Originally Posted by scottland7
Anyway, have you been generally happy with your xs34? Anything you wish it did/didn't do or feature you wish it had? Why did you choose it over the Pioneer and Panasonic models?
How does the picture look (esp. when viewing analog signals) through the xs34's tuner? Is it comparable to the PQ through your TV's tuner?
Thanks again for your input.
I have had my XS34 (my first DVDR) since last Wednesday and have really given it a workout. It performs as advertised. The fan runs continuously but I have to consciously think about it before I even notice it. Not an issue.
I chose it over the Pioneer, Panasonic, and JVC based on many hours of internet research. This included reviews of features, picture quality, and durability. I never actually saw one before I ordered it.
I have been recording to HDD off air and from VHS tapes. I cannot see any difference on the TV from the HDD or DVD-R or DVD-RAM playback as compared to a broadcast signal or from the VHS player.
I have an IEEE1394a cable on order (they sent the wrong one the first time) so that I can download from my mini-DV camcorder. I'm anxious to try that.
I have found the Owners Manual to be very easy to use. Editing a recorded program to remove the commercials by creating new chapters is very easy. Then a play list is made with out the commercial chapters. I realize that this is all very elementary stuff to you gurus out there but it's new to me and easy to accomplish.
The TV Guide feature works like a charm.
So far, I'm really glad I bought the XS34.