Originally Posted by Rammitinski
Since you need a new recorder anyway, I would try the Panasonic DMR-EZ28 DVD or Philips H2160A HDD/DVD recorder...
The Panasonic has a little better picture quality (which will be more noticable should you ever upgrade your TV to a newer, higher-definition digital one), but the Philips has a hard drive and lots of recording space, and thus is more like their DVR...
The Panasonic can be found for about $175.00 online (Dell.com currently has it for that price), and the Philips is available from walmart.com for about $230.00. Those two models are the best of the DVD recorders that are available in the US now.
Your post refers to the Philips H2160A. That's actually the Magnavox H2160A. Recent and current Philips and Magnavox HDD/DVD recorders were designed by Philips and have been manufactured by Funai.
I own four of these outstanding 2160 Magnavox HDD/DVD recorders. Mine were manufactured in May, August and December 2008 and May 2009. I also own an earlier Magnavox 2080 manufactured in July 2007. All five of these Funai-built HDD/DVD recorders have proven themselves to have very good clear QAM and ATSC tuners.
I also own two of the earlier Funai-built Philips HDD/DVD recorders, a 3575 of August 2007 manufacture and a 3576 of February 2008 manufacture. The 3575 has never been set up for clear QAM or ATSC tuning as it’s been enslaved to a Comcast Motorola converter boxes. The 3576 was initially set up for clear QAM reception but the clear QAM tuner gave unsatisfactory performance.
The 3576 was switched over to an antenna were it's ATSC performance has been good. The 3576 is also enslaved to a Comcast Motorola converter box and also records from other external sources.
I also own two Magnavox combo recorders, earlier and later versions of the ZV450MW8, one manufactured in March 2007 and the other in August 2008. Both these Funai-built recorders have very good clear QAM and ATSC tuner performance.
I also owned the somewhat similar Sylvania ZV450SL8 manufactured in April 2007. The Sylvania had unsatisfactory clear QAM performance but was satisfactory for ATSC tuning.
(The Sylvania was given away.)If anything, my experience suggests that clear QAM tuner performance "issues" with some Funai-built recorders is due to "sample variations" and/or "quality control" problems rather than design defects.
I currently own fifteen fully-functional Panasonic ES and EZ recorders and eleven Funai-built recorders. Some recorders are set aside for standby use. (I also own six non-functional Panasonic parts machines.)
My five Panasonic EZ series digital tuner recorders consist of one DMR-EZ28
and four DMR-EZ17 models. The DMR-EZ28 is a decent enough (but often overpriced) DVD Recorder.One of the EZ17 models had unsatisfactory clear QAM and ATSC performance.
That recorder was used as a slave to a Comcast Motorola converter box but experienced a laser assembly failure and it is now a parts machine.The other four Panasonic EZ series models were found to have marginally satisfactory clear QAM performance. To bypass their weak clear QAM tuners they were set up as slaves to Comcast Motorola converter boxes.
Of those four EZ series recorders two of them, the one EZ28
and one EZ17, continue in daily use, one EZ17 is in a standby status and the fourth, another EZ17, experienced a laser assembly failure and is now a parts machine.My experience is such that I am more inclined to rely on Funai-built clear QAM tuners than Panasonic clear QAM tuners.Panasonic recorders are capable of producing outstanding picture quality at the XP, SP and LP recording modes. For my use Funai-built recorders are capable of producing outstanding picture quality at the HQ, SP and SPP recording modes and entirely satisfactory picture quality at the LP recording mode.
What's with the narrow-margin posts?