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Haven't been on here in a while, and I am not sure if anyone raised this question. So, here goes.


I recently tested the two Mitsubishi D-VHS decks (HS-HD1100U and HS-HD2000U) with Samsung's SIRT-165 set-top box for 1394 recording. Both are quickly recognized and run reliably with the T165. In fact, I had both connected at the same time and could select one or the other from the T165 menu.


Unlike the Panasonic D-VHS decks, I was unable to dub from one machine to another. Nor would the Mits decks recognize the Panasonic or JVC decks directly. But the Samsung tuner can control all of them for direct operation and also scheduled recordings.


If you don't need all of the JVC's functionality, the Mits decks may be a worthwhile alternative, although the JVC seems to be at an all-time low price now.


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I just bought a Mits 1100 to go with my Samsung tuner. It's been pretty frustrating. While it records flawlessly when controlled directly (i.e. I'm sitting in front of the TV using the Samsung remote to control the Mits VCR), scheduled recordings have not yet yielded expected results. Either the timezone confuses the Samsung, or one of the stations in town hasn't set their HDTV EPG clock forward with DST, or some other gremlin shows up to mess up the recording.


I wonder if Samsung's VCR engineers ever looked across their cube farm and snickered at the amateur job their colleagues in HDTV set top boxes did on the scheduled record features. It amazes me that 25 years after VCRs started showing up in homes, someone would put a time based TV recording controller out that 1) didn't keep its own time separate from the station's sync signal and 2) doesn't provide for recurring schedules.


Thinking of ditching the whole combo for an HTPC solution.
 

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I recently got a steal of a deal on a brand new Mitsub 1100 for a whole mere [email protected]@@@@ I have both the Mitsub and my JVC D-VHS connected to my Samsung 165 and both D-VHS decks work fine including with the timer recording feature of the 165 (provided I compensate for local digital station time errors as I setup the 165 for recording shows).


I have also dubbed fine connecting the Mitsub 1100 and the JVC D-VHS VCR via 1394. Not a problem at all.


However, I have found that too many 1394 connections can cause problems. E.G., Mitsub 1394 to JVC; Mitsub 1394 to Samsung 165; JVC 1394 to Samsung 165. This results in a loop and per Mitsub manual, it doesn't work.
 

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No probs here with my Mitsubishi HS-HD2000U and my SIR-T165. I just wish DTV stations all over this country would fully abide by the ATSC's guidelines and broadcast accurate PSIP info. That way everybody with DTV equipment could take full advantage of all the excellent features of DTV technology (like timed recordings which take place even if there's a power outage). The current approach (every station does what it wants to) leaves too many consumers with devices which fail to perform as advertised.
 
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