HCC Reviews Sony GXD500, Panasonic E95, Pioneer 420 (etc)

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  1. Rasczak

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    The new issue of Home Cinema Choice (January 2005) has a DVD recorder group test of six DVD recorders. Rated them in this order:
    1. Panasonic E95
    2. Pioneer 420
    3. JVC DRMH30
    3. Sony GXD500
    5. Nissan DR 100DB
    6. Humax DRP560

    Panasonic E95
    Overall: 5/5
    Highs: Superb picture, great editting functions
    Lows: Editting takes time to master

    Pioneer 420
    Overall: 4.5/5
    Highs: Great picture, good editting functions
    Lows: No component, HDD capacity

    JVC DRMH30
    Overall: 4/5
    Highs: DVD recording and playback picture, Live Memory
    Lows: Messy editting, no RGB input

    Sony GXD500
    Overall: 4/5
    Highs: Freeview Tuner, Connectivity, Dual Format Recording
    Lows: Boring Disk menus, lack of DV input

    Nissan DR100
    Overall: 3.5/5
    Highs: Good picture, DIVX playback
    Lows: Basic editting, one Scart

    Humax DRP560
    Overall: 3/5
    Highs: Decent picture, doddle to use
    Lows: Very limited editting, no RGB input

    Well worth picking up an issue if you considering any of those recorders.

    I was surprised the GXD500 didn't get a better review. Needless to say 4/5 is good but for a pioneer in the industry (first Freeview, all-digital recorder) not to get 5/5 is unusual. Hopefully the What Video one will be more comprehensive...
     
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    Thanks for the useful info.

    I'm being picky here I know. :) Both the Sony & JVC have 4/5 so did HCC add a sub-division to those scores or can it be taken as being:

    1. Panasonic E95
    2. Pioneer 420
    3=. JVC DRMH30, Sony GXD500
    5. Nissan DR 100DB
    6. Humax DRP560

    And is it 'Nissan' as in the car manufacturer? :eek:
     
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    Yes the Sony GXD500 and the JVC were given 'joint' third place.

    AFAIK yes. :eek:
     
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    Yes it is the car marker, they make a reference to it in the mag.
     

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