DVD Recorder for £250

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  1. dann

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    Hi
    I am looking for a reliable DVD recorder aroung the £250 mark, I have owned 2 philips recorders, Which I think everyone would agree are poor.

    I am interested in the Sony GX3, I am not worried about changing formats & I use Sky+, so it will only be rare recording anyway.

    My question is this, is there any reliablility issues with the GX3 and Is DVD playback of a good quality.
    If there are any issues with this model, Can anyone recommend a recorder.

    NB: the recorder only has to be basic, No camcorder or hard disc etc.

    Thanks for your time
     
  2. Rasczak

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    No reliability issue and the quality will be excellent. A very good choice IMHO. It's available at bargain prices at the moment as well due to the imminent arrival of the GX3000 (the new, but effectively almost the same, model).
     
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    what display (TV) do you use?
     
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    Philips 36pw9607 at the moment, But maybe upgrading to a flat panel at the end of the year, Why?
     
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    Thank you for your reply, I have search the forums before posting query, and found no real issues, I needed a straight confirmation though,
    Thank you
     
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    other units like JVC DR-M10 will up convert sky etc to component video, Panny players will too IIRC so if you had a plasma with no scarts etc worth the extra.
     
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    Thanks for your reply will look into the JVC DR-M10, Just out of interest would AVSales be a good place to buy from considering 'aftersales' if the unit would go wrong.

    Cheers
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    Having finally relented to buy into the DVD recorder scene after a chance discovery of a great deal on a Sony HTR-6000 package (which consists of a GX3 and a 'good for Gran' 5.1 receiver/speaker set), I have to say that you should put your fears aside :smashin:

    I knew of the GX3's 'failings' relative to other recorders (specifically, a switch to a lower recording resolution beyond two hours (compared to approximately two hours and twenty minutes at full-resolution with other units) and an inability to use RGB and Component simultaneously); but having now used all recording modes, I don't think I should have previously given it more than a moment's thought. With a good source (which I now have, thanks to switching the Netgem Freeview box to RGB output), recordings range from 'as good as a live broadcast' (even with two hour recordings it seems very close) to VHS-level with the lower quality modes. Having said that, I still generally prefer the output of a high-compression GX3, compared to the output of my most recent S-VHS deck. I hadn't foreseen that! :eek: The picture may be relatively soft, but the lack of noise makes up for it - on a 29" screen, at least...

    Factor in the GX3's picture settings, various forms of noise reduction, detailed DVD playback (relative to the already reasonable s-video output of a Pioneer player), and things are better all round.

    I'll leave you with my friend's notable words...

    "It's given your TV a new lease of life".


    :thumbsup:
     
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    Compared to three hours for most units - only the current generation Toshibas and Pioneers are as low as 2hrs 20mins - and Toshiba has improved on that for the RDXS34 by all accounts.
     
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    Thanks for all your help, Going to order a GX3 when i get the next Pay Check!

    Cheers
     

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