|Originally posted by mjw1948
Glad I discovered this forum. I just returned from my local Best Buy where I purchased the Panasonic on sale for only $179.99.
The sales person tried to sell me an 4 year extended warranty for $70. He stated that DVD recorders build up more heat than just a DVD player. Should I have purchased the warranty? This is my first DVD recorder and I know it will be getting daily use. It will be replacing an old VCR that never required any service.
You don't need an extended warranty. I have had Panasonic Recorders (DMR-E30/E50/E55) for nearly 3 years with daily use without any problems. I sold the E30 last year but I've still got the E50 & E55. As long as you clean the disc reading laser every 6 months all should be OK. Panasonic Recorders have got an unmatched reputation for reliability.
I've just bought the ES10 here in England (UK) for Â£199.89 at the current exchange rate thats $373.79.
This is a very stylish recorder.. The quality of recordings in the LP mode is almost as good as the SP mode, plus you get 4 hour recording time vs 2 hours for the SP mode. The SP mode should still be used for recordings of 2 hours or less, as the higher bit rate gives it an advantage where there are many fast moving scenes. There is also the FR mode which automatically adjusts the bit rate to match set recording times.
On playback of pre-recorded DVDs, the image reproduction is more faithful with more natural hues & outstanding depth. The new 12 bit D/A converter has made this recorder an excellent recording & playback machine.
Response times have been improved allround.
I have verified the 1 second quick start: with a DVD-RAM disc in the machine, if you press the power on button & immediately press the record button, recording starts instantly (within 1 second)
Press the Program/Check button from power off state and the timer recording page displays within 3 second.
Press play button from power off & playback begins within 8 seconds.
Place a pre-recorded DVD video disc in the tray, press the open/close button & playback begins within 12 seconds.
Overall, I'm very impressed by the ES10, I only wish I could have bought it for $179.99. At those cheap US prices, these machines are excellent value.