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Some Panasonic DMR-E85 Questions...

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Andy C, Aug 11, 2004.

  1. Andy C

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    Hi All,

    Well it's my first post so hi! :hiya:

    Anyway, I'm looking at buying a Panasonic DMR-E85. I had heard that the unit will convert any input signal passing through, such as that from an STB, to progressive scan. Is this true? I'm interested as I will be buying a plasma TV in a month or two when I am done re-decorating. The setup would be as follows...

    STB (RGB) --> TiVo (RGB) --> Panny DVDR E85 (Component) --> TV

    So would the E85 convert the TiVo output to progressive scan during pass-thru?

    Also, if I was recording a terrestrial channel on the E85, could I still watch a source being passed-thru the unit? (allowing me to still watch a TiVo recording, or LiveTV from the STB whilst recording BBC1 on the Panny?) I'm thinking because the Panny would be channel BBC1, rather than AV, this could not be done?

    I pretty much want to watch DVDs in progressive scan via component, but also be able to record terrestrial TV on the E85 whilst watching cable or TiVo recordings. Ideally I would also like to convert the TiVo output to progressive scan to improve the PQ.

    Perhaps I'll just have to get a JS Tech converter between the TiVo and TV, and pass the DVDR signal though the TiVo - but I can't remember if the VCR input allows RGB.

    Hopefully the above waffle isn't too confusing. :)

    Many thanks for any info.


    Andy.
     
  2. Rob20

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    While I can't say for sure how it all works, I have the Pan 85 connected to an lcd panel via component leads with the prog scan option on the Pan 85 switched on. I also have a digital NTL box connected via an rgb lead to the 85, which then sends the signal via the component lead. I assume that there is some sort of conversion of the 576i pal signal as it works fine. Hope this helps. Perhaps someone can explain exactly how it works.
     
  3. Andy C

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    Thanks for the reply, Rob.

    Will your E85 allow you to record an RF source (analog BBC1, ITV, etc) whilst watching cable which is being passed through?


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    Not sure really. I have a sepereate scart taken from the NTL box that allows me to watch tv while I'm recording a programme from HDD to dvd -r say. I aaume it would work in the same way as if it were connected to a VHS player.
     

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