Originally Posted by jjeff
The ES-25 is a fine DVDR. I have one I purchased new a few years back for $180. It's very similar to the ES-15 but adds HDMI upconversion . . . They make great dubbing machines or you can feed them with a digital converter box. They could also record analog cable but analog just doesn't show there great recording ability. . .
Today I found a DMR-ES25 offered on our local Craig's List by a young family that primarily used the ES25 to play DVDs through the HDMI connection. They had just purchased a Blu Ray player so they no longer had a use for this ES25.
The power cable was plugged in, I powered on the ES25 and listened to the sounds from the DVD Drive. I inserted a Panasonic recorded disc and pressed PLAY. All sounded normal.
I purchased this ES25, brought it home and set it up. In Service Mode I found that the laser use time (playing and recording) was 1338 hours and the DVD Drive itself was manufactured on 12/24/2006.
I powered off the machine and disconnected the power cord. I removed the case lid and blew out what little dust there was. I removed the DVD Drive lid, blew out the disc tray and roller/slider dust, gently cleaned the lens and cleaned the dusty rubber hub, the spindle area and DVD Drive lid guide wheel.
I took several photos and have attached five of them. (The AVS Forum limits attachments to five per post.) The first two photos show front and rear views of the ES25 with the remote and manual. The third and fourth photos show ES25 distinctives--the HDMI PCB and ribbon cable attachment to the Digital PCB and the SD Card PCB. The fifth photo shows the DVD Drive's dirty rubber hub just before it was cleaned.
I refitted the DVD Drive lid and the ES25 case lid and reattached the power cord. After resetting the clock I played a Panasonic-recorded disc (from October 2005).
This DMR-ES25, my first, appears to be in very good condition.