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I just visited my local Circuit City store and there was a Panasonic DMREH-50S sitting on the shelf, does anyone have a link to the manual?
The machine looks good and feels solid but before I buy i would like a little more info. :)
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Wow, Panasonic's site still says ships on or about 6/10.
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Yes I was really shocked to see it!!
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What was the price tag on it ?
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I just visited my local Circuit City store and there was a Panasonic DMREH-50S sitting on the shelf, does anyone have a link to the manual?
The machine looks good and feels solid but before I buy i would like a little more info. :)
That's great news,RCbridge!

Here is a link to the manual:
http://service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANPDF/DMREH50.PDF
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Price in CC was $449.

Longplay Thanks for the link.
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There's one for sale on EBAY - seller says he's an electronics dealer in California.

He's asking $335 for it.
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There's one for sale on EBAY - seller says he's an electronics dealer in California.

He's asking $335 for it.
Proabaly stolen or something worse.

I would stay the hell away from it.
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There's one for sale on EBAY - seller says he's an electronics dealer in California.

He's asking $335 for it.
I believe the Ebay listing is not for the newest Panasonic. There was a previous Panasonic model DMRE50S that was a 2003 model.

This new model is: DMR-E50K.

If you check Amazon, you will see both models listed (the new model is not available for purchase on Amazon.)

More importantly, if you check the Ebay and Amazon listings for the models, you will see that the specifications don't say that the old model can record on DVD+R's and does not have a HD. The new model records DVD+R and has a 100gig HD.

It's strange how Panasonic did not really change the model number. I was ready to buy on Amazon (it's offered at less than $200) until I read the specifications closely and realized that it was not the new model.
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This new model is: DMR-E50K
Actually its the DMR-EH50S and its listed in the latest Crutchfield catalog at $449.99. So the model number IS different than the older sans hard drive DMR-E50.

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The eBay listing clearly showed the new DMR-EH50 depicted on the box in the photo (distictive sloped front)...it's been snapped up.
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Actually its the DMR-EH50S and its listed in the latest Crutchfield catalog at $449.99.
Crutchfield has just added it to their website. Expected availability listed as 5/13/05.
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I bought the new Panasonic recorder, DMR-EH50P-S yesterday at Circuit City in Elk Grove, California (near Sacramento). There appeared to be 3 units available and there was no demo model. I paid $449.95 and spent $75 for a 3 year warranty.
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and spent $75 for a 3 year
Oops. In three years you could probably buy the EH50's second generation successor for $75. Sorry they hooked you on the EW. I bought a Panasonic no-hdd 2nd gneration DMR-E20 DVD recorder in 2002 for $700 and can probably pick one up on eBay now for about $40.

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I requested the extended warranty. My Panasonic E85 hard disk went out and I was lucky I had it less than a year and the warranty was still valid.
If you use the DVR regularly, the warranty is worth it. You drop it off at the store and pick it up when repairs are done. The warranty isn't valid if you drop it. I had to travel about 10 miles to get my E-85 fixed and the repair shop had to wait for Panasonic to approve the repairs. The E-85 is an excellent machine but the hard drive went out when I was dividing a program on the hard drive.
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Oops. In three years you could probably buy the EH50's second generation successor for $75. Sorry they hooked you on the EW. I bought a Panasonic no-hdd 2nd gneration DMR-E20 DVD recorder in 2002 for $700 and can probably pick one up on eBay now for about $40.
You are right about the price 3 years down the road, **BUT** I'm starting to wonder if some manufacturers (read: Panasonic here) are working with reseallers (such as CC) to make unattractive extended, 3 year warranties suddenly look attractive.

Look at the EH50's warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor. It's the labor, not usually the parts, that make a repair expensive. With a miserable 90 days labor coverage, the 3 year warranties offered by the likes of CC start to look good.

I never purchased an extended warranty because my credit card doubles the original, manufacturer's warranty up to a year. That's great for the parts (3 years), but it would only give me 6 months on the labor.

No, I have not purchased an extended warranty yet. I'm holding out for the upcoming Pioneer--and crossing my fingers they stay with the 1 year parts and labor.
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Ngohit, the new Pioneer 233 (non-hard drive) comes with a 1year parts and labor.:)
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The warranty is one year parts and labor (U.S.) Panasonic DMR-EH50.
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Ngohit, the new Pioneer 233 (non-hard drive) comes with a 1year parts and labor.:)
Thanks, longplay. This makes me think the 533 and 633 will have the same.

I sure hope Pioneer's originally shippment of the 533/633s is more than a trickle. There are a number of people I know in the real world who do not hang-out here that are ready to pounce on one when they become available.

BTW, I was at CC yesterday morning when there were no other customers in the DVD (or TV) zone. The sales person started chatting with me and complained that they had not carried the 520 or any non-HD Pioneer in 2004, merely a Pioneer DVD player. He checked some things at the computer and said there were no Pioneer DVD players or recorders that even appear to be on order (which he expressed disappointment over). He personally wants a DVR and, being a satellite TV person, definitely wants a Pioneer 533.
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He personally wants a DVR and, being a satellite TV person, definitely wants a Pioneer 533.
OK, what am I missing? How is the 533 uniquely suited to record DTV?
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OK, what am I missing? How is the 533 uniquely suited to record DTV?
Pioneer has an auto record feature where recording starts and stops via a signal received from the satellite receiver. Just go to the program menu on the satellite receiver, select the programs you want to record (which can be daily, once, whatever) then turn the receiver off. Set the timer on the Pioneer DVR to 'auto record' and then turn it off. Everything selected on the satellite receiver will now be recorded.

Panasonic and most others (not sure, actually, if any others offer this feature) only offer TV Guide at best, which is useless for satellite TV people.

This auto record feature is on the 420/520 and will also be on the 533 and 633 (which add TV Guide) to be released next month.
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I picked a DMR-EH50 yesterday at CC. It was $449.

Did some testing with it. Speciffically as it relates to compatibility with the Video Filter redesign I am experimenting with. Design changes to the filter that are unique to Panasonic and make it compatible using S-Video recording. I recorded to the HDD, DVD-RAM and made a +R finalized disc.
In all three cases, the unit recorded without any problem. I made a DUBB experiment from the HDD to the +R disc. Watched the disc in my bedroom using components inputs to the TV and it looked very close to the original. Extreemely clean image. I will make more experiments using DVD-RW and DVD-R. So far, the results are excellent. Using the existing version of the filter did not allowed recording. I have to conclude that the design changes do work.

By the way, I have never been a Panasonic DVD recorder promoter because of the more expensive DVD-RAM but now that this unit even has +R recording capability, it will be hard to beat. It's quite an impressive unit IMHO, and I have only scratched the surface with it.
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I also had never considered Panny DVD recorders due to my early committment to the DVD plus format with a computer DVD recorder. Subsequent to that, I purchased a standalone Philips DVD plus recorder, which is now on its last legs. As I am now considering a new DVD recorder with a HDD, I am leary of Philips given their reliability, and now will consider Panasonic since they added +R recording ability.
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Pioneer has an auto record feature where recording starts and stops via a signal received from the satellite receiver. Just go to the program menu on the satellite receiver, select the programs you want to record (which can be daily, once, whatever) then turn the receiver off. Set the timer on the Pioneer DVR to 'auto record' and then turn it off. Everything selected on the satellite receiver will now be recorded.
But how does the DVD recorder know the difference between the satellite receiver coming on for the timer recording and someone turning it on to just watch TV?

Unless I'm mssing something, I'd rather just set two timers. One on the satellite receiver and the other on the recorder (I have the Panasonic E75.) Both the receiver and recorder let me do daily and weekly recordings. The sat receiver even has a Tue-Sat option which is great for those early morning shows that don't air on Mondays. Unfortunately I have to use Mon-Sat on the Panasonic.
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The Pioneer is probably better suited to record from satellite because it does NOT have the "TV Guide" interface.
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Picked up a DMR-EH50 at CC this morning. It was $427.49 as I believe all their dvd recorders are on sale this week. They didn't actually have any on the shelves but I asked specifically for it by model name and their computer had 4 listed in stock (3 after my purchase). Now that word has gotten out that CC has them, at this rate they'll probably sell out their entire stock of them before they even get on display.

Haven't had time to play with it yet. A quick question though. I know on the older models it was recommended to record using the composite in instead of the s-video in. Anyone know if this is still the case with the newer models?

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Can you tell us where it was made? I heard that sometimes first shipment of recorders that hit the shelve can be made in Japan, but then stores are getting "made in China" products.
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Mine's made in Singapore...just arrived today...can't wait to play with it tonite...
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Well i'ts tonite....very disappointing...unit won't boot!
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Where did you order it from and how much, if you don't mind.

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