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I had the CT-2 a little over 3 months ago. Used it to make backup copies of DVD's(store bought) and VHS(store bought) stuff I own.


For DVD's(Family Guy, Seinfeld Season 3, Remember the Titans, etc...) I connected it via S-video input/output(from a Panasonic RP-62 to a Panasonic ES30V DVD Recorder/VCR) and was really pleased with the results. I don't know what everyone is talking about poor black levels. They looked fine on my copies. Even "Remember the Titans" which I figured it would not copy because it was a Disney DVD, and these things I figured are copy-guarded up the wazoo, but the results were perfect.


Anyway, I returned the CT-2 after I was done because I felt that $129+tax was just too much for such a device.


I notice now that the CT-2 is $69.99+tax out the door at CompUSA(not including the rebate which would bring it down to $49.99+tax). This is a much more reasonable price IMHO for this unit.


I also noticed that there is a new CT-200 out for $149+tax. It seems to be the same thing as the CT-2 except it offers 6 video modes(as opposed to 4 on the CT-2) and an auto off feature.


Does the CT-200 offer anything else(better encryption removal?) that the CT-2 does not?


Or is one paying an extra $80 for 2 more modes and an auto off feature. This seems like alot for just this.


Does this unit off alot more decypting features than it's predecessor?


I am debating between the two(although the price of the CT-2, and previous personal experience with it, seems like the way to go right now for me).


I am just wondering if I am missing something BIG on the CT-200 for the extra $80?
 

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Looks like the CT 200 is an upgrade of the CT 2


You can buy a CT200 at Compusa this week for $49.99 after MIR (Go to Compusa, the product on sale is actually a CT200). I bought one today for $49.99 after $20 MIR. Rebate also lists CT200.
 

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The only difference between the Sima CT-2 & the CT-200 is the 2 extra Video settings & the Auto ON/OFF feature on the CT-200.


I bought my daughter the CT-2 a couple of weeks back to use on her Panny E-55 & she has not be able to see the so-called Black Level Bug either so maybe Sima fixed the problem or it only shows up on certain movies? & she has tested her copies on a bunch of different dvd players & HT setups. She is dubbing to the E-55 using a Proscan 8680Z dvd player & also a brand new Panasonic DVD-S29 player.


I missed out on the CompUSA deal & the lowest price I could find at the time on the CT-2 was $70 delivered & that was from NY to Miami from B&H Photo.


As far as prices go a few weeks back Best Buy had the CT-200 on sale for $99.99 but if I was you I would "JUMP" on the CompUSA deal & get one for only $50.


I think the reason Sima even made 2 models was so chains would not have to price match each other. Circuit City carries the CT-2 & Best Buy carries the CT-200.


If you do get one come back & let us know if you can find that Black Level Bug!
 

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I just picked up a CT-200, it appears to be a hundred times better than the CT-2.
 

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vferrari, By any chance have you seen the Black Level Bug problem? but then again if you think the 200 is that much better than the CT-2 maybe you need a trip to the eye doctor first
 

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rudytx---Did you buy it online or go to the store? The web site only lists the CT2.

I bought it at the store. I know that online, and the paper ad states CT2, but CT200 is what I found at the store.


The rebate says ct2/ct200 and it gives only one UPC and SKU number so I think the Ct200 has replaced the CT2.


I would say that if you can, go to the store, so you know you will get a CT200.
 

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Thanks RudyTx . I'll be close to a Compusa store today. Will check it out.


BTW what is the advantage of using the Sima i/o of your computer and Decryper/Shrink?
 

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I got my CT-200(was looking for the CT-2 as well, which was offered on the CompUSA website) yesterday. When all is said and done, it will have cost me $54(this is with tax included).


The guy at CompUSA said that although the CT-2 is listed on the web, the rebate and price also works for the CT-200, which is all the store had anyway.


Yesterday I backed up Simpsons Season 6 DVD's(the first 2 at least). I had them playing out of a Panasonic RP-62 through S-Video to a Panasonic ES30V DVD Recorder/VCR(with the SIMA in between, of course) and recorded the 2 DVD-R's using FR mode to fit all 7 episodes on each disc(total time was about 2hr 40 min). I used the normal mode on the SIMA while making these recordings(at times it seemed a little to "bright" if you will, but the darken mode was just too dark. The enhanced 1&2 mode were too bright, and the normal was a nice compromise between the two and worked just fine)


The results were just as good as when I used the CT-2 earlier this year. No black level bug(I still can't figure out what people are talking about. I think it their equipment. Whether it is the recorder or player).


I was really pleased with my results. The DVD-R's(Maxell's 8X MADE IN JAPAN) done in FR mode look really good(If I had done them in SP mode, it would have looked better, but I would have to spread the episodes out on more discs which I did not want).


I will finish backing up the Simpson's Season 6, and then try a movie. Maybe something with alot of action(or Dark scences and Light Scenes) and that is maybe less than 2 hrs so I can use the SP mode, although the FR mode on the Panny's work great up to 2HR 55min on one DVD.
 

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Thanks RudyTx . I'll be close to a Compusa store today. Will check it out.


BTW what is the advantage of using the Sima i/o of your computer and Decryper/Shrink?

I got the Sima because I am traferring my old VHS tapes to DVD. Otherwise I do not need it.
 

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A stupid question. Do you transfer direct to the DVD or put it on the HDD first. If HDD how do you edit out parts you don't want.
 

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I could be wrong on this & if I am I hope someone will chime in on this but when they were talking about the "Black Level Bug" on the Sima's I think they were talking about it making the bright parts of a picture too bright & the dark parts of a picture too dark & that it could'nt be adjusted out & that it really showed up when the dvd was being played on another player or setup?


As I said above my daughter hasn't had any problems with the copies she made & she even tested them out on her bosses HT setup which has a projector & a 100 ft screen & is all top of the line pro gear & was pro installed.


She has also been dubbing store bought video tapes with a macrobuster from the time that she was 10 years-old & she is pretty picky about picture quality & she is more than happy with her dubs. But maybe she just hasn't found that oddball movie where the black level bug shows up?
 

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A stupid question. Do you transfer direct to the DVD or put it on the HDD first. If HDD how do you edit out parts you don't want.

To HDD first since I want to create chapters at the points I want or erase sections I do not want.


I have a Pioneer 531. Easy.
 

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I could be wrong on this & if I am I hope someone will chime in on this but when they were talking about the "Black Level Bug" on the Sima's I think they were talking about it making the bright parts of a picture too bright & the dark parts of a picture too dark & that it could'nt be adjusted out & that it really showed up when the dvd was being played on another player or setup?


As I said above my daughter hasn't had any problems with the copies she made & she even tested them out on her bosses HT setup which has a projector & a 100 ft screen & is all top of the line pro gear & was pro installed.


She has also been dubbing store bought video tapes with a macrobuster from the time that she was 10 years-old & she is pretty picky about picture quality & she is more than happy with her dubs. But maybe she just hasn't found that oddball movie where the black level bug shows up?

I've been using the CT-200 for dvd to dvd and vhs to dvd (of course I own everything I'm recording) and I haven't had any problems. One movie was very bright on the original dvd (The Big Bounce) I believe it was shot in Hawaii. Anyways I used the CT's "dark" setting and actually like my recorded copy better then the original dvd. I'm VERY pleased with the CT-200. I will say it looks and feels kind of cheap but the bottom line is I'm happy with its results. Oh and I use the S-Video in's and out's. I did a comparison of S-Vid. vs. rca and the S-Video won hands down.
 

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I got one from circuit city.

I tried using it to back up some boguth vhs to dvds. Most of the vhs tapes are several yrs old also.

Both during the showing and on the dvd after capturing the top of the screen flashed green on and off throughout the movie. Not a bright green but a green color flash.

I tried couple of vhs tapes and did same thing.

Put the vhs tapes into the vcr thru my dvd xpress and caputred to the computer and no green flashes.

Sima told me to meausre the voltage at the tip and see if I was getting 12v. I was getting 11v and told me to send it in. I just returned it to circuit city.

Gonna try a vidicraft detailer II off ebay now.
 

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For whatever reason I've heard people complain about green/black bars when using the ct-2. It must be hit or miss with the ct-2. More hit then miss however. I don't think I've heard as many complaints about the ct-200. I believe the ct-200 is a later model and besides the couple extra external features it has over the ct-2 maybe they got out the kinks some of the ct-2's had internally. The ct-200 seems to cost a-lot more than the ct-2 everywhere I look though. They both have there positives and negatives. The ct-2 may give you crappppy copies and the ct-200 will cost you a-lot more.
 

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ct-200 will cost you a-lot more.

Not if you get it at CompUSA by today for $69 ($49 after rebate). I really can't find CT-2's around any more. Seems like all the retailers are only stocking CT-200's now.
 

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That's where I got mine. Haven't hooked it up yet. Have'nt even tried the AVT 8710 for enhancing video transfers to my Sharp DVDR standalone. Too busy getting the house ready for sale. Also want to put in a separate a battery backup, voltage regulator and overload protector. Another $75.00 cost. That's in addition to upgrading my cables. This hobby is getting expensive. Ultimately want to transfer 55 home movies on VHS or 8MM to DVD.
 

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For whatever reason I've heard people complain about green/black bars when using the ct-2. It must be hit or miss with the ct-2. More hit then miss however. I don't think I've heard as many complaints about the ct-200. I believe the ct-200 is a later model and besides the couple extra external features it has over the ct-2 maybe they got out the kinks some of the ct-2's had internally. The ct-200 seems to cost a-lot more than the ct-2 everywhere I look though. They both have there positives and negatives. The ct-2 may give you crappppy copies and the ct-200 will cost you a-lot more.

I had the CT-2 and returned it and now have the Ct-200. IMO, both are garbage and clones. The 200 now has auto shut off/turn on, that's the only difference. They both have the black level bug and add distortion. On the normal setting, they leave a vertical transparent bar on the left side of the screen which is about 1/15th wide of the entire width of the TV. Using dark uses some type of processing that messes with the quality and now makes blacks green.


It's there for low quality backups only. I would never use it unless I really had to. Once again, both are GARBAGE.


Have a good one.
 

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Not if you get it at CompUSA by today for $69 ($49 after rebate). I really can't find CT-2's around any more. Seems like all the retailers are only stocking CT-200's now.

Thanks for the heads up. I already got gouged at BB for a price I'm ashamed to admit however. I had just missed the sale at Circuit City last june-july (somewhere in there) where I think it was $99 plus a $45 rebate. Then everywhere I looked it was around 120.00. However I feel like I got the only decent 200 out there. I have made 50+ copies from vhs to dvd or dvd to dvd. At best the COPIES are better then the originals. (especially the vhs dubs) However the worst copies don't have any black/green problems or any lines anywhere whatsoever. Mine cost 125.00 but it works flawlessly. If it performed like some of the above reports I'd return it w/o a doubt.
 
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