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Here's a few quick impressions.
Start with the Conclusion: After testing with DirecTV & Dish HD sources, I notice only a very marginal decrease in
"apparent" resolution of multiple types of materials (Band of Brothers, upconverts, Sho OAR materials). This is the
best "VCR" I have ever owned.
I am taking the Component outs from my Denon 5800 which includes highband component switching. The downside of
this is that the unit has to be on to pass picture info, necessitating an update of macros on the pronto. Power
on/off is discrete.
1. Design: This is a "retro" unit. Reminds me of the old decks that used to be wheeled in on carts for high
school documentaries. The picture quality is what counts, but this looks like throwback (despite being plastered
with HDTV logos) of VCRs of yore. My only question of whether the intention was to look retro or that is the state of JVC professional industial design.
2. Build quality: My unit is used when bought but the side panels are loose and I hope the unit is more durable
than initial appearances.
3. Remote: Went to Remote Central to get a download and integrate it into my setup. Some trial and error, best
starting point for me was a JVC HR-4800U Device CCF that was done in the "Daniel" style which fit perfectly with my
schema. Moved of some useless buttons off transport amazing how few actually work).
4. Documentation: Help. Only have the 4 page marketing literature. Similar to the 4 page PDF for the Step up SR-W7U unit on the JVC site. Would appreciate any pointers to real documentation.
5. PQ on HD: FANTASTIC. Haven't tried OTA yet but assume it will be the same or better.
6. PQ on S-VHS: I saved a about 50 movies in S-VHS format. It is amazing how BAD the PQ is. Garbage in-Garbage out. HD has really risen expectations on PQ. By the way, you need to hook up an S-Video cable to the additional sets of line inputs. Could also pump out S-VHS but I don't think I'll bother doing S-Video into the unit as I'll only be archiving HD sources. (I know the Dish 6000 does output widescreen S-VHS, so I may play with, but doubt I'll record on S-VHS.
7. Cables. My current potenial "weak link" is the use of the Component cable bundled with the Dish 6000 I needed to insert between the Denon and the VCR.
8. Sound: What can I say. Stereo analog. Still sounds good through the Dennon. Only question is if the Denon is
putting out straight stereo (DPL encoded) or layering on THX Cinema when outbound. Still sounds very good, but not
DD 5.1 or Surround EX. There are tradeoffs in any device, but even though I cherish DTS Discrete 6.1 sound, this
one I can live with (hopefully even better with DPL II in the future....)
Bottom line is the same: Great HD PQ, would like to compare to Panny/5000/HD setup, but alas I think my next purchase in HD recording with be of the firewire variety and not anytime soon.
[This message has been edited by rudolpht (edited 09-23-2001).]
Selling Anthem PVA7.
STABILITY + Superior audio (SC09-TX) + Incredible picture (VPL-VW200) + good integration.