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post #91 of 234
jefflins wrote:
> Though I have not tried it, the card slot is used as the adapter to take most common memory cards...so if you have a PCMCIA card adapter, you should be able to use it with the HS2 which can display JPEGs. <

Panasonic's web site is pretty gray on this. At first, I thought it was simply a PC Card (PCMCIA) slot, which you could plug an adapter into to read various flash media cards. But the way they write it up in the specs on their web site, it sure looks to me like they're claiming it COMES WITH the adapter, because they say it can read Compact Flash, Smart Media, etc. They don't say anything about "optional".

So does it come with a multi-adapter card, or just an empty slot? Thanks!

- Tim
post #92 of 234
I tried to find one locally today with no luck. None at Best Buy,CC or Good Guys. One Call quoted me $1099.00. I may just have to wait for e-cost to get them. Anybody else finding them anywhere??
Later
Jim
post #93 of 234
Lintball,
I checked with my local Sears and they confirmed what you were saying about buying back the e20. I was told that they will buy back electronics if you are not satisfied with the item but they would charge a "user's fee" to be determined by the manager. I was up front on the reason I would return it and the sales person said it shouldn't be a problem.
This store did not have any hr2's on display and I was told that without the Sears part number, it could not be determined if the store would get any. If you decide to get the hs2 from sears, could you post the sears part number so I can check if/when my local will get it?
TIA,
Rick
ps. I will definately upgrade to an hs2 if I can ever find any in the Las Vegas area, but would prefer to buy from Sears again now that I know I could return the hs2 for a future HD dvd recorder. ;-)
post #94 of 234
Hi all, I'm new here but have been reading these forums for some time. For those that have the HS-2, I received mine yesterday and everything seems fine except for a very high and barely audible high pitch sound coming from the area of the fan. It seems that this might be normal, the sound being the fan or the HD. It's in a cabnit and unless the room is dead silent you can't hear it. I just wanted to see if others that have the HS-2 can also hear this up close. Thanks, Bill
post #95 of 234
VideoGrabber:
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No, it's not, nor does it have to be. Many ordinary VCRs have IR blasters, and the ability to change channels on DirecTV and Dishnetwork receivers. But not the Panny DVD recorders.
PVR's like TiVo get their data through the internet or phone. They have to be programmed for the location and cable supplier, cable box brand, satellite receiver, etc to be able to control the equipment with an IR blaster - how do ordinary VCR's know what kind of equipment to control and where do they get the data from?

As for DirecTV and Dish Network - it was my understanding that these devices are controlling ordinary VCR's through an IR Blaster and not the other way around - meaning the VCR get's the command to start and stop recording and not the VCR changing channels.

Could you maybe provide a link to some ordinary VCR's with IR blasters? Sure would like to know how that works.
post #96 of 234
Are these DVD-RAM or DVD-RW?
post #97 of 234
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Originally posted by rsblaski
Lintball,
I checked with my local Sears and they confirmed what you were saying about buying back the e20. I was told that they will buy back electronics if you are not satisfied with the item but they would charge a "user's fee" to be determined by the manager. I was up front on the reason I would return it and the sales person said it shouldn't be a problem.
This store did not have any hr2's on display and I was told that without the Sears part number, it could not be determined if the store would get any. If you decide to get the hs2 from sears, could you post the sears part number so I can check if/when my local will get it?
TIA,
Rick
ps. I will definately upgrade to an hs2 if I can ever find any in the Las Vegas area, but would prefer to buy from Sears again now that I know I could return the hs2 for a future HD dvd recorder. ;-)
I successfully returned my mint condition, slightly used, stillin the box with all original packaging E20 to Sears and got my debit card credited back for $680. Original purchase price in April was $750 plus tax. I'm pleased.

I doubt if Sears will carry the HS2. So I bought one from Cousin's Video for $825 with no tax (ecost charges tax in TN and that would have been $850).
post #98 of 234
Videogeek: The Dishplayer can control the VCR via the IR Blaster but my JVC SVHS deck can also control the Dishplayer through the use of it's "Cable Eye." Depends on which way you want to go I suppose. Frankly, I prefer to record to the hard drive then copy to the VCR, editing out the commercials as I go. Works for me...
post #99 of 234
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Originally posted by cpc
Are these DVD-RAM or DVD-RW?
DVD-RAM or DVD-R. It doesn't do DVD-RW.
post #100 of 234
Bill,
The fan is audible up close, and I also find it a bit annoying.
post #101 of 234
I don't notice the fan at all. Of course, that's probably because it's
sitting on top of an entertainment center with 2 Replays, a Tivo and
a Dish 501, all quite noisy in their own ways. For those in Rochester,
NY, Best Buy had 2 in boxes and 1 on display Tuesday night when I
went in. They only had 1 in a box and 1 on display when I left! :D
post #102 of 234
I just picked up my HS2 from UPS. I noticed the box says it comes with a RAM disc. Can't wait to play with it.

Any more feedback from you guys who have had time to play with the HS2 yet?
post #103 of 234
I really like the feature that allows you to put titles on weekly
recordings when you set them up, so the recording at 9 pm on Thursdays
from ABC can also be labeled "Push, Nevada". As a PVR it's nowhere
near as versatile as Replay or Tivo, but it still beats a regular vcr
seven ways to Sunday because of the direct access to anything I
record, and the fact that I can label those recordings.

It displays the date as well as the time on the front panel. I like that,
but I don't really know why it tickles me so much.

The remote is light-years better than the one that came with my E-20.

It doesn't require a phone line. The fact that I appreciate that won't
make much sense to anyone who doesn't have multiple Replay/Tivo
boxes........

I just started playing with it, so I don't have it figured out backwards,
forwards and upside down yet, but I'm pleased with it so far. I'll try
recording to dvd- r this week and see if it differs significantly for better
or worse from my E-20.
post #104 of 234
Thanks to those that replyed so far about the fan or HD noise but I think I might need to be more spacific. I don't have any other equipment that makes noise so maybe thats why I can hear this. I have 15 days to return it so I want to make absolutely sure this is a normal sound. I actually can hear it across the room, say 6ft away, when nothing else is playing. If those of you can tell me if yours makes the same noise I would know it's normal. I switch between HDD and DVD and, assuming the HD stops when switching to dvd, the sound is still there. I'm sure it's the fan. But it's really not just a fan noise, I don't think. It's a high pitched sound, not just like a fan spinning fast, and it's constant. If those of you with a HS2 can go and listen behind the unit for this sound I would greatly appreciate it. If your within a couple of feet of the back of the unit you'll definately hear it if yours is making this noise. I appreciate any comments. Bill
post #105 of 234
The fan noise from the HS-2 is high-pitched whine. From what you describe Bill, that sounds like the unit I have in for review.
post #106 of 234
Manoj, thanks for your quick reply. Thats exactly the right description. I quess it's just a normal operating sound. It doesn't really bother me I just wanted to be sure others made this whine and it was normal. Thanks again. Bill
post #107 of 234
Just ordered one from DataVision $770 + $13 shipping., they came in yesterday. Mention you heard it from the avsforum.

http://www.datavis.com/webapp/commer...0&Tmstmp=48788
post #108 of 234
Videogeek,

The JVC VCR's control cable and satellite tuners by inputting a code which you get from the manual.

It's just like programming a remote control.
post #109 of 234
Quote:
Mention you heard it from the avsforum.

Why? Do I get $5 off? :)
post #110 of 234
Not this time, unfortunately.:p
post #111 of 234
hehe
I have a JVC HR-S7800U which has that feature and I didn't even know it - there you can see how often I record with my VCR (I really only use it to play back tapes)

I bought a Home Theater Master MX-700 remote. It has macro capabilities. Let me see if I can set up a macro that will change the channel on my cable box and start/stop recording on the HS2
post #112 of 234
Wow, nice machine!!

My initial comments:

1. Simple setup. My E20 forced me to have an antenna/VHF signal in to get rid of the channel initialize nag screen. Not the HS2.

2. Great, beautiful small form factor! Well, relative to the E20, that is.

3. Remote is much improved.

4. HDD recording and editing is simple!!

5. And the best part: my "U11" stack of blanks which wouldn't work on my E20 seem to be recognized fine by the HS2!!

So far, so good!! I love it!!
post #113 of 234
Regarding a previous question about the PC Card slot. This PC World article is pretty explicit about the consumer having to provde the adapter.
post #114 of 234
Videogeek,

My Mitsubishi HS-U770 has a video blaster to control external cable/sat boxes. It's probably about 5 years old.

-MP
post #115 of 234
I just picked up one at Best Buy. Having only owned a VCR for recording, I find this unit incredible. I got up to speed on most of the features in a hour. I've even edited the program and dubbed it to the supplied DVD-RAM disk to test. The picture quality from the signal (I have analog cable) is great while using SP mode. I'm going to play with it a lot more.
post #116 of 234
My moldy old $250 Toshiba S-VHS deck can control a cable and satellite box (irblaster). It is damned silly that these recorders can't do the same yet.


Re: HS2

The E20/E30 records the black level way too high when recording to DVD-R.

Does the HS2 do the same thing?

What about if you record to the HDD then copy to DVD-R?

If you 'shorten' commercials out of a program on the HDD, then copy to DVD-R, do the edits seem to be in the same place on the DVD-R as on the HDD?

If demuxing a DVD-R that was edited/shortened on the HDD, is the video split into multiple sections?

Sorry, I can't help myself. :)

I've got more questions but I'll shut up for now.
post #117 of 234
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Originally posted by vferrari
Regarding a previous question about the PC Card slot. This PC World article is pretty explicit about the consumer having to provde the adapter.
Just a note though, a CompactFlash PCMCIA adapter costs $10. Any half-decent camera shop should carry them. Unfortunately, a SmartMedia PCMCIA adapter can cost almost 10X as much, because the adapter is much more complex and requires some nifty circuits to make it compatible. I have both. There are also adapters available for MMC and MemoryStick but I dunno how much they cost. By the way, if you own a PC laptop with PCMCIA slot, this is a great way of getting your pictures downloaded to the laptop. It's way faster than USB readers, and you don't have to deal with carrying around a USB reader.

Can the JPEGs be used as a source for DVD-R? That's the only benefit I could see with having it. (I already display stuff directly on the TV from the camera, so having a PCMCIA slot on the DVD recorder wouldn't really be of any extra use for me.)
post #118 of 234
Avenger,

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I just picked up one at Best Buy.
What was the price? When I last checked, BB was selling them at about a $200 premium vs. typical online vendors (including shipping). Is it worth it? what would I be getting for the extra $200 besides instant gratification (I know that a service plan would also be pushed for another couple of hundred as well)?

Vic
post #119 of 234
Vic, you're so right; they should change their name to "Worst Buy." The one near me has two in stock and they want $960.00. They won't budge on the price, but will offer me a nice deal on a service contract. What a joke.

I finally ordered one from Andy at Datavision in Manhattan (the businesses in Manhattan can use a hand right now anyway). Hopefully I'll have the unit on Tuesday or Wednesday.

I'll give a report once I have the unit up and running.

Cheers,
Peter M
post #120 of 234
I was considering DataVision (based on Justin's post) but have no experience with them. Their rating is not so hot on the PriceGrabber comparison site. Was waiting to see what others such as 6th Ave were going to price them at.

Justin and Peter let us know how it works out.

Thanks,
Vic
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