"The DMR-ES46VS is the same as the DMR-ES45VS and it comes with an HDMI cable"4.0 starson by 350ZMO
Pros: Great for a combination NTSC tuner, VCR and DVD-/+R
Cons: Does not have Faroudja DCDi or equivalent
Summary: Panasonic DMR-ES46VS
The 46 is the same model as the 45. The only difference is the 46 also comes with an HDMI cable. I have been waiting several months for CNET to place a stub review for the 46 out there so when people search on the 46 they can get a review. But alas they haven’t done it. SO I’m putting this review in the 45’s area. When or if CNET puts something out there for the 46 then I will post this review under it and ask this one to be removed from the 45. But I know I had trouble finding out that the 45 and the 46 are the same so I know others will too and I wanted to get this message out there.
I previously owned the Panasonic DMR-ES30V. And my review on that by and large applies to this model as well. The main difference with the 46 over the 30 is that the 46 is capable of up-converting/up-scaling to 1080i, de-interlacing up to 720p and has an HDMI output. The other notable difference is the video DAC is 12bit.
I have connected the 46 to an Optoma HD-72 (720p DLP) projector and a Vizio GV47L (1080p LCD) HDTV. I use a 25 foot HDMI cable for the projector and have had no problems with the 46s HDMI. I have also tried a 25’ component video cable, s-video, and composite video and had no problems with those either.
I have a standard definition DirecTV receiver connected to the 46 and the HD-72. The blockiness and compression artifacts are all a function of DirecTV and not the Panasonic.
None of the current VCR, DVD-R or combo products will allow you to dub copy protected material, either from a VCR to a DVD or any combination thereof in of themselves or by simple connections to each other. However, the Sima GoDVD! video enhancer can be connected between separate VCR and DVD components and can be purchased at your local Best Buy, you can read it’s reviews right here at CNET.
If you are looking for a standard definition combination VCR/DVD recorder, I highly recommend the DMR-ES46VS. If you are looking for a great standard definition upscaler, this product isn’t what you want. For many that do not care about such things, the upscaled video form a non DCDi or equivalent upscaler, such as the 45/46, looks beautiful. No it’s not the best upscaler but most will never notice the difference. And while all HDTVs upscale to their displays native resolution, most will enjoy the convenience of the S-video input ability of the 45/46. For example, you can connect the S-video out of your standard definition satellite receiver into the 45/46, your standard definition cable TV into the rf in of the 45/46, and run one HDMI cable to your high definition display. If your HDTV has the same type of scaler as the 45/46 then you will notice no difference in letting the 45/46 do the scaling. Similarly, if you have an HDTV or display device that has Farjoudja DCDi, you can run component video out (and audio to your TV or home theater receiver) from the 45/46 to the display device and let the display do the video upscaling. Either way, some will find the 45/46 convenient for satellite, cable, VHS, and DVD. It is important to note that if your HDTV has a QAM tuner built in, then you are likely to find local HD channels through your standard definition cable packages, if you don’t, try connecting the cable directly to your HDTV. I am not sure if they will pass through the 45/46 as the 45/46 has an NTSC tuner only.
For the best stand definition to high definition upscaling solution, look for Faroudja DCDi or equivalent. The 46 does not have one of the top tier scaler/deinterlaces such as Faroudja DCDi found in the Oppo DV-981HD or Optoma HD-72 projector. Neither do many HDTVs such as the Vizio GV47L. For a primer to this, I suggest you read my review of the Oppo here at CNET. If you are looking to upscale your standard definition satellite feed, then arguably, the best solution may be to upgrade your satellite receiver to a high definition set, but there are few high def broadcasts on DirecTV and the latest DirecTV HD sets are plagued with problems. I am not aware of any VCRs that have Faroudja but another potential solution is a stand alone up-scaler but they are typically expensive.
So if you are trying to watch standard definition satellite or cable programming, the best video performance will be seen through a stand alone upscaler or an HDTV or HD display with DCDi or equivalent built in. But keep in mind, nothing will overcome the compression artifacts on compressed standard def digital programming. I have seen compressed video on cable, OTA ATSC broadcasts, and of course satellite. Compression artifacts are clearly visible. They look like bubbles around areas of sharp contrast like a text message overlay on a video background. The resultant inferior video quality from compression can only be improved at the source end where the compression is being done. Of course the reason the sources use compression is to fit more channels in a fixed amount of bandwidth.
I use the 46 to record DirecTV TIVO’d programs onto DVD, as a cable tuner and play back my collection of VCR tapes onto an Optoma HD-72 projector which has Faroudja DCDi. Therefore I let the Optoma do the up-scaling by connecting the component video output of the 46 to the component video input of the HD-72. However, my Vizio GV47L does not have Faroudja. When I tried the 46 on my Vizio I saw no upscaling difference between letting the Vizio do it or the 46. In other words, there is no particular performance advantage of the up-scaling abilities of the 46 over the built into all HDTVs upscaling. In fact, you may find it hampers performance. The 46 uses a 12bit per channel video DAC. If your display device is 8 or 10bits, then you will probably see macro-blocking if you let the Panasonic do the upconverting. For the Vizio, I use the Oppo DV-981HD as it has Faroudja DCDi built into it.
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- Release date05/15/06
- Type of component DVD recorder
- Audio output mode Stereo