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Do you own the Samsung DVD-R125 HDMI 720p DVD Recorder - ?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Solidstate, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. Solidstate

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    The Samsung DVD-R125 is a DVD recorder that appears to offer all the features of the Samsumg HD950 (HDMI, Upscaling to 720p or 1080i, Divx playback) but with the added ability to record.

    This sounds like exactly the thing I want - but the internet is surprisingly lacking any reviews of this machine even though it's been available for a few weeks now.

    This is probably because it appears to only be available on the high street at Comet (DigiUK do list the machine on their website though).

    I want to ask any owners of the machine a couple of questions.

    1) Can you make it multiregion? - I would guess that the HD950 handset hack would work - but can anyone confirm this?

    2) Question for someone using it through HDMI... How do you rate the upscaling - is it a noticable improvement over standard progressive play.

    I've been searching the internet for weeks now looking for info on this machine (I've already downloaded the manual from Samsung) - But I still need answers to these questions before I can go and buy one.
     
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    I too would be interested in this,
    I once bought a Samsung DVD-R100E, It was dreadful.

    The DVD-R125 looks exactly like the HD950, I wonder if it upscales the input source too??

    Sean
     
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    Know exactly what you mean Solidstate. I spotted this recorder whilst in Comet last week and I've been looking into it. Found it on Digiuk.com for £30 cheaper than in store. There is another thread that contains some more info on it but I've been stuggling to find it again. From the top of my head the hack does work, and if it is anything like the HD950 then the upscaled picture quality by HDMI is very good.

    Hope this helps. I'll try and find the other thread and post a link.
     
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    Just found the post. And it was yours, guess I don't know any more that you Solidstate
     
  5. Solidstate

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    Yeah - sorry about the multiple threads - the other one got a bit old and I was hoping to drum up some response with this new one.

    This is the weirdest thing - the only affordable HDMI equipped recorder and its like it doesn't exist. If you find anything - please post it here.
     
  6. ash72

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    Hello Solidstate

    Got this recorder from Comet last week.

    HD950 hack does not work, but this one does: http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks.php?select=Samsung+DVD-R122

    Haven't (yet) got a HDMI display to plug it into, so can't comment on that. Haven't tried recording yet, but playback is not noticeably worse than Toshiba SD220E it replaces.

    Ash
     
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    Ash - you the man - so the DVD-R122 hack works on the R125 - excellent :smashin:

    Coincidentally I'm replacing my Tosh 220 with this.

    Reading the instructions it says that it will record on double side DVD ram disks - do you have to flip these to record on the other side? - (probably a stupid question).

    Thanks again for the reply - now to find some way of getting money off at Comet. Voucher codes anyone???
     
  8. Solidstate

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    Today it vanished off the Comet website - whats going on ??
     
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    Hi,
    Does the samsung dvd-r125 have VIDEO+, and PDC.

    Thanks
    54xhg.
     
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    Anyone know the the answer to this?
     
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    bookmarking. I'm looking into this player/recorder too.

    It's still on the comet website at £229.99, same at richer sounds and still on Digiuk for £199.

    I feel a purchase coming on....
     
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    Good info, thanks for that search. They also raise concern that in HDMI is a widescreen only format, and that to watch anything of a 4:3 format converting back to SD is required. Erm, whats SD?
    Trev
     
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    Standard Definition?

    Or is it a trick question?
     
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    Is standard definition still available using an HDMI connection to a projector. I have just stgripped out my component cable between the Samsung DVD and Panny AE700 PJ and replaced with HDMI. Do I need both component and HDMI connected.,

    Also, should this player play + and - dvd (recorded from PC's)?

    Mine seems to have memory overload sometimes and pixellates then judders then stops. Ffwd and Rwind a few times and then play, and all is well? Any have this problem?
     
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    Nah, not a trick question, just didn't know.
     
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    Has anyone tried playing dvd+r or dvd+rw do they work ?

    Same question regarding the divx, anyone tried this out any problems ?

    thinking of buying i want an dvd player with hdmi output, play + and - disc, recording ability and last play divx, this seems to have the lot just unsure about the + format. Any reviews on the player in general ?
     
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    I got mine yesterday and can confirm playback of +R and +RW is fine even though the manual clearly states they should not be used.

    Divx is superb, every bit as good as my Yamada 6700. Watched around 3 hours of divx last night, from a cheap unbranded +R DVD and all played perfectly.

    Also took around 3 hours of stuff off my sky + that needed to be stored and it was easy enough. Autotuning had already put sky in as channel 6, and even recording on long play the quality was OK.

    Just waiting for my Toshiba 32WLT58 to be delivered on Monday to really put it through it's paces.
     
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    Keep us informed of the results.

    I'm very intersted.

    Where did you buy it from from and at what cost?

    :thumbsup:
     
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    Got it from Tesco Extra On-line

    Samsung DVD-R125/XEU Multiformat HDMI DVD Recorder

    Looks out of stock at the moment, but cost £199.99 inc free delivery. I also did a couple of tesco coupon deals from here. Basically got 1000 extra club card points (worth £10) and also as I used my Tesco Credit card I get £20 cashback for spending over £200 (bought another small item) so all in all should work out around £170 !!
     
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    Also have this green line but only when viewing a DVD recorded from a 4:3 source (sky+ box with 28" CRT non widescreen TV) on a widescreen device? In this case my Dell Laptop. When viewed on my 20" CRT in bedroom plays as standard 4:3 but without any green lines. No green lines showing when vieing on the 28" CRT either.

    Does anybody know what these lines are exactly?
     
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    You won't see the green lines on a CRT befause they 'overscan' the image so the offending lines are off-screen.

    Viewing on most if not all LCD screens they will be visible.

    Cheers, Dave C
     
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    Hi all...

    I am seriously considering this recorder after returning my LIDL TARGA DR5100 for a refund (the fan noise was unbearable)

    Just to recap, the recorder does come with a HDMI?

    Also just to clarify three other points.

    When outputting to HDMI (I have a Samsung LE32R41BDX LCD TV) it is possible to also output digital sound via toslink to a AV amp (you are not simply restriced to HDMI audio)...I wouldn't think this would be the case but I wanted to make sure.

    When recording on DVD RAM is it possible to then return to scenes and cut/join for example. (presumably this isn't the case on -R/RW DVDs)?

    Are all inputs such as RGB SCART - NTL cable then upscaled to 720p etc.. when output via HDMI?

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Sorry to bust in on this thread but I am looking at the Samsung DVD HR725 to go with my fabulous Samsung LE32R41BD LCD TV but am concerned about the HDMI upscaling that the R125 specifically says it has but the HR725 doesn't.

    I cant find it in the manual - does anyone know if they all have it?
     
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    Yes when I output a DVD via HDMI my Toshiba 32WLT58 says HDMI audio is not supported from the DVD (not looked into it yet but I thought it would have), I have the audio into my AV amp via coaxial and it comes out in nice bright dolby digital. You have to change the output settings on the DVD to bitstream but the manual tells you this.

    I don't think the inputs to the DVD are upscaled though? If I've got it on av2 from my sky+ the picture isn't that good when viewing. Although it looks fine when recording from sky and then watching the DVD back via HDMI, it's as good as the source recording. But not sure what you are expecting here? Just upscaled pictures from the NTL or Sky ?

    Not tried the DVD-Ram yet.
     

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