|Originally posted by Chris Gerhard
If the 5U is shown to work well with whatever firewire source it will be used with, then I think the 5U is the preferred model. My 5U won't work with an older 169time modified DTC-100 and it also won't decode 169time recordings made with software versions earlier than 08C6 acceptably. The 5U decoder is the same as the 40000U decoder which also does a poor job with my older recordings. The 40000U firewire communication works with the RCA DTC-100 that won't work with my 5U. Overall based on recordings made from various sources, including a Samsung SIR-T165, I would say the 30000U decodes a wider variety of recordings better than either the 5U or 40000U. None of these VCRs are perfect and a bad one of any model is far inferior to a good one of any model. I am using a 30000U for playback connected to my 720p projector although the 5U seems slightly sharper, because I prefer fewer glitches. Before buying any model, inquire here as to results with the specific firewire device it will be connected with and then decide which one works best.
I will probably be purchasing the 5u soon. I currently do not have a firewire source to potentially feed to a 5u, but I am also looking at the Samsung T165 to use in conjunction with it. I have heard various horror stories with the T165 and DVHS archiving so I am anticipating a fairly frustrating process at times. Overall, how would you rate this combination? Thanks.