Toshiba XS34 is it so slow?

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  1. ABP

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    Lokking at the Pana EH50 or tosh XS34

    Found something interesting about the XS34 that for me has put a different slant on things.
    For me the speed at which my fathers Panasonic E55 starts up is frustrating and annoying.
    I read with interest that the new EH50 was very fast to start up and this seems to have been confirmed by owners elsewhere in this forum.

    However it would seem that the XS34 is not so fast. I the user manual (Page 5) it states...


    This DVD recorder is more similar to a computer than it
    is to a standard DVD player. In addition to a
    microprocessor, it contains a hard disc drive (an HDD),
    an operating system, random access memory (RAM),
    and a DVD-RAM/R/RW drive. The operating system
    includes software stored on the HDD that is transferred
    to the RAM when the machine is turned on and at other
    times during operation. This transfer can take time.
    Thus, when you turn on the DVD recorder, it may be a
    minute or so before it is ready to use. Likewise, other
    functions may not be performed as quickly as they would
    on other AV equipment.
    In addition, because programs
    stored on the DVD-RAM/R/RW drive cannot be accessed
    as quickly as those stored on the HDD, accessing those
    programs (or deleting a program from a DVD-RAM or
    DVD-RW disc) may take more time. Please take these
    factors into consideration as you use the DVD recorder.


    This lack of speed in response would eliminate this machine from my list of possibles. That only really leaves the EH50

    Can anyone who has the XS34 confirm or dispute Toshibas performance claims for their machine?

    Many thanks

    AB-P
     
  2. JayCee

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    I have the RD-XS30 which was superceeded by the RD-XS32 and now the RD-XS34 and agree there is this delay from switch-on to readyness to operate.
    Personally it doesn't bother me as the other features/performance far outweigh this small niggle.
     
  3. Artie Fufkin

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    I keep my XS32 on all the time so it's always ready to go.

    Maybe I shouldn't, but I'm lazy that way.
     
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    I've got an XS32 and startup time is about 10-15seconds max.

    One thing that sometimes frustrates me is the time is takes to read a DVD-R, this can sometimes be 30 sec plus.

    Otherwise it is an awesome machine.
     
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    Hi,

    I have an RDXS34 so I did some timings for you.

    From cold switch on

    WITHOUT a DVD-RW in drive

    @ 11 Seconds logo appears
    then @ 25 Seconds you can play and record to the Hard Disk Drive.

    With DVD-RW disc on the machine

    @ 11 Seconds logo appears
    then @ 40 seconds you can play record to HDD or DVD drive.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards
    Quinn
     
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    If it took twice as long, I would still have the Tosh.
    I Now have a XS30 and the 34,
    Brilliant kit, Other makes don't get a look in,
    My old PANA. is now not even plugged in, why waste the electricity.
    Quit the thinking, and go and get the Tosh.

    tvandvideodirect.com they rang me to confirm the delivery date,

    All thats left is to wait for the XS35, which will also make the tea.



     
  7. howardmg

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    Question on the XS34 / XS32 - if the machine is kept on, how quickly can it start recording?
     
  8. Artie Fufkin

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    To HDD - instantly. :thumbsup: I do it all the time.
     
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    Unless you have the harddrive set to auto power off (or summit like that) in which case 2-3 seconds
     
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    Doesn't it store a bit in RAM whilst it prepares the HD? I was under the impression that that is what it does, so that recording can start instantly.
     

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