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DVD recorders/Hard Drive recorders in Japan

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by chuchichan2524, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. chuchichan2524

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    I moved to Japan recently and will be purchasing some electronics soon. I have a bunch of Region 1 DVDs that I'd like to be able to play as well as being able to view region 2 DVDs that I will rent. Does anyone know if there is a DVD recorder/hard drive recorder unit that is multi-region or can easily be set to multi-region?

    Another question I had regarding these units is whether it is possible to get menus in English. Since I'll be purchasing it in Japan are the menus only in Japanese?

    One unit that I saw at the store was the Panasonic DMR-E50. Anyone familiar with this model? Like it?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Steve_P

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    Sorry I know little about electronics from Japan. Could you not ask the shop assistants about English Menus? I think most units can be made multi region either with hacks from the remote control, see the special forum section, or by renting specialist remotes for one off use before returning, mostly used with Panny recorders.

    Are you sure the unit you saw was the DMR-E50 as this is quite an old model? Was it the EH50 or possibly the E500.

    If it were me I would get the E500 replacement, the EX300 or possibly the Blu Ray recorder the E700.

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  3. chuchichan2524

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    You're right. It was the EH-50. Do you think renting the remote is a good option? Do you think the EH-50 has a remote that can be rented? If it does, do you think hacking via a remote works well? Is there a chance that it can "revert" to its original state?
     

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