Alba RDVD1002 for a newbie

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  1. zico martin

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    Ive had an alba DVD player in the past which despite the ridiculously low price, Ive had no problems with and its basically played everything Ive stuck in it. Now we are seriously considering buying a DVD recorder to enable us to 'archive' films and programs we have saved on our sky+ box.
    Basically what I'm asking is what benefit would I see from buying a more expensive machine ?

    Other than watching DVDs and archiving programs, I like the idea of being able to convert some of my old videos to DVD, is this possible with an entry level machine like this?

    be gentle guys :)
     
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    Reliability, Picture quality, Ease of use, Better/more connectivity options.
    If you buy one with a HDD...storage and editing facilities.
    I have installed/used the Alba, Bush, Goodmans, Liteons of this world and a good few other cheapies whose names I can't remember but IMHO it's better to spend a wee bit more for one of the bigger brand names.
     
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    but why would i need another HDD as I have sky+ ? I understand editing would be a nice option but at quite a premium i imagine. Is the picture quality noticeably better on more expensive machines?

    Thanks for your help but i guess it comes down to how much is a 'wee bit more' and whether it would be money well spent for me
     
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    Sorry, I forgot you had Sky+ in which case you could probably get away with a DVDR without a HDD if your'e watching the pennies.
    Personally I would go for a Panasonic for the reasons I outlined.
    Most of the cheap models do not have RGB in/out which is essential for a quality picture.
     
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    thanks JayCee I would be interested to know which of the Panasonics you would recommend bearing in mind I am watching the pennies. Also how feasible would it be to convert some of my old videos onto DVD?

    sorry if I am being a bit needy in here but if I can justify spending an extra £50 for better quality/ features I would happily go for a branded machine

    cheers
     
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    Richer sounds are advertising the Panasonic DMR-E55 AT £99.95 and the DMR-ES10 AT £109.95
    http://ws1.richersounds.co.uk/splashpage.php?SID=e951c9dac0acd084d478e33f1cc4d7d3
    Either will suit your needs as far as copying tapes to DVD.
     
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    The cheap ones also seem to have problems with reliability
     
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    Well I bought one of these on Sunday night, died on Thursday night.

    Is that a record? Did the job ok mind so think i might just take it back to argos in the morning and get a straight swap
     
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    second one has died now:( 2 in a fortnight

    guess i have to get a refund now, any good offers online?
     
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    I rest my case. :devil:
     

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