Summary: This unit replaced a previously purchased Panasonic combo unit that stopped loading DVDs after less than 18 months. This unit performed adequately with one quirk: when scanning in reverse or forward a few seconds, it would sometimes skip 10 minutes. I called Panasonic tech support, and it was even less helpful than when I called for assistance when my combo unit failed.
Buggy internal software, ultra slow boot, broke after 1 year
Garbo Hermit, Amazon
15 June 2010
Summary: I didn't like the kloogyness of this unit from the start and should have returned it before it was too late. Disappointing, too, because I've always had great luck with Panasonic electronics until now. Here's what you need to know: 1. Totally busted after 1 year - will recognize no DVDs at all. 2. ULTRA slow boot / read / response times. When I hit the eject tray button on the dvd player, the dvd player should eject the dvd. Now. Not tomorrow, not after breakfast, now.
Summary: This product has some usability issues which I was willing to overlook due to its excellent picture quality. And indeed, once I got used to its interface I forgave it. ;) However, after about two months of operation, it wouldn't come on again and has resisted all efforts to recover. I tried all the suggested recovery methods in the owners manual without result.
Summary: I looked at this Recorder online for months and finally ordered it. I read reviews where people said is was bad to freeze up and i read reviews that it had the best pictue quality of any Recorder you could buy. Picture quality is the main reason i ordered the unit and that it had an S-Input to get the best signal to the Recorder. The day i received the product i hooked it to my Directv Receiver's S-output and turned the unit on but got nothing on my TV screen at all.
Summary: This recorder quit working after burning 2 discs. What a piece of junk. I have an old Panasonic dvd recorder that has many many hours on it and still works like a champ. This one is (was!) difficult to navigate the menus, and not nearly as user-friendly as my old one. I'm now out a lot of money for this item that I can't use.
Summary: Mine couldn't access the cable. The manual said, "Split the cable to accommodate this recorder." What arrogance! "I can't do my job, so you modify your equipment to suit me." My ancient DMR 50 had no trouble at all accessing the cable, and wasn't fazed at all when the cable went digital. Touching it, pushing the buttons, listening to it, I saw a tackiness, a cheapness, that is not the Panasonic I thought I knew. It also has a horrible playback picture.
Summary: I bought this product due to Panasonic's durability in VHS, TV, and camcorder products I had owned. However, This Dvd Recorder really disappointed me as it stop functioning after five uses. Think about it.
Summary: I bought this as I was upgrading my home theater, and I needed an upscaler to upscale my SD Tivo for my video projector. Sadly, the upscaling quality is quite poor - it bears significant artifacts, in particular vertical banding on primary colors such as red or green. Also, it seemed to crash more often than I'd like, and wouldn't always handshake correctly over HDMI.