Summary: I have my M15AU decks racked up with this piece of equipment in an edit suite. I am very impressed with the build quality and easy set up involved. I would highly recommend this to someone that needed to move their decks off of the desk to make more room.
Summary: I recently had to use this deck to record a meeting and when I was setting up and testing signal I noticed there is no headphone jack. You can still monitor audio using the RCA audio out in the back of the deck but the best I could do was route to my production monitor which also lacked a headphone jack. The deck worked great, the image looks nice and clean but it just bothered me that I had to do a live recording but couldn't monitor the audio via headphones.
Summary: Having been a DVCAM user for many years, ( I am now into HDV) I find the HVR-M15U combines the versatility of playing and recording in DVCAM, DV and HDV, fulfills my needs. (Also uses both full size and mini cassetts.) I do wish it would have at least had a digital display on the front to monitor TC etc.
Summary: I bought mine two years ago - for the second time in two years it died with a tape inside - the unit would not eject the tape nor would it respond to any of the controls. The first time it was under warranty, and my only loss was time. The second time, almost exactly a year after the first time, it no longer is under warranty. Sony's service center has quoted a price in excess of $1100 to repair a unit that cost $1600 new in 2006.
Summary: This product did not perform at all as expected. I was told that the Sony HVR-M15U compact HDV 1080i VTR would work with tapes made on the Canon XHA1 in High Definition. Now that I have the deck,it will not work. [...] I am thoroughly disappointed. Now I don't have a deck to do editing. They tell me to buy another camera to do editing work.