Reply to: "uh...thanks"
by horberry - 3/20/08 2:12 PM
In Reply to: uh...thanks by confuxion
Yeah, I went back to Amazon and read the reviews --very mixed opinions --some great --some pretty bad. THE REASON? Everyone has different applications, everyone has different expectations that they wish their electronics to meet, and nothing satisfies everyone.
I have to repeat that's the reason I like the Sony MC5, it upconverts to 1080p, gives me many different speed options, offers direct input from a variety of media, shows me what's on the disk (preview) and what's being recorded, copies to all DVD formats and, with the addition of the "Grex", copies absolutely everything including it's own creations. Yes, I have a separate SVHS unit, separate DVD Player, separate TV, separate laptop and separate external hard disk drive. BUT I've got everything working together to do WHAT I NEED!
If and when I find a better component, I can easily interface it into the "mix" rather than have to completely replace an entire multi-facited unit. Across the room sits a cabinet with older CD player, tape to tape unit, older Stereo Hi-Fi unit with big speakers and a switch-off box for those components. I had run a cable underneath the room over to the TV/DVD/VHS area for direct interfacing but have now separated the units with the addition of the MC5.
I should tell you that almost 40 years ago I helped introduce IBM 286s into a printing/teaching environment at our local vocational school to drive what had formerely been only a paper tape input phototypesetter. Everyone came over to see how the interface worked, which did very well for many years and was periodically replaced by faster and better pieces --but never in one package --always piecemeal to take advantage of the best of the individual technology. (My first phototypesetter had an 8K --yes, I said 8K --central processing unit). It was made up of twin 4K boards each measuring 4 x 6 inches. The first modem board we used sent and received at 300 baud (30 char/sec). When they upgraded us to 1200 and then 2400, we thought we had died and went to heaven. How could anything be any better? Ha Ha Ha.
Always please remember, you're better off to have something that comes close to doing what you want now as you can always find something better and better the older you get BUT if you wait for the absolutely complete all-in-one package, you'll never be satisfied.
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