decision time - Is the XS32 my best bet

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  1. dood

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    I have to decide on a DVD recorder in the next couple of days.

    I want:
    HDD
    multiregion playback
    good PQ (it will replace my DVD player)
    component out (in case I get the urge to get a better TV or even a projector)
    DV in (for camcorder)
    CDR/RW/MP3 compatibilty
    2 digital outputs as I am likely to use it as a CD transport with an external DAC for music
    quick start up
    quiet
    reliable
    budget 400 pounds

    The obvious choice seems to be the RD-XS32. I was keen on the E-85 but it doesn't have the DV in. The 520 also doesn't seem to fit the bill.

    Have I missed out on something else I should consider?

    The links above to some of the online stores offering the 32 for about 360 pounds do not state if their units are multiregion or not. Which site can you recommend as a reliable supplier of multiregion units?

    Ta in advance.
     
  2. nunew33

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    Dood, the tosh will meet your needs. However it isnt a quick start up but i dont think any of them are. At the end of the day thay are more of a computer than a dvd player and therefore have a boot sequence. It is also the same when you insert a disk. depending on what you insert it can take a few seconds to be happy with what you have inserted. However Im pretty sure this is a HDD/DVD recorder trait, not a toshiba trait
     
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    Compared to the E85 the Tosh is a Michael Schumacher...but it still takes an age due to the boot up sequence to which no HDD/DVD is immune.
     
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    Does that mean the Tosh performs well in the rain? :D
     
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    Dood

    I too agree that the tosh will meet most of the listed criteria but be aware the following points :
    i) It only have one digital out for the Amp.
    ii) start-up time is subjective, it takes about 30 secs...
    iii) quietness, I must have been very lucky as I do not have issues with my unit but many forum members did notice fan noise/HDD noise problems with their manchine.

    HTH

    Tan
     
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    Thanks for your comments. Sounds like there really isn't anything else I should consider.

    The review above shows the image of the rear of the unit and this displays both a coaxial and optical digital output.

    I suppose I could live with the startup time.

    So now, who should I buy from to ensure that I get a mutiregion model at the best price and reliable delivery?
     
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    No not really - given your requirements and budget then the Toshiba RDXS32 is a fantastic choice. As has already been said all HDD/DVDRs are a little slow to startup - the solution is to have it on all the time - the benefit of this is then you can use the record/timeslip functions to pause live TV.

    RGB Direct are quite good IMHO. Not sure if that is a multi-region model though.
     
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    2 coax and opt

    Start up time is not 30 secs!!!! usually around 10. I suppose it may depend on the state of the hard disk, mines never more than 25% full
     
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    ? Do I have a different machine :confused: IIRC there is only one coax digital out (which I used) . not so sure about the optical as I have not used any optical connection in my setup.

    Starting-up time on my machine seemed to take alot longer now as I have approx 80 odd programs on HDD as result from a 3 weeks away on holiday. :D

    Tan
     
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    2: 1 coax and 1 digital
     
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    now I understand :blush: cheers for clearing that up

    Tan
     
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    I would recommed RGB, I bought one from them before the price hike and it was MR. Though I have not as yet been able to check this out.
    The unit works a dream though for the first week you will need the manual to hand
     

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