Summary: We got this player to hook up to TIVO and DirecTV and to playback store DVD's and home DVDs created on a mac. The player insists on setting up local channels everytime you turn it on until it is successful tuning in your channels. Since we are using it with tivo and directv, the player can not find any channels to synch. You can not seem to bypass this 'feature' This is pretty annoying. We also had to send the first one back to Cabo Wabo since it was defective.
Summary: I've had this recorder for over a year now. Within the first three months, the power supply went bad and screwed up the whole recorder. I had to get the whole board replaced, although it was under warranty. The operation of the unit is flaky. Sometimes it just freezes up and you have to unplug it. The player finalizes discs only half the time I try, so I only use it to watch DVDs.
Summary: I am frustrated with this product for 2 reasons. First is not every brand of DVD-RW discs works with this machine. I bought a 10 pack of JVC DVD-RWs (not an off brand) and now I can't use them for anything because they don't work on this model. There is no warning or mention that not all DVD-RW brands do not work on this machine.
Summary: After playing around with this DVD recorder for a week, I have a couple of things to take away for any potential buyers... 1) The unit freezes up constantly. This is especially common after finalizing a DVD. Once the finalizing is done, the recorder fails to respond to any remote commands or button presses on the unit itself. The only solution is to unplug the machine. I've also seen this happen as I watch a DVD - the unit fails to respond to remote commands.
Summary: I bought two of these. The S-Video and RCA-video outputs stopped working on each one after a month, one going completely black and the other losing horizontal sync. These units probably have very cheap integrated circuits in the output path. Best Buy let me exchange them, but I'm not confident that the replacements will last very long.
Summary: Overall, not a bad product for the price but it is certainly no replacement for the venerable old VCR. We have both the DMR-ES10-S and ES20-S and in head-to-head comparison I believe the ES10-S to be the overall better machine. First, the ES20S has problems not present on the ES-10. The schedule software seems to prioritize programs by when they were entered, rather than by time.
Summary: This is the first consumer audio/video product I've ever bought that will routinely freeze up so badly that not even the POWER ON switch will work. Yes, the device can screw itself up so that you have to unplug it to bring it back to life. I bought this device for two purposes: to record off Tivo and to make copies of DV tapes, generally using DVD-R disks. Tivo recording works OK - as long as you don't inadvertently try to record a show that's somehow copy protected.
Summary: This is some pretty amazing technology. The image quality is fine. The LP mode is remarkable and I'll be darned if I can see much difference between LP, SP, and XP. I'm watching this on a Toshiba 27" with RCA connectors, so there may be some artifacts that aren't obvious to me. The EP mode is very soft and generally unacceptable for archiving anything. This machine is not without problems though. It does occasionally "freeze", requiring a forced "restart".
Summary: Great color and contrast, many conveniences at this price (and many missing), nice black and white levels when dubbing old VHS tapes. But...dot crawl, mosquito noise, edge artifacts, macroblocks -- a whole catalog of typical digital defects, even at XP and SP speeds. The digital noise on LP and EP is horrific, and noise reduction on playback gives some of the strangest and most irritating effects I've ever seen (such as facial features disappearing into shapeless blurs...