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Panasonic DMR-EH75VS

DVD recorder with 80GB hard drive and HiFi VCR, plus DVD video upconversion

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Enjoy versatile, user-friendly recording and playback with Panasonic's DMR-EH75VS. The DVD recorder and built-in 80GB hard drive give you two convenient ways to make high-quality recordings of your TV shows and home movies. And you can still watch your VHS library using the built-in VCR.

Enjoy versatile, user-friendly recording and playback with Panasonic's DMR-EH75VS. The DVD recorder and built-in 80GB hard drive give you two convenient ways to make high-quality recordings of your TV shows and home movies. And you can still watch your VHS library using the built-in VCR.

Easy recording for TV fans
The hard drive provides up to 140 hours of recording space. You can watch your shows once or twice and then delete them, or save "keeper" programs to DVD or VHS tape. After recording a program to the hard drive, basic editing features allow you to delete unwanted scenes — great for freeing up space or getting rid of unnecessary material before dubbing to disc or tape. The 'EH75VS creates a thumbnail image for each program you record on DVD, making it a cinch to sort through the contents of the discs you create.

Archive your existing recordings
Handy front-panel inputs let you back up footage from an analog or digital camcorder. You can also record non-copy protected DVDs and VHS tapes to the hard drive for easy access. Transfer some of your favorite shows or home movies to the hard drive, and quickly jump from one to another without needing to change tapes. Or, use the hard drive to edit shows or home videos before dubbing them to DVD. A control on the front panel lets you dub material from one format (DVD, VHS, or hard drive) to another with the touch of a button.

A great DVD player, too
The 'EH75VS can upconvert standard DVDs to a resolution that more closely matches that of a high-definition television and send this upgraded signal to any TV with a digital video input. And if digital photography is your thing, you'll appreciate the front-panel SD card slot. You can display your photos on your TV and share them with friends and family, and even copy some movie clips on your SD card to this deck's hard drive or a DVD-RAM disc.

User-friendly operation
Panasonic's EZ Sync™ control makes it easy to turn on your system for movie night. Just connect this deck to a compatible Panasonic plasma TV using HDMI. A push of a button on the remote turns on both the deck and the TV, and automatically switches the television to the correct input. Instead of sorting through multiple remotes, you'll enjoy a streamlined, intuitive setup.

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Consumer Alert: This component 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 Nation'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 Commission's digital television website at:

Product Highlights:

    DVD recorder/player:
    • selectable 480i/480p/720p/1080i output via HDMI digital interface (separate adapter available for TVs with DVI input)
    • selectable progressive-scan mode for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs (via the component video output)
    • built-in 80GB hard drive (holds 17 hours at highest quality, 142 hours at lowest)
    • EZ Sync control simplifies operation with a compatible Panasonic plasma TV
    • 1-second Quick Start recording for DVD-RAM
    • VCR Refresh enhances the image of VHS tapes when copying to DVD
    • Time Slip™ allows for simultaneous recording and playback when using DVD-RAM discs
    • one-touch recording and playback
    • one-touch 6-way copying
    • Direct Navigator™ displays date/channel stamp and thumbnail image for each recording
    • HDMI version 1.2a
    • optical digital output for Dolby® Digital/DTS®/PCM
    • 2 sets of audio/video outputs (2 composite video, 1 S-video, and 1 480i/480p component video)
    • 3 sets of audio/video inputs (3 composite video, 3 S-video) including 1 front-panel
    • front-panel digital camcorder input (IEEE 1394)
    • front-panel SD card slot for viewing digital photos (JPEG) and MPEG2 movies
    • RF input/output for cable/antenna signals
    • records to the following types of discs:
      • write-once DVD-Rs & DVD+Rs, for making permanent recordings
      • rewritable DVD-RWs & DVD+RWs, and DVD-RAM discs, for making recordings you can watch and then erase
      • compatible with dual-layer DVD-R and DVD+R discs (hold up to 8.5GB)
    • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, and discs with DivX® files
    • plays music CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs
    • plays digital photo CDs (JPEG)
    • designed to play "Region 1" pre-recorded DVDs
    • HiFi stereo with MTS decoding
    • 4 video heads
    • 3 recording modes (SP, SLP, auto)
    • standard TV tuner
    • remote control
    • 16-15/16"W x 3-7/16"H x 15-1/4"D
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • Note: Internal dubbing of copy protected DVDs and VHS tapes is not possible

    What's in the Box:

    • Silver DVD recorder/VCR with built-in 80GB hard drive
    • Wireless remote control (EUR7659Y90)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 5' AC power cord
    • Blank DVD-RAM (4.7 GB)
    • 5" A/V patch cord (has left and right RCA audio connectors and an RCA composite video connector on each end)
    • 44" RF coax patch cord
    • IR blaster with attached 57" cord (has 1/8" mini-plug on the end)
    • Dual-sided tape (for attaching IR blaster)
    • Operating Instructions (with basic instructions in Spanish)
    • Quick Set Up Guide
    • Product Registration Card
    • Customer Care Plan (extended warranty) card
    • Panasonic DVD information sheet
    • HDAVI Control information sheet

    Panasonic DMR-EH75VS Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (2 Reviews)

    This is the BEST!

    Linda from Frederick, MD on 12/30/2006

    I waited a couple of years for these units to come down in price, and it's been well worth it. I'm using this mainly to convert old vhs tapes to dvd, and I've had NO problems at all. In addition, I've converted many hours of camcorder tapes and the overall quality of the dvds has been excellent.<BR><BR>I don't have it hooked up to my DirecTV, but am thinking of buying another one for that purpose. I've also recorded tv shows directly to the hard drive with excellent results. I love the editing feature because you can easily delete all of the commercials.<BR><BR>The 80GB hard drive holds 35 hours worth of content in SP mode. I can make customized dvds and it only takes a little over 5 minutes to burn a copy. The vcr itself is a more than adequate unit alone, and having the combo makes it extremely easy to convert vhs. <BR><BR>I would highly recommend this to anyone. The only glitch I've had is with the brand of blank dvds. I've found that Memorex works best for me; I had a batch of Sony DVD-Rs that would NOT record at all. Probably just a fluke, but worth mentioning. <BR><BR>This was the single best electronic purchase I've made in the last year!



    Great combo device

    Chad from SC on 11/26/2006

    I was skeptical of the capabilities of this unit considering all it claimed it could do. I must say that I am very pleased with this do-it-all unit.<BR><BR>I have it connected via HDMI and use it mainly to watch DVDs and record cable.<BR>DVDs look great. Load times are quick. Picture quality paired with a 1080p LCD is all that is needed to wait for the Blu-Ray or HD issue to settle along with their prices.<BR>I did not want Tivo, or to have to pay extra for the cable company DVR so I really like the 80Gb HD in this unit. Tons of recording time, at its lowest quality setting, and ample time at its highest quality setting. TV guide settings say they need 24 hrs to download but it does not take but a few hours and is a really nice feature. The only con compared to Tivo or cable/sat DVR is that game times or anything that runs over scheduled listing time is not adjusted for automatically. Minor drawback in my opinion.<BR>Plenty of hookup options, VCR is a VCR (nice to have if needed).<BR>Copying to HDD, DVDs, from VHS, or any combination is fairly simple. This could all be made easier if the menus were a little better arranged and offered a few more options. Still this small issue is not a reason to ignore this unit.<BR><BR>Does all it claims and does it well. Great picture. Great options. Great buy.




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    Recording Features

    Playback Features
    Remote Control
    Input and Output Notes


    Product Overview: The Panasonic DMR-EH75V can record an A/V signal to DVD, VHS tape, or the built-in 80 GB hard drive (HDD). Compatible blank DVDs include DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW. Non-copyrighted material can be copied between any of these three sources (DVD, VCR, or HDD), or from the built-in NTSC TV tuner, from a component connected to any of the three A/V inputs (1 front/2 rear), or from a camcorder connected to the front panel DV input.

    Dual/Double Layer: Dual layer DVD-Rs and double layer DVD+Rs are compatible with this unit, but they can only record from the HDD. In order to record any other source, it must first be recorded to the HDD, then copied to the DVD-R DL or DVD+R DL.

    TV Guide On Screen:TV Guide On Screen, a free interactive TV program guide, is built into the DMR-EH75V, allowing you to easily select programs to record or watch. The guide provides eight days of programming information, and gives you handy search tools to easily find the program you're looking for. Once you have entered your zip code and indicated whether and how you are connected to cable TV, the program list is downloaded through your antenna/cable connection. The initial download takes about a day to complete, and the unit downloads further programming information while the unit is turned off.

    Direct Navigator: A list of programs is created as you record them on a DVD or the HDD. Using the Direct Navigator, you can select programs from the list to watch. Direct Navigator provides information about each program, including title, channel information, and time/date of recording. The Direct Navigator can be displayed in Thumbnail of Table mode.

    TV Tuner: The recorder has a built-in NTSC TV tuner and can record TV shows to DVD, HDD, or VHS. During the initial start-up, after the antenna has been connected, the recorder will automatically tune in the available stations and set the clock.

    HDAVI Control: When connected to an HDAVI compatible Panasonic TV or receiver via the HDMI cable, many functions of the two components are linked together. This allows the DMR-EH75V to control the TV or receiver's power on, input switching, power off, etc.

    Chasing Play: While recording on the HDD or a DVD-RAM disc, you can start watching the program currently recording from the beginning, while the unit records a later part of the same program.

    Simultaneous Record and Play: While recording on the HDD or a DVD-RAM disc, you can watch a previously recorded show while the unit is recording another. Editing programs during Simultaneous Record and Play is not possible.

    Bass Management: When using an HDMI connection to transfer audio to an amplifier with no speaker management, the DMR-EH75V can be used to adjust speaker size and delay time.

    Auto Daylight Saving Time: This feature automatically adjusts for daylight saving time. This feature can be turned on or off.

    Recording Features

    Multiple Recording Modes: This unit can record to HDD and DVD in four different speeds; SP is standard picture quality, LP is long play with slightly lesser picture quality, EP is extra long play with the lowest picture quality, and XP is the highest picture quality. In the Setup Menu, you can choose to set the recorder to record either 6 or 8 hours of programming in the EP mode (on a 4.7 GB disc). When the 8-hour recording option is chosen, the sound quality is lowered compared to other recording modes. The flexible Recording mode (FR) automatically selects a recording rate between XP and EP (8H) that will enable the recordings to fit in the remaining disc space with the best possible recording quality. You can set Flexible Recording mode when transferring (dubbing) or programming scheduled recordings.

    Recording ModeHDD DVD-RAM
    (Single side)
    (Double side)
    (4.7 GB)
    DVD-R DL
    (8.5 GB)
    DVD+R DL
    (8.5 GB)
    XP17 Hours1 Hour2 Hours1 Hour1 Hour 45 min1 Hour 45 min
    SP34 Hours2 Hours4 Hours2 Hours3 Hours 35 min3 Hours 35 min
    LP68 Hours4 Hours8 Hours4 Hours7 Hours 10 min7 Hours 10 min
    EP-6H106 Hours6 Hours12 Hours6 Hours10 Hours 45 minN/C
    EP-8H142 Hours8 Hours16 Hours8 Hours14 Hours 20 minN/C
    FR142 Hours8 Hours8 Hours (one side)8 Hours14 Hours 20 min9 Hours

    Recording Speed: The VCR can record in SP, EP (3 times the length of SP), or VP (5 times the length of SP) mode. Tapes recorded in the VP speed generally cannot be played back on other VCRs.

    Title Capacity: You can record up to 500 titles on the HDD, up to 99 titles on a DVD-RAM, DVD-R, or DVD-RW disc, and up to 49 titles on a DVD+R or DVD+RW disc. Each title can have approximately 1000 chapters, depending on the state of the recording (250 for DVD+R or DVD+RW).

    VCR Plus+: In addition to TV Guide On Screen and manual programming, the DMR-EH75V also features VCR Plus+. Entering the VCR Plus+ code from your local newspaper or TV Guide can be used as an easy way to program the unit to record.

    Timer Recording: You can manually program the timer to record a program; set the start time, stop time, channel/input, record drive, record speed, and frequency (once, daily, or weekly).

    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, and 4 hours.

    Relief Recording:When the recording drive is set to DVD for timer recording and the program won't fit on the disc, a disc is not inserted, or the disc cannot be recorded on, the recording drive is automatically switched to HDD. If the time remaining on the HDD is insufficient, as much of the recording as possible will be recorded onto the HDD. Any relief-recorded program will be indicated in the Direct Navigator.

    One Touch Copy (Dubbing): You can transfer programs with one keystroke using the One Touch Copy buttons on the front of the recorder. Transfer from VCR to DVD, VCR to HDD, HDD to DVD, HDD to VCR, DVD to VCR and DVD to HDD.

    Copy Protection: Some TV programs have encoded copy protection, (using CPRM--Content Protection for Recordable Media) allowing them to be recorded only once. It is not possible to record digital broadcasts that allow One time only recording onto DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, or DVD+RW. You must use CPRM-compatible DVD-RAM discs or record to the HDD.

    Note: Most pre-recorded DVDs have copy protection that prevents them from being recorded at all.

    Entering Names: The programs recorded on this unit can be given names with the following maximum characters:

    • HDD/DVD-RAM:
      • Title: 64
      • Playlist: 64
      • Album of still photos: 36
      • Disc: 64
      • Title: 44
      • Disc: 40
    • SD Card:
      • Album of still photos: 36

    Editing: Once a program is recorded on the HDD or DVD, it can be erased, or in the case of HDD and DVD-RAM recordings, parts of it can be erased. Operations that can be performed with titles include erase, list properties, enter name, protect and cancel protection from erasure, and the thumbnail image can be changed. HDD and DVD-RAM recordings can be shortened by dividing or combining chapters, then deleting the unwanted chapters.

    Disc Settings: Once you have recorded a disc, you can name the disc, protect the disc from erasure, and choose whether or not to show the top menu after finalizing.

    Finalizing Discs: Like a CD recorder, this unit can finalize a DVD-R, DVD-RW, or DVD+R after recording so it can be played on another DVD player (finalizing a disc effectively converts it into a DVD Video). The process takes up to 15 minutes.

    Playback Features

    Disc Compatibility: In addition to recording and playing back DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs, the DMR-EH75V can play back DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, DVD-R recorded in DivX, Video CD, Audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW and MP3, DivX, and JPEG/TIFF files (recorded on CD-R and CD-RW).

    Stereo DVD-Audio Playback: When DVD-Audio discs are played, the unit down mixes the multi-channel audio to two channels. If the disc does not allow down mixing, then it will not play properly on this unit.

    Note: Only two channels of audio will pass through the optical digital output.

    Playlists: On a DVD-RAM or HDD recording you can arrange chapters in any order to create a playlist. Once a playlist is created, you can name, copy, erase, list properties, and change thumbnails. Within each playlist, you can add, move, divide, combine or erase chapters. You can create a total of 99 play lists and approximately 1000 chapters within a playlist.

    MP3 Playback: This unit can play back files recorded onto a CD-R or CD-RW with a computer. Compatible formats include ISO9660 Level 1 or 2 (except for extended formats) and Joliet. The compatible sampling frequencies include 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, and 48kHz and the compatible bit rates range from 32 to 320kbps. This unit is not compatible with ID3 tags. The player will recognize a maximum of 99 folders (including the root folder) and 999 files.

    Still Picture Playback: This unit can play back JPEG and TIFF files recorded onto an SD memory card, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAM, or the HDD. The unit can recognize a maximum of 999 files and 99 folders on CD-R and CD-RW, 3000 files and 300 folders on DVD-RAM and HDD. Compatible file sizes range from 34 x 34 to 6144 x 4096. Motion JPEG is not supported.

    DivX: This unit can play back DivX files recorded onto a CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD-R. The unit can recognize a maximum of 200 files and 300 folders. DivX ver 3.11, 4.x, and 5.x are supported.

    S-VHS Quasi Playback (SQPB): This unit can play back tapes recorded in the S-VHS system. Playback is in standard VHS resolution.

    Index Marks: Index marks are inserted automatically at the start of every recording, you can then skip up to 20 index marks in either direction.

    Jet Search: It is possible to view the picture recorded on the VCR in EP or VP mode at approximately 27 or 35 times normal speed.

    PCM Down Conversion: You can select whether you want the player to down-convert a high-resolution audio signal (96kHz or 88.2kHz sampling frequency) to 48kHz or 44.1kHz before passing it through the digital output. If the equipment connected to this unit is capable of processing a 96kHz or 88.2kHz signal, you should turn PCM Down Conversion off. If the equipment is not capable of processing the high sampling frequency signal, you should turn down-conversion on.

    Note: Signals are converted to 48kHz or 44.1kHz despite the settings if the signals have a sampling frequency of over 96kHz or 88.2kHz, or if the disc has copy protection.

    Dialogue Enhancer: This feature makes dialogue easier to hear by raising the volume of the center channel.

    Note: Dialogue Enhancer only works with Dolby Digital-encoded DVDs that have at least three channels of recorded audio, where the dialogue information is recorded in the center channel.

    Virtual Surround Sound (V. Surround): If you are only using two front speakers in your system, this feature simulates a surround-sound environment. If you are playing a disc with surround effects recorded on it, the effects are broadened and the sound seems to come from virtual speakers on either side.

    Note: For use with Dolby Digital DVDs 2-channel or over only.

    Picture Detail Adjustments: You can make the following picture quality adjustments through the Video Menu:

    • Normal: default setting
    • Soft: softens picture with fewer video artifacts
    • Fine: sharpens details
    • Cinema: mellows movies, enhances detail in dark scenes

    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.

    Multi-Angle Function: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles.

    Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.

    Playback Operations: The DMR-EH75V features the following playback operations:

    • Repeat Play:
      • All: Video CD and Audio CD (except for MP3)
      • Chapter: HDD, DVD-RAM, DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW
      • Group: DVD-Audio, and MP3
      • Playlist: HDD, DVD-RAM, and DVD-RW(VR)
      • Title:HDD, DVD-RAM, DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW
      • Track: DVD-Audio, Video CD, Audio CD, and MP3
      • VHS: automatically rewinds and repeats the tape after it finishes playing a recorded program
    • Search: During playback you can search forward or backward at 5 speeds; 2x, 10x, 30x, 70x, and 200x (3 speeds using DVD+R and DVD+RW).
    • Slow Motion/Frame-by-Frame: While paused, you can activate slow-motion play in either direction in up to 5 steps or advance one frame-at-a-time.
    • Time Slip: While playing you can skip a specified amount of time, in one minute or ten minute increments.

    • CM (Commercial) Skip: When playing back a TV program, the CM Skip button will advance forward one minute of recorded information and resume playback.
    • Quick View: When playing from the HDD or a DVD-RAM disc, you can increase the speed of play without disrupting the soundtrack. This feature increases the speed by 1/3 and the audio output is in stereo.

    Still Mode: You can specify the type of picture shown when the player is paused. You can select Automatic, Field, or Frame. When Field is selected, still pictures are displayed without blur. Field should be chosen if jittering occurs when Automatic is selected. When Frame is selected, even sharper still pictures are displayed. Frame should be chosen if small text or fine patterns cannot be seen clearly when Automatic is selected.

    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.

    Dynamic Range Compression: When playing a Dolby Digital-encoded DVD, you can turn the Dynamic Range Compression On for late night viewing. This is often referred to as a Midnight Mode or Late Night Mode.

    Remote Control

    Remote Control: The supplied remote is pre-coded to operate the basic functions of several different brands of TVs, so you can control the DMR-EH75V and the basic functions of your television with one remote. The remote control code can be set to one of three codes so this remote doesn't interfere with other Panasonic equipment in the same system.

    Input and Output Notes

    HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface):The unit's HDMI simplifies A/V connections by carrying uncompressed digital video and audio all in one cable. This HDMI connection is compatible with a DVI-equipped monitor or projector when an HDMI-DVI conversion cable is used. This unit features HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be connected to an HDCP-compliant device. The output resolution is up-converted from the original to 1080i, 720p, or 480p, whichever best matches the capability of the monitor or projector.

    Component Video Output: In addition to the composite video outputs and the S-video outputs, this unit is equipped with a set of component video outputs on the rear panel. The component video output can be set for interlaced or progressive scanning (480i or 480p) depending upon the compatibility of the connected TV. When using the component video output, you must turn the HDMI output off.

    Front Panel A/V Inputs: The unit has a set of audio/video inputs on the front panel behind a fold-down door. The inputs include stereo audio RCA jacks, an RCA composite video jack, and an S-video jack. Unlike the rear panel inputs, if you are connecting a mono source to the front panel inputs, you can use the left channel audio jack and both channels will be recorded onto the disc--no Y adapter is necessary.

    DV Input: Also on the front panel, the DMR-EH75V features a DV input (IEEE1384/i-LINK) for connecting a digital camcorder. Using the DV input you can record to the HDD or a DVD, but not to the VCR.

    SD Card: The SD memory card slot is on the front panel, beside the DV input. Mini SD cards are also compatible when used with an adapter.

    Optical Digital Output: In addition to the stereo analog audio outputs, this unit has an optical digital output, compatible with Dolby Digital, DTS, and 2-channel PCM. To enjoy multi-channel surround sound from this output, you will need to connect a receiver/amplifier with a built-in Dolby Digital or DTS decoder. In order to use the optical digital output, the audio for the HDMI output must be turned off (the HDMI video can still be used).

    RF Input/Output: The RF Out connection is a pass-through output for the antenna or cable signal fed to the RF In connector. No audio or video output from this player is fed through the RF out.

    G-Link: This unit features a 1/8" female mini-jack on the rear panel for connecting the supplied IR blaster. This jack allows you to control a cable box or satellite receiver for scheduled recordings and program listing downloads.

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