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Advice on DVD recorder

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by deand, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. deand

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    Hi - I need to invest in a DVD recorder. It's for the usual - recording tv programmes and watching DVD's. However, as we are a fairly numerous family, it often turns out that we have copied our DVD film via the PC. We have a RW that burns in DVD+R x8 and that obviously leads to some compatabilty issues with some of our options for playback. I have thought about getting a Panasonic E50 but realise it can't playback DVD+R. However, in that price range, the Phillips seem to have a hit and miss attitude to working. I am replacing a Phillips normal DVD player that has given up the ghost rather rapidly so would rather avoid them if I can. If I just have to write at x4 with -R on my RW, so be it - I'd rather spend a little more time in front of the PC than having the recorder unreliable.
    Don't want to spend too much and HDD not important. Any advice greatly received.
     
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    As far as I know the panasonic can play back a DVD+R disk as long as it has been burnt as a film. It is only the writing that is a different format. Once a disk has been finalised it is just a DVD. The panasonic will not play DVDRW disks though but I have not had a problem with any +R or -R disks I have created on the PC. I am pleased with my Panasonic even though it is a bit fussy as to which make of disk it records on.
     
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    Thanks for that. I think I'll go for it - can get it for a reasonable price these days. Can I ask you what disks you use?
     
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    It depends on the quality of the media. My son borowed a dubious film on +r, it would not play on my Toshiba 210 or Panasonic hs2, but was fine on his budget bedroom machine.

    Indeed of the 3 or 4 +r I have tried, none would play in the hs2
     
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    Panasonic Recorders such as the E50 and HS2 cannot play +R/+RW's normally.

    However, if the disc has the booktype changed to a DVD ROM (like a commercial DVD) then it will play. This can be done with a few PC burners such as those from NEC, Liteon and Ricoh.
     
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    I must admit that I too have had some more dubious disks that would not play on the panasonic but will on much cheaper players but they were all DVD-R so it does not seem to make a difference. It just depends how they were burnt. Ones I have made on my PC have all been ok. Then again some I have made and played on the panasonic refuse to play on my elderly LG player but do on my kids cheap players.
    As for the disks I have tried to chose ones that burn at one or two times. I have had some problems with x4 disks. I have found though, that if the disk is given a title before being used it ususally is ok. I bought a batch of disks from bigpockets called One. V cheap but no trouble at all
     
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    Sony RDR-GX3 will playback all formats apart from RAM. It also has a superior DAC making it slightly better for playback. Very happy with mine - plus it looks the business. :smashin:
     

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