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I just acquired two "new" (mfg 2/99 but unused or little-used)
HD1000's, and would be interested to know what peculiarities other
owners have noticed about them. Here's what I've noticed:

Provided I keep them cool, not stacking anything with them that
gets them warm, they seem to work OK. I also don't use the first
minute or so of the 300 Panasonic tape as it seems to be dropout-
prone.

More troublesome is the fact that, with both of them, if I insert
a tape that is not at one end, I sometimes (maybe 1 out of 3 times)hear a squeaking noise as the VCR attempts to go into play, then it stops. Believing the tape was being stretched, I played back that part of the tape and found a minor dropout. So I now rewind the tape to one end or the other in another machine before inserting. Anyone else find this?

The DST50 audio does not play reliably into my Denon 4800, so upon
advice here, I got a Technics AC-500 and all is well.

What other problems should i watch out for?

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The Panasonic DF-300 tapes are junk, except for the very early models of the PV-HD1000 which only seem to accept true D-VHS blanks. Otherwise, if you have a newer model (without all the grills on the top of the unit), go with Fuji or TDK S-VHS blanks. They rarely have the dropouts at the beginning and end of tapes that the Panasonics have. Also, I've seen more breakups and dropouts in the middle of recordings made on Panasonic tapes.

The audio dropout problem is NOT solved by using the SH-AC500D decoder; it merely masks the dropout as a minor 'tick'. The audio problem reportedly disappears completely if you play back the tape through either the JVC HM-DH30000 D-VHS deck or the 16x9Time modified DTC-100 (and hence, their digital outputs are compatible with those AC-3 decoders that don't do error concealment, like the Denon 4800).

Other problems to watch out for: if a timer does not complete recording because it runs out of tape, when you insert your next tape the PV-HD1000 will immediately jump into record mode (!). One solution is to pop the tabs on all your recordings. Also, you can turn the record timer off in the TU-DST50/51 before inserting the cassette.

Clean the tape heads regularly. Some recordings I thought were badly done because of dropouts turned out to be perfect; I just needed to clean the heads.

Keep the TU-DST50/51 cool as well. It is just as prone to overheating.

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Thanks for input, Dylan; useful info.

While I have not spent a lot of time listening since I got the AC-500,
I have not heard any ticks prominent enough to attract attention. Just
recorded Green Mile, and it seems perfect.

My HD1000's have about 2/3 of the top slotted, so they must be early models. I'll get one S tape and try it.

Have you noticed the "squeak" thing when inserting a tape somewhere in
the middle?

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