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I have ordered a EV48VK and it is back-ordered should I wait for it oR get the Toshiba D-VR660 which is $90 less? Or should I cancel and get something with a HDD?
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I have ordered a EV48VK and it is back-ordered should I wait for it oR get the Toshiba D-VR660 which is $90 less? Or should I cancel and get something with a HDD?

What are your recording needs and or plans? A hdd model is wonderful to have for timeshifting programs, with the ability to save to a blank dvd something you wish to keep. Also, how do you get your tv, through cable or over the air antenna? The ez48 does have a digital tuner, which will receive digital over the air (OTA) broadcast stations, as well as those broadcast station's digital signals that the cable companies carry.

The hard drive models Phillips 3576 and it's now hard to find clone Magnavox 2160 (sold only online at Walmart.com) also possess digital tuners and have received great reviews from users. It all depends on your budget and recording needs...if you can swing it, go for the Phillips as it's price is close to what you'd pay for a new ez48.

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What are your recording needs and or plans? A hdd model is wonderful to have for timeshifting programs, with the ability to save to a blank dvd something you wish to keep. Also, how do you get your tv, through cable or over the air antenna? The ez48 does have a digital tuner, which will receive digital over the air (OTA) broadcast stations, as well as those broadcast station's digital signals that the cable companies carry.

The hard drive models Phillips 3576 and it's now hard to find clone Magnavox 2160 (sold only online at Walmart.com) also possess digital tuners and have received great reviews from users. It all depends on your budget and recording needs...if you can swing it, go for the Phillips as it's price is close to what you'd pay for a new ez48.

Thanks, Just decided I want a hdd unit and cancelled the EZ48.
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I just purchased the panasonic and am confused on all the dvd discs you can buy
one of the posts stated that a dvd +rw does not need to be finalized, which seems good to me but can someone explain all the different kinds and the advantages to each?
when would you want to use a +r and can you add on to that disc
IE transfering a video or digital camera pictures
I dont understand why there are so many out there, I am a vhs gal and vhs was vhs do dvd is totally new to me
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I just purchased the panasonic and am confused on all the dvd discs you can buy
one of the posts stated that a dvd +rw does not need to be finalized, which seems good to me but can someone explain all the different kinds and the advantages to each?
when would you want to use a +r and can you add on to that disc
IE transfering a video or digital camera pictures
I dont understand why there are so many out there, I am a vhs gal and vhs was vhs do dvd is totally new to me

In order to play a dvd burned on a recorder on a different dvd player, the disc must first be finalized. This 2-3 min process closes off the disc to further changes, and makes it playable on other players or in pc drives.. The disc format thing is not at all complicated. If I recall correctly, the -R format came first, developed by one company, then another company came up with the +R format. And as usual, a format battle took place, and ended with dvd player/recorder manufactures enabling all their machines to play or rec both the -/+ formats. -R discs are considered more reliable because most dvd players will play them without a problem. While the +R will play in most newer players, older machines will sometimes not. So many advise using -R discs, simply to ensure that it will play on your older dvd players, and those owned by friends and relatives you might share your recordings with. Anything you record to an RW disc of either format, that you don't want to keep, say you record Lost, and watch it, then decide you don't need to see it again, you wouldn't need to finalze it. You can erase it after watching.

You can record to any disc the same way you did using a vcr...meaning, record say, one 30 min episode of a tv show, take out the disc and save it, and put it back in a record more to it until full, or you're finished adding material to it. Then you would finalize it, so it can be played on another machine.
Until the disc is finalized, the disc can only be watched on the recorder that made it. +RW disc are said to not need finalizing, and can be used on other dvd players, but the I believe it dependant on the brand of recorder you're using-I'm not sure on that, so you'll need to check back here, in case someone else who knows better can affirm that or not.

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-R discs are only slightly more compatible than +R discs. Any player in the last 7? years should play both just fine. +RWs don't need to be finalized but will have very few search speeds on a Panasonic, I don't recommend them.
Finalizing only takes ~2 minutes and if you're using a -RW disc and you want to erase and reuse the disc you just reformat the disc (which takes seconds) and you can then record all over again.
If you have a Panny I'd suggest -R and -RWs or if your going to only really play your discs in the Panny you could use RAM discs. They are more reliable, never have to be finalized and allow handy features such as recording one thing while playing back something else or chaseplaying where you're watching the beginning of a program while the end is still recording. RAM discs are more expensive and rather hard to find B&M, the internet is your best source.
If you can get +R discs cheaper than -Rs I might use them but I'd really try and stay away from the +RWs unless you didn't want to visually search much.
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While I have only used my 48VK a whopping twice since I bought it last summer due to time constraints, I would have to say I am not overly impressed. First off though someone had posted with regards to the type of blank media to use, and I had zero luck using +R when recording from VHS. The unit would just not accept it, so I called Panasonic and their tech reported that they "recommend" -R discs when recording. They should have said "required" because the unit's box and manual state it will support all formats, but that obviously isn't the case. Using -R worked just fine the two times I burned late last summer.

My latest issue is the playback of store bought DVD movies (not burned copies). The first was "Casino: Special Edition". At about the 2 hour 15 minute mark it simply froze up. Watching "JFK: Director's Cut" resulted in the same thing, the unit freezing up and simply stopping the film at the 1 hour 16 minute mark. Other DVD's simply would NOT play at all. I would put the disc in and listen to it churn as if it was trying to load, and then get the error on the screen saying no disc in the drive. The only film that has played without problems is "The Hunt for Red October".

I have not checked to see if there has been a firmware update (if possible) for this unit, so I will check that now, but has anyone else had problems playing back store bought DVD movies?

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I've just spent about 5 hours reading the first 8 pages of messages in this thread. I'm jumping ahead and posting a message because it bed time and my wife is getting a little upset.

Since we are going to Costco to buy some food tomorrow, I MIGHT go ahead and pick up a P. DMR-EZ485V while I'm there. I've been looking for a unit like this for several months and rejected the LG and Sony units for various reasons. I almost dismissed the P. unit too after reading some negative reviews but I'm convinced that it is about the only unit I can buy now, so I'm willing to take a chance (although I might buy the extended warrenty).

One thing I insist on is a QAM tuner. I looked at the box at Costco and read the manual on line and neither mentioned a QAM tuner. So I called the P. tech line and they tried to convince me it didn't have one because it wasn't mentioned in the manual (they checked too). But enough knowledgable people here insist it does have one (just one more undocumented feature) that I'm willing to at least buy it and bring it home and try it out.

I was hoping to read about some new units at the CES show but I could never find anything about DVD/VCR combos that was any improvement. Does anyone know if P. is bring out a EZ49 unit this year?

Wish me luck. I'm sure I'll be posting more if I do get one.

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I'm trying to install my DMR-EZ48VK to my Panasonic CT-32HX41 analog color TV. I did it like the diagram shows...cable from antenna to RF IN connector, RF OUT to RF IN on TV with Red/White/Yellow component from EZ48 to R/W/Y audio/video in on TV. I get a good picture on the analog channels.

The TV is capable of 4 video inputs and three component inputs.

Problem is that I can't seem to get the digital channels to appear, even after running the auto channel search. The digital channels are out there as my cheapo D to A converter box into the same TV finds them just fine.

Another odd observation is that when I go to the VHS 'Scheduled Recording' screen and scroll through the thumbnail video in the lower left corner with channel number readouts, it sees the digital channels just fine. So apparantly the internal digital tuner is working...I just can't get them to appear on regular viewing.

I also have some odd channel numbers and three-digit numerals appearing on the unit's display. The manual doesn't seem to address this.



I've plodded through this forum's pages and can't find anything similar but there does seem to be gobs of useful info on other problems. Are there any alternative hookup diagrams for this DMR-EZ48VK that might be helpful?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
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Problem is that I can't seem to get the digital channels to appear, even after running the auto channel search. The digital channels are out there as my cheapo D to A converter box into the same TV finds them just fine.

Another odd observation is that when I go to the VHS 'Scheduled Recording' screen and scroll through the thumbnail video in the lower left corner with channel number readouts, it sees the digital channels just fine. So apparantly the internal digital tuner is working...I just can't get them to appear on regular viewing.




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Your situation is odd, one that I haven't heard reported before. Try this to see what happens...Go to the 'Scheduled Recording' screen, then dial to a digital channel that shows up there, but not during normal channel selection. Set a timer recording to start in 2 minutes on that channel, on the dvd side-Note, digital channels can not be recorded on the VHS side. Turn off the unit and wait for it to start recording and see if the channel is active.

You may need to manually add any digital channel that, for whatever reason, isn't being found during the auto ch search. Go into Functions, then Setup, and look for Set Channels Manually tab from the side column menu. Thumb down thru the ch list to find the mysteriously shy digital channels, and then use the Arrow button to arrow over to Add/Del column, and Add them if they are listed as deleted.
The same video thumbnail window you see in the Record menu, appears in the Add/Del menu, so you'll be able to see what channels or active or blank.
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I also have some odd channel numbers and three-digit numerals appearing on the unit's display. The manual doesn't seem to address this.

Is there video coming thru, or are they blank?

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Problem is that I can't seem to get the digital channels to appear, even after running the auto channel search. The digital channels are out there as my cheapo D to A converter box into the same TV finds them just fine.

Another odd observation is that when I go to the VHS 'Scheduled Recording' screen and scroll through the thumbnail video in the lower left corner with channel number readouts, it sees the digital channels just fine. So apparantly the internal digital tuner is working...I just can't get them to appear on regular viewing.

I also have some odd channel numbers and three-digit numerals appearing on the unit's display. The manual doesn't seem to address this.



I've plodded through this forum's pages and can't find anything similar but there does seem to be gobs of useful info on other problems. Are there any alternative hookup diagrams for this DMR-EZ48VK that might be helpful?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Whit

Upon power-up the RF output is not modulated. Press the SCHEDULE button twice to modulate the RF output. The other EZ48 outputs, composite, component, S-Video and HDMI are active whenever the EZ48 is powered on. The RF output is modulated whenever a videotape or DVD is playing or being recorded. Viewing through the non-RF connections will always provide better picture quality.

The VCR section does not record digital signals, only analog signals or digital signals converted to analog signals by an external device.

The DVD section records digital and analog signals.

The "odd channels" are digital sub-channels. Once the analog stations are gone all your channels will have those sub-channel numbers. The "-" for direct tuning of the sub-channel number is to the right of the zero "0" on the remote. See page 16 of the DMR-EZ48V Operating Instructions. At the moment there are some wackos on my TV at channel 110-2014. That's a good place to dump them. Whoops, the woman on the show just said something that makes sense. There's still hope!

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I understand the lack of availability of the Panasonic DMR-EZ485VK, but what are the main differences between the Panasonic DMR-EZ485VK and the Panasonic DMR-EZ48 are?
Something to do with HDMI connectivity? Or is it upconverting?
Even Panasonic.com does not have the answer in its compare pages, and there is no wajo like page here. I don't have 8 hours

Will be doing a parellel test between the Panasonic DMR-EZ48 and the Philips 3576 before returning one or giving one away.
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... what are the main differences between the Panasonic DMR-EZ485VK and the Panasonic DMR-EZ48?

5VK? Seriously though, there are absolutely no differences. And the Philips is definitely a keeper.
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I understand the lack of availability of the Panasonic DMR-EZ485VK, but what are the main differences between the Panasonic DMR-EZ485VK and the Panasonic DMR-EZ48 are?
Something to do with HDMI connectivity? Or is it upconverting?
Even Panasonic.com does not have the answer in its compare pages, and there is no wajo like page here. I don't have 8 hours

The Panasonic machines are identical. The DMR-EZ485V, originally sold by Costco and Sam's Club, comes with a HDMI cable included, the DMR-EZ48V does not.

The Philips offers versatility and reliability; the Panasonic is more limiting and may require the use of workarounds to maintain satisfactory functionality. With the Panasonic the good picture quality goes out to the LP four hour recording mode; and Flexible Recording fits or fills recordings of a specific duration to a blank or partially filled DVD providing the best picture quality possible based upon the free disc space. With the Philips the good picture quality goes out to the SPP 2.5 hour recording mode (and for some material the LP three hour recording mode is OK).

Philips advantages are storage capacity, editing of hard drive recordings and high speed dubbing to DVD. Wajo's sticky thread provides much information, e.g. the front and end-cut editing procedure not found in the Owner's Manual. There is a learning process here, this is a sophisticated machine. Likewise, the Panasonic Operating Instructions require serious study and some of the workarounds are posted in various threads.

One must use an external VCR to have satisfactory videotape copying results with either machine.

The Panasonic does not offer Flexible Recording when using front panel control for copying videotaped recordings with the built-in VHS section. The front panel copying control method causes DVD recording to stop and start whenever a videotape index mark is encountered, brief rewinding of the videotape, creation of a new DVD "title" at that point and an overlap of programming material at the end and beginning of both "titles." Try this yourself to see if you may tolerate these results that are beyond "crude." I have reported this design "feature" in many posts in this and other threads. If you are unwilling to read or believe earlier posts try this Panasonic "feature" for yourself and report your findings.

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I understand the lack of availability of the Panasonic DMR-EZ485VK, but what are the main differences between the Panasonic DMR-EZ485VK and the Panasonic DMR-EZ48 are?
Something to do with HDMI connectivity? Or is it upconverting?
Even Panasonic.com does not have the answer in its compare pages, and there is no wajo like page here. I don't have 8 hours

Will be doing a parellel test between the Panasonic DMR-EZ48 and the Philips 3576 before returning one or giving one away.

Costco has the Panasonic in the local warehouse (not online, last I checked).
Prices was $279.
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1. Interesting. Was playing with the channel up/down buttons on the front panel of the deck..... and found that it was far faster and surer changing channels quickly, even skipping through multiple channels, vs. the remote control. Seems that for this Panasonic deck, the remote control signals takes just a few moments longer to process vs. the front panel buttons. This results in the 'sluggish' channel changing noted earlier (vs. other HDTV devices like a HDTV TV or a HDTV TV Converter box).
It's almost as if the deck should be faster at processing remote control signals in order to match the channel change speed using the front panel buttons.

2. Sometimes gets into the no audio mode.

Still havent' found a consistent reason for this except guessing perhaps pushing the remote control buttons a bit too quickly or in a different pattern. Occured about 3-4 times in the past two months. Pushing the reset button on the front panel is the only fix.

3. Pressing Direct Navigator button twice in a row quickly one day somehow got the deck stuck displaying only 'NV' on the front panel with VHS tape and DVD-RAM disc in the machine. Seems it didn't like something about reading the DVD-RAM disc then being canceled so quickly? Anyways, haven't been able to reproduce that, but again, RESET button on the front panel fixed the total machine lock (yep, no buttons worked at all on the machine or the remote control).

4. The nine or so RPC1 remote codes published for the European 48 deck doesn't work for the USA deck. Sigh.... Guess my Philips Divx/DVD player will have to remain connected, passthrough, in order to watch foreign DVDs ....still.... Annoying (but expected for most US decks) for foreign film enthusiasts! Simply wish one deck would play them all.... (then again, even the Lord of the Rings had to battle for that!)
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Hi all,

I am considering purchasing this recorder and after doing a little research I notice this in the manual p.54.
"Recordings are divided into about 5-minute chapters"

"There is a pause of several seconds between recordings and chapters during playback."

Does this mean that if I make a DVD recording from cable or from a separate input source the unit will automatically create chapters every 5 minutes.
But on playback it will pause at every new chapter?

Thanks.
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It should read, There is a pause of ~1 second between different titles or recordings.
Within a particular title there will be no pauses between chapters, they flow smoothly and you never know you're on a different chapter.
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It should read, There is a pause of ~1 second between different titles or recordings.
Within a particular title there will be no pauses between chapters, they flow smoothly and you never know you're on a different chapter.

Thanks. That's what I was hoping it meant.
How about playback on a different DVD player after finialising the DVD?
Should have no pause between chapters right?
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Thanks. That's what I was hoping it meant.
How about playback on a different DVD player after finialising the DVD?
Should have no pause between chapters right?

There is no "pause" between chapters.

When Panasonic manuals are translated from Japanese to English the translator may have no idea how to convey a certain meaning or use a word or words that may convey the correct thought or meaning in English.

See two nearly inscrutable translations from the DMR-EZ17 Service Manual found here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...6#post14709306

If I hadn't already had personal experience with this situation I would have had very little clue as to what the translator was attempting to convey.

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For the past few days my EZ48VK has been, while idle, resetting its time to 6:57 and becoming non-responsive to any commands. Rebooting it cures it...for awhile. It's been used seldom (less than a year old) and has worked well up until now. Any ideas?
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For the past few days my EZ48VK has been, while idle, resetting its time to 6:57 and becoming non-responsive to any commands. Rebooting it cures it...for awhile. It's been used seldom (less than a year old) and has worked well up until now. Any ideas?

How do you have the clock settings? Automatic, or do you manually program the time? Try setting the clock manually, if you didn't alreay, and see if the problem happens again.
If it does it again, try a full reset, by pressing the Rest button on the front panel behind the door.

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The last reboot seems to have done the trick. Pesky electronic gremlins.
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On my opinion, Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK 1080p Upconverting VHS DVD Recorder with Built In Tuner is good for transferring VHS tapes to DVD, and the DVD playback is also great. One of the best feature I like most is that Panasonic engineered the 4-hour LP recording speed of the DVD drive to provide crisp recordings with the same playback quality as the 2-hour SP speed
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While the EZ-48 may make some decent recordings, the "built in tuner" really has nothing to do with "transforming VHS tapes to DVD" and while the 4hr LP speed may provide "crisp recordings" for a static test pattern, I wouldn't call it "same playback quality as the 2-hour SP speed" by any stretch of the imagination. Introduce any motion and that "crisp recording" will look like a macroblocking mess....JMO
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Do I need two different remote codes (one for VHS, another for DVD) to operate the EZ-48 on a universal remote? Should I use separate functions (VCR / DVD) on hte universal remote or look specifically for a universal remote that includes codes for DVD-R ?
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Do I need two different remote codes (one for VHS, another for DVD) to operate the EZ-48 on a universal remote? Should I use separate functions (VCR / DVD) on hte universal remote or look specifically for a universal remote that includes codes for DVD-R ?

No. All the commands are in one device code - Panasonic DVD. UEI made remotes (some radio shack, one-for-all, charter, comcast, directv, etc.) will use DVD code 0490, 0632, 1638, 1661 or possibly 1490. For newer remotes that use 5 digit codes, add 2 to the front (i.e., 0490 becomes 20490). Other manufacturer's codes will be different. It's a very common code, so most universals should have it. If you go the UEI route, HERE's a short list of compatible remotes and a link to the advanced codes for every function on the panasonic. Keep in mind that as long as you have the original remote to learn from, any learning remote will work.
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Do I need two different remote codes (one for VHS, another for DVD) to operate the EZ-48 on a universal remote? Should I use separate functions (VCR / DVD) on hte universal remote or look specifically for a universal remote that includes codes for DVD-R ?

Most cheap universal remotes will not access many of the menus and functions of Panasonic DVD recorders.

For full functionality use a universal learning remote and teach that remote the missing functions from the original Panasonic remote.

See this post and the posts that follow it for discussion of an inexpensive Philips universal learning remote:

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No. All the commands are in one device code - Panasonic DVD. UEI made remotes (some radio shack, one-for-all, charter, comcast, directv, etc.) will use DVD code 0490, 0632, 1638, 1661 or possibly 1490.

Actually I'm trying to program my Pioneer PDP-150 TV remote to control the Panny EV-48 as a backup. So I'm not looking for full functionality - just the ability to control basic functions.

I got the DVD / DVD-R switch to accept the 0490 code and it seems to work OK though there are some differences in that the Pio remote has >> key and the Panny has both >> and >>| keys.

The Pio has a switch for VCR operation and I'd thought I'd need a separate code to use the remote to operate the EV-48 with a VCR tape. But that wasn't the case, as when I inserted a VCR tape, I was able to leave the PIO remote on DVD / DVD-R and control the basic functions of the VCR function.

Interestingly, the >> button performed slighlty differently for the VHS tape (stop to blank screen, then fast forward) than with the DVD (freeze picture, then advance to next chapter).

So I guess the general takeaway is that you need only one remote code and that code should be entered as a DVD-R functionality on your universal remote, if available. If only DVD (without -R) functionality is available try the 0490 code anyways - you'll just lose the rec capablity.

Thanks for the quick response. I've used the Maganavox / Phillips cheap programmable universal remotes and have found them to be very light and well-thought out. I've even been able to program TV functions (vol) onto keys dedicated for, say, DVD functions. I'm looking for a similiar Maganavox / Phillips remote that has color keys for Direct TV functions.
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The radio shack 15-134 and 15-133 have colored buttons and the DirecTV code. You can put any command or macro on just about any button. You can put absolutely every panasonic function on these remotes without learning. You can even add commands not on the original remote like eject and discrete on/off. If you buy or build an interface cable, you can even program them from your computer. These cheap little remotes are really way more powerful than they seem. I've never seen anything else come anywhere close for the price.
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