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Old June 11th, 2009, 06:41 PM   #1
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Impact MiniDV Rewinder Destroyed Tapes

It is brand new.. pretty sad :(

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Old June 29th, 2009, 07:58 PM   #2
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I too had bad luck with the Impact brand. It says it is made in Japan, but I doubt that. Most likely made in China and assembled in Japan.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 03:44 PM   #3
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Of course it destroys the tape. It's a $25 piece of junk. Any such device that doesn't slow down as it approaches the beginning (or end) of the tape will put a lot of stress as it comes to an abrupt halt. Proper DV mechanisms use a microprocessor-controlled stepper motor with detection electronics to work out where the tape is. A dumb analog motor is not a viable substitute for (re)winding high precision tapes. Also, it seems a weird video to post. And I'm very surprised at some of the respected retailers who have sold this.

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Old July 5th, 2009, 01:33 PM   #4
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Adorama refunded my entire purchase including the shipping cost. No need to send the item back. Then I bought a Maxell tape rewinder. It's the same one to replace the broken one I have. It is working fine.
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Old July 11th, 2009, 11:23 PM   #5
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Just now, the fact that they named the brand "Impact" is somewhat telling. Especially as it only takes the closing of the unit/shell to do the damage.

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Old July 27th, 2009, 07:03 AM   #6
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I have had one for years made by (or for) SIMA that works OK, but I still won't use it. I don't trust them. I use my deck or the camera instead. In fact a cheap older used miniDV camera may be a better option if you need a rewinder.

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