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  1. OwenRubin

    Could Physical Media Extend To USB

    This always makes me laugh, because any encryption system that has to work on millions of devices is going to get cracked. I can't think of a single DRM that has been 100% effective. Even Nagra's system has been hacked. Yet media companies will spend many millions developing something new...
  2. OwenRubin

    4k...Okay, Now I Get It!

    Personally, I am a bit afraid to upgrade. Seems whenever I up my system to something new, all the manufacturers announce their new latest and greatest upgrades and new formats. So Ill take one for the team and all of you with 4K, and hold off on an upgrade to my theatre for now so you all...
  3. OwenRubin

    UHD What is holding back UHD and what can be done to fix it?

    Like many of us here, we care about getting the best image possible. But all of my friends think that is crazy. They are JUST now buying 1080p OLED screens and love what they see. Look how long that took. Even the few that got a 4K set, they never watch anything 4K! They could care less about an...
  4. OwenRubin

    Pioneer DVR510HS or Panasonic DMRE80HS?

    OK, a little Digital TV 101 (overly simplified) here: I would say this depends on the final quality you wish, and some on the source material, and some on your display device. Since the recorder uses MPEG-2 to record the video, the more data bits used in the recording, the better the quality...
  5. OwenRubin

    DVD-R's...the best?

    For me, my older player, a Pioneer Elite DVD/LD combo player has the most problems of any DVD players. When it plays, it does a great job, but when it misses, it misses big time. Most DVD's burned on my Mac would not play audio on this machine while it would play elsewhere. But so far, the...
  6. OwenRubin

    DVD-R's...the best?

    It must be an east/west thing, because everyone here does just the opposite, and assumes I spell it like your. That is funny. Of course, in my case, the also assume the "Rubin" is my first name and Owen is my last, and that would be spelled Reuben.
  7. OwenRubin

    DVD-R's...the best?

    I know what you mean. The price for 4X is great, their customer service is great, and the free shipping, even though ground shipping, is still a good deal. I am closer to them than you and get them in 3 days as well which is amazing, but to NY might take a bit longer, but just order in enough...
  8. OwenRubin

    DVD-R's...the best?

    Cool. Care to share your 80 cent source? But I have to ask: I am buying 4X disks and Meritline ships ground for free, so 99 cents is my TOTAL cost delivered. Have you added in shipping to that 80 cents? Are you buying 4X ot 1X DVD-R's as that too makes a difference to me as I buy the same...
  9. OwenRubin

    DVD-R's...the best?

    What do you consider "cheap"? I just bought 100 "bulk" , but bulk of a real good brand: BeAll (though Meritline) for about a buck each. This is much cheaper than "named" brand at almost $2 a disk, and I have had ZERO failures. Now, my recorder has an HD, so I copy to the HD and then to...
  10. OwenRubin

    DVD-R's...the best?

  11. OwenRubin

    Pioneer DVR510HS or Panasonic DMRE80HS?

    Mike, Where was your answer when I could still exchange mine? I have seen that color problem some, especially from old VHS tapes. But all in all, I am very happy with the results of transfers, especially from Dish via s-video, and the editing features, now that I am getting good at using...
  12. OwenRubin

    Pioneer DVR510HS or Panasonic DMRE80HS?

    I own a high end Denon A/V amp which switches S-Video. The Panasonic is connected as VCR-1, which means that ANY S-Video source can be fed to the unit via the A/V amps record output. For me, that is the DISH PVR (TV Input), a S-VHS VCR (VCR-2), a TiVo unit (AUX), a Panasonic HDTV receiver (VDP)...
  13. OwenRubin

    Pioneer DVR510HS or Panasonic DMRE80HS?

    Well, I have been using it for a week now, and I do like it. The damn cheap DVD-R's I bought are the problem (Stay away from Digital Matrix 4X DVD-R) I agree with the comments above about title entry, difficult but quite usable, and the remote could use a jog/shuttle wheel as a great...
  14. OwenRubin

    Pioneer DVR510HS or Panasonic DMRE80HS?

    Michael, please tell me as soon as possible what you think. I am returning my Panasonic tomorrow because I still think this power off problem is a bad power supply. But if I buy another Panasonic to replace this one, or a Pioneer may depend on the editing capabilities, so let me know ASAP...
  15. OwenRubin

    Pioneer DVR510HS or Panasonic DMRE80HS?

    Thanks Michael. None of this is clear from the manual, and while I am an engineer, this is a rather complex unit for options and settings.
  16. OwenRubin

    Pioneer DVR510HS or Panasonic DMRE80HS?

    I just bought a DMR-E80H and I must say, that while this device has a lot of options, I am not happy with it and consider returning it. My first gripe is that there appears to be no high speed HD to DVD-R transfer mode, or I cannot make it work. Secondly, it also appears that when "dubbing"...