Hello again. I noticed your recommendation against Panasonic recorders
on the "Sales and deals of the week" page. Do you have a recommendation
regarding Panasonic players? The reason I ask is I am looking to buy a
standard DVD player (primarily for testing burned DVDs and to use with
an older conventional TV) and recent Consumer Reports tests for DVD
players give high marks to a couple of Panasonic units. I am looking to
buy a lower to midrange model (not looking for any HD features) and
would like to get as many "standard" features for the money as possible
(I am on a budget). The Panasonics referenced in the Consumer Reports
tests appear to provide the most features, supported DVD formats, etc.
for the money. (I believe I will also need an RF modulator as my older
TV only has an RF input.)
I have seen some reviews by individual purchasers of Panasonic players
who apparently have had bad experiences with their units related to
inferior drive motors (which would indicate poor reliability), and upon
these failures their units display an "H07" error code (reviews easily
found via Google searches). Apparently once a unit displays this code,
the motor is burned out and the best you can do is just toss it. Have
you heard anything about this abnormally high rate of drive motor
failures on Panasonics or can you comment on this issue? Also, what
would be your recommendations regarding player providers in general (who
is better/best and who to stay away from)?
Thank you very much for your help!
On a side note, I recently came across
to be an excellent list of documents regarding video/DVD/disk
technology. Apparently the author has a PhD and works for the UK based
disk reproduction company that hosts this site. I found the "DVD-Video
Format & Features" document especially helpful as it cleared some
things up for me and has assisted in my video "training". This
theoretical background and your guides seem to be a great combination!
Another good document from Pioneer regarding DVD-R media