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Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK

DVD recorder/HiFi VCR combo with built-in digital TV tuner and 1080p DVD upconversion

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by Loren Barstow
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It's easy to record your favorite shows to DVD or VHS with the Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK. This versatile recorder's built-in tuners let you enjoy both analog and digital TV broadcasts. Plus, if you have an HDMI-equipped HDTV, this Panasonic can upconvert DVDs to better match your set's high-resolution screen, so all your discs will look their best.

The DMR-EZ48K also makes it easy to back up your home movies. Its dual-deck design gives you the option of dubbing non-copy-protected material from VHS videotapes to DVD, or from DVD to VHS. The DMR-EZ48K can record to standard write-once and rewritable blank DVDs. This recorder also uses rewritable DVD-RAM discs, which provide DVR-like conveniences such as "Chasing Playback" — watching the beginning of a program while it finishes up recording. DVD-RAM discs also let you view a program you've already recorded while simultaneously capturing another.

The front panel looks very clean, but a flip-down door hides a several connections that are especially useful for owners of digital cameras and camcorders. The built-in SD™ memory card slot and USB port make it easy to view photos from your digital camera. Just slip the SD card into the front-panel slot to view images, or connect your camera to the USB port. If you own a digital camcorder with a DV port (also known as "IEEE 1394 or FireWire®), the DMR-EZ48K's DV input lets you easily record your home movies onto a recordable DVD.

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Highlights:

  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • receives all HDTV/SDTV broadcast formats — records and displays in standard definition only
  • upconverts and displays DVD video at 720p/1080i/1080p via HDMI (720p/1080i via component video)
  • one-touch record and 2-way dubbing
  • 5 DVD recording quality settings, 3 VHS recording speeds (SP, LP, EP)
  • multibrand remote control
  • VIERA Link™ simplifies remote control for compatible Panasonic components (HDMI-CEC)
  • 2 sets audio/video inputs (composite and S-video), including 1 front-panel
  • 1 set audio/video outputs (composite, S-video, component video and HDMI)
  • RF input/output (input receives antenna/cable signals)
  • front-panel digital camcorder input (IEEE 1394)
  • front-panel SD memory card slot for digital photo playback (also allows transfer to DVD-RAM)
  • front-panel USB port for MP3/JPEG/DivX playback (JPEGs can also be copied to a DVD-RAM disc)
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital/DTS®/PCM
  • records to the following types of discs:
    • write-once DVD-Rs and DVD+Rs, for making permanent recordings
    • rewritable DVD-RWs, DVD+RWs and DVD-RAMs, for making recordings you can watch and then erase
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, Video CD, and DivX® discs
  • plays audio CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 CDs
  • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-3/8"H x 14-11/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts and labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
  • Note: Internal dubbing of copy-protected DVDs is not possible.

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Features and Specs
General
Number of Discs
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Hard Drive Recorder
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Hard Drive Capacity
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N/A
Multibrand Remote
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Compatibility
CD-R Capable
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CD-R/W Capable
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Yes
MP3 Playback
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CD/DVD/USB
WMA Playback
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SACD Playback
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DVD-Audio Playback
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Inputs
RCA Audio Inputs
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2 Pair
Composite Video Inputs
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2
S-Video Inputs
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Component Video Inputs
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Outputs
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S-Video Outputs
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Component Video Outputs
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RS-232C Port
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What's in the box?

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  • DVD recorder/VCR combo with built-in digital tuner
  • 64" AC power cord
  • Wireless remote control (N2QAAYB000197)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 47" A/V cable with a composite video and stereo audio RCA connectors on both ends
  • 47" RF coax cable with slip-on "F"-connectors on both ends
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Product Information Card
  • Product Registration Card
  • "Digital Television Transition Notice" sheet
  • "Notice of Name Change" sheet

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General Features
DVD Recorder Functions
VCR Functions
Connections

General Features

Overview: The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V is a Progressive Scan DVD Recorder with VHS VCR, Digital Tuner, 1080p Up-Conversion via HDMI Simple Connection, VIERALink, SD Memory Card Slot, USB Terminal and Super Multi-Format Recording and Playback.

Digital Tuner: The integrated high-performance hybrid digital tuner is capable of receiving both digital and analog broadcasts. The built-in tuner allows the DMR-EZ48V to receive and record analog and terrestrial digital channels (High Definition programming is "down-converted" and recorded in Standard Definition). The integrated hybrid digital tuner provides the following channels:

  • Analog TV Channels: 2 to 69
  • Analog CATV Channel: 1 to 135
  • Digital TV Channel: 2 to 69
  • Digital CATV Channel: 1 to 135

1080p Up-Conversion: By interpolating video data using proprietary algorithms, SD (Standard Definition) format data is up-converted to 1080 x 1920p HD (High Definition) format video data. This conversion increases the richness of the original data by almost six fold, producing the highest possible image quality when viewing content on a large-screen HDTV.

Progressive/24P: When this unit is connected to a TV supporting 1080/24p output via an HDMI cable, this unit displays each frame at 1/24 second intervals (the frame interval originally recorded in the film) thus faithfully reproducing the original cinema image.

Front-Panel USB Port and SD-Card Slot: The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V DVD recorder is equipped with a front-panel SD Memory Card slot and USB terminal, which makes it easy to view photos from your digital camera. Just slip the SD card into the slot or use a USB cable to connect the camera to the USB terminal, and you are ready to enjoy a spectacular big-screen slideshow with family and friends. You can even listen to music recorded onto a USB device while viewing your photos.

  • USB Port: The DMR-EZ48V is also equipped with a front-panel USB type-A port which supports USB mass storage class devices up to 32 GB. The unit supports playback of MP3 audio files, JPEG still images and DivX video recorded onto a USB mass storage device with FAT16 or FAT32 file system.
  • SD Card Slot: The Panasonic DVD recorder features a standard SD card slot which supports SD (8MB-2GB) and SDHC (4GB-16GB) memory cards, as well as mini-SD and micro-SD memory cards (with adapter) for JPEG still image playback. This unit is compatible with SD memory Cards that meet SD Card Specifications FAT 12 and FAT 16 formats, as well as SDHC Memory Cards in FAT 32 format.

MP3/JPEG/DivX Playback: The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V supports playback of MP3, JPEG, and DivX files.

  • MP3 Playback: The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V will playback MP3 (32-320 kbps) audio files recorded on DVD-R, DVD-R DL, CD-R, and CD-RW discs, as well as USB memory using the unit's front-panel USB port. This unit can recognize up to 99 folders and 999 files. This unit is not compatible with ID3 tag information.
  • JPEG Playback: JPEG still images (34 x 34 and 6144 x 4096) recorded on DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, CD-R, CD-RW, SD Memory Cards or USB memory can be played on this unit. This unit can handle a maximum of 300 folders and 3,000 files (99 folders/999 files via CD).
  • DiVX Playback: You can play CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL discs and USB memories which contain DivX video (32 x 32 to 720 x 576). This unit will play all version of DivX video, including DivX 6. The unit can recognize up to 300 folders and 200 files.

Note: Total number of recognizable files including MP3, JPEG, DivX and other type of files is 4000.

TV Aspect Ratio: The DVD recorder/VCR combo allows you to select what screen type you will be connecting the unit to. You can select from 4:3 Normal (Letterbox or Pan&Scan) or 16:9 Widescreen.

Picture Adjustment: You can select between the following picture modes:

  • Normal: default setting
  • Cinema: mellows movies and enhances detail in dark scenes

DNR: Turn this function on to reduce noise and picture degradation.

Black Level Control: You can adjust the black level of the input signal by selecting "lighter" or "darker." For the output signal, you can select one of two choices of black level when using composite or S-Video outputs: "Lighter" or "Darker," or one of three choices when using the component video outputs: Lighter, Normal, or Darker.

Parental Rating: The V-chip system used in this unit allows you to limit viewing and recording of certain programs that may contain scenes unsuitable for children. If the unit start receiving a broadcast with the set rating information, a password screen appears and you will be unable to view or record until you enter the password. You can view or record after entering your password.

Universal Design: The DMR-EZ48V DVD recorder/VCR combo was designed in compliance with Panasonic's Universal Design principles. Frequently used buttons (Power, Open/Close) are located at the top of the main unit to make them easier to see when the unit is placed in a rack and you need to look down when operating it. Both the remote control and graphical user interface (GUI) were designed for easy use by everyone, based on the results of a Panasonic survey.

Remote Control: The supplied remote is pre-coded to operate the basic functions of several different brands of TVs, Set-Top Boxes, Cable Boxes, and Satellite Receivers, so you can control the DVD player and the basic functions of your television and set-top box with one remote.

HDMI (HDAVI Control): HDAVI control is a convenient function that offers linked operations of this unit and a Panasonic TV or Receiver through the HDMI cable connection. You can utilize the following controls:

  • Automatic Input Switching: When play starts on the DVD recorder/VCR combo or when an action is taken that uses the display screen the Panasonic Television will automatically switch the input channel and display the corresponding action.
  • Power On Link: The Panasonic Television will automatically turn on when play starts on the DVD recorder/VCR combo or when an action is taken that uses the display screen.
  • Power Off Link: When the television is turned off, this unit will automatically turn off unless you are in the process of recording, copying, or finalizing a disc.

Off Timer: You can select how long the unit remains on when it is not being used. You can choose from 2 hours, 6 hours or turn this feature Off.

Power Consumption: This unit is designed to consume a small amount of power, even when it is turned off.

Standby Power Consumption Front Display
Automatic Bright
Quick Start (allows the unit to be turned on faster in approximately 1 second) On Approx. 17.6 W Approx 17.6 W
Off Approx 1.7 W Approx 3.5 W

DVD Recorder Functions

Super Multi-Format Recording and Playback: The DMR-EZ48Vis incredibly versatile and format friendly. It can record and playback the following discs:

  • Recordable and Playable Discs: DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM
  • Playable Only Discs: DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, CD, and CD-R/RW (including MP3/JPEG/DivX files)

Note: DVD-RAM discs can be recorded in 16:9 aspect ratio, while all other discs will be recorded in 4:3.

Recording Modes and Estimated Disc Recording Time: The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V offers the following recording modes to choose from:

Recording Mode DVD-RAM DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW (4.7 GB) DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL (8.5 GB)
Single-sided (4.7 GB) Double-sided (9.4 GB)
XP (High Quality) 1 hour 2 hours 1 hour 1 hour 45 minutes
SP (Standard Quality) 2 hours  4 hours  2 hours 3 hours 35 minutes
LP (Long Play) 4 hours 8 hours 4 hours 7 hours 10 minutes
EP (Extra Long Play) 6 Hour 6 hours 12 hours  6 hours  10 hours 45 minutes
8 Hour 8 hours 16 hours  8 hours  14 hours 20 minutes
FR (Flexible Recording) 8 hours maximum 8 hours maximum for one side 8 hours maximum 14 hours 20 minutes maximum

Note: The Flexible Recording setting sets the best possible picture quality that fits the recording within the remaining disc space.

VIERALink: You can connect your Panasonic DVD recorder/VCR combo to your Panasonic VIERA flat-panel HDTV via an HDMI cable, and the TV channel setting information is automatically downloaded to the recorder. Once the Auto Preset Download is complete, the DVD recorder/VCR combo will keep whichever TV channel you're watching as its receiving channel. This means you can record the program you are watching by just pressing the Record button on the VIERA remote. With VIERALink and you do not have to worry about setting the recorder to the right channel every time you want to record something.

Recording Functions: The DMR-EZ48V offers the following DVD recording functions:

  • One-Touch Recording: You can begin recording with a single press of the record button. Each subsequent press of the button adds time to the recording in the following sequence: 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours. If using a DVD-RAM disc, recording can begin as quickly as one second.
  • Scheduled Recording: You can enter up to 16 programs up to a month in advance to record on this DVD recorder/VCR combo. Each daily or weekly program is counted as one program.
  • Chasing Playback (DVD-RAM only): With the Chasing Playback feature you can begin watching the portion of a program that has already been saved while the DVD recorder/VCR combo continues recording the remainder of the program.
  • Simultaneous Record and Playback (DVD-RAM only): This feature allows the playback of a previous recording, while recording another program.

Create And Combine Chapters (DVD-RAM only): You can select the point where you want to start a new chapter while viewing a recording. You can also choose to combine two chapters into one chapter. A DVD-RAM disc can support up to 1,000 chapters.

Divide Recording: You can divide a single recording into two separate recordings. A DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, and DVD-RW can support up to 99 recordings per disc; while DVD+R, DVD+R DL, and DVD+RW discs can support up 49 recordings per disc.

Line-In NR: This feature reduces video tape noise while recording from a connected VCR. You can select either On or Off.

Title Name: You can give names to recorded titles up 44 characters.

Still Image Copy: You can copy JPEG still images to and from USB, SD-card, and DVD-RAM using this recorder.

Copy Protection: Some TV programs have encoded copy protection, (using CPRM--Content Protection for Recordable Media) allowing them to be recorded only once. Such programs can not be recorded onto DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R or 3" DVD-RAM discs. To record these programs, you will need a CPRM-compatible DVD-RAM.

Finalizing Discs: This is the process that make playback of a recorded DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW disc possible on other equipment that can play such media. You can finalize DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW (DVD-Video format), DVD+R and DVD+R DL on this unit. After finalizing, the disc becomes play-only and you can no longer record or edit on the disc. However, finalized DVD-RW discs can be formatted to become recordable again.

Protection: You can prevent accidental erasure by setting writing protection or erasure protection.

DVD Video Playback Operations: The DMR-EZ48V features the following DVD playback operations:

  • Resume Function: When the Stop button is pressed, that position is stored in the memory. When the Play button is pressed after pressing the Stop button, playback resumes from the position where the disc was stopped. The resume function is canceled if the disc tray is opened or the Stop button is pressed a second time.
  • Pause: Press the pause button to freeze a motion picture. Press it again to restart play.
  • Search: You can fast forward or reverse through the disc. The speed increases up to 5 steps.
  • Skip: During play or while paused you can skip titles, chapters, or tracks according to the number of times the button is pressed.
  • Direct Access: Press the numbered buttons to start play from a selected title, chapter or track.
  • Quick View (RAM only): Use this to increase the playback speed to 1.3X normal speed.
  • Slow-Motion: During pause you can slow forward or reverse through the disc. There are 5 speed options.
  • Frame-by-Frame: While in the pause mode you can move frame by frame through the movie.
  • Time Slip Skipping: This function allows you to skip from 1 to 10 minutes ahead on the disc in 1 minute intervals.
  • CM Skip: Commercial Skip skips ahead approximately 1 minute on the disc.
  • Audio Change: You can change the Audio selection from Stereo, Mono L, Mon R or SAP during playback.
  • Create Chapter (RAM only): You can divide the recorded disc into chapters while you are viewing it.
  • Repeat Play: You can repeat an entire disc, chapter, group, playlist, title or track from this DVD recorder/VCR combo.
  • Zoom: This feature allows you to Zoom in and out of the video you are watching.

Still Image Playback Operations: The DMR-EZ48V features the following still image playback operations from DVD, CD, SD, or USB:

  • Album View: You can view up to six still images at a time on your TV screen.
  • Slideshow: You can display your still pictures one by one with constant intervals in a slideshow fashion.
  • Rotate: You can rotate your still pictures left to right.
  • Zoom: You can zoom in and out of your still pictures. This function is only available for still pictures smaller than 640 x 480 pixels.
  • Properties: You can display the shooting date and other information you saved when taking the picture by pressing the Status button twice.

VCR Functions

VHS Player and Recorder: The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V features a built-in Hi-Fi VHS player and recorder that features Quasi-S-VHS Playback.

Note: Digital broadcasts cannot be recorded directly to video tape.

Quasi-S-VHS Playback: This feature allows you to play S-VHS recordings using a standard VHS VCR. When S-VHS recordings are played, they are displayed with standard VHS resolution. You can not record in S-VHS format.

Tape Length: You can specify what length of tape you are using from T120 (T30, T60, T90 and T120 tapes), T160 (T140 and T160 tapes), and T180 (T180 tapes).

VHS Recording Modes and Estimated Recording Time:

Recording Mode Durations
SP (Standard Play) You can record the length shown on your VHS tape.
EP (Extended Play) You can record 3x the length of SP mode.
VP (Advanced Playback) You can record 5x the length of SP mode.
AP (Auto) Automatically switches the recording mode to EP mode during a scheduled recording if there is not enough tap left to record the program in SP mode.

Note: A tape recorded in VP mode by this unit cannot be played back by other VCRs.

Recording Functions: The DMR-EZ48V offers the following VHS recording functions:

  • One-Touch Recording: You can begin recording with a single press of the record button. Each subsequent press of the button adds time to the recording in the following sequence: 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours. If using a DVD-RAM disc, recording can begin as quickly as one second.
  • Scheduled Recording: You can enter up to 16 programs up to a month in advance to record on this DVD recorder/VCR combo. Each daily or weekly program is counted as one program.

Copying Recordings: You can copy from VHS to DVD or DVD to VHS.

  • VHS to DVD: When coping beings, the VHS tape is played back starting at the tape's current position, and recorded to the disc.
  • DVD to VHS: All recordings on the disc are automatically copied onto the tape. If you start copying when the resume function is activated, the DVD is copied from the beginning of the recording when you previously stopped.

VHS Playback Functions: The DMR-EZ48V offers the following VHS playback functions:

  • Fast-Forward/Rewind: This feature allows you to Fast-Forward or Rewind the tape.
  • Slow Playback: You can move forward slowly through your VHS video for up to 10 minutes.
  • Cue/Review: Allows you to quickly review a portion of the video just played, or cue later portions of the tape (canceled after 10 minutes).
  • Jet Search: Allows high speed search of video in forward or reverse. The speed of Jet Search is 27x or 35x and is cancelled after 10 minutes.
  • Jet Rewind: Video tapes will rewind to the beginning of the tape at higher-speed.
  • Index Search: The unit automatically records special index signals on a tape every time a recording is started. The index search function makes use of these index signals to help you find the beginning of a desired program quickly and easily. Up to 20 index signals can be searched in either direction.
  • Repeat Playback: When the tape reaches the end of the program, it will automatically rewind to the beginning and play again.
  • Zoom: This feature allows you to Zoom in and out of the video you are watching.

Manual Tracking: The unit usually makes tracking adjustments automatically, but you may need to do it manually if noise appears on a tape recorded on other equipment.

Vertical Locking Adjustment: Adjust the vertical synchronization to stop the picture from shaking while paused.

Connections

Rear-Panel Connections: The following connections are found on the rear-panel of the Panasonic DMR-EZ48V DVD recorder/VCR combo:

  • HDMI Out: The DVD recorder/VCR combo features an HDMI output that when connected to a HDMI compatible TV or A/V receiver, can transmit an uncompressed digital audio and video signal. The HDMI output can be set to 1080p, 1080i, or 720p. The HDMI output can only be used for playback of DVD, CD, SD, and USB video content.
  • Component Video Out: The DMR-EZ48V also features a component video output which supports 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i video signals. The component video output can only be used for playback of DVD, CD, SD, and USB video content.
  • A/V Input and Output: The Panasonic DVD recorder/VCR combo features a composite video input and output that share an analog stereo RCA input and output, along with an S-video input. These inputs and outputs can be used to display either DVD, CD, VHS, SD, or USB content. There is also an A/V output which consists of a composite video, S-video, and shared stereo RCA connectors for DVD, SD, and USB output only. These composite video and S-video inputs and outputs support up to 480i.
  • Digital Audio Out: The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V features a optical digital audio output to connect the unit to your home theater receiver for Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound (Used for DVD only)
  • RF Input and Output: Since the DMR-EZ48V DVD recorder/VCR combo features a built-in tuner, the unit is equipped with a threaded RF coaxial input and output.

Front-Panel Connections: The following connections are found on the front-panel of the Panasonic DMR-EZ48V DVD recorder/VCR combo.

  • A/V Input: The DVD recorder/VCR combo is equipped with a composite video and S-video input on the front panel that share an analog audio stereo RCA input.
  • USB Port: The DMR-EZ48V is also equipped with a front-panel USB type-A port for USB mass storage class devices up to 32 GB. The unit supports playback of MP3 audio files, JPEG still images and DivX video recorded onto a USB mass storage device with FAT16 or FAT32 file system.
  • SD-Card Slot: In addition, the Panasonic DVD recorder/VCR combo features a standard SD card slot which supports SD (8MB-2GB) and SDHC (4GB-16GB) memory cards, as well as mini-SD and micro-SD memory cards (with adapter) for JPEG still image playback. This unit is compatible with SD memory Cards that meet SD Card Specifications FAT 12 and FAT 16 formats, as well as SDHC Memory Cards in FAT 32 format.
  • DV Input: The unit features a front-panel IEEE 1394 standard, 4-pin port for connecting a digital camcorder.

Note: The DV input is a one-way connection; you cannot operate the DV equipment from the recorder.

 
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5 out of 5

DMR-EZ48V

Written By Jim R, Columbus, Ms on Saturday, March 03, 2012
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Outstanding product! Customer service is also outstanding.. I had to call two times in reference to set-up ect. Both times the customer service was great. Would recommend this product to anyone looking for a VCR/DVR recorder. Also due to the customer service personnel you will have someone that will be there for you. I have never given a 5 star to any product but this one is a great product.
Pros:
Easy set-up, Customer Service if you have a problem
Cons:
None that I can find at this time. However, If I do find any I know Customer Service will be there for me.
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4 out of 5

dvd/vcr recorder

Written By panasonic, vero,fl on Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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very satisfied with this product. original design was a little mor user friendly
Pros:
seems to be responding nicely
Cons:
used to be able to use both decks simultaneously
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5 out of 5

Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK

Written By BillK, wilton, ia. on Monday, February 27, 2012
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Fantastic service. Combo is an excellent unit to record and copy your tapes. I am very pleased and would buy more of these units if had the money. Easy directions and setup. No problems whatsoever. Buy with confidence from Crutchfield. You won't go wrong.
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2 out of 5

Hard to use dvd/vcr unit

Written By OldBear38, Carrollton, Texas on Saturday, February 18, 2012
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This DVD/VCR recorder seems to work OK but I found it dissapointing. Unlike my old VCR, it will not record broadcast TV to tape. The instruction booklet is very hard to use. The directions for almost any operation lead into a maze of references, taking one from section to section to section. I found it hard to figure out although it may get easier with practice. Also, there is no "eject" button on the remote so you have to go to the unit every time you need to change disks or tapes, an inconvenience. If you leave the unit turned off, It takes its' sweet time restarting and you cannot do anything until the start up completes itself. Not good if you want to quickly set up a recording session.
Pros:
The unit does have a digital tuner. The picture quality seems good.
Cons:
Hard to use directions. Not very convenient to use as a recorder. Will not record broadcast TV to tape.
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5 out of 5

Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK DVD recorder/HiFi VCR combo

Written By KenB, Winston-Salem, NC on Thursday, February 16, 2012
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Performed as advertised. Tuner/Receiver quality very good. It does everything I wanted.
Pros:
Totally satisfied.
Cons:
Have no Cons
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3 out of 5

WORKS,BUT NOT USER FRIENDLY

Written By HOPEA, LEESBURG,FL on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
 
This unit works well,but it is not user friendly.Read the manual and keep it handy. The unit is large so that I have it on a table behind my lcd. It lags in response and sometimes takes 3 or 4 remote commands to get to the desired function. Over the years I have owned a Magnavox,Samsung andthis one- this is my least liked. IT DOES DO AS NEEDED WITH A WONDERFUL PICTURE -the lags and many remote commands make me sorry I bought it.
Pros:
Does as needed, many input selections and pretty clear recording
Cons:
Not user friendly. It lags and takes mulitple remote commands to go through the features.Also a bit to large and heavy. Must point the remote directly to the front.
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3 out of 5

Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK

Written By SteveM, Weaverville, NC on Monday, February 06, 2012
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Short and to the point - this combo DVD/VCR player and recorder works well. There are not many combo recorders still being produced so the variety of new models to choose from is limited.It makes excellent copies of factory produced tapes that can be copied and, even better, copies with no loss or even improved quality of my own home-made copies of programming.
Pros:
As many of the other reviewers state: read the manual. Also, make notes or copy the instructions that owners have learned from their experience. Extremely helpful and will make the use of this recorder relatively easy and fool-proof. The DVD system works well and the VCR works well with the limitations given in the "cons" section below.
Cons:
As one reviewer noted on this product, the VCR does not track many older tapes that well. I got around this by using my older VCR with that has an excellent electronic stabilizing system to input a signal to the recorder. The manual system the EZ48VK provides did not do much to eliminate noise and roll. Other than that - obvious - it will not (at this point in my use of it) copy factory tapes with anti-copying info built into the tape itself.
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1 out of 5

Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK

Written By Willie, Hurt, VA on Friday, February 03, 2012
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Could not get it to operate on "scheduled recording". Could not record high defination TV to VHS tape. Was returned to Crutchfield. I put a note inside the plastic pouch inside the carton.
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4 out of 5

Fair product

Written By Kent N., Grand Junction, CO on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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Overall, it works as expected but disappoints when a program is not recorded due to items in "con" section.
Pros:
Recordings are of fine quality on both medea.
Cons:
Will not record digital stations. Slow to start up. Does not warn of full DVD before recording.
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3 out of 5

Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK

Written By Anonymous, Queens, New York on Monday, January 30, 2012
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Slow to get to the recording process. Machine sometimes freezes and I have to reset. And if I hit the power button on the remote by mistake the time it takes to recycle seems like an eternity.
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4 out of 5

Easy to Use

Written By Windy Hill, Los Angeles, Ca on Saturday, January 28, 2012
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This Panasonic VCR-DVD recorder/player replaced one of our Panasonic DVD recorder/players. The older DVD unit had a firmware bug. The new VCR/DVD has that bug solved. The unit is easy to program. It is easy to get the "direct navigator" content display to work. The old unit was slow to read a disc directory, sometimes. The new one is not.
Pros:
Easy to set up. Commands are just like our Panasonic DVD.
Cons:
A little pricey.
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1 out of 5

This product is not recommended

Written By Price, Genoa, IL on Tuesday, January 10, 2012
 
This product serves no useful function for the market for which it was designed.

I have spent the better part of 18 months pushing the manual reset button and unplugging the unit to get it back on-line. The problem appears to be software related. When a problem occurs it dutifully shuts itself down for a mandatory self-check and requires a complete 3-5 minute reboot of the system. Too fast operation of the controller buttons appear to trigger some of the lock-ups. Software updates have not cured the problem.

Discs which are just formatted are refused on re-insertion with a message stating incompatibility.

This super-delux Panasonic product isn't ready for prime time.
Pros:
Versitile input and output selection Past reliability of Panasonic products.
Cons:
Functionality
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1 out of 5

Not Worth the Money

Written By WritingBuf, Flushing, NY on Sunday, October 30, 2011
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Not worth the money. Purchased this unit only after after my Insignia DVD/VHS Combo failed after six years. I expected more from Panasonic. Lacking features. Look somewhere else for a usable DVD/VHS unit. I'm should have researched before purchase.
Pros:
It recorded.
Cons:
Not intuitive; Cannot edit recordings; MUST finalize to view on other DVD units;
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2 out of 5

No IR Interface

Written By Ed S, Wilmington NC on Thursday, September 29, 2011
 
This is a good unit but you cannot place it put in a cabinet or equipment closet as it will not work with a distributed IR system such as Xantech. It requires line of sight. Only response I got from Panasonic was sorry for the Inconvenience so be aware of where you will use it.
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4 out of 5

Tape Copying

Written By YettieRed, Kansas on Monday, September 12, 2011
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I purchased this to copy all my old family videos to DVD. It does a good job and is easy to operate once I read the instructions. I have quite a few old tapes and I am surprised at the quality I am getting from them.
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4 out of 5

DVD to VCR

Written By Mike, Prescott Valley Ariz on Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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Went together easily. Works well. HDMI is great
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4 out of 5

Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK

Written By Anonymous, Myrtle Beach, SC on Saturday, August 06, 2011
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Good product from a good manufacturer. Crutchfield was very helpful. I like the convenience of the VHS/DVD player recorder and they are getting hard to find.
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5 out of 5

very happy with this product

Written By Anonymous, easton, md on Thursday, November 26, 2009
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I could not be happier with this product and am glad i overlooked the bad reviews. This
unit is user friendly though you do have to read the operators manual and spend a few
minutes to learn how to use it. The only fault i found with it is that it did take me a couple
of days to really get familiar with it which i didnt see as a problem. as far as watching tv
with the built in digital tuner it does take it a couple of seconds to change the channel
but not longer than it took my external box to do the same. This is a great product and i
would buy another exactly like it.
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2 out of 5

Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK

Written By Joe, Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, November 07, 2009
 
With the conversion to digital TV, I bought this player to have the digital TV tuner, DVD & VHS player/recorder in one. We already own a Panasonic DVD/VHS player/recorder, but it is analog, and cannot record TV (we use an antenna) - we liked that player. The digital tuner on this new device is terrible - so bad that it overshadows any positives about the DVD/VHS. It takes forever to change from one channel to the next, and if you try to flip through channels quickly, you never know which channel it will end up on. Considering I use the TV tuner significantly more than the DVD/VHS, I am returning this to the store I bought it from. I wish I had looked on Crutchfield feedback first - I see that others have had this experience too, and I wouldn't have bought this for my needs.
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4 out of 5

Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK

Written By Wild Willy, Cincinnati Ohio on Thursday, October 01, 2009
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The people who diss this component must have gotten faulty equipment. My experiences with it have been uniformly good.

Recording to DVD is an absolute snap. Just as hassle-free as ye olde VHS. Picture quality is equal to what you would see if you had watched the original, which is certainly a step up from VHS. (The VHS recording part of this box is as good as any other VCR I've had, which is to say there is some degradation of the original program material on playback, but not worse than other VCRs I've had.) Playback of DVDs is simple. I have decided to stay away from the commercial skip feature. It delays an annoying amount of time & it's just faster to use the fast forward X10 speed. Besides, I find I'd often rather have the thing skip 30 seconds at a time instead of the 1 minute this box does. Plus you can't press the commercial skip button 3 times in a row to get it to skip 3 minutes in one shot. You have to let it skip forward a minute, then press the button again, then let it skip forward again, then press the button again. Like I say, FF is easier. While I'm on the topic of the FF, I like the multiple speeds it will FF at.

VHS playback is nice too, especially with the 2 speeds of FF. Too bad the commercial skip isn't available for the VHS component.

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2 out of 5

Confusing

Written By Frank, Baltimore, MD on Monday, September 28, 2009
 
I have had major issues getting audio playback after recording. While I can record there is no sound playing through my HDMI connected to my A/V receiver. I spoke extensively with Panasonic, and they have no solution or advice. I'd like to think that it's a setting somewhere but that doesn't appear to be the case. I've spent hours trying to figure this out

Bottom line: not easy to use or program but you may have better luck than me. These things should be much more user-friendly, and I'm a pretty technical consumer.
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2 out of 5

Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK

Written By mdonaldson, Indiana on Friday, August 28, 2009
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I have come to the conclusion that most DVD recorders are trash. Although
for the most part, it works. We do have to unplug the unit at least once a
week after it completely locks-up. Our TV signal may not be so good in our
area, but flipping through the digital channels is a nightmare. Press the
button, and then wait for 30 seconds for the tuner to finally move or it may
move to the channel you selected and then for no reason it bounces back
the original channel. I would not buy this unit again is I had it to do all over.
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5 out of 5

Great product despite what some think.

Written By Randall, Alabama on Monday, June 22, 2009
 
I'm using the cheapest DVD-RAM, DVD +R, and DVD +RW, disks I could find -
it even salvaged some old disks my computer couldn't read or erase using
Nero 9. The results have been perfect recordings every time, despite some of
the DVDs were several years old and well worn. The "Auto" time feature has
worked perfectly ever since I "auto" programmed the unit with my 60 local
digital channels. (Tip: turn VIERA off unless you use a Panasonic VIERA TV)
The "boot", using the low power standby setting, is also faster than a new fast
PC using an AMD Phenom II 3.2 GHZ. processor. I purposely tried to confuse
this unit, but could only do so by loading a DVD that was unreadable in my
computer. All that happened was the unit froze and re-booted, and I removed
the bad disk on the re-start. I tried to make it freeze up with button presses
and could only do so by really punching numerous commands quickly. The
tuner is also great and no worse than the better of most digital tuners. This
unit does all Panasonic says it will, and it's the best to be found in the
marketplace. It also runs cool in operation. This one will still be great once
Bluray has become the standard. It works great with my Sharp LC-32GP1U
and gives excellent pictures, up to 1080i, and audio (Dolby surround, and
5+1). Don't be fooled, this is a great consumer friendly unit and loaded with
features. Just pay attention to what it does with the different types and
formats of media, and you will have perfect quality recordings.
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1 out of 5

???

Written By Tom, Scottsville, VA on Monday, February 23, 2009
 
Unit provides excellent OTA recorded picture quality. Easy to record from DVD to VHS and VHS to DVD. Need to read and understand manual because many of the functions are not intuitive.

Unit is basically a computer with a digital tuner designed to record to DVD. The unit has to boot-up and shut down like a computer so their is a lag time from when you power the unit up until it records and from when the unit stops recording to when the unit powers down. You cannot record two consecutive programs OTA on different channels unless you allow for this lag. Also the digital tuner is slow to acquire channels.

Unit had several problems. The first being the unit at times did not appear to properly power down in the off mode. The power supply would generate enough heat to cause the fan to run intermittently even though the unit was set at its lowest power setting.

Second, the unit appeared to try to copy an OTA copied copy-protected VHS tape to DVD-RW. This was done while I was testing the unit. The unit display showed it was copying, the VHS tape was playing but nothing was recorded. When I tried to stop the recording the unit froze and I had to unplug the unit. When I tried to record the tape to a DVD-R the unit recognized the tape was copy protected and performed as it should. This is when I discovered the tape was copy-protected.

Unit was returned to Crutchfield and I am awaiting its replacement
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1 out of 5

Worst Panasonic Product I Have Ever Bought

Written By Walter, Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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Best Feature: The Digital Tuner. Worst Feature: Machine Freezes Up Constantly. This has got to be the WORST Panasonic Product I have EVER purchased. The machine Freezes Up after about 3 hours of material on the disc. When you try to edit on this machine, it freezes up. It's NOT Crutchfield''s fault, they just sell what is out there. I did find out that even if the machine freezes up, the DVD-RAM discs will play on Windows Media Player. Save your old DVD Recorder to edit on. The other thing I don't like are the missing features from past models like the "Phrase List" in the Editing portion.
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