Help with buying a new DVD recorder

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Dan Baker, Dec 4, 2004.

  1. Dan Baker

    Dan Baker
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2004
    Messages:
    3,276
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Location:
    Dorset
    Ratings:
    +605
    All,

    I am looking to buy my parents a DVD recorder for christmas, with the aims that they could use this in their bedroom for recording programs and watching DVD's as they do not yet own a DVD player.

    Some criteria I am hoping to meet in order of most important,

    1) They currently view sky to their room from the digibox in the living room and using one of those magic eyes to change the channels. I would like them to be able to record sky from their room onto DVD.

    2) I would like the recorder to be able to record to all formats i.e DVDR, DVDRW and DVDRAM.

    3) I'm hoping to keep the price range from 200-350 pounds.

    4) A couple of bonus feature would be a ilink connection and multi-region support.

    Models I've considered so far are,

    JVC - DRM10
    Toshiba - DR3
    Samgsung - R100

    Criteria number one is really the big one to meet for me but aftewr research I'm still unsure of exactly how possible this is.

    Any help or pointers will be greater appreciated.

    Many Thanks and apologies for any typos in advance.
     
  2. Dan Baker

    Dan Baker
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2004
    Messages:
    3,276
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Location:
    Dorset
    Ratings:
    +605
    Hmmm this is really started to get confussing after many hours of scouring the net and this forum I'm now interested in the Sony RDR-GX3 and Panny E55 as well as my above choices.

    Really starting to get confused though as I'm not sure if any of the machines can meet my number one criteria.

    Any nudges in the right direction would be fantastic.

    I really never though this could get so complicated I knew I should have bought them slippers.
     
  3. SDHoward

    SDHoward
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2004
    Messages:
    250
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +2
    For 350 (well a tiny bit over) you could get a toshiba sx32 and therefore a model with a hard drive, save them having to keep finding blank dvd's all the time etc.. worth considering
     
  4. paulr

    paulr
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2002
    Messages:
    1,151
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    North Lincs
    Ratings:
    +65
    Sony GX3 is around 250 at comet.Just bought one myself.
    One thing that no-one mentions is that.....

    1.You have to format the disc
    2.After recording write it
    3.To play on another dvd player finalise it.

    all takes up time,only minutes,but its not like a vcr just put in a vid and record.

    As for GX3,there is a very slight hum,but the picture quality is very good.
     
  5. paulr

    paulr
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2002
    Messages:
    1,151
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    North Lincs
    Ratings:
    +65
  6. paulr

    paulr
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2002
    Messages:
    1,151
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    North Lincs
    Ratings:
    +65
    finally,gx3 has been superceeded recently by a newer sony model.
     
  7. Dan Baker

    Dan Baker
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2004
    Messages:
    3,276
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Location:
    Dorset
    Ratings:
    +605
    Paul,

    Thanks for the advise. Do you know if the Sony would be able to record SKY program despite the fact the digibox is in another room?

    Thanks in advance.
    Dan.
     
  8. geeWcee

    geeWcee
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2003
    Messages:
    1,412
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    West Yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +26
    The Sony GX7 is the higher spec model to the GX3 and has the ilink connection you were hoping for at a slightly higher price. RGB direct are selling it for £288.
     
  9. paulr

    paulr
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2002
    Messages:
    1,151
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    North Lincs
    Ratings:
    +65
    dont have sky so cant say.
     
  10. Dan Baker

    Dan Baker
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2004
    Messages:
    3,276
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Location:
    Dorset
    Ratings:
    +605
    Many thanks for all your help with this guys.

    I'm still not 100% But I've disregarded the Panny now as RAM discs are not compatible with our other DVD players.

    Its probably a toss up between the Samsung and Sony Models unless anyone can give me a good reason not to lean that way.

    Thanks again for all the help. I'll do my best to contribute back to the forums. :smashin:
     
  11. paulr

    paulr
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2002
    Messages:
    1,151
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    North Lincs
    Ratings:
    +65
    The only other thing i'd say is look at the recording time of those with hard drives.My Sony only records 1 hour high quality on a normal dvd-rw but up to 6 hours low quality.
    With a hard drive there's no issue about formatting,loading i guess.(i dont think so anyway)
     
  12. GoldFish

    GoldFish
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2002
    Messages:
    97
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    9
    Location:
    Bradford
    Ratings:
    +0
  13. kenfowler3966

    kenfowler3966
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2001
    Messages:
    844
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    leeds UK
    Ratings:
    +14
    If sky is distibuted by an rf cable the recording quality will be relatively poor and the sound will of course be mono only. The recorder needs to be connected directly to the digibox.
    Buy a cheep player if they also need a dvd player in the bedroom
     

Share This Page

Loading...