DVD recorders, do they play R1 DVDs?

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  1. jonnyrep

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    I've got a Philips 32PW6517, Sky Digital and a PS2 and I'm not sure if it's worth buying a DVD Recorder or just sticking to a DVD Player and VCR recorder.

    I had toyed with the idea of a DVD/VCR Recorder due to lack of Scarts but then decided not to use a Scart socket for the PS2 as the stand 3-colour plugs (red, yellow and white: not sure what that is called) are good enough for me.

    I will be using the DVD as a multiregion as I have a couple of Canadian (Region 1) DVDs I would like to watch, is there such as thing as a multiregion DVD Recorder?

    I notice all the DVD formats, but i'd only be recording for play on my own system so not any issues there.

    Budget well as low as can get away with but I will go with a quality brand not a cheap Safeway special!!

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Jonny
     
  2. Steve Rollings

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    I had my Panasonic E100 chipped for Multi region, done by the local Panasonic shop, thrown in with the purchase price.
     
  3. nwgarratt

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    They have to be chipped to multi region.
     
  4. jonnyrep

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    Well, I don't fancy that chipping procedure much, so mind is made up now.

    A Multiregion DVD Player and a VCR Unit.

    Thanks for your lightning replies much appreciated.

    Cheers

    Jonny
     
  5. bobbles

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    why?

    you can buy them already modified to be multiregion. It is no problem what-so-ever, the same way you intend to buy a MR dvd player.
     
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    Thanks bobbles, I didn't realise that.

    I am a bit confused over options, and am now undecided again!!

    I don't have any speakers at the moment.

    I have the TV and PS2 as well as Sky Digital at the moment.

    I would like to build up and get speakers, a DVD Player or Recorder that can play my own mix CD's. I need a standard VCR recorder also and if possible a radio tuner that picks up AM mediumwave.

    I have a host of options it seems and am confused, it seems if I go for one it prevents me from getting another.

    I don't know whether to go for:

    DVD/VCR Combi, DVD all in one system with tuner, speakers and buy a seperate VCR recorder.

    My budget is tight, between £200 and at a push £400.

    Any advise and model recommendations would be much appreciated.

    Cheers

    Jonny
     
  7. BigRD

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    What about THIS. It's a DVD Recorder along with an all in one Digital surround sound amp, 5 speakers, subwoofer, AM/FM RDS tuner. You may be able to find this a little cheaper elsewhere but a quick search brought up Comet and within your budget.

    You can make it multiregion yourself with a One-4-All remote from Argos (item 535/1974) and follow THESE instructions.

    Also if the Argos remote doesn't completely fulfill your needs you could take it back for a refund. :smashin:
     
  8. jonnyrep

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    Thanks for that, I found another system which seems to fit my needs, the Philips - MX5100VR DVD/VCR Home Entertainment System, does anyone know if this system is multiregion as I can't find anything about it be it region 2 or multiregion.
     
  9. puddleduck

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    They have to be chipped to multi region.

    Chipping is a really bad term to use IMHO.

    Sure *years* ago, MR was achieved via soldering on a seperate circuit, hence the term "chipping", nowadays its all done by firmware modification, usually supplied direct from the manufacturer....
     
  10. bobbles

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    personally I don't see the point in a dvd/vcr combo

    you can buy was is effectively a dvd/dvdr combo in a dvdr. Why go for vcr? You could pick up an E50 for 250 ish.
     
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    I do need a vcr though, as I have a lot of old videos I would like to watch from time to time.

    I'm thinking I'll get a seperate hifi unit.

    I need to be able to play videos and need a multiregion dvd player/recorder.

    I'm looking into everything people have suggested and trying to work out my best option

    cheers

    Jonny
     
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    If you buy a DVD recorder you'll be able to start the process of running down your VHS tapes. If you need to buy a VCR why not buy a cheapy for £50 until you transfer all your tapes to DVD disc.

    The VCR is dead even some repair shops refuse to accept them now except for a premium even then they'll probably not recommend a repair when you can buy one so cheaply.
     
  13. jonnyrep

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    Sorry, forgot to say the reason I need a VCR is that I have a 17" TV/VCR Sony combi. So at the moment I can't watch any videos on my Philips Widescreen.
     
  14. DTS Rocks !

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    Yeah,i just bought a Philips DVDR80,it's multi-region,and is the 'Dogs B******S'.:smashin:
     

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