Latest News on New Mag Models
Funai is planning on releasing THREE new MDR53x models with diff. HDD capacities:
VERY preliminary Flyers that are "in work" and once appeared on Funai website (537 flyer not yet available):
MDR533H_EN_LE-5-28-12.pdf 533k .pdf file
MDR535H_EN_LE.pdf 432k .pdf file
Originally Posted by profhat
I really hope that the MDR537H
can record/dub in HD & SD.
Also, where is the NTSC tuner?
The new units will be SD only, with same inputs, tuners (NTSC/ATSC/QAM), and operating characteristics... think of them as the new 515 models.
They're in response to all our bitching and pleading to "AT LEAST keep the 515 coming." See Prime-1 Wish here.
Funai's DVD recorder sales to N.A. have been declining but still a good portion of their sales, so I believe they're trying to bridge the gap until they can decide their next step? (Cross fingers.)
Walmart is a huge influence on what they do since, last FY, WM represented ~27% of their GLOBAL sales and ~51% of N.A. sales! That's why we petitioned WM directly... and it worked! Our petition sparked a fire for these new models even tho Funai had already shifted their resources (mainly manpower) to more promising technology.
I think they're really trying to help mostly new recorder users with a continuing product rather than bailing entirely. We can only hope they're shifting their resources to Wish List #2 and will come out with a new unit with flux capacitor... someday!
Edited by wajo - 7/28/12 at 1:30pm