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post #1 of 9 Old 12-08-2001, 01:02 AM - Thread Starter
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After waiting for 2 weeks for the delivery of the VCR, I spent over 3 hours testing this unit. Needless to say, I'm disappointed.

Pro:

Can watch what you're dubbing before completion

Can have visible picture when fast forwarding in scan mode

D-VHS recording of analog source is nice with more tape time than S-VHS or VHS SP

The audio quality for D-VHS/analog recording is impeccable, even at the slow x3 speed.

Much faster transport (than PV-HD1000)

3 A/V inputs plus 2 D-Link inputs

Con:

No digital audio output signal on VHS or SVHS recordings

No digital audio input for recording

No built-in HD turner

No analog sound volume control

Cannot see the HD picture if connected to TU-DST50, only see it AFTER starting recording (this may be unique to my unit)

CANNOT play back tapes recorded on the PV-HD1000 without pixalations every 5 seconds.. The same tape plays perfectly on the Panasonic, and if dubbed to JVC, Panasonic can play back the JVC-recorded tapes perfectly too (this may just be a defect on my unit for its inability to adjust tracking on Panasonic-recorded tapes)

No analog or SVHS version of the HD tapes/sources

Analog source looks HORRIBLE if displayed in component mode

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That's about it for now. Feel free to ad your reviews.
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Did you record HD OTA via the Panasonic TU-DST5x? If so, what were the results? I think this the most important test of the JVC.

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Yes.. it recorded OTA fine but you can't see the picture until AFTER you push the record button. So you can't tune or change channels using the connection to the JVC. I had to hook up a cheap 5 inch monitor to the Panasonic to see what's happening.
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How was the sound quality of the OTA Dolby Digital 2.0? Any dropouts? Do you have a Dish 5000 Modulator you could test an HD/DD 5.1 signal from?

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Yes.. it recorded OTA fine but you can't see the picture until AFTER you push the record button. So you can't tune or change channels using the connection to the JVC. I had to hook up a cheap 5 inch monitor to the Panasonic to see what's happening.
I tried to make it record from a TU 51 and it did not work. The I Link was present and the 2 devices communicated but I could not make the speed HS. It would go to Auto and when I pressed record the deck would start up and then stop immediately.

What is the trick to make the JVC record from the TU 50x????

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One of the key questions is what revision of f/w do you have in your box. I know when I sent my dst50 in for repair, it came back with different f/w. I believe the Japan JVC only works with the DST50 with the new f/w if I remember posts correctly.

Are there different revisions of the dst51 firmware?

I dont know if there is a way to check this but it would be sure nice to start building a table with this info since w/o it, there is no way of knowing this key part.

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Can anyone confirm that tapes made on the Panny 1000 VCR can be played back flawlessly and without pixalation on the JVC?

Virtually all my Panasonic tapes don't play back well on my JVC.

I need to know whether it's a design problem or my unit's inability to track digital tapes properly.
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jlin,

I have several tapes made on a Panny, and read them with the Japanese 30000 and 35000.
Most work, but I had a few problems:

. One tape could not be read at all.

. Another tape exhibits constant drops outs on the 35000, but could be read on the 30000 after several tries. I had to put it in and out many times before being able to play it. I made a copy then, and use now the copy.

So, there might very well be a tracking problem between your 2 decks. The problem is to know which one is correctly aligned. If the more recent JVC is correct and the Panny wrong, I would suggest to make copies from the Panny towards the JVC while your Panny is still working, and when you're done, service the Panny.

I have the same problem with an S-VHS deck: not having noticed soon enough that its heads had gone south, I have to keep an old deck to play tapes which do not track correctly on a recent deck.

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I have way too many HDTV tapes to copy to correct JVC's inability to play back Panasonic tapes with pixalation. I'll going to call JVC on Monday to see what they have to say.
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