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Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: North Western PA
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I got my CT-200(was looking for the CT-2 as well, which was offered on the CompUSA website) yesterday. When all is said and done, it will have cost me $54(this is with tax included).
The guy at CompUSA said that although the CT-2 is listed on the web, the rebate and price also works for the CT-200, which is all the store had anyway.
Yesterday I backed up Simpsons Season 6 DVD's(the first 2 at least). I had them playing out of a Panasonic RP-62 through S-Video to a Panasonic ES30V DVD Recorder/VCR(with the SIMA in between, of course) and recorded the 2 DVD-R's using FR mode to fit all 7 episodes on each disc(total time was about 2hr 40 min). I used the normal mode on the SIMA while making these recordings(at times it seemed a little to "bright" if you will, but the darken mode was just too dark. The enhanced 1&2 mode were too bright, and the normal was a nice compromise between the two and worked just fine)
The results were just as good as when I used the CT-2 earlier this year. No black level bug(I still can't figure out what people are talking about. I think it their equipment. Whether it is the recorder or player).
I was really pleased with my results. The DVD-R's(Maxell's 8X MADE IN JAPAN) done in FR mode look really good(If I had done them in SP mode, it would have looked better, but I would have to spread the episodes out on more discs which I did not want).
I will finish backing up the Simpson's Season 6, and then try a movie. Maybe something with alot of action(or Dark scences and Light Scenes) and that is maybe less than 2 hrs so I can use the SP mode, although the FR mode on the Panny's work great up to 2HR 55min on one DVD.