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Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by stolt, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. stolt

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    Hi I have about £300 to spend on a dvd recorder, my main use will be to convert my DV camcorder tapes to disc so the recordings must be able to play on different dvd players, but may in time record stuff from sky etc....
    Also not sure if it's possible but can you record directly on dvd from a digital camera using the firewire lead?

    after reading the many threads from the newbies asking the same kind of questions I'm alittle confused about what to go for many different models and all the different options which I don't think I'll ever use...

    I like the JVC DMR and that seems to have everything I need although the panny e60 seems good value but always at a higher price unless someone knows a place that can see them cheaper..
     
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    Hi. According to this months "What Video Mag" LG have a DV-RW/DVD-R recorder available now so they say. It has DV input and RGB input. Priced at £300. Web site below......

    www.lge.co.uk
     
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    That sort of budget limits you to standalone DVD recorders (as opposed to HDD/DVDR machines). No problem with that but you'll find this will leave you with a choice: record onto media that will play in other DVD players but has no editting facilities (DVD-R or DVD-RW (Video Mode)) or record onto DVD-RAM or DVD-RW (VR Mode) where you get full editting features but the disks are largely incompatible with most DVD players. Of course you could always get a DVD burner for your PC at a later date which would enable you to convert from RAM or DVD-RW to DVD-R.

    You clearly need a machine that has iLink in. Such machines (that are within your budget) are:
    - JVC DMR10 (DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R)
    - LG DR4810 (DVD-RW, DVD-R)
    - Panasonic E60 (DVD-RAM, DVD-R)
    - Pioneer 3100 (DVD-RW, DVD-R)
    - Philips DVDR75 (DVD+RW)
    - Toshiba DR1 (DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R)

    All have their pros and cons but all bar the Philips DVDR75 will offer good editting facilities on their re-writeable media. DVD-R has near universal compatibility with existing DVD players.

    The JVC DMR10 is the replacement for the DMR1 - this machine got good reviews and a few people here brought it. The trouble is a few people took it back because it was broken so there is a bit of a cloud over that at the moment. The model lacks RGB in which should be a consideration if you want to hook it up to Sky as you would need an RGB-to-S-Video converter.

    The Panasonic E60 is a top machine IMHO. Records the RGB signal and has good features. It records to DVD-RAM which brings some automatic benefits such as Timeslip. Of course compatibility of DVD-RAM is very low so if you want to record onto rewriteable disks which you can then play upstairs then this is not for you.

    The Pioneer 3100 is again a well featured machine that has a 2 way iLink connection (this is the only DVDR that has this) so, depending upon your camcorder, you can dub stuff back and forth. However the 3100, by all accounts, handles composite sources and material from it's own internal tuner quite badly. It also lacks RGB in. If you can live with these failings though the 3100 is a good machine for camcorder users.

    Toshiba DR1 has had mixed reviews. There are some happy users of it on this forum but it has had lacklustre reviews from HCC. Do a search for the related threads. Again it lacks RGB in which would mean a RGB-to-S-Video converter is required.

    The Philips DVDR75 uses the 'unofficial' DVD+ format. It will make recordings that will play in most other DVD players but lacks the features of the machines that write to DVD- disks.

    There is only limited info on the LG model at the moment. It sounds good: RGB input, card slot, iLink etc but I haven't seen it so won't recommend it one way or the other yet.

    I would strongly urge you to goto the www.homecinemachoice.com website and read the reviews of each model. You'll find they all generally get good reviews but the models that have been in the HCC 'top 5' over the last couple of months are the JVC DMR1 and the Panasonic E60 - and I think they've got that about spot on.
     
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    You beat me to it Malcolm! It does sound good although I don't think it's available yet as I haven't seen it for pre-order anywhere? The review is next issue though...
     
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    many thanks for the replies exp Rasczak for the detailed info, much appreciated... as you suggested going to head of to the home cinema choice website and check out the reviews. I like the panasonic e60, can I check If I record my dv tapes to dvd-r I can play on other machines (this is mainly to give to family who live overseas).. not sure I will have the time to use the editing facilities so thats not a major concern at the moment,, with regards to the dvd burner for a pc I'm only using a dell laptop and dont have the space for a stand alone pc so thats a non no really... noted about the lack of rgb for the jvc so that relly rules that out then... shame! so it's either the panasonic e60 or the new LG recorder. Incidently If I buy a multi-region recorder can they play normal dvds aswell, if so I can get rid of my normal dvd player and free some space that way...
     
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    Yes that's correct - DVD-Rs will play in almost any DVD player. DVD-R is rated at around 96% compatibility with existing DVD players and is thus THE most compatible format.

    Yes - a DVD recorder will double as a DVD player. If you buy a multi-region model it will act as a MR DVD player.
     
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    thanks once again for the replies, just having a search around the net and stumbled on the E55, on the 24-7 electrical website at £269.00..

    edit... just noticed that the e55 doesn't have an i-link so will be no good for me.... nevermind back to the original plan.
     

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