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alaScore 65

33 reviews

Jan, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews of JVC HM-DH30000U. The average rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size. The design also gets good comments, but comments are divided on the image quality. There are some less positive comments about the price and usability.

design, size

usability, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the JVC HM-DH30000U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 65/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of JVC HM-DH30000U from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on People are impressed by the size. The design also gets good comments. There are some mixed views about the price, and the image quality and usability get critical views.

design, size

usability, image quality

52% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC HM-DH30000L D-VHS HDTV Digital Recorder, SilverJVC HM-DH30000L D-VHS HDTV Digital Recorder, Silver

Jan, 2018

Expert review by: Kevin Miller (

JVC HM-DH3000U D-Theater review


JVC's new D-Theater D-VHS HDTV software format has garnered some support from Hollywood studios, but it's still a chicken-and-egg scenario. With only a handful of movie titles currently available, there isn't much prerecorded content to watch on this...

Awesome HDTV performance; nice feature package; illuminated remote control with jog/shuttle dial; backward compatible with analog VHS formats.

Expensive; all the disadvantages of a tape-based format; no instant-chapter access as with DVD.

If you must have an HD recorder/player today, this is an attractive yet expensive solution that likely will be supplanted by the HD DVD format in next few years.

Jul, 2002

Consumer review by: Uryel (

FireWire ports not functional, can't talk to computer


Supports Hi-Def. Normal VCR deck.

Cannot communicate with computer via FireWire, no way,no-how

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: Darcy (

COMING SOON to a theater near you


great quality in the normal video functions

something lost in translation

Mar, 2004

Consumer review by: vbcm (

Almost there...


High quality HDTV/SDtv recorder

Lots of loose ends in translation and features

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: Bob Lucas (



Playback of prerecorded D-VHS movies with 5.1 sound great

No satellite / broadcast HDTV decoder available as source

Sep, 2002

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JVC HM-DH30000 24 H DVR


Consumer review by: Socalmoney (



This is a machine capable of playing movies that are almost undistinguishable from the studio master. I was able to see this machine compared to the best DVD as well as the studio master and it blew the DVD at 480p away. It was very difficult to see...

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JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS(tm) HD Video Recorder


If you buy this unit be prepaired to send it in for repair at least after 200 or less hours of use. I have been through 12 units and all have failed. A Forum I belong to did a survey and found it to have a higher then 75% failure rate. If you have to...

Product Specifications

The age of high definition is here. And so is the age of D-VHS. The HM-DH30000U is the world's first hi-def solution to allow recording and playback of HD content at full quality and offer compatibility with ATSC broadcast formats. So the HM-DH30000U is compatible with the future

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Dimensions & Weight



Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC HM



Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

TV Tuner

Secondary Audio Program (SAP): Yes


Media Type:D-VHS / S-VHS / VHS
Playback Speed:EP / SP
Programmability:24 events / 1 year
Recording Speed:EP / SP
Type:Digital VCR