Originally Posted by jjeff
Yes for VHS you don't need an expensive DVD filter like the two in the title of this thread. Note depending on your "combo" you may or probably may not be able to insert the filter between your VHS and DVD section. AFAIK all Panasonic combos allow you to route the signal through a external filter but I don't think many other brands allow this.
I too was wondering what Citibear was talking about then he's spoke about these cheap VHS filters, then about a month ago he posted a link and sure enough they were ~$20. You might want to try searching on his name to look for that post. I can't remember where it was but it would have been in the DVDR forum for sure.
Yes, you are right about the routing problems. Fortunately, I've already figured that part out <<img src="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/biggrin.gif
" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />> I have extra VCR's and DVD's here that I can hook up to the VCR/DVD combo unit as an auxillary component. It has the inputs because the unit can also accept camcorders, etc. I haven't tried it yet, but will as soon as I get a few more VHS tapes done.
Just for info's sake, I have a Toshiba DV-R610. It's has a couple idiosyncrasies, but nothing to really complain about. There aren't many editing capabilities, but it gets the job done. There is always this folder called "Empty" that just drives me batty (it would be nice if it got deleted when you finalized the disk) and if you copy things in the wrong order, you can't change what order they are listed in.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. At the same time I wrote the group, I wrote CitiBear a private message. He answered me back today with a wonderful note and a link. He said Qualitek had units that get decent reviews (the only complaint being the shipping costs). They run $25-$45 and suggested that the $45 might be the better quality one to get (shipping for that would be $17.50). As I read about it, it looks like it will do copy-righted DVD's as well. I tried to post the URL, but since I'm new the forum won't let me. To help you find it, spelled out it is "qualitekindustries dot com". As I think about it, I think it might be nice to have one that will do that. I have a teenage daughter with a constant stream of friends and it might be nice to back-up their favorite movies so the originals can stay clean.
The other consideration is still the World Imports DP-X7000 that you are all talking about. That one seems to get the best reviews. Do any of you know about the differences between the two units that might make paying twice the price for the DP-X7000 worth it?
Here's a tidbit of info I found out today that you all might find amusing. I figured out that I can copy my Men in Black 2 video, but not Men in Black 1. Hmmmm, now that's interesting. Did someone at the company give up on the idea of protecting it?