Here we go again...
My HM-DH30000 periodically loses audio for about one second, every 20 minutes or so. When I rewind the tape to the point where I heard the dropout, the sound is fine. These dropouts can also be heard on the analog outputs of the DH30000.
This is strangely reminiscent of the classic PV-HD1000 - TU-DST50/51 audio problem, except that the DH30000 dropouts are fewer and last longer. I am using a Technics SH-AC500D decoder, which masks the audio dropouts coming from the TU-DST50. With the DH30000, the dropout is long enough that the decoder can't hide it.
Here's another thing to chew on: The video periodically pauses, but this effect is very subtle and most people won't see it. It's even harder to see with movies that have 3:2 pulldown judder. Using 1080i video source material makes the occasional hiccups more obvious since they are not masked by the judder of a film transfer.
I am certain these problems are added by the recording/playback process and are not on the original material. The video problem is subtle enough not to detract from the viewing experience, but a 1 second dropout during dialog is very annoying.
If someone has found a solution to this problem, please speak up. I would love a comment from Andy at 169Time, as he has reported to have solved the Panasonic dropout problem with the HDVR-100.
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