Originally Posted by Kelson
So is this what you have been seeing in general with your recorders? That you get 15-1600 recording hours out of them before they fail?
My report concerning two DMR-EZ17 models with recently failed laser assemblies should be regarded as anecdotal.
A survey of my Panasonic DVD Recorder list with latest recording log data shows these estimated recording hours for my Panasonics:
**DMR-ES30V 4,384 (Panasonic replaced the DVD Drive, under warranty, due to a failed laser assembly at around 1073 hours.)
**DMR-ES35V 0 (This ES35 is new in its box)
*DMR-ES35V 522 (Originally purchased as a parts machine with a good DVD Drive that was swapped into an ES15. Now fully functional with swapped in DVD Drive originally from the other ES35 parts machine and Digital PCB from the below ES35.)
**DMR-ES35V 120 (Factory replaced DVD Drive and Digital PCB swapped in from DMR-ES46V. Original ES35V DVD Drive had laser assembly failure at 3,140 recording hours.)
***DMR-ES46V 3,140 (Swapped in DVD Drive from above ES35 due to failed laser assembly at 3,140 hours. This DMR-ES46 is "dead.")
***DMR-ES35V (Originally purchased as a parts machine. Good original DVD was then swapped into an ES15. That DVD Drive laser assembly later failed after nine months use.)
*DMR-ES25 1,338 (This figure is laser use time, mostly playing DVDs, not recording hours)
***DMR-ES15 (This ES15 was purchased with a bad DVD Drive. A good DVD Drive from a DMR-ES35 parts machine was swapped into place, the recorder was used for nine months until the DVD Drive laser assembly failed with around 1,113 recording hours.)
***DMR-ES15 (This ES15 was purchased with a bad DVD Drive. A good DVD Drive from a DMR-ES35 parts machine was swapped into place, the recorder was used for around one month and then rotated into standby use. Eight months later this ES15 was found "dead." This DVD Drive, along with a good Digital PCB--see above--was later swapped into the ES35 attributed with 522 recording hours.)
***DMR-EZ17 1,665 (failed laser assembly)
***DMR-EZ17 1,523 (failed laser assembly)
*These recorders are in daily use.
**These recorders are set aside for standby use.
***These recorders are designated as parts machines.