- Accepts DV recordings via firewire, E80 does not.
- Can be operated almost entirely without the remote (function, pause, enter buttons have been removed from the front panel of the E80, making the remote essential for some operations.)
- Can display images from memory cards via a PC Card adapter.
- Double the hard drive capacity.
- Ability to losslessly dub from HDD to DVD-R in under 60 minutes, retaining user markers (HS2/T3040 only dub to DVD-R in real time and with a second MPEG encoding step.)
- User controlled black level settings on inputs and outputs (HS2/T3040 assume a 0 IRE input black level. Their output black level is determined by the type of media being played.)
- much quieter hard drive.
Those are the major differences, there are also some more status messages with the E80 so you know it received a remote signal and is actually performing the action. Also MP3 playback, and probably some other improvements I'm forgetting.
The E80 has a "DVD-R compatibility mode" which allows some recordings to be dubbed to DVD-R at 1x speed (1 hour to write a full disk.)
To qualify for 1x dubbing, the recording must have been made with compatibility mode turned on. The recording must also fit, as is, on a DVD-R. That means 4411 MB or less. Any FR mode recording qualifies, also XP recordings of about 1 hour, SP recordings of 2 hours, LP of 4 hours, and EP of 6 hours.
High speed dubbing also has the advantage of using the full 4411 MB capacity, regular dubbing is limited by time. Someone reported dubbing as much as 2 hours and 9 minutes of SP mode recording in high speed mode, while a regular SP dub is limited to 2 hours.
The HS2/T3040 (and E80 recordings which don't meet both conditions above), are limited to dubbing to DVD-R in real time (e.g., a two hour recording will take two hours to dub.) Essentially the recorder plays the recording from the hard drive and re-records it to DVD-R. User set markers (chapter stops) are lost and replaced with automatically generated ones every 5 minutes or so.
Hope that helps explain it, you might find better answers by looking at some of the high speed dubbing threads related to the E80.
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