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Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by moku, Sep 27, 2004.

  1. moku

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    I'm on the market looking for a good quality DVD Recorder with or without a HDD to use with my new Fujitsu P42VHA30ES. The chosen machine must be capable of the following:

    1. Component Out to connect directly to Plasma

    2. Pal/NTSC Progressive Scan

    3. i-Link or DV in for my camcorder.

    I looked at the Panasonic DMR-E55HEBS and DMR-E85HEBS but both have no i-Link/DV in for my camcorder. The Sony RDR-GX7 would have been my preferred choice but unformately has no Progressive Scan despite having Components .

    Any advice from you guys will be greatly appreciated.

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  2. Bob H2

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    The Toshiba XS32 should fit the bill, and it's a great machine into the bargain.
     
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    Moku,

    The new Sony GX700 has component output and progressive scan as do the new Sony HDD/DVDR combos (models HX900 and HX1000). So Sony options are there if that is the route you want to take.

    The Panasonic range is also worth looking at: Panasonic E95 or Panasonic E500 (when it arrives) would make excellent choices. However, as stated above, the Toshiba RDXS32 is arguably the all round best DVD recorder at present.

    You really do need to decide whether you want a HDD/DVDR or a standalone DVD recorder though: the difference is quite important. Only a HDD/DVDR combo allows you to make editted recordings that play on virtually all DVD players (although you can achieve the same with a PC burner and a standalone).
     
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    Thanks guys for the above information. I'm inclined to go for the Toshiba RD-XS32 because of the rave reviews from members of this forum and more importantly the cost.

    I'm now going to do some trawling to find the cheapest place for my purchase.

    Moku
     
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    panasonic dmre -95


    has all them features ,highly recommended by me


    steve
     
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    But is the e-95 £200 better than the Toshiba 32 ? I've been looking at the e85 and the Tosh, and they both look fairly similar to me. Cheapest I've seen the e-95 is around £600.
     
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    Some say the PQ is "better." I can't see how it is £200 better and the Tosh has -RW as well.

    Not that I've used a rewritable disc in ages.
     
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    Does the panasonic have the same feature as the toshiba in that you can choose the bitrate to record to disk ?
     
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    I can get the Tosh for £377 and the Panny for £375 both inc del but the only thing stopping me buying the Panny is if it has the same function as the Tosh to record at different bitrates.I would prefer this option rather than lowering quality even further when burning a dvd-r.Someone with a Panny must know :D
     
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    Can I ask where? And is that multiregion? (and are they really in-stock?)

    I don't have one (yet) but have been researching it both on here and other reviews. My understanding is that the Panasonic has a similar idea (Flexible Recording), but you specify the time and it works out the best bitrate. i.e. I don't think you can set it by bitrate (*), but you can get at different bitrates, and the Flexible Recording mode seems an easier concept for most uses anyway.

    Try reading the HCC etc reviews (see the links from this site). And many of the threads on here include Flexible Recording (FR) in the answers to 'how to' questions.


    * - it might have custom record rates, but that might have been one of the other reviews I read.
     
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    That wasn't the greatest explanation, hopefully someone else will do a better job. But just one more try - I don't believe you can set the bitrate on the Pana in exactly the same way as on the Tosh, but it has a similar feature - Flexible Recording - that allows any bitrate to be used by specifying the record time.

    The manual (USA version) says:

    FR (Flexible Recording Mode)
    The unit automatically selects a recording rate between XP and EP
    (8H) that will enable the recordings to fit in the remaining disc space
    with the best possible recording quality.
    ≥You can set when transferring (dubbing) or programming timer
    recordings.
    ≥When recording to the HDD, picture quality is automatically adjusted
    to precisely fit a transferred (dubbed) title on a 4.7 GB disc.
    ≥All the recording modes from XP to EP appear in the
    display.
     
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    Thanks looks like a similar and less complicated option than the Toshiba.
    Ive PMd you where to get the Tosh for £375 but conditions apply so i dont know if i can post it on here.Both are in stock and the Panny is multiregion.
     
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    As has been stated already the Panasonic effectively has 'dial a time' in for Flexible Record, i.e. you have a 90 minute programme - you dial in 90 minutes and it sets the bitrate to fill a 4.7GB space in that time. An easy to use and flexible system IMHO - although it does require a degree of intelligence to use at times. For example if you are recording multiple recordings to a DVD-R you have to remember to dial the time of the total running time of the final DVD-R.

    I have included a Guide on how to use FR to best effect in the PC Guide Sticky Thread. The basic principles apply whether you have a Toshiba, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, JVC or Pioneer recorder.
     
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    Jerry, I'd be very interested to hear where it is possible to buy a Panasonic E85 for £375 as well. I had been thinking of buying one tomorrow and the best price I had seen was £415 inc postage. There are quite a few things on TV at the weekend worth recording!!
     
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    Best I've seen is £402 plus delivery. I'm torn between the e85 and the Tosh 32, so if there isn't much difference between the two I'm just going to go off the price.
     
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    Is that multi-region?

    I saw a 402 (+10 P+P) in pricerunner or kelkoo, but not multiregion.

    The best multi-region I have seen is Richer's website (which doesn't have stock but Richer shop will pricematch on it) - 434 pounds.
     
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    402 was R2, from Digital Direct. Best MR I've seen was Digital Direct, who were doing them at 433 plus P&P, and Richer Sounds for 434 (I live near one of their stores, so can pick it up if they have any in on Saturday.
     
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    The Panny 85 is £470 multi from CDWOW but if you buy it with an EGG credit card you get 20 % discount this month only taking it to £376 free del.This deal runs out on the 30th.
     
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    Toshiba is £377 atPRC
     
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    Just checked my online bill with egg.com with the 20% off the panny cost me £375.99 inc del :D It arrives on monday :clap:
     
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    I ended up paying £429 at Richer Sounds :( , but at least I have mine already :)
     
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    Just copped a multiregion Tosh 32 from PRC, £379.

    Now to read the setup guide !
     

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