Tested the new JVC DH35000 DVHS released in Japan.
The top one is the DH35000, the bottom is a Toshiba A-HD2000 which is a OEM of the old DH30000 with a different outlook.http://mavis.telhope.com/~lion/temp/IMG_0074.jpghttp://mavis.telhope.com/~lion/temp/IMG_0072.jpg
The DH35000 has a separate 3 RCAs YPbPr connectors in addition to the usual D-type component connection on the DH30000. The 2 outputs are active at the same time so you can drive 2 displays.
It plays and outputs all HD formats such as 1080i and 720p. 720p can be downconvert to 1080i if needed but 480i/p can't be upconverted.
In addition to the usual optical digital out like the DH30000, this new DH35000 has a 5.1 analog RCAs audio out. But the 5.1 analog only output AAC multi-channels but NOT DD5.1. DD5.1 is only outputed via the optical digital.
The HD picture quality is MUCH better than the old DH30000. In my projecting system (CRT projector NEC XG85), the improvement is around 10-20% IMO. The picture is much dynamic, higher resolution, better color and more 3D. It's a overall much better picture.
The DH35000 plays ATSC HD tape like the DH30000. The mystery "downconvert" soft picture of the DH30000 playing ATSC HD tape is FIXED. No need to play a Japanese BS tape before ATSC HD playing. This time ATSC HD tape always plays in HD! The every 5-10mins 0.5 sec audio drop via the optical digital is still there like the DH30000. Btw, no picture freeze problem like the US DH30000U.
The DH35000 runs much cooler than the DH30000.
The DH35000 talks to a US Panasonic PV-HD1000 DVHS and can copy HD tape between the 2 DVHS like the DH30000. I guess it should works with a US Panasonic TU-DST50/51 for recording like the DH30000.
That's about it.