|Originally posted by mkerdman:
1. are S-VHS tapes equal to D-VHS tapes for HD recording on a PV-HD1000 or are they just good enough for time shifting but not for archiving a movie
Murray, you're going to get a wide variety of opinions on this. DVHS tapes are slightly better than SVHS tapes. They have higher remanence, better lubricity, and are smoother. They are also more expensive. Whether you need them or not depends on the condition of your machines. My machines have new heads, and are in perfect working order. I've gone through hundreds of new TDK ST-120XPSP $4.76 tapes without a single lost pixel. Those recordings will be readable on most, if not all working HD1000's. If I used more expensive DVHS tape (JVC DF-300 or DF-420) there might be a couple more very worn out HD1000's that could read the recordings, but to me it's not worth paying twice as much for tape to ensure my recordings will play on every machine out there.
Anyway, if I make a copy for someone who has a worn machine, I can always use the type of tape that works best for them.
To finally answer your question -- If your machine is in good condition, use DVHS or pro tape for time shifting, and plain SVHS for archiving.
|2. will S-VHS tapes cause any harm to the PV-HD1000 heads or other mechanisms
If you have very worn heads new SVHS tapes will tend to clog them, and a good DVHS tape with a few passes on it will tend to clean the heads! If your heads aren't worn, it makes no difference. I don't know of any studies done on comparing head wear caused by DVHS vs. SVHS tape. My guess is that pro tapes with lubricated coatings, e.g. TDK CMPro, will cause less wear.
|3. in using S-VHS tapes do you have to make any modifications to the shell for the PV-HD1000 to accept them as D-VHS
No, the HD1000 doesn't care. The DH30000 is the one that cares and will always try to record analog when stuffed with an unmodified SVHS tape.
Analog -- Always out of adjustment.
Digital -- Always one more bug
[This message has been edited by gridleak (edited 08-01-2001).]