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Old 03-30-2004, 11:38 AM - Thread Starter
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I've just recently purchased a Harman Kardon CDR26 CD Recorder. Below are the specs:

Signal Format
Playback Sampling Frequency 44.1kHz
D/A Conversion 192kHz/24-Bit Delta-Sigma Conversion
Oversampling 128 Times

Playback Specifications
Frequency Response 2Hz – 20.050Hz
Playback S/N 100dB
Playback Dynamic Range 95dB
Playback THD 0.01%/0dB
Analog Audio Output 2V RMS, ±2dB
Digital-Coaxial Output 0.5Vpp/75 Ohms
Headphone Output 1V RMS/32-Ohm Load

Record Specifications
Digital Input Sample Rates 32kHz – 96kHz
Recording S/N – Analog 80dB
Recording S/N – Digital Dub Mode Equal to Source
Recording S/N – Digital External Source Source – 10dB
Recording Dynamic Range 90dB
Recording THD 0.01%/0dB
Analog Input Sensitivity 330mV RMS 47k Ohms = 0dB
Digital Inputs (Direct Recording) 44.1kHz, ±100 ppm/min.

Problem #1: When connecting my Zenith SAT520 Satellite receiver to the CDR26 via either optical or coax digital, the CDR26 displays "COPY FORBIDDEN" when I attempt to record any of the Music Choice channels on DirecTv. I suspect that the SAT520 has SCMS built-in, but I've been unable to confrim this via Google searches. Anyone know for sure?

Problem #2: Given Problem #1, I ran RCA audio connects directly from the SAT520 to the CDR26. However despite turning the CDR26's analog record level to the max setting, the audio level on the recording is unacceptably low. I.e., I have to turn the volume up all the way on my vehicle's CD player just to acheive decent sound volume. I tried running RCA connects from the SAT520 to my Denon A/V Receiver and then to the CDR26 (trying the VCR1, VCR2, and MD/Tape input/outputs on the Denon) but I get the same low audio recordings.

I'm getting ready to send the CDR26 back to Harman Kardon Direct as a defective unit. However if this is a technical limitation of the CDR26 (either the sample rates or the analog input sensitivity?) that I'm experiencing the problem, then I might as well seek a refund.

Can anyone out there who is more technically inclined than I help me out here?
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