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Grundig DVDR550

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by scifi_nut, Nov 22, 2003.

  1. scifi_nut

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    Hi all,

    I have just been looking around my local curry's store and spotted
    the Grundig DVDR550, must say it looks nice and at £200 it does
    not seem a bad deal, but have any of you any experience with
    it ???, I have tried looking for reviews or information from Grundig
    websites without success. Any comments you could give would be
    appreciated.

    Thanks :smashin:
     
  2. phelings

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    The machine has nothing to do with the Grundig of old-they went bust a while ago.This is another cheap Far Eastern import with a borrowed and more recognisable name to give it more credibility.If you can afford £200,try and find anextra £25-£50 to get a quality make like Panasonic.
     
  3. Stuart Brooks

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    The Grundig (and Mico and probably very soon a slew of other supermarket specials) DVDR is a Philips-based DVD +RW machine, minus a few frills like RGB in apparently. The Panasonic is DVD-RAM which is different technology but with some advantages eg Timeslip, perhaps some disadvantages too eg playback compatability.

    However it's good news to see the Grundig coming in under £200, it indicates the market's hotting up. I'm sure by Christmas 2004 the premium brands will be down to £170 and the cloners will be down to £130 or less. And VCR sales will be dropping through the floor.
     
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    The Grundig is not Philips based, it's Cirrus Logics.

    It's made by Mustek, and does have RGB in :)
     
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    And who told you this them as the documentation says nothing about RGB in and the Mustek recorder does not have rgb in either......come on spill the beans :laugh:

    If this unit has RGB in then this is a good price for a recorder with such functions, but i think your wrong....:laugh:

    Rob
     
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    Hmm, maybe I should have added "allegedly" - from the visitor's posting at Area 450 who posted that the Mico doesn't have RGB in, I took it to mean the Grundig does have...(see here).

    Anyway, it's definitely a Mustek clone and definitely a Cirrus Logic chipset, that much I know for certain.
     
  7. Stuart Brooks

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    I actually meant using the Philips licensed DVD +RW technology as opposed to Panasonic DVD-RAM technology, not that it was actually made by Philips.

    Is this the same Cirrus Logic that used to make PC graphics chips?

    Stuart
     
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    More than likely, Stuart. Cirrus have been around for a few years now, and many of the Far Eastern players used their CS4954/4955 video encoders before MediaTek, Acer et al came on the scene with their single chip solutions.

    DVD recorders are one of their latest venture with CyQ've (sold in Taiwan), Sampo (sold in Taiwan, Germany and very soon the US), Cyberhome (US) and Mustek (Europe, including the Grundig and Goodmans recorders, and were to have been behind the Bush model which never appeared in Argos) signing up so far.

    Company details here :)
     
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    I've seen this in Currys and commented on the other thread i.e. DVD Recorder with progressive scan which is I think pretty good.

    Does the Panasonic E50 have progressive scan or any other £199 "-" recorders?

    It looks good and three were sold in the 10 minutes I was in the shop!
     
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    I have one.

    What's Good:
    Picture quality (excellent)
    Sound Quality (first class though my Yamaha both through coax and optical.
    Lets of connectivity (2 scarts, phono in and out, SVHS in, Digital audio out (coax & optical), Component out (you need this for progressive scan and for plasma/projector inputs).
    Flexible recording modes (HQ, SP, LP, Extra LP)

    What not so good:
    Noisy (mainly because of the cooling fan it uses)
    Awful remote control (a nightmare design to which the recorder does not respond very well).
    Cannot re-name TV channels so you are stuck with UHF channel numbers.
     

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