Originally Posted by RichardT
...Kelson, is there a difference between the E85 and E85H, or is the one model referred to by both designations?
To directly answer this, no, I don't think that there is a difference. The Panasonic DVD recorders actually have rather long and tedious model numbers that designate a base model, and then the national or specific variant. Most of the variants consist of what accessories are included, like the power cord for a certain country, but there are a few others that are important, like what kind of tuner it has. The EH55 (base model) came in at least two different configurations, the US version had a 200GB drive while the "international" version had a 160GB drive, a PAL tuner and SCART connectors. That's the only one I am aware of with such significant differences though.
As far as the E85 goes, I think most people who refer to it just use the base model and leave out the suffix. I BELIEVE, the actual model number is E85HS. The H would designate an internal hard drive, which all E85 models had, and the "S" would designate silver case color, which as far as I know, is the only color it was ever available in.
I use abbreviated model numbers like EH59 all the time, but the designations on my machines are DMR-EH59GAK, or DMR-EH59GCK. I seem to remember that the manuals included might have been in different languages, like French or Arabic. They had different power cords and possibly different tuners, but since neither were usable in North America, it didn't matter to me. As a base model, they are interchangeable--they work the same for me. All I am sure of is that the "K" means the case color is black, which is the only color it ever came in, but they indicate it anyway. I'm sure the other two letters mean something, but I don't know what exactly, and it isn't really important in day-to-day discussions.
My first DVD recorder was an E85 (something