* 24-bit/96kHz PCM-1704 Burr Brown Audio DACs
* 10-bit 4:4:4 Video Processing
* 480I and 480P Component Video Outputs
* Dolby Digital and Digital Theater Systems (DTS) digital output
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Division of Matsushita Electric Corporation
One Panasonic Way
Secaucus, New Jersey
Source: Manufacture loan
Serial Number: L9DC00025
Size: 15-1/2" L x 17" W x 4-1/2" H
Weight: 37 pounds
Warranty: 1 year
DVD players seem to change faster than the seasons these days. First,
component video was the feature to have and now it's progressive scan video.
Panasonic has delivered
again with their latest DVD-H1000. This is by no means any typical DVD player.
While most new DVD players can be held with one hand, the DVD-H1000 almost
caused me to pull my back out while trying to take it out of the box. The
construction was well beyond anything I have seen in the past. It made my old
reference Sony DVP-S7000 seem cheap. Not only was the chassis solid with a 1/4
inch front panel, the internal housing for the various circuit boards was made
from diecast aluminum. I wish everything in my system was made this well.
Thumbs up on the build quality of this unit.
The video performance of the DVD-H1000 was truly amazing. The progressive
video was definitely better than the interlaced version running through the
highly regarded Pioneer HD-Ready PRO-610HD built-in line doubler. Even
comparing it to the Silicon Image iScan Plus V2 proved that processing the
video before hitting the analog domain is the best way to minimize errors and
noise. Image detail that I had never seen before left me amazed. Colors were
accurate and noise was very low. DVD never looked so good on the PRO-610HD
Much of the performance is due in part to the way Panasonic has chosen to
process the video. Data is upconverted from 8-bits to 10-bits and the color
components are upsampled to the same rate as the Y component (13.5MHz).
Processing everything in the digital domain results in less noise and a key
reason why the video looks so good. In addition, while most players require
the user to select the type of video output (s-video or component), the
DVD-H1000 can simultaneously deliver video from all of its video outputs. Both
480I and 480P component connectors are provided on the back of this DVD
player. This is a great feature for A/B comparisons between the two video
outputs. I was able to compare the DVD-H1000 progressive outputs with both the
DVDO iScan V2 as well as the built-in line doubler in the PRO-610HD. Clearly
the progressive outputs outperformed the external line doublers.
The audio performance of the DVD-H1000 was equally outstanding. Using some
of my favorite Chesky Records DVDs recorded in 24-bit/96KHz, revealed
incredible detail. Livingston Taylor's "Isn't She Lovely" was one of
my favorites on this unit. Panasonic decided to use the best Burr Brown 24
bit/96KHz audio DACs, the PCM-1704s. Unlike the cheaper 24 bit/96KHz Delta
Sigma type DACs found in most DVD players, these multi-bit Burr Brown PCM1704
DACs have an impressive signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 120 dB. Not many DVD
players have the budget to use such impressive parts.
The DVD-H1000 remote is fairly easy to use. However, I found the thumb
control a bit awkward to navigate with at times.
Maybe it's just me, but it seems like more manufacturers are using this type
of layout. The rest of the remote was well laid out, making it intuitive and
easy to operate.
The DVD-H1000 had no problem passing the Dolby Digital or DTS bitstream to
the Yamaha DSP-A1 via the digital output. More recent DVDs such as American
Beauty, Gladiator, Terminator 2, and U-571 offer both 5.1 Dolby Digital as
well as 5.1 DTS(ES), giving the consumer more choice and flexibility.
Panasonic has produced a truly reference DVD player with incredible video
and audio performance. The progressive video was the best I have seen from any
DVD player. The audio section uses some of the best DACs available in the
industry which attributes to its great sound. If you really want the best DVD
player, you will have a tough time finding something better than the
- Kevin Nakano
Pioneer Elite - PRO-610HD HDTV
Silicon Image - iScan V2 Pure Progressive Line Doubler
Yamaha - DSP-A1 Processor/Amplifier
Adcom - GFA-5800
Adcom - GFA-555II
Spica - TC-50s
NHT - 1259 Subs
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