Advice on Buying a Toshiba DR-1 or Sony DVPNS730

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  1. royster

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    I need to get a new DVD player and was recently looking at the Toshiba DR-1 which looks very interested, especially has it's got Progressive PAL/NTSC in a recorder.
    Can anyone describe the quality of the pictures you get out of this player. Whats the progressive quality like (NTSC & PAL) and does this DVD player have any other issues which I should be aware of. eg. Lip-syncing
    Can anyone say if the toshiba 3:2 pulldown makes any difference?
    Does the player take along time to recognise discs?

    If not purchasing this DVD player I will probably get the Sony player instead.

    Sorry for all the questions.
    Any help much appreciated.
     
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    I had toshiba DR-1 for about a week before if went faulty. Don't let this put you of, I must of been unlucky. The picture quality is excellent, I had no problems with lip-sync. It does take extremely long to recognise disks and also takes a long time to shut down. I now have a Panny E60 and I think it is a much better unit. It has all the features except for support for DVD-RW but you would only use DVD-RW or DVD-RAM I don't think you have need use for both. The Panny seems much faster in operation.
     
  3. jgar

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    Does anyone know where to find the user manual for the DR1 online?

    @rudelad

    Does the panny or toshiba record in 16:9 or just 4:3?

    Thanx and happy new year.
     
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    They both will record in 16:9 or 4:3 depands on the source and your settings
     
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    I've ordered the DR1 and should have it by Mon 5th or Tues 6th Jan.

    I'll let you all know how I get on with it.

    The DVD-RW support is useful if you want to copy recordings to a PC to edit. Most PC drives don't support RAM.

    Saying that I'm considering an LG4040 which supports all formats including DVD-RAM.
     
  7. bobbles

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    with the tosh you can set the aspet ratio flag

    so all recordings to -r appear widescreen

    personally out of the two I think the tosh is a better bet since as usual the sony unit is way overpriced
     
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    Thanx guys, think i'll demo the tosh:)
     
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    Been reading through the user manual, one of the notes on page 34 states "• Even if you set “Aspect Ratio (Video mode)” to “16:9”, images are recorded in 4:3 aspect ratio when using a DVD-R or DVD-RW disc with “Rate” set to “1.4” (Mbps)."

    Does this mean you can only choose the record ratio when using RAM?
     
  10. bobbles

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    no, the aspect flag is for burnt -r only

    it means you can not set the aspect ratio to recordings made at the 1.4Mbs recording rate. You can with every other recording rate 2.0Mbs - 9.2Mbs

    this is the lowest setting (poorest pq) and I doubt very much it will be used to archive
     
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    Thanx Bob.
     

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