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I want to buy a DVD recorder please help.

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by GalacticaActual, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. GalacticaActual

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    Morning all.

    So recently a freaind of mine has got me intrested in buying a DVD recorder.
    I have manged to get my money sorted out and am looking at getting on for abot £300-£400.

    What are my options.

    I am seriously considering the Panasonic DMREH50 from AV sales.
    so here goes.

    1) is this model good for the money?
    2) whats the compatabilty like when recording and then playing on another DVD player?
    3) are there any better recorders out there for the money?
    4) can you back up old VHS tapes to DVD on this player and not worry about Macro Vison?
    5) can you back up other DVDs on this player and not worry about macrovison?
    6)Is the picture When playing on this recorder any good?

    Like I said, very likely to buy this model from AV sales , but My final purchase will be made on any recomendations I get here.

    Thanks for any help guys.
    Dave. :)
     
  2. pjskel

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    1) dunno - how much is it?
    2) depends on format - DVD-RAM will be fine on other RAM machines. +/-R and +RW should be fine once finalised on other machines able to accept the format.
    3) depends on your requirements as to what constitues "better"
    4) only if the tapes are not pre-recorded ones with macro-vision to prevent unauthorised copying.
    5) nope! That's the whole point of MV.
    6) should be it's from Panasonic - one of the best in the business.

    The EH50 is last year's model, replaced with the 60 (if I'm correct) this season. The 60 would be at the top end of your budget online, and has both DVB-T and analog tuners included, plus a full resolution LP mode, meaning more recording time on the HDD before archiving needs done, at a better quality than previously.
    Equally, JVC (Panny's sister company) have the MH300 out at the end of November, if not sooner, with dual layer DVD support (more space to archive to), analog tuner only, HDMI output and scaler (to upscale DVDs to 720p/1080i resolutions).
    This last bit is useful if you have or plan on getting sometime soon, an LCD or Plasma TV which is HD Ready. Otherwise, not terribly useful.
    Sony have 710 model, which might be of interest, as it has HQ+ recording ability, as well as dual layer DVD support. Freeview in the UK model, analog only in the one from Pixmania.com (European version). The HQ+ mode is higher than DVD quality, allegedly, since it records data at 15 Mbps (megabits per sec) as opposed to the norm of 9 Mbps that HQ and XP/SP from others use.
    So, as you can see already, you really need to define YOUR requirements before any of them can be deemed best or better than. Take your time and don't rush into getting one just to have the technology, as it's likely to be under the TV for the next 2-4 years before you'll consider changing to HD recorders - assuming you get Sky+ HD or NTL HD when they're available in your area.
     
  3. GalacticaActual

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    Cheers for the reply my friend :smashin:

    A few questions :)


    £350.00 from av-sales.co.uk and also multiregion.




    Well,
    I want to use it for recording from SKY. Backing up some old VHS tapes and archiving some DVDs.
    I want a built in hard drive and I aslo want the recordings to be compatable with other DVD players.



    Once some players have been moded to make them Mulitiregion, dosnt that ake the macro vison away?
     
  4. GalacticaActual

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    Also,

    after looking through the web. I have found a couple of other DVD recorders with built in hard drive that look pretty good.


    The LG-7500 multiregion, is Divx compatable as well.

    The samsung DVDHR725 is also divx compatable and has a larger hard disc drive. this is also a bit more expensive though.

    Anyone got any views on these models?


    I can get the LG for around £269
    the samsung for £399

    the panny after a lot of searching, for £280. these are from Richer sounds.
     
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    Dave,
    John Lewis are doing the RH7500 for £259. Should give you 2 yrs warranty
     
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    Is the john lewis one multi region?
     
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    Come on guys, there must be more than a couple of people that have opions on DVD recorders :)
     
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    Not sure about MR - handset hack soon no doubt, but for not much more, you could have the EH60 from Panasonic. This year's model with improvements such as better quality (much apparently) in LP mode. Freeview and analog tuners. 1 second to record from standby.
    ALternatively, JVC's MH300 due next month - essentially the equivalent of Sony's HX910, which is the European version sold by Pixmania.com, without Freeview. Just regular analog tuner only, which if you don't get Freeview reception in your area, makes all the more sense to go for.
    £370 buys that, compared to £469 for the Sony.

    Use www.pricerunner.co.uk and uk.shopping.com to find the best prices (more often than not) online for various products.
     
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    MR? :confused:
     
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    well, I think i have decided on the LG. going to go to richer sounds later to day and have a look
    It records everything but ram. and plays back everything but ram. Its also within my price range. :D
     
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    The DMREH50(80GB) is one of the new models,
    faster response etc.Cant understand why the old E85
    is more expensive in places.I have the E55 at the moment
    and its records very well,the only gripe with it is the slow
    response so I will probably go for one of the new panasonic
    range next with a hard drive.The EH60 and EH80 are 200GB.
    I think 80GB will be plenty big enough for the me,just getting
    a bit tired of shelling out for dvd-r's.
     
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    The LG is cheaper in Comet (£249)! Got richer sounds to beat that price and therefore got it for 239
    There is also a handset hack to convert the player to MR
     
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    Got the LG today :clap:

    No rgb through put though :( it will loop through the signal but it is in composite :nono:
     
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    Oh dear.
    Should've gone to specsavers! :suicide: :D
    Still, you can always take it back and get a Sony HX510 for under £300 - better machine.
    All the features mentioned above for the 710 apply, except 80 GB.

    Have a looksee
     
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    No divix playback though, and thats what swung it for me on the LG :)
     
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    Personally, I'd take RGB in and the extras Sony provide over DivX any day of the week ending in Y.
    But, as long as you're happy, then that's all that matters.
     
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    + it will also record on the dual layer discs as well :)
     

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