Are there any DVD Recorders which dont have major issues?

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  1. ensyed

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    I have been reading the reviews on this forum. It appears that the Pioneer, Sony and Panasonic are the popular brands but between the Pioneer Copy Protection fault, Panasonic going into constant "self check" I dont know if there are any good ones. Why arent Toshiba's more popular.

    I am looking for a DVD Recorder with HDD (doesnt have to be very big) which will last 2-3 yrs. I will be recording off Sky+ and a miniDV Camcorder. Dont need a tuner.

    Thanks
     
  2. ensyed

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    Oh i have Fujitsu plasma and i want to be able to record in 16:9
    I have a separate upscaling player so wont need multiregion or upscaling ability.
     
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    I'm in same boat, although I would like one with a Freeview tuner as well, for that extra flexibility. You forgot to mention the Panasonic "non-anamorphic" issue as well.* As far as I can tell, we need to wait for Pioneer to be given the all clear on the copy protection fault...
    (*edit: sorry, you sort of did in your 2nd post)
     
  4. ChainsawDude

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    Panasonics are really for people that want to use DVD-RAM, they do not support DVD-+R/RW properly (WSS problem & VR mode problem).

    For me, the major issue with Pioneer is the poor design of the remote control. I have a 440HX and I record absolutely loads and loads from SKY+ with no copy protection issues.

    I had a Sony 510 and that was really rather good but did not have a freeview tuner and would not dub from HDD to DVD (problem for me at that time) so it had to go. However, I note the latest Sony model (1065) is currently toping the magazine reviews and I await users comments on this forum.
     
  5. ensyed

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    thanks

    I was leaning towards the Pioneer until i read about the copy protection issue. Maybe it is not all players.
    Would anyone else like to comment on other models?
     
  6. concrete monkey

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    i think the "non-anamorphic" issue is actually an inherent limitation in dvd +R/+rw media! .....someone correct me if im wrong!
     
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    Correction coming up.....

    This "non-anamorphic" (or WSS) issue is not due to any inherent limitation in the media. For example, I have a Pioneer DVR-440HX and that does DVD-RW with the WSS flag set correctly. I expect it would do DVD+ aswell if I tried them. I remember doing DVD+R on my PC with TDA and that allows you to set the WSS flag as you wish.
    The only limitation I know of is that you can not mix widescreen and non widescreen in a single title (recording) but you can mix on a DVD if you use more than one title.
    I had a Sony and that did DVD-R/RW correctly aswell, but not DVD+R/RW, I would always use DVD-RW anyway as they give you the choice of VR or Video mode and they are a bit bigger than DVD+R/RW.
     
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    There doesn't appear to be chase playback or simultaneous record/playback on this model. Seems a big omission to me :thumbsdow
     
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    Whats TDA
    I know you can change the WSS FLAG with IFO Edit
     
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    TDA is TMPGEnc DVD Author.

    You can also change the WSS Flag with DVD Patcher.
     
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    Can't see in TMPGEnc DVD Author. where to change the WSS flag
    Can anyone point me in the right direction
     
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    go into 'Track settings' and select an 'aspect ratio'
     
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    I have a Panasonic EX-75 and I have not had any of these issues (i.e. no WS recording problems or any issues using DVD +- RW).
     
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    I'm surprised about that as my Sony 860 has that functionality.
     
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    I have an EX85 and I've read about the WSS 'problem'; can't think of what the VR mode problem is though :confused: Can you enlighten me ?

    Does your 440HX have a iLink/firewire/DV connection on it, Don't think I saw one on a Pioneer in Currys the other day, when I was checking out a DVDR for my sister ??

    Thanks, Speedee :)

    Appreciate you view on -RW's over +RW's later in post as I was wondering what to get to use on other players, EX85 and as well as on PC as well when finalised !
     
  16. brioni

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    I don't think i've seen anything what i'd call major issues posted in this section regarding the popular makes. they all seem to have a few niggles but they are hardly show stoppers. if your prepared to pay for it the Pioneer 545 seems to be the most feature packed on paper but there seems so be less members on here that own one.

    as for the widescreen flag, i believe Panasonic only support it on there preferred RAM media, whilst Sony implemented it on -media so there are work arounds.

    What baffles me is why decent features like Sony's 'intelligent chapter creation' for skipping ad's etc was removed from its 2006 range. they claim it wasn’t important compared to other features which seems particularly dumb having developed it for previous models. it's not like they have to drop a new feature to make way for it either. very sloppy.
     
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    I get a sneaking suspicion that a few very large broadcasting corporations may have dropped Sony a not so nice email asking them to remove features that sold on being useful to removing adverts ;)

    I may be wrong though, its only a sneaking suspicion...lol
     

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