Join Date: May 2000
Location: Rindge, NH, USA
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Just another input on the difference between these two versions of the Panasonic PV-HD1000: A friend brought over several tapes he had made on his Demo HD-1000 along with his two VCRs (both Demos). The picture broke up badly on my consumer deck,but played back cleanly on both his Demo decks. I had just gotten a Demo deck, had ordered the consumer, narrow-gap head assembly for it and wasaiting to change it out. The tapes played cleanly on it as well - three out of three!
From this, I would agree that the consumer decks, with the narrow gaps record a higher signal flux density on the tape than do the demo decks. However, the wide gap, Demo heads can retrieve a clean signal from tapes that have a lower flux density.
While both versions can record and playback tapes, this seems to further substantiate that the best results would come from recording on a consumer deck and playing back on a Demo deck. Accordingly, I plan to set up that way and nmot change out the heads on my Demo deck, while my friend plans to change out the heads on one of his.