|Originally posted by RDave
I wondered if the Panasonic TU-DST51 could be made to communicate with the JCV HM-DH30000U D-VHS Recorder (U.S. version), or the Mitsubishi HS-HD2000U D-VHS Recorder (which, unfortunatly, does not have Component video outputs.
The short answer is that we can't be sure. (Unless, of course, someone has tried it who isn't talking :)).
Mitsubishi's televisions and that VCR are made to talk with any EIA-775-A compliant devices. (If the device also implements some level of HAVi control, all the better, but the AV/C control that's part of EIA-775-A is sufficient). The Panasonics were also made with these standards, but they were a very early implementation created when there was nothing to test interoperability with. Also, according to reports here, Panasonic seems to have implemented some kind of proprietary lingo between their VCR and STBs (always a bad decision when working with communications standards) which may be complicating things.
Bottom line is that I wouldn't expect the Mitsubishi products to have any more trouble or success talking to the Panasonic equipment than the JVC deck has, but I can't know for sure. Maybe we should petition Gary Merson to try it out. He stated here that he was writing a print review of the 2002 Mitsubishi equipment (presumably to be published in the January/February issue of The Perfect Vision, which will hopefully be out by the end of the month).
-- Mike Scott