Originally Posted by Bill1313
Just A Few Questions:
1. When using the "Auto Fit" Recording Mode does it work for "Manual" & "Timer" Recording? & if it does work in the "Manual" Recording mode can you "Pause" it to cut commercials out & etc?
2. How is the Picture Quality in the 2 1/2 & 3 Hour recording modes?
3. Does it record in Dolby Digital Audio Format? (If not maybe that's why it changes -R discs from the "Video" Format to the "VR" Format?)
4. What Color is the unit?
So far this looks like a very interesting recorder for the price
1. Auto fit seems to only work for timer recordings. Have not used it yet, but have a recording set up to try it tonight. Manual (one touch) recording has you set the speed before you start to record, so only the preset modes are available. I suppose you could "fool it" by setting up a timer recording starting at the current or earlier time and selecting auto mode. It would start as soon as you turned it off. Do not see the need to pause a recording when the editing is so easy to cut out a section.
2. Have recorded in 2, 2.5, 3 and 4 hour modes. 2 hr is excellent 2.5 and 3 seem nearly as good, but with different redorded media, it is impossible to tell exactly. In the 4 hour mode, the picture was a little softer but saw no pixilation. It was at least as good as the 2 hour mode on a VCR. I would not use the 4 hour for anything but time shifting of a TV show. The 2 to 3 hour modes were good enough for something I wanted to keep.
3. Yes it records Dolby surround, but like all DVD recorders, NOT DD 5.1 The change to the +VR format allows you to do editing that is not available on a DVD -VIDEO formatted disk, and unlike a -VR disk, the edited disk is compatable on DVD players. I am now a big fan of this feature. I quit editing on my Pioneer because the VR formatted disks would not play on other DVD players. I only use Video mode on the Pioneer now. The advantage of the DVD+ disks over DVD- is that they do not need to be finalized to work in DVD players.
4. The unit is black and silver. The unit is silver with a black band all the way across the front. The buttons, front inputs and disk tray are in the black part with a narrow silver band above it and a little wider siler band below it. Actually a pretty nice looking unit.
Since the last post, I have made several recording on both DVD+RW and DVD-RW. I have erased the material for both types and re-used several times and it has worked perfectly. I also like the progress bar that displays the percentage completed when it is formatting, writing to disk and when finalizing in - mode. My Pioneer just leaves you wondering when it will be done. The more I use it, the better I like it.