Summary: The DH-30000 Digital VHS recorder is a one of a kind. I bought one originally while stationed overseas and did a phenomenal recording of any video recording, even though HD was not a household word. Unfortunately a lightning power surge here in Florida took out the original unit and I had to try to find a replacement. Remember we did not have Hard drive DVRs back then, and if you modified your computer it was rather expensive.
Summary: I bought three at Circuit City when they first came out. There was no way to record high definition. I was told that the DISH network would have firewire receivers that would make recording a cinch. Well, that never happened. They never responded for a refund. They even had a set up in Las Vegas showing D-theater movies. I mentioned I had a problem with pixellation. They said that there was an upgrade that fixed that. I took them to the JVC headquarters in California.
Summary: JVC, the father of VHS, has kept the VHS format alive for over 25 years. JVC has made considerable advances in VHS recording and playback over the years and was the dominant format used for much of the 80's and 90's until it met it's end with optical discs (CD Video, Video CD, DVD, HD-DVD, UMD, Blu-Ray, etc...). Of the "major" advances in VHS, Digital VHS (D-VHS) had the potential to be the most significant.
Summary: I bought three of these units when they first came out $[...] each. Full page trade ads said now you can tape HD. Well, you cannot. I went to the Las Vegas Electronics show. JVC had set up a room showing the machine. I asked when HD could be recorded? They said the DISH network would have firewire within 30 days. It takes a firewire connection to tape HD. The month came and went. I phoned DISH. They had no plans to put out a receiver with firewire.
Summary: A first class example of a top-of-the-line VCR. No digital tuner, but it can record HD broadcasts in full definition when the signal is supplied from your TV or outboard tuner. In addition,this VCR will play the prerecorded digital VCR movie tapes, S-VHS tapes, S-VHS ET tapes, and the standard VHS tapes from years ago. The JVC remote is easy to use.
Summary: I bought this VCR for Hi-Def video editing (export HD footage to D-VHS tape) and as DV backup storage (store several miniDV tape contents to one DVHS tape). In both applications this deck fails miserably. It just doesn't talk to the computer via FireWire, noway. JVC tech support didn't help one single bit - all they said was "it's a driver issue", but they don't release the driver for their device...
Summary: This VCR may follow the laserdisk in being something that only serious video enthusiasts use but that never catches on in the general population, this time because of DVD, whereas VHS was the nail in the laserdisk's coffin. While DVD provides higher resolution than traditional VHS, (as Laserdisk did over VHS) the convenience, durability, and availability of DVD have almost sounded the death knell to anything VHS, even VHS in High Def.