Originally Posted by lw1988
thanks. Looks like the buying the Magnavox may be a better option then fixing the Panasonic? Does the Magnavox have a S-Video or RCA Input to record from external sources? Sorry...guess I'm too lazy to dig through the specs and see if I can find any info. The Walmart page doesn't say. Looks like it has a large hard drive and you can remove commercials from recordings and then burn to DVD. I'm sure it wouldn't be a perfect replacement to the Panasonic, but sounds like it will be close.
Be sure to start your research with the table of contents in the first post in Wajo's sticky thread. With that resource one quickly and easily may find all manner of detail.
I've been very satisfied with my Magnavox HDD/DVD recorders in a great variety of situations. But there are certain considerations when moving from a Panasonic HDD/DVD recorder to a Magnavox HDD/DVD recorder. If I were in your situation I would first have your DMR-EH75 repaired for the $130 flat-rate repair at the Elgin Service Center.
With my usage profile I have around thirty fully functional recorders with thirteen recorders set up for daily use and the rest are set aside as "standbys." Six of the recorders in daily use are HDD/DVD models (one Panasonic, two Philips and three Magnavox). I have two other Magnavox HDD/DVD recorders set aside for standby use. Do I have enough HDD/DVD recorders on hand? Probably not. I've been considering adding a new Magnavox 513 to my group of recorders.Depending upon your usage profile I might suggest that you also add a Magnavox HDD/DVD recorder to your holdings. After all, one might never have too many recorders, might one?
One of my regular use situations is the recording of a weekday one hour long commentary program. I had been using a 2160A for that purpose. I've been using the (Magnavox) LP recording mode that provides a high-speed dubbing capacity of 3:20:00 per DVD. This has required that five one hour weekday shows be edited down to an average of forty minutes per show in order to bring the total of the week's five shows in under the 3:20:00 total running time. The Magnavox LP recording mode picture quality does not compare well with the Panasonic LP recording mode that provides 4:00:00 per DVD. For that reason I've switched over to a DMR-EH50 to record the five weekday commentary programs. With the switch to a DMR-EH50 there are three benefits:
1. Better picture quality of the Panasonic LP recording mode.
2. Broader approach to editing in order to provide intro/outro graphic sequences formerly edited out prior to high-speed dubbing.
3. Forty additional minutes of program content per DVD allowing for inclusion of related programming content on the same DVD with the five weekday shows.
For that specific purpose
I find the Panasonic DMR-EH50 to be superior to the Magnavox HDD/DVD models.
For use as an ATSC or clear QAM tuner/recorder the Magnavox has the advantage over the EH series Panasonic recorders (that have anlog tuners only). One good feature is the Magnavox/Philips amplified RF pass through (unmodulated) output useful for daisy chaining recorders. I'm currently using a four recorder daisy chain (from a Philips 3575 to a Magnavox 2160 to a Panasonic DMR-EZ28 to a DMR-EZ17). The Magnavox has the usual line inputs, S-Video and composite for use with external programming sources, e.g., cable converters, satellite receivers or third party devices (Tivo, Moxi).
There are other considerations--primarily the picture quality advantage of the Panasonic out to the LP (four hour per DVD) recording mode. To find comparible picture quality with Philips and Magnavox HDD/DVD recorders one must stay with the SP recording mode that provides 2:10:00 of programming content per DVD with high-speed dubbing.
Most of my recording is early talkie movies through movies of the film noir era as shown by Turner Classic Movies. I record TCM's High Definition feed. Most of the movies I record are black and white. I also record occasional color and widescreen movies. For those purposes I most often use the Panasonic LP recording mode. When using my Philips and Magnavox recorders I find comparable picture quality at SP, but also good enough picture quality at SPP (2:46:30 hours per DVD) and LP (3:20:00 hours per DVD). Wajo provides this and more extensive information, including a helpful table, found here:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...tcount=19#HSD5
This is typical of the detail that may be found in Wajo's extensive reference work. Wajo even provides important information that has been omitted from the Owner's Manual. Where the Owner's Manuals don't give a clue as to front and end cut editing procedures, Wajo does.