Pros Terrific recording of TV, DV input. Easy ff. Remote OK.
Cons Persons new to this type device can expect steep learning curve. Manual is tough. Cannot record on cable channels above 125.
Summary I've owned this DVD recorder for a year. It was my first foray into any DVD recorder or player, so I had to get up to speed on terminology. The learning curve was steep with lots of frustrations. I record TV programs and from a miniDV regularly. I record everything to the hard drive, and occasionally "dub" to a DVD. (If, like me in the beginning, you don't what "dubbing" is, save yourself some frustration by reading that section before you copy material from your harddisk to a DVD disk.) It can do small editing chores like shortening (deleting) any portion of a segment--that is nice for DV recordings.
Biggest disappointment? Does not seem to be able to record channels above 125. Whoa! I have tried UNSUCCESSFULLY to get a "yes"/"no" answer from Panasonic to the question: "Will the DMR-E100H access channels above 125?" Their online assistance seems pretty slow and useless. I can't find the answer in the manual, but it could be hidden there some place.
The remote is OK, but I have switched all my remotes (TV,DVD,Receiver/Amp,CD,CDR,Tape) to a single universal, the Home Theater Master MX-500. I can strongly recommend that remote for anyone tired of grabbing for different remotes.Updated
My TV, a Panasonic TH-50PX50U, accepts a CableCard (no cable box necessary). I DO NOT HAVE A CABLE TV BOX. I have a CableCard installed in the TV. This keeps things simpler--no cable box, no box remote. With the CableCard installed, my TV can access 800+ channels, BUT my DMR-E100H is still receiving only access to 125 channels via standard cable. So, in order for my DMR-E100H recorder to access channels above 125, I need a cable TV box to decode the signal BEFORE it is sent to the DMR-E100H. That also limits one nice feature of the DMR-E100H: you can only watch the same channel you are recording (the one from the cable TV box). With the CableCard, you can watch one channel while recording another, but you can only get the basic 125 ComCast channels.
Pros It powers on! If you can discover how to do anything it will record and record and record.
Cons Do not buy this Piece of Junk!!! I have had lots of Audio/Video and computer gear, but have NEVER seen such a clumsy interface. Lots of features, if you can figure out where they are, or where you must be before the button will do anything. This is the
Pros Records all my analog cable programs just fine. Records to DVD-R's from any input source except HDMI and USB. Gigantic HDD.
Cons Won't work on digital input channels-my cable company does fiber w/analog channels for those who want to not pay extra for a digital box and all; me. Won't do HDTV.
Summary Outstanding machine for analog TV and Dubbing and transcribing anything you can get on its massive HDD to DVD-R's.Can transcribe VHS w/RCA plugs to the HDD then to a DVD-R.
Updated on Jul 27, 2009
Pros large hard drive. on screen tv guide makes programming easy. easy editing of commercials. no more searching for blank video tapes.
Cons power up self check is not found in the manual or on the website. somewhat picky about what blank dvd's it will burn on
Pros Plug it in, hook up antenna or cable, let it tune in, and set it to record your favorite programs. Edit out comercials and save movie to disk.
Cons Menu a little cumbersom. Won't let me copy my comercial tapes from VCR to DVR.