Originally Posted by CapeAV
I just picked up a brand new Panasonic 80GB EH75V HDD Recorder at circut city(not sure how they still had one in stock
I thought it was a EZ47 combo DVR... but ended up with a EH75V instead. I may end up selling it because it is silver in color and all my other equipment is black.
What is the advantage of the EH75V over a Comcast DVR HDD TIVO Cable Box?
And can both be used together... example... recording from the cable dvr box to the EH75V DVR? (from recordings saved on the Cable DVR, etc....)
Well, as long as all you want to record in is SD, the Panasonic has a program guide to record through that is free to use, and it's definitely a better made unit than the 3 US HDD/DVD models available out there now. I've never had the Polaroid, which is supposed to be complete junk anyway, but I've had the other two supposedly "good" models, and I also own the EH75V, and I can tell you firsthand that the other two don't even compare in many ways. They're no better than adequate. It's the last, good Japanese-made model sold here (although I think some were also made in Taiwan later).
The EH75V's TV Guide on Screen feature is compatible with analog OTA, digital and analog cable, and also Dish and DirecTV satellite, and it uses an IR blaster to control an external box, which is non-existent these days (except maybe for some LG models). It will control at least one of my OTA HD tuners, and the guide picks up the info for the digital OTA channels and subchannels, so it can be configured to work with digital OTA in some cases, also. If your external tuner lets you schedule timers, it can be synched with that without using the IR blaster.
Unless you really need that built-in, digital SD tuner, you'd be way better off keeping the EH75V. All new units, from Panasonic and others, are nothing but problems.
The main difference, though, is the hard drive. Once you use that, you'll never want a model without one. You can record in LP mode on the HDD and still hardly notice any loss in quality.