As pointed out in this post on videohelp.com
, the mysterious 1600MU is the version of this recorder that plays DIVX!
I checked around at a few Targets today and finally managed to find an MU version. Sure enough, it does play DIVX. I also tested some XVID files and they played fine.
And to be sure, it does record to DVD+R/W and DVD-R/W.
I have updated the loader firmware and the software firmware and indeed, no features were "lost." I kept my fingers crossed that it wasn't going to pull away DIVX.
Other good news, this unit does not show the "Record" icon for more than a few seconds after you hit record. As we know, the ZU one stays on the whole time.
The clock on the front of the unit also displays differently. It shows 8:51 PM instead of 8:51:45. Personally the ticking of the seconds was distracting.
OK, so the big POSITIVE news is DIVX support. Here's the big NEGATIVE -- It doesn't record in 2 Channel Dolby Digital. It records in 2 Channel PCM. I'm sure that little tidbit is going to be a deal breaker for a lot of people.
Recording quality to me (at SP) looks to be a little more sharp than the 1600ZU. It's a tough call though. There is nothing about either one that screams "better."
I've tested the tuner and it sounds like Mono. There's no SAP so I'm betting it is Mono.
So now I need to decide which one to keep. Dang, DIVX is a NICE feature....but then again PCM recording is a turn-off.
I can say this though...so far the 1600MU seems to be difficult to find. Who knows? Maybe the newer shipments will be MU's.