Sitting atop Panasonic’s four-product pyramid of 2003 DVD recorders, the DMR-E100H has more features than a lot full of Lexuses. The power pack for the NEC television is rated a 5 amps 12 volts DC. I am not certain whether or not it would work off a modified square wave inverter as opposed to a battery quality sine wave inverter. And with the built-in PictBridge support, it’s possible to plug some cameras in directly to the front panel inputs and view and/or transfer digital images directly from the camera.
The E100H includes VCR Plus to help you schedule TV recordings, but the machine cannot control a cable or satellite box. But the fact is, I don’t want to kick the habit. «The Amazing Race,» «Survivor,» «The Biggest Loser» — these are the high points of my week. Press the OK and the number (i.e. 1) together for 10 seconds and the unit will return to normal operation.
And the manual is pretty hefty at 135 pages. It covers everything from basic recording and playback, to tweaking the video recording rate to squeeze every last bit of quality into available disc space, to using the built-in hard disk drive as a virtual jukebox or photo gallery. Its 120GB hard disk drive (HDD), currently the largest available in a self-contained deck, can store up to 160 hours of video and be used for basic editing. You can transfer programs from HDD to DVD and even to any type of memory card. The main way to access the E100’s many functions is through a long series of bland, complex menus. We spent a good deal of time reading the dense, 67-page manual, and we still had to consult it afterward. Beware you might think you are saving the planet by using less power, but a chemical used to make LCD televisions and semiconductors could cause more global warming than coal-fired power plants, a report warns. Power Consumption of DVD & VCR I recently tested a 230 Volt DVD Home Theatre Surround System.