Buying My First HD DVD Recorder

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  1. KieranE83UK

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    Well as the topic says not only am I new to the forums but new to the dvd recording world. I have been told by several people that I want to be buying myself a hard drive dvd recorder for the editing facilities etc etc but I still need help as I am completely new to dvd recording and the jargon just baffles me. I am looking to spend as little as possible as I am not on a great wage the closest to just over £200 the better really and if possible under £200 that would be brilliant.

    :lease: So can someone tell me the best place to get a HD DVD recorder what I need to be looking for and do any people know where i can pick up a bargain.

    Any help is welcomed. :thumbsup:
     
  2. KieranE83UK

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    Have a look at the 'Which DVD Recorder?' link in my signature!

    £200 is a tight budget to get a decent machine - the model you quoted is a low spec machine (with a poor review in the current HCC) - if you can find another £70 or so you will get a significantly better model, i.e. a Pioneer DVR433, Sony RDR510 or Panasonic EH50. But even then you'll need to shop around - use Pricerunner or equivalent to find the best deals.
     
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    As far as what to be looking for, I have had my first HD/DVD recorder for a few weeks now, a Pioneer DVR-420H. Overall I am happy with it apart from, what I would call very annoying, niggles:

    1. You cannot play an NTSC DVD whilst recording to your hard disk. I know this is common among most recorders if not all but I find this really annoying. I now have to flip a coin as to whether to watch a film or record a program if there is a clash. Now I'm waiting for somone to say "get a dvd player" and I have one. I just want to clear up the clutter and find it absurd that I have a DVD player "slot" going spare but cannot use it unless I have a PAL DVD to watch!

    2. On the DVR-420H the scart pass through function is controlled by buttons on the front of the unit with no remote control option. This seems such an oversight. If we are watching Sky and the recorder kicks in we have to jump up and hit the pass through button, it is very irritating.

    There you go, some food for thought, hope it is of use.
     
  5. KieranE83UK

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    So I need to try find a better model that that? Also just wondering what is "the current HCC". I had a look in the which dvd player to buy and was just baffled by the technical stuff even more.
     
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    Home Cinema Choice magazine - thinking about it the review might have been in it's sister magazine What Video - whatever have a look as it's in one of them! I would suggest finding a better model.
     
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    Well ge a dog so my budget will be increased but I still dotn really want to spend any more than about £250 so any recomendations of a HD DVD recorder for that kind of price?
     
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    i'm not sure you should be writing off the pioneer so quickly - it seems to be a very popular choice for your budget (i understand you can get one for £230ish if you shop around)
     
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    Sorry i was writing off the Mustek one which i found for 199. I'll have to have a look at the pioneer one.
     
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    Make sure you check the Pioneer model for a remote enabled scart pass-thru! I may relegate my new machine to a spare room and get something else as it is really irritating me :mad:
     
  12. KieranE83UK

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    yes i am a n00b what the heck is a remote enabled scart pass-thru?
     
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    Ok I have been trolling through web page after web page the past few weeks and still have no idea what all the terms means and what dvd recorder I need so i am fed up. Heres it goes:

    -Ive got about £250 to spend maybe little more.
    -I want 2 scart sockets on the recorder.
    -Must have about 80gb+ hard drive (just about know what that means)
    -S-Video lead socket would be a nice optional too so I could link it to my brothers lap top.

    I think thats about it but please please can someone help me out and point me in the direction to what dvd recorder I would be advised to buy and where on the web or regular shop I can buy it.

    Please please please help I'm desperate for help and have no idea what all this "dubbing only" and "high speed dubbing" and all that random technical jargon means.
     
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    OK, you have SKy piped through your DVD recorder so you can record Sky as well as normal TV.

    OK, you have set to record a program on normal TV at 9pm and you are happily watching Sky. At 9pm, bang, the recorder is now showing you what you are recording. You have to get up of the sofa and hit the "pass through" button on the front of the DVD recorder to enable you to carry on watching Sky.

    As you see it is a real pain in the butt!
     
  15. KieranE83UK

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    good job i dont have sky then lol
     
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    Yes, but anything you wish to record (freeview etc..) must be piped through the DVD Recorder and the effect will be just the same!
     
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    why watch it via a recorder - when you're recording wouldn't it be easier to watch the digibox direct? - i do
     
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    Im not, Im using the "pass through" as detailed in the thread.
     
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    I realise that - but since it obviously causes you grief i have to wonder 'why' you're doing it? (bit like the guy who said it hurts every time he shoots himself in the leg - so his mate said 'so don't do it' :) ) - You seem to be attributing this to a fault (or over-sight) in the recorder - when all you need is direct scart from digi-box to tv - some boxes don't even have pass-thru - just a thought

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    So when I do record Sky I'm recording in RGB and the pass-through is RGB too, so the theory is that I can watch in RGB quality and record in RGB quality.

    Which I can, the only niggle is that to continue watching Sky whilst recording means getting of the sofa and hitting the pass-through button.

    I have tried all the configurations under the sun but TV<->dvd<->sky meets my needs for quality of picture of recorded and viewed TV.

    I will just have to source a DVD/HD recorder with more intelligent pass-through.
     
  21. KieranE83UK

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    Just foudnt hat with that recorder I can only get rid of the start and end of hard drive recordings where I need one that can cut out adverts etc etc.
     
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    Wow may I have finally found the right recorder for me the Liteon LVW-5045 it seems to ahve everything i need such as editing ads out and 2 scarts etc etc. Some good reviews can anyone recomend it or know where the best price can be found or want to warm me off it?
     
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  25. KieranE83UK

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    god damn it when will i find a good dvd recorder anyone got any tips at all im desperate lol?
     
  26. KieranE83UK

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    Wow have I finally foudn the dvd recorder I'm after? Ive found this the Panasonic DMR EH50 for £279.00 is this a good price for the dvd recorder that people seem to recomend as the best? And has anyone ever used the store Total Digital.co.uk ?

    http://www.totaldigital.biz/product_info.php/products_id/1010
     
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    It is a good recorder. Not being able to play and record is a pain but the hardware is capable. Liteon disabled it in the firmware. Hopefully they realise it needs to be able to record and play at the same time and enable it.
     
  28. KieranE83UK

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    which recorder are you refering to im confused?
     
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    cheers i'll check it out.
     

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