Originally Posted by tuna-head
Thanks for the info guys. I'm really leaning toward this unit. You've mentioned some problems with the media used. Whats the best brand of media in your experience ?
I use Sony DVD-Rs. They may not be THE best but they rate up there and they are the brand I found to work in ALL of my DVD recorders - allowing me to use them in any of my machines. Results vary as far as brands in different recorders but Sony works fine in the Panny as it does in my others so I haven't experimented with it.
You mention using timer control, so this must be fone for timeshifting. Not clear on what you mean by turning off the clock set. Could you explain what this is ? From what I have read, it must not be that important.
Yes, I use it strictly for timer recording. I am not interested in using it as an HD tuner/converter, DVD upscaler, etc. The menus are not intuitive and the buttons on the remote are not laid out optimally (I much prefer my Samsungs on these points) but for the little I need to interact with it to set my timer I am OK with it. Otherwise, it has not missed a recording yet and all with excellent PQ.
When I first hooked it up I had some problems with it missing timer settings. It was attributed by others on this forum as the DST or Daylight Savings Time bug. To be more clear, turning OFF Auto Clock Set (Set the time manually) and OFF Auto DST solved those initial problems. There was also a problem with it not correctly downmixing 5.1 channel surround sound into 2.0 stereo audio. The work around was found to be turning VSS or Virtual Surround Sound to OFF. Why they would have assumed I would want it to default to on is beyond me and I guess they have to apply it when down converting the TV signal BEFORE recording but it definitely affected the recording. There is now a Bios update available from Panasonic but they haven't posted it to their website. You have to call their customer support and log a support claim to have a CD mailed to you in a few weeks time. I haven't bothered since mine is working like I want. Maybe when the make it generally available on their website; like other models.
One more thing. The DVD-Ram. This allows you to watch one recorded show while recording another. Is this right ?
Yes, I believe this is accurate. I have never tried it myself. I strictly timer record; even on DVD-RAM.
I really appreciate the time taken to respond to my concerns. Thanks again.
I am glad I could help. To say I have been very happy with my Panny would be an understatement. I find people so quick to report problems on here that I felt somewhat compelled to stick up for the EZ17. While your usage may vary from mine and your results may differ, I think it is a great choice with features not found in other recorders.