Originally Posted by Giuffra316
I was wondering if anyone can give me advice on which one of these is a better buy, the Panasonic DMR-ES45VS or the LG RC199H. Basically, my main interest is to take some old TV shows I have on VHS and put them on DVD.
I had an old RCA one that died twice within a year so I am not going that route again. The RCA one also used to take old tapes and say they were copy protected and would not burn even though the tape was a TV show from the 80s!
I also would like a model with DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 capability. I have a Kenwood receiver with the decoders built into it so it might not be an issue that the LG is rumored to only handle Dolby 2.1 which I am sure someone can explain to me if I am wrong.
Finally, I would like to use this unit to play my old DVD+Rs from the RCA and my regular DVDs as this would become the primary unit for me.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
This unit records to DVD-R/RW from VHS great. I've only done one transfer like this. It was my wedding video, but when I was done I could not tell any quality difference from the original VHS compared to the DVD, which is a good thing and it was easy to do the transfer.
This unit will also playback both DTS and Dolby Digital material without a problem.
Now in regards to playing back the DVD+R discs, this is a problem I've had with mine. I should further specify that I tried to playback DVD+RW
discs on this unit and I was unsuccessful. It specifies that it supports playback of DVD+R and DVD+RW discs but at this point I don't believe it. I have a pretty large collection of DVD+RW discs from my last DVD recorder also. Everytime I insert any of them into this unit a menu comes up and says, "Disc unformated" and then it prompts me to format the disc and erase all it's contents. These same discs I have placed in my Toshiba, Cyberhome, Polaroid, Sony PS3 and Akai DVD players and ALL of these units have no problem playing the same discs, so it's definately something with this player. So at this point, I'm unsure what the problem is with this unit and it's capability to read the DVD+R disc format. I've just switched to recording on DVD-RW discs for now and I have a small Cyberhome DVD player sitting in my entertainment system just to playback my DVD+R/RW discs if/when the need arises.
I'm going to take some of my DVD+RW discs into Sam's club the next time I'm there to verify if this is just a problem with my particular unit or all of these units. I was hoping to hear someone else respond in this forum regarding DVD+R/RW disc playback capabilities that have been recorded from a different recorder and so far no one has responded.
At this point I wouldn't be surprised if this unit doesn't properly support DVD+RW discs since Panasonic would probably rather you use their more expensive and similar functionality DVD-Ram format discs.
One other thing I don't particularly like about this unit now that I've owned it for quite awhile is the quality of it's built in cable tuner. So if you're looking to record cable programs by using the DMR's built in tuner, then I don't highly recommend it. My picture looks very grainy when using the built in tuner. I have a Panasonic Plasma with a built in cable tuner and the picture quality is 100% better than the tuner they put in this unit. With that said, this unit does not have component inputs to record from also. So you're stuck with using S-video or Composite inputs. At this point the only recording I would recommend this unit for is if you're doing a lot of VHS to DVD transfers. Other than that, this unit falls short on all other sources due to a poor quality tuner, and lack of HD video inputs.