Originally Posted by DigaDo
I can not in good conscience recommend Panasonic EZ series combo recorders (DMR-EZ37V, DMR-EZ47V, DMR-EZ475, DMR-EZ48V and DMR-EZ485) produced in 2007/2008/2009. These models have "digital" tuners.
My experience with five Panasonic EZ series "digital" tuners found ATSC (antenna) reception was usually satisfactory. Clear QAM (cable) reception was seldom entirely satisfactory. All four of my remaining EZ series recorders are enslaved to a Comcast converter box through composite line inputs or RF pass throughs from Philips or Magnavox recorders, thus bypassing the Panasonic "digital" tuner
. If you use a cable company provided converter box or DTA the "analog" outputs allow EZ series recorders to provide satisfactory service with "analog" signal sources. To maintain functionality be sure to use scheduled program workarounds mentioned in earlier posts in this thread.
If you must purchase an EZ series combo recorder they may be found on eBay or Craig's List, the dumping grounds for thousands of these machines returned or disposed of by their original purchasers. A year ago DealTree's starting price for "good working order" DMR-EZ48V combo recorders was $20.98, including shipping. Online "Panasonic Authorized Dealers/Resellers" may still offer the DMR-EZ48V (or similar DMR-EZ485) "Refurbished by Panasonic" with a "Panasonic Refurbished Product Warranty" for around $150, including shipping.
I strongly suggest that you read earlier posts in this thread for more detailed information.
The best current digital tuner Panasonic DVD recorder is the DMR-EZ28V model.
While I own 2 of the EZ models, the 47 and 48, I too wouldn't recommend either to a casual
user, If you are not afraid of 'babying' a unit or are not a techno-phobe, and can find one used or refurbished, I would say try the EZ48. I bought both of my EZs (one refurbed, 1 used) with my eyes wide open, having read dozens of posts on both here. As troublesome as the EZ has been, the 48 may be the least troublesome of the lot. Note, you cannot record digital channels to vhs with the EZ Panny combo units. Sometimes the unit will freeze up during use.
Features that were present in the ES line of combos have been stripped from the EZ line, making dubbing vhs tapes to disc a hassle (the older line, you could set a time limit on the dub, say 1 hour only. The EZs have no ability to set a limit on how long it'll dub. Pressing the dub to vhs button, the tape starts from where ever the tape left offat, and records to disc either until it reaches the end, or you manually stop it.
The more experienced members here will always recommend keeping your existing vcr, and connect it to whatever dvd recorder you purchase, as you will have greater control over how much you dub to disc.
So, with budget in mind here's a few additional options for you to consider. Note, I don't own any of these, I'm only looking at the prices and the return policies if you decide after trying, you don't like them (or can locate one in a local store)..http://www.jr.com/panasonic/pe/PAN_DMREA18K/http://www.jr.com/philips/pe/PHI_DVD...ductTabReviews
The most recommended current recorder-non combo, is the Magnavox 2160.http://www.target.com/Magnavox-HDD-D...der%20H2160MW9
Walmart normally carries it cheaper than the Target price here, but it's not listed at their website at the moment. They may get more in later, as well as J&R, with the even cheaper refurblished units.