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Panasonic DMR-EH67E, How good is this new product

post #1 of 15
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I would like any information about the Panasonic DMR-EH67E and someof its features? Any information would be greatly apprecaited about this machine!!
post #2 of 15
Here's a link to a recent thread talking about this international Panny.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...light=dmr+eh67
post #3 of 15
I have had one for quite a while now, and I have used it a lot. It performs just like my EH55, except for a few things: 1) The EH67 does not have the phrase save feature that my other panasonic machines have; 2) the clock is 24 hour (military time) instead of 12 hour AM/PM; 3) For some very strange reason I can't fathom, when I copy to a -RAM disk, the titles get lost when I put the disk in another machine--weird; and 4) Since I use DirecTV as my service, I never use the tuner or the internal guide data, so I cannot comment on them.

As far as quality of recording, dubbing, and overall use, it is every bit as good as my EH55. All the menu items are there, and in the same place as on my other Panasonic's. In short, I recommend the EH67.

One other thing. I have taken to using the Pansonic remote that they shipped with the old E50 machine (I think?) with all of my Panasonc DVD recorders, EH50, EH55, EH75, and the EH67. It is the only remote that has an eject button on it. The EH67 works perfectly with this remote, and the eject button causes the unit to eject the disk just fine. Of course the features that the EH67 has that the E50 didn't can't be accessed with this older remote, but nearly everything *I* do works just fine.

If you have a specific question, just ask.
post #4 of 15
Panasonic DMR-EH67E PAL DVD Recorder with HDD 250GB and SD slot
HDMI / VIERA Link / Super Multi-Format Recording & Playback / SD Memory Card Networking / Does not carry a Panasonic USA Warranty / Region 3 Only

J&R Item # PAN DMREH67
Mfr. Part # DMR-EH67E

This article shows what countries are using some variation of the PAL system:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAL
post #5 of 15
I believe the machines sold here have been modified for either region 1 or all. As far as the PAL tuner, yes that would be a problem for some, but in my case I don't use the analog tuner in my EH-55 anyway, preferring to record from the line output of my CECB.
International machines do have their issues, but for someone wanting a new Panny w/hdd it's about their only choice. I have to wonder how long even they will be around.
post #6 of 15
The Panasonic EH67 I have works like a champ. Its only flaw is no ability to record closed captions, not surprising since the World Import unit I have was made for distribution to Australasia and the Middle East. The title display next to the thumbnail on the menu shows exactly how the lettering will look when you play the burned DVDR. On the Pioneer 450 DVD HDD recorder I have, I need to count off 20 characters to know when the line break is to the next line, and there are no shortcut keys like the Panasonic. But the Pioneer has a line 21 caption decoder.
post #7 of 15
Oops. I forgot, so add to my list: No US warranty. Thanks DigaDo for reminding me. Also, it was modified to be region free by W-I, thanks jjeff.

It is quite a bit cheaper ($480) than the EH55s on eBay ($680-$700).
post #8 of 15
Does it have an IR blaster. If it does then one could hook up an external ATSC tuner like the CM-7000 and be all set for OTA DTV.
post #9 of 15
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Does it have an IR blaster. If it does then one could hook up an external ATSC tuner like the CM-7000 and be all set for OTA DTV.

Church, I'd be interested in this question too, does yours have a IR jack and come with a blaster?
Also what does the scheduling look like? Is it similar to the non HDD Pannys or does it look something like the manual TVGOS method as used in the EH-55.
post #10 of 15
As far as I know it doesn't have a blaster. If it did, I'd have probably bought one myself by now.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

Does it have an IR blaster. If it does then one could hook up an external ATSC tuner like the CM-7000 and be all set for OTA DTV.

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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

Church, I'd be interested in this question too, does yours have a IR jack and come with a blaster?
Also what does the scheduling look like? Is it similar to the non HDD Pannys or does it look something like the manual TVGOS method as used in the EH-55.

I have not had a chance to look in the box for an IR blaster, but I scanned the PDF manual and no where does it mention one. In the EH55 manual, an IR blaster is included in several of the setup diagrams, but it is missing from any of the diagrams in the EH67 manual. Until I have a chance to look, I'll have to conclude that it does not have an IR blaster. I'll know more a bit later when I can examine the unit and look in the box.
post #12 of 15
The "IR Blaster" is a concept designed for North American consumers and their TVGOS. Since there is no cable or satellite to speak of in the international markets, global PAL-oriented models like the EH67 do not generally include IR blasters. Remember the tuner in the EH67 is PAL-only, the Panasonic "global" units do not have NTSC tuning ability and are limited to NTSC recording via their line inputs only. So for multi-event timer recording, you would need to set separate multiple timers on your cable, satellite or ATSC box. Annoying, but many of us without IR blast capability get used to it.

The EH67 is a poor choice for Panasonic fans who are besotted with the TVGOS/IR-blaster feature: it doesn't come close to this functionality. Consider it a supplemental line-input machine for tape dubbing or for use with an external tuner you program separately. If you want the integrated TVGOS/IR-blaster features, buck up and pay the inflated price for a new-old-stock Canadian EH55 or a second hand American unit. There are no substitutes.
post #13 of 15
My Dish tuner, which I would be using the EH67 (or other model) with, has it's own timer, but I'd still want the blaster capability in case I ever used it with an ATSC tuner.

So I'd just pony up and pay the Canadian price if I really wanted one. But as long as my older HDD recorders are all working, there's really no reason to even want one right now. Maybe for the larger hard drive or something, I don't know. I suppose if I knew the EH55's TVGOS will still be functional after the analog cutoff, that might matter, too. My old recorders have V7 TVGOS, but that's not as complete as far as channels available.

Still, if I think I may ever need or want one in the future, I guess I'd better get the EH55 now while I still can.

Last time I checked ebay, that Canadian outfit/guy that was selling them new-in-box had jacked up the price another $20.00.
post #14 of 15
Okay, I just checked and the box does NOT include an IR blaster with the rest of the accessories. There is no mention of one in the manual. Lastly, there is no obvious connector on the back of the unit to plug in an IR blaster. I feel safe in confirming that there is NO IR blaster with this unit. CitiBear was correct in his logic and conclusions.

As I have said before, if you use a service like DirecTV (as I do) this machine is every bit as functional as my EH55. If you need a tuner and TVGOS, this unit won't work for you.
post #15 of 15
If you're using an international model, and you just want SD ATSC, the Zinwell ZAT-970A CECB tuner will do the job, because it has an event timer feature which actually works. It has a manual clock setting option, unlike the DTVPal, which only relies on the erratic PSIP times, and often drops it's scheduled timer settings.
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