The duration of the pause varies from nil or virtually nil upwards but is rarely longer than a second. I have both Pioneers and a Panasonic and they all exhibit it.

    How obvious it is depends on how well the DVD maker chose their point in the film. And these vary from simply appalling to completely undetectable.
     
  3. Matt Horne

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    99% of players will pause on a layer change.. how fast/slow the pause is down to the manufacturer. I have a Panasonic Q (Gamecube/dvd player) and I can;t say I have ever really noticed the layer change..

    It also is down to how well the movie has been authored as to where the change is.. for some movies where the change happens mid scene it looks worse then if they are able to hide it between scenes for example.

    Matt
     
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    The only way to get seemless layer changes is to use a DVD player with a DVD ROM drive or a player with a buffer (such as Denon).

    I would have thought after so many years of DVD that most players would have a buffer by now.

    Most of the time, the layer change is during two scenes so doesn't get noticed. However, some DVD's have awful layer changes and during one scene.
     
  5. Matt Horne

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    Freaky 3 almost identical replies :)
     
  6. wilber

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    The awful layer changes are one reason why I love my Denon - I don't notice them at all now.

    I just checked the dmre50 I have on loan at the mo & the layer change is not that bad - certainly no worse than my old Pioneer 656
     
  7. Duster

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    Hi,

    My first DVD player, a Sony had a layer change of about 1 second. (the picture would freeze).

    My second player, a Toshiba, I never notice the layer change at all.

    I just hope I get a player with a quick layer change for my next machine.
     
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    Or even discs using the superbit style layer change - Still haven't spotted one yet.
     

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