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post #91 of 96 Old 06-24-2011, 01:50 PM
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No DVD recorder ever made, regardless of inputs or market-speak in the specs., could record in HD -- none. They all record in 480i/MPEG-2 as per the DVD-Video specification.

I apologize in advance for saying this, BUT...

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My international Panasonics can record in 576i/50, so they do not ALL record only 480i. Still, you need a PAL source, and those are hard to come by here in the U.S. unless you have some PAL DVDs and play them on an appropriate player.
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Sorry again... Oh, and 576i/50 is NOT high def anyway, so the intent of your statement is still accurate. It is PAL standard def.

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I vaguely remember a thread where someone mentioned that the ES10 had excellent filtering capabilities (unlike the ES20) -- that even if not using it directly to record anymore, it might be handy to use to pass through a signal that you want to record on the DVDR. I'm pretty fuzzy on those details -- does anyone remember that feature? It was an unadvertised capability of that particular model or vintage. The ES10 was a pretty inexpensive recorder, but I've been told it's worth hanging on to.

I have a really old E55 boxed up, too (my first Panny) that was put away when it started exhibiting recording problems when it got toward the end of the disc-- (I suspect it was in serious need of a cleaning). At work we have a barely used combo 35 that was quite a nice machine. Trying to hang on to that. Lately at home I've only left my EA38 hooked up, mostly for audio passthrough to headphones and occasionally dubbing to an external recorder (I dont like the dubbing feature). Even tho I'm not using them, it just doesn't feel right to let these older models go , especially when the old stuff was better made and more reliable than the new!
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I vaguely remember a thread where someone mentioned that the ES10 had excellent filtering capabilities (unlike the ES20) -- that even if not using it directly to record anymore, it might be handy to use to pass through a signal that you want to record on the DVDR. I'm pretty fuzzy on those details -- does anyone remember that feature? It was an unadvertised capability of that particular model or vintage. The ES10 was a pretty inexpensive recorder, but I've been told it's worth hanging on to.

I have a really old E55 boxed up, too (my first Panny) that was put away when it started exhibiting recording problems when it got toward the end of the disc-- (I suspect it was in serious need of a cleaning). At work we have a barely used combo 35 that was quite a nice machine. Trying to hang on to that. Lately at home I've only left my EA38 hooked up, mostly for audio passthrough to headphones and occasionally dubbing to an external recorder (I dont like the dubbing feature). Even tho I'm not using them, it just doesn't feel right to let these older models go , especially when the old stuff was better made and more reliable than the new!

The ES 10 didn't have filtering in the style of the grex or sima. It's Line 1 input has some type of filtering that cleans up VHS tape noise when recorded using the composite connection, not s-video. I'm a believer. I recently archived all the Rumpole tapes to DVD and thought the results were excellent. If you are talking passthru, that's all the RF out can do. The ES 10 doesn't output on RF, just it's analog output.
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It's Line 1 input has some type of filtering that cleans up VHS tape noise when recorded using the composite connection, not s-video. I'm a believer.

That was it. Thanks! Brain blip, but I knew I should keep it for some reason! Didn't realize it wouldn't work with an s-video connection, too - I thought "line in' was "line in." Thanks for that tip
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No problem, too bad it's basically been since '08(more than 6 years ago) since Panasonic has introduced a new model for the N. American market and the only new Panasonic model offered in the US is a couple of international grey market models only available at a few sellers.
Panasonic still sells a few DVD and BD recorders in Europe and maybe other parts of the world but even those are quickly dying off, for the most part DVD recorders were a blip in time. Still the old Panasonics seem to soldier on and with the help of member MICKINCT who does Panasonic DVDR repair have the potential to continue to give good service.
My personal favorite Panasonics are the '05 and '06 model year with the '05 EH-50 and '06 EH-55 being my favorite models. Some of the pre '05 models are also good but personally I'd only want models that can record full D1 resolution on speeds longer than SP, if I only used SP or better it wouldn't matter as much.
Link to a thread talking about MICK and his repairs:
PART 2 -Having issues with your Panasonic DVD Recorder???---- (read)!!

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