General impression on the 5005, good and bad

vbimport

#1

My general impression with these 5005s is that they are the best DVD recorders you can buy for around $150 US or less (CompUSA had it for $100, after $70 mail in rebate sale this past Sunday 2/20/05).

However, I think LiteON is pushing the envelope or the limit and capability of the underlying processors and that there are many little faults associated with the recorder.

Here are the good:

  • inexpensive and quality is good (vs other low cost recorders)
  • Allwrite DVD +/- RW
  • with new 1098 firmware, the compatability is good across most DVD players
  • I think only LiteON and it’s OEM recorders (iLO and others) can be hacked to be Macrovision free.
  • firmware upgrade is fairly easy for most and are fairly frequent to be useful
  • many recording modes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 hour

Here are the bad:

  • created DVD menu kind of minimal and plain (vs Panasonic for example)
  • mono tuner and no digital audio
  • records in Mpeg 2.0 instead of Dolby digital 2.0
  • no editing function (eg edit out commercials)
  • timer recording limited to 5 slots/programs
  • no automatic clock sync with tuner as in most US VCRs
  • no closed caption play back on 5005 itself

bad processing/firmware resulting in:

  • clock too inaccurate and gains about 5 sec/day.
  • green hue/tint is present for most if not all
  • jittering problem for some
  • DVD recorded has audio sync off after about 2 hours
  • DV IN causes audio monitor problem but resulting DVD created audio is Okay.
  • Sometimes DV IN freezing (‘stopping’ displayed’) after prolong or loss of DV input.

#2

I think your summary includes all important points. Thought, I doubt that some problems like greenish tint can be fixed by firmware, but I really wish they could. That is the only item that really bothers me.

Frederic


#3

Hi,

which of these problems have been resolved by firmware? I’m trying to find info on existing lipsync problems with liteon recorders, but I’m finding it tough to find anything.

Graeme.


#4

no closed caption play back on 5005 itself


#5

Give the 5005 a break, reagon free, MV free, AllWrite, features many others do not have.