|Item Weight||14.25 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.87 x 3.5 x 16.93 inches|
|Item model number||DMR-ES40VS|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Built In Decoders||Dolby Digital // DTS decoder|
|Item Display Height||3.54 inches|
Panasonic DMR-ES40VS VHS / DVD Recorder Silver
- Watch and record programs at the same time
- DVD Recording Supports DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, & DVD+R media
- Plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, and video CD; DVD-Audio, CDs, audio CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 CD
- VCR - VHS HiFi stereo with MTS decoding / 4 video heads / 3 VHS recording settings (SP, EP, VP) / VCR Plus+, timer, and manual recording
- Built-in NTSC TV tuner for recording
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Includes: remote control Panasonic DMR-ES40VS DVD Recorder with Built-in VCR - This single home-theater device takes the place of 3 different units. You get a DVD recorder, DVD player, and VCR in one unit! The DVD recorder is most interesting of the three, allowing you to digitally record your favorite shows to DVD media. You get the advantage of film-like image quality, the ability to browse through recordings via thumbnail, and much more. Coupled with the built-in VCR, you also get the ability to backup your old home movies with a single button. Your VHS tapes will only last so long, even if you don't watch them, so getting them to DVD can be essential to preserving your precious memories for a lifetime! Progressive Scanning when used with compatible discs and TV receivers Chasing Playback - allows you to watch a DVD recording before it's finished Time Slip Button 2x LP Horizontal Resolution Recording - records 500 lines of horizontal resolution in LP mode Rapid Random Access (with DVD-RAM discs) Selectable Recording Modes - XP/SP/LP/EP/FR Dolby Digital (Dolby AC-3) 2-channel audio recording Plays back MP3 CDs Black Level Control A/V Inputs - 2 S-Video (1 front) / 2 Composite (1 front) / 2 Audio L/R (1 front) / 1 IEEE1394 DV Firewire (front) / 1 RF (VHF/UHF) A/V Outputs - 1 Component Video (Y, PB, PR) / 2 S-Video / 2 Audio L/R / 1 RF (VHF/UHF) Optical Digital Output for DTS & Dolby Digital Surround Sound Color - Silver Unit Dimensions - 4 (h) x 17 (w) x 14 (d) Unit Weight - 13 lbs.
CONSUMER ALERT: This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009 to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the U.S.'s transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322), or visit the commissions digital-television Web site at: www.dtv.gov.
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The resolution on recording tape EP mode is as good as my top of the line Panasonic and Sony VCRs. Is it as user friendly? No way, but it does the job. The DVD recorder is great but I wouldn't use EP except for junk programming (low resolution and slight smearing). LP picture is excellent----- actually for the price spectacular. The SP speeds on both DVD and VHS are superb.
The features on DVD are amazing, and I must admit I'm still learning how to use all of them. Thr DVD counter is very accurate and you can create a chapter with the press of a button (also very accurate). Warning -when you press stop while viewing a DVD --you may go back to the TV show or you may go to the chapter page (again quirky) . Just press return and you'll be fine.
I have the "40" hooked up to a nice Panasonic Amp with a good 7 speaker surround sound system and an analog jvc 27" TV. The picture on that 3 year old TV with the component video cables hooked up has really improved. I imagine that a good hi-def TV would be super. Hooking up the surround was a matter of plugging in 1 optical cable-easy.
Bottom line -----I would buy this again . Yes ,It is quirky but also a great value for money and if you don't believe some other reviews that say " I had no trouble ,it was easy right out of the box" you'll be fine. It's not easy out of the box. Basic functions are, but not everything (including setup). Read the manual. Then read it again about 4 times and keep it right next to your chair for about a month. I did and belive it or not---I'm really getting to like and understand this thing. It's a little quirky gem that shines when you get used to it. It also eliminates one extra piece of equipment junking up the area under the TV. If it holds up as well as the other Panasonic products I've had it could turn out to be a really great value. Time will tell. Remember------- READ THE MANUAL!
Update 10/15/2011: Still quirky but still working after 5 years. Have made many dvd's. Good track record for any piece of electronics.
My machine seems to have problems with DVD+R discs. For instance, it often will not read the disc if I record on it and then remove it, and then put it back in. This does not happen with DVD-R, so apparently this model has some problems with DVD+R - why this is I have no idea, and this problem was never mentioned by Panasonic.
Also, there have been times when I tried to finalize the disc for play back, and the machine simply froze up. This has happened about one out of 50 times, again I do not know why.
Most significantly, after using for 6 months, the machine is now VERY dysfunctional. It will not even show a picture on my TV screen, and is now basically useless. Hence, NO STARS!!!
Overall, this model apparently, drawing from my own experience and other reviews, was not throughly tested out for glitches and product errors.
There must be other models or brands out there that don't have the flaws. I once had alot of respect for Panasonic for quality, now I would avoid Panasonic products - they have obviously lost there reputation. I will never buy Panasonic products again.
This is possibly the best recorder on the market for making VHS to DVD transfers. It made great looking recordings. Nevertheless, I had to return it back for a number of problems, most of them covered in the other reviews here. One thing I didn't try before returning is the upgrading of the firmware to the latest version on Panasonic web site (Nov. 2005 dated). People who are having problems should give a try.
Overall, it's a pretty well designed unit waiting for Panasonic's attention to the existing software bugs.
Also it has problems with choosing thumbnails for chapters. Sometimes it selects them, sometimes it wipes out what you selected, uses the 1st frame, and won't let you change it. No explanation or error message, just won't save it. Very rude software. No indication that anything is wrong, just won't let you do it.
Recording to DVD ram is problematic. When I record a show, delete it - then record another show. Sometimes in the middle of the second show, the audio bleeds through the previously recorded and deleted program. Sometimes the video does also.
This machine quite often locks up and has to be "Rebooted."
I've downloaded and installed the latest firmware from Panasonic (Twice per their support persons instructions.) But the behavior never changed. When calling support you wait forever being transferred to different people, then have to go through their inane script, "Is the machine plugged in.", etc.
Don't even think of using cheap DVD-Rs in the machine. I found Sony work pretty well and Panasonic DVD-RAMs are what I use. Imation are just coasters waiting to happen in this machine.
It also locks up when playing VCD discs.
My wife is a video professional, and we were using this device to transfer some things from other video tape formats to DVD. I am a computer software professional and I don't get confused by hardware very easily - but their manual leaves a lot to be desired. No explanation of the various error codes the machine generates. (When it generates one. Most of the time it just locks up.)
So - Panasonic - Fix your BUGS! - Release another Firmware upgrade Please!