Amazon Price: $999.94 (as of September 22, 2018 4:39 am –
Panasonic DMR-EZ48VP-K is an upconvert DVD Recorder with VHS VCR, Digital Tuner, 1080p Up-Conversion, HDMI Simple Connection, VIERALink, SD Memory Card Slot, USB Terminal and Super Multi-Format Recording & Playback.1080p Upconverting VHS DVD Recorder with Built In Tuner.
receive and record TV signals both digital and analog like the old VCR days and record video camera recordings …
There is no replacement for what the Panasonic DMR-EZ48VP-K can do: 1) receive and record TV signals both digital and analog like the old VCR days 2) record video camera recordings to DVD disks and 3) dub VHS tapes to DVD disks (a very simple procedure unlike other brands). You need to sometimes clean the DVD drive (SaintBaz method works very well) or the clean VCR heads and sometimes reset or power down (unplug)(sometimes multiple power downs or resets are needed) of the unit to clear various CPU firmware hangup states it gets into, but that seems to be par for the course when have on board microcontrollers.
Probably the Best Available Today
I’m on my second one of these. Bought the first in 2007 and just had to replace it after it would no longer recognize the RAM discs. I should note that I used it a LOT, recording and playing back on a daily basis for the entire four years. Probably had thousands of hours on the first unit so I’m not complaining.
Do not throw it away
If you want to use this units VCR for recording Broadcast DTV from your local stations it will not without a Converter Box. Without a box the machine will show ” Cannot Record Digital signal “. However with one it worked fine and I just tested the tape in another machine and it worked well. This can be a problem but not here and I expect the same great service as with my much older Analog & no tuner Panasonic models. I saw a review that complained about the editing system and chapter division. I can see where this might bother some but you can pause the DVD and fast forward VCR without division with practice, using a DVD+RW type Disk. You do need some of these to record shows with the DVD. When recording from 8mm tapes through the IN2 front connection I pause the VCR and do most of the edit that way. My less than 5 stars is due to needing a Box for Broadcast DTV to VCR.
As usual, Panasonic has a great machine in this one. Earlier, I bought the EZ38VK (no tuner) and am very pleased with it also. This is the very same machine but with a tuner that pulls in more digital channels, and more stable too, than I could get with my analog to digital converter. Regardless of what negative comments have been made elsewhere, I have had no problems with it whatsoever. No HDMI input??? I know of no other recorders that have it either which is to prevent possible copyright infringements. However, using the other inputs produces a crystal clear picture anyhow, so why get out of shape over it. The HDMI output works perfectly well because I hooked it to my HD TV and tried it. I have copied many old home movies (VCR Tapes) and it does a wonderful job. I have found that it will do everything that I want it to do and more. My only suggestion is to read the manual, step through the procedure for whatever you are doing, and you will realize just how easy it is to operate and get great results. If I had one recommendation, it would be to try to organize the manual a little better.
The Best of Three Different Models
I bought two different models of DVD/VCR recorders at separate times (from vendors other than Amazon) and returned both within days. Either the user’s guide was written so poorly it was incomprehensible, or the machine itself didn’t function as advertised.
good performance, but some limitations
I chose this model because it seemed the best ATSC VCR/DVD-R available in October 2007. We’re pulling our signal off the (really big) rooftop antenna on the fringe of Philadelphia’s viewing area. I needed a new VCR and wanted to make sure I had the ATSC tuner because our bedroom TV (bought last year before I realized the end was so near) does not and I don’t tend to upgrade often. (The top-of-the-line deck it replaced was bought in 1988)
Excellent Quality as expected from Panasonic.
I have owned a couple of Panasonic DVD recorders and the quality is always there. They make real good DVD transfers and last a long time. I am impressed with this unit. Have use it about 2 years without a flaw. Transfered home movies for my boss. Works Great !!! These units with built in VCR’s are getting difficult to find with a DVD Recorder. This DVD recorder will not copy pre-recorded commercially recorded VCR tapes to DVD because of copy protection. It will only transfer tapes recorded for home movies, etc. Gave it 5 stars !!!
Excellent machine (thus far)
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.