>>Color flashing may not always be a sign of worn heads.
Not always, but when you know the head penetration is just a couple of microns and it should be 12 or more that would be my guess. Remember, I used these machines back before I knew better and used those abrasive cleaning tapes everytime I felt the heads needed cleaning. Today I clean heads only when needed and I have over 10,000 hours on my beta editor and the heads still have 15 microns of head penetration. (I have a scope http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
I just may take you up on your offer. I'll have to order some mini DV tapes. I only stock 184 DVCAM here. Any preference? besides 60's? FWIW: I won't be too critical on quality because these tapes I'd like to get dubbed were shot using VHS-C and edited with that 1000 in B1shb. I'm sure the edits arn't all that great too but if I got a good clean dub to something I could see that would be great.
The second SLHF1000 I had won't feed tape right. It's guides are sloppy and I would not prefer to put any good tape in it.
The new AC500 decoder arrived today and I'm looking forward to hooking it up, maybe tonight. I sure hope it makes the DD5.1 perfect. That still is the one remaining embarrassment about my HT.
One of my former 3D studio students stopped in this afternoon and I demoed my HT to him:
His comments were that he was just blown away by the size of the screen, the quality difference between SDTV and HDTV, the lack of quality loss in my DVHS recorder, and most of all was amazed with the DD5.1 sound, ie, until the dropouts occurred. Then I had to make the excuses. Oh well. Maybe by the weekend this problem will be behind me.
Unfortunately, all HDTV movie channels were running SDTV 4:3 so all I could show was DTV199 and the PVHD1000 recording of What Dreams May Come. He could not get over the color in that movie. He is an artist by profession now and was quite familiar with that movie I had on DVHS, although I prefer to demo with the Star Trek tape.
Let me know on those mini DV60's type you prefer. I'll ask for them with my tape dealer. I know he stocks Sony, so if that is OK...
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