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Is DVHS compatable with my setup? If not what is a reasonable second choice for recording my HDTV and other digital and analog cable broadcasts for personal use. (Am I correct in assuming it is legal to digitally record this stuff for personal use?)


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1)Pioneer 56" HD610 RPTV

2)Comcast cable-using Motorola DCT5100 (seems to have component video out and coaxial or optical digital spdif audio out)

3) Denon 3802 Receiver


Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated.......
 

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You can play, of course. But you cannot record. You need a Firewire connection for that.
 

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Hmmmmmmm.......guess the best I can do is S-Vhs for now. Eventually, maybe the cable box will come with it, although I just got the DCT5100, so it is pretty new.
 

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Tachy,


There are very few STBs with firewire out. I was under the impression that the DCT-5100 was available with an optional firewire out, however. You may want to ask your cable company about this.
 

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The Comcast DCT-5100 does not support the firewire port. It's one of those "for future use" items that they'll likely never use in the future.
 

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I bought a S-VHS deck today......a Mitsubishi U778 deck. The biggest problem does not seem to be the video quality...........that is not too bad in SVHS format (or even psuedo-SVHS, the SVHS-ET on regular tape), but it is the sound quality that takes a big decrement compared with digital cable sound quality. I guess you go from multichanel broadcast to pure stereo (even though my receiver uses dolby prologic II, it seems to be a very noticible difference).......too bad the SVHS does not have some sort of digital sound input, like coaxial or optical sound cable........


The DVHS does I guess, but without a working firewire, I cannot justify spending so much money.


I must say, the way it controls the my Motorola cable box, with the little IR emitter that sits under the box is kind of neat......not that I will use it much, but it allows the vcr programming function to control the channels of the cable box for recording purposes.
 
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