Panasonic DVD-XP50

The Good Stylish; very nice video and DVD-Audio performance; excellent MP3 features; WMA support.

The Bad Overly bright display; no aspect-ratio control; poor anamorphic conversion.

The Bottom Line This Panasonic is a sleek, high-performance, progressive-scan deck that won't break the bank.

Editors' Rating
8.0 Overall

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Review

Panasonic DVD-XP50

Shaped like something out of War of the Worlds, Panasonic's latest DVD design will have your techie friends drooling in envy. This ultraslim, chrome-clad slice of the future performs well and offers features not found on earlier decks. True, the DVD-XP50 costs a bit more and unfortunately has one annoying quality. But those minor drawbacks shouldn't keep it from making your shortlist of progressive-scan players with DVD-Audio (DVD-A) support. Shaped like something out of War of the Worlds, Panasonic's latest DVD design will have your techie friends drooling in envy. This ultraslim, chrome-clad slice of the future performs well and offers features not found on earlier decks. True, the DVD-XP50 costs a bit more and unfortunately has one annoying quality. But those minor drawbacks shouldn't keep it from making your shortlist of progressive-scan players with DVD-Audio (DVD-A) support.

Design
At a mere two inches high, the XP50 takes up precious little space in an entertainment center. Still, it looks best atop a silver TV because the few buttons--Open/Close, Transport, and Remaster--are mounted on the player's top instead of out front. In fact, the only things that fit on the slim face are the drawer and a spacey, violet-backlit LCD.

That novel display--most decks have LEDs on a field of black--is actually the XP50's biggest flaw; it's tiny, hard to read, very bright, and impossible to dim. In terms of irritation, just imagine a 10-foot-tall Exit sign at the front of a movie theater. OK, that may be a slight exaggeration, but you get the picture.

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  • Brand Panasonic
  • Type DVD player
  • Form Factor tabletop
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
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