| "Don't Buy a Panasonic - Seriously"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from NM|
|I'm a TV addict. That said, I bought SEVEN (7) Panasonic EZ48V DVD recorders (2 are the EZ28 with no VCR & 6 have the VCR). I record every program on TV, either for me or for my family to watch (we like to watch when we want and we like to skip commercials). Let me get to it, there hasn't been ONE week in the past 2 years that at least one of these machines did not record. They either record and then ruin the actual dvd or they don't record and sometimes they even change the time and the recording is no good. They constantly need to be rebooted. I've had almost all of them in for service. Two had to be replaced entirely. And still, to this day, they record when they want to. Now some people gave these recorders good reviews. I expect they don't use them every day as I do. Given time, they will have their share of problems. I will check to make sure they are all recording. GREAT! Then when it comes time to watch the dvd, I get a message that says there's something wrong with the disc. You have been warned. These recorders are a nightmare. My solution is that I now own 2 desktop computers and each can record 4 shows (that's 8 shows per night, if needed!!!) The price was cheaper and I have them recording on external drives that I can move from room to room and watch anywhere I want. I can hand them off to the kids too. I feel the need to let you know about those Panasonics because the customer service was horrible also. They could care less that I invested $260 x 7 for their product. Even under warranty they wanted to charge me $200 for labor on 1 recorder. Enough said.|
| "It's Ok But With Very LIMITED Editng Availability!!"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from West New York, NJ USA|
|After owning this Panasonic DVD recorder for a little over a month, all I can say is that if you're looking to edit out commercials from a recorded TV program on a DVD-RW or RAM disc, you will be out of luck!! This recorder only initializes blank DVD discs in the Video format only!! In order to do any fancy editing, you need a DVD recorder that can also record in the VR format. This recorder unfortunately does not!! I, incorrectly, assumed that it did before I bought it and learned of this after I started playing around with it. I don't know if this was an oversight on Panasonic's part or what but but this function does not exist with this model. If you're looking to just dub VHS tapes to DVD and vice versa, it's an ok machine. This is why I only gave it a conservative 3 stars. A DVD recorder that will record in the VR as well as Video format which I also own and consider it to be better than this one is the JVC DR-MV150B. Hope this review helps others not to make the same mistake I made.|
| "Perfect."|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User|
|I had a lot of VHS tapes of Jamaican travels as I do some travel writing and needed to digitize them. Perfect for the job.|
| "Has all the bells and whistles"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Brooklyn, NY USA|
|The Panasonic DMR-EZ48VP-K 1080p Upconverting VHS DVD has Excellent quality and reliability. After searching for several months for the best system, this device has everything a DVD/VHS recorder and player could have. Works with HD, Non-HD and analog. Five stars are not enough to rate this device. Using an 8mm to analog converter I transfered all of my old reel to reel video from the 1960's and 70's to a digitally remastered HDD DVD. Easy to understand and setup instructions. I have owned this device for 6 months and have logged at least 200 hours upconverting video. I highly recommend this device to everyone from beginners to experts.|
| "Dead Already?"|| |
|- Reviewed By Efraim1|
|Unit when new made beautiful DVD's and recorded well from the "air" once the complicated recording programming procedures were learned. However, 18 months into ownership, the DVD portion of the machine went into an endless loop, with the head banging away, various and sundry error messages blinking on and off, and the only way to turn it off was to hit "reset." Resetting did not, however solve the problem, nor did unplugging it for a half hour. The word "Hello" sat tauntingly on the unit's screen and that was all it would do. Panasonic wanted a fortune to look at it and between their charges and the shipping (both ways, by the way), it was more expedient to buy a new one, which is something i am NOT going to do from Panasonic. For the price, there should be much better reliablity and/or customer service. |
| "Excellent machine (thus far)"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from chincoteague, va|
|I have been in the market for a new dvd recorder since roughly 2005 when my old Philips machine died. so, after lots of research..i decided on this model. It arrived in great condition and i had it set up within minutes.
This machine has extra features on it like Front RCA Inputs, SD Card Slot and easy dubbing from VHS/DVD (note you cannot copy commerical bought movies with this machine.
Setup is fairly easy for someone with Mediocre Electronics Expertise, but if you are a novice, you may wanna read the entire manual before beginning. The manual is written in such a way that there are lots of pictures to illustrate what will be displayed when you push each button.
You can also record to DVD-RAM Discs using this unit, however, don't expect to find them at retail. You will have to order them online if you wanna go this route for recording.
you can record to DVD+RW discs and DVD+R discs. however this unit can record to other types of discs as well. Picture quality is VERY good. i even recorded a bunch of stuff on the low quality setting and was quite impressed with the quality. keep in mind though the quality is only going to be as good as your signal from your cable or sattelite provider. Meaning if you have lines through the picture/distortion, its going to show up on your recorded DVDs.
I have only had this unit roughly for a week or so..but it's doing GREAT right now..will post update to this review after a while.