Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Roswell, GA, USA
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When Andy Thomas first announced the availability of the DTC100 DV mod in early January, I was probably the FIRST person to send in a payment. I was so excited that I overnighted him a check the next day so I could be near the top of the install list. I don't recall exactly how much money I sent him, but it was around $600 (I paid for the "one year upgrade option" and installation, too). I'm not going to rehash all that has gone on with the company since then (check the archives); let's just say that as of a month or two ago I had written off my $600 and assumed that there would never be a product.
I really wasn't that interested in the Panasonic HD1000 capability since I didn't own an HD1000 and knew they were discontinued; the DV is what I really wanted. When Richard Adams made his post several weeks ago I decided to give him a call just to see what was going on. We had a great hour-long conversation and I ultimately decided to go ahead and send my DTC100 in for the Panasonic DVHS mod. Here's why:
1) I already owned a DV camcorder (which is what attracted me to the whole DV concept to begin with), but knew that I would end up buying a standalone DV deck for convenience. These cost around $1k.
2) I asked Richard a simple question: If the DV capability were production ready, how would it stack up against the existing Panasonic DVHS option? He said that DVHS would be his top choice, followed by Hi8, with DV at the rear; primarily because of the physical size of the media and the possibility for dropouts caused by this. All three would produce great results, but DVHS would probably be the most reliable and dropout-free.
That pretty much sealed the deal for me. I found a nice Panasonic HD1000 on eBay for a little over the $1k I would have spent on a DV deck, and I sent my DTC100 to 169time last Thursday to be modified.
A few comments on my dealings with 169time over the past few weeks:
1) Emails have been answered promptly and Richard has been available every time I have called him.
2) They found a problem with my DTC100 (poor signal reception when cold) which they emailed me about and I discussed on the phone with Richard. I decided to go ahead and have my DTC100 modified anyway since I leave it turned on all the time and had never seen that problem happen to me.
3) Despite that delay, the mod was completed and the unit was shipped back to me promptly on Tuesday and I was emailed a tracking number. It is currently on a FedEx van in my neighborhood and I will be receiving it today.
I'm not going to condone the lack of information that we all suffered through for many months; however, I believe that they are making a concerted effort to resolve these problems and my experience the last few weeks has been outstanding.
I do think that HDnet and HBO-HD recording is forthcoming and that is the "holy grail" in my mind. If not, I still think I got my moneys worth.
Tomorrow I will post a followup regarding how the unit performs. If you are like I was and sitting on the fence regarding getting your DTC100 modified, give Richard a call. I'm sure he'll be more than happy to hear from you.