Summary: After trouble with several DVD players, I decided to invest in this higher cost unit. The option to record from VHS tapes held a big appeal. The unit worked very well for 10 months. Then, the DVD would not open. I don't know why DVD units tend to do that, but I have had a couple that did the same thing. With the cost of this unit, I had hoped to avoid problems. So much for getting what you pay for. Does anyone know why DVD's stop opening or how to fix the problem?
Summary: This model received high ratings when we looked around at several sites in early 2005 so we decided to buy it. What a mistake. It's a pain to copy vhs to dvd with menus. Very confusing. First problem was the unit freezing during recording.This should have given us a hint. Next, DVDs would stop playing mid-movie - they would get stuck and we would have to forward several frames to be able to continue the movie. Now, it doesn't even recognize DVDs anymore.
Summary: Regarding Design: HDMI-page 19, use HDMI for "best quality images and sounds." "Set the audio output to PCM. See p. 29." (Does this screw-up audio-out using component instead of HDMI? See below.) Page 31, Using SETUP screen, change resolution from 480p to 720p to 1080i. Or, "press the P.SCAN button while the unit is in Stop mode to select HDMI resolution as follows: 480i>480p>720p>1080i." Note: "HDMI/DVI does not support 480i.
Not for home theater - digital audio dropouts w/ HDMI
29 December 2005
Summary: Promising feature package, but does not deliver. Tape to DVD copying works fine, but do not buy this if you care about Dolby 5.1 audio with HDMI. By itself the HDMI does not support multichannel audio, only PCM (stereo). Those wanting Dolby 5.1 must use the separate digital audio output connected directly to a receiver.