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Hi I am new and this is my first post.
My Panasonic DMRES46V just died and I want to replace it. I used it with my Verizon Fios set top box/dvr to make dvd's of premium channel shows and on demand movies that I could not record on the Fios DVR. It worked well until it died and the current Panasonic dvd vhs combo does not seem to be getting good reports.
I like the idea of having a hard drive with the dvd burner and I do not need vhs.
I like the Magnavox mdr515h f7 with the 500g hard drive.
Will I be able to make discs off of my Fios set top /dvr box as I did with the Panasonic?

Thanks for any advice as I am not that technically inclined

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Hi Stu welcome to AVS what was the problem with your es46?

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Hi I am new and this is my first post.
My Panasonic DMRES46V just died and I want to replace it. I used it with my Verizon Fios set top box/dvr to make dvd's of premium channel shows and on demand movies that I could not record on the Fios DVR. It worked well until it died and the current Panasonic dvd vhs combo does not seem to be getting good reports.
I like the idea of having a hard drive with the dvd burner and I do not need vhs.
I like the Magnavox mdr515h f7 with the 500g hard drive.
Will I be able to make discs off of my Fios set top /dvr box as I did with the Panasonic?

Thanks for any advice as I am not that technically inclined

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Welcome to AVS.

This post might help pinpoint problem(s) with your DMR-ES46:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post14479898

I have two of DMR-ES46 models as well as two Magnavox 515 models. I also have three Panasonic HDD/DVD recorders.

Yes, the Magnavox would be a good replacement for a dead DMR-ES46.

The Magnavox 515 has much greater flexibility than any non-hard drive DVD Recorder.

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Thanks for the feedback. I am going to see if I can get the MDR515 or 513 before they are all sold out. Though it seems as though the 515 is the same as the 513 except for the size of the h/d.
It might make more sense uto get two 513 instead of one 515 as the 515 is twice the price and I can always connect an external hard drive to the 513. This way I will have a back up unit.
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The 515's remote is also different, and there are a few other tweaks, but for the most part, they are the same machine.

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The latest SATA-based Mag HDD models are compared here.

The 513 can be updated to operate like the 515 (all op. features, like pre-titling) with SuperFW 727V Update, as described here.

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I was wondering. The price for the 513 is $279 (Walmart) and the price of the 515 is $799 on (Amazon). Does it make sense to get the 515 at more than 2x the price?
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I was wondering. The price for the 513 is $279 (Walmart) and the price of the 515 is $799 on (Amazon). Does it make sense to get the 515 at more than 2x the price?
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Those are grossly, obscenely inflated prices for those 515s. They retailed through WalMart, Target, and Amazon itself (not those "Amazon Marketplace" sellers) for near what the 513 is going for now. The dudes selling them for $800 or more are just jumping on the fact that the 515 isn't available in WalMart anymore. Don't fall for the trap.

I agree with mickinct. Grab the one off of eBay. It's not as cheap as they used to be, but a lot more sense than those $800 ripoff offers.

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Those are grossly, obscenely inflated prices for those 515s. They retailed through WalMart, Target, and Amazon itself (not those "Amazon Marketplace" sellers) for near what the 513 is going for now. The dudes selling them for $800 or more are just jumping on the fact that the 515 isn't available in WalMart anymore. Don't fall for the trap.

I agree with mickinct. Grab the one off of eBay. It's not as cheap as they used to be, but a lot more sense than those $800 ripoff offers.

The one on Ebay compared to the $799 for the one on Amazon looks good. However I being not to technically inclined would rather stay with a new unit, but I am not going to spend $800 for what should only be $300.00
I think I would feel more secure in getting the new 513 from WM for $279.
I was perfectly content with the Panasonic without a hard drive. To now have a 320g h/d will be like going to heaven. Plus I can always link it to an external h/d should I have the need.

I must say all of you have been so helpful thank you very much
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Plus I can always link it to an external h/d should I have the need.


The magnavox cannot be linked???

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Plus I can always link it to an external h/d should I have the need.

I guess he is saying to change the HDD when it's full for a new one, and so on. Then you don't need to dub any title.
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Plus I can always link it to an external h/d should I have the need.


The magnavox cannot be linked???

The following link is of a review that states the unit can be connected to an external H/D should the 320gb no be enough.
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http://www.audiosystemreviews4you.com/magnavoxmdr513h

"• The machine gives you the option of adding extra Hard Drive space for increased storage capacity by simply wiring the unit to an external hard drive."
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The following link is of a review that states the unit can be connected to an external H/D should the 320gb no be enough.
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http://www.audiosystemreviews4you.com/magnavoxmdr513h

"• The machine gives you the option of adding extra Hard Drive space for increased storage capacity by simply wiring the unit to an external hard drive."

Interesting they say that, other than Wajo's sticky thread I haven't read of anyone else doing that modification. It's not as simple as plug and play but with a little ingenuity and the help of the sticky thread it's certainly possible to add external HDDs.
BTW if for whatever reason you find you don't like the operation of the Magnavoxes(they do operate differently than your Panasonic) you also have the option of a international Panasonic w/HDD. They start a~ $350 for a new EH-59(250gb HDD) and top out at the EH-69 with a 320gb HDD a little above $400. They have no option for external HDDs nor the ability to easily replace the DVD burner but they do operate very similar to your ES-46v, of course with a HDD.
Click my signature thread for more info on the international Panasonics.
I'd suggest purchasing your Magnavox from a store that easily takes returns, if you like it great, if not try a Panasonic. Being a grey market device it's a little harder(but not impossible) to return a international Panasonic.
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The following link is of a review that states the unit can be connected to an external H/D should the 320gb no be enough.
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http://www.audiosystemreviews4you.com/magnavoxmdr513h

" The machine gives you the option of adding extra Hard Drive space for increased storage capacity by simply wiring the unit to an external hard drive."

The procedure and history of people replacing/upgrading their HDD and creating a dock-and-play system with multiple external HDDs are described here.
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He never said what was wrong with the ES46.?? I can fix those with my eyes closed.

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Well I just placed an order for a new 513 fro W/M. Should arrive between 4/9-4/12
Thanks for all pof your help will post when it arrives
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