Hello all -
Well I have been following the Lite-On Forum for sometime now (I am a more frustrated then proud owner of the notorious LVW-5005) and have been considering purchasing a Panasonic DVD-Recorder, and I am curious for what I want to do which would be the best match.
First off I currently have a LVW-5005 recorder which is made by Lite-On, which is actually a solid little recorder when it's actually working - but that's rarely as it has a whole host of bugs and drive problems that have caused me to return it twice now for new drives, and I'm getting tired of it -- and I liked a UK review on a Panasonic DMR-ES10 (I live in the US, do they make a model for here too?). Basically here is what I want to do:
I want to dub old VHS tapes (mostly old sports programming and home movies) to DVD-R's. Maintaining the original picture quality is the most important, and I would primarily be using the 2-Hour speed, although I'm curious to see what kind of quality you get on Panasonic's 4-Hour mode as opposed to the LVW-5005's 3-hour mode which I believe uses fewer lines of resolution. I don't really have a need for DV link, but I'd like to have choices for inputs/outputs, such as the component, composite and s-video connectors. The stereo analogue tuner would be nice (the LVW-5005's is mono) and a HD is not really necessary, but if I could get a machine that did all of that that I didn't have to replace every two weeks for around $300 US, then I'd be a happy camper
Any suggestions? Thanks!