Originally Posted by DigaDo
Can you imagine that after three years there are still some folks purchasing EZ series combo recorders?
This March 2007 DMR-EZ47 combo recorder was advertised as having a functional DVD Drive but a non-functional VCR section. The seller had been using this EZ47 as a DVD player with Progressive Scan and HDMI connectivity enabled.
The top cover had scuff marks indicating that this EZ47 had been placed in a stack but it had been removed from the stack before my arrival.
The seller demonstrated this EZ47 with a connection to a large flat panel HDTV by briefly playing a commercial DVD. I brought along a blank TY 8x DVD-R and a recently finalized home-recorded TCM disc that was played satisfactorily for a brief time. DVD Drive operation, to that extent, appeared normal. As the EZ47 was not connected to a signal source I did not attempt to record to the blank DVD.
Later it was found that this EZ47 had been set up for clear QAM and/or line in/out use. A general reset was carried out; setup menus were accessed and reconfigured according to my regular utilization profile. Following minor repair/restoration and servicing procedures this EZ47 has been set aside as a standby recorder.
Upon opening this DMR-EZ47 there was a “what’s this?” moment, a power tap spliced into the DVD Drive wired power feed, but for what purpose? The power tap was removed to restore original wiring integrity.
I found that the VHS mechanism had two issues. First, with non-powered manual operation the videotape visor release finger didn’t always align properly with the cassette visor release. This resulted in a jamb at the cassette’s forward-most point of travel. With powered operation this condition prevented the tape from being drawn out for threading along the tape path and across the rotating drum. Second, following such a jamb the resulting powered eject revealed other alignment and functional irregularities during the eject routine. The upper cross-over brace and the lower cradle assembly were replaced with boxed spare parts (from a DMR-ES35 parts machine). These swapped-in parts are indicated in the first photo. (Later examination of the removed parts revealed no obvious irregularities.) Now, with the swapped-in parts, the cassette visor opens normally followed by normal tape threading, as seen in the second photo. The tape path, including the fixed/rotating heads and pinch-roller, were very clean prior to the cleaning procedure, with very little soiling of the cotton swab, see the third photo.
The DVD Drive was opened for lens, rubber hub and spindle cleaning. There was no dust found on the disc tray. The rubber hub/spindle area appeared in near-new condition. The lens, rubber hub and spindle areas were given the routine cleaning. The cotton swab, seen in the earlier post, had very little soiling. In operation, the DVD Drive is quiet and reads normally. I haven’t yet had an opportunity to test recording and/or finalizing performance.
The rear-mounted cooling fan functions normally.
To supplement the earlier photos, the fourth photo provides a closer view of the power supply, the Digital PCB showing the LSI and ATI chips and the cooling fan; the fifth photo provides a closer view of the power supply and the “tin can” tuner.
I purchased this EZ47 primarily as a standby recorder, an ATSC tuner/recorder or as a source for a VXY1961 DVD Drive for swapping into one of my other 2007 model year EZ models that had a laser assembly failure last fall.
If I remember correctly the original asking price was $55 in the first Craig’s List ad. The asking price was dropped in subsequent ads. The final ad had an asking price of $25. I paid the $25 without bargaining.