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Major problems with Philips DVD recorders!

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Desk, Jan 18, 2003.

  1. Desk

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    If anyone's considering buying a Philips DVD recorder they might want to wait a couple of months until the new models come out, because the company's current recorders seem to be riddled with bugs.

    Faults are so widespread that on the pro DVD+R forum they're now running polls to try and chart the extent of the problem, and the results are simply shocking....

    http://www.dvdplusrw.org/cgi/forum/ikonboard.cgi?;act=ST;f=4;t=4832

    The problems are seemingly endless, including machines gradually refusing to read pre-recorded disks, switching off during recording, the timer not working, the machine locking up completely, white-outs during recordings from video, failure to finalise disks, blocky lines appearing in recordings and successfully recorded disks later refusing to be recognised.

    A general browse of the forum reveals endless tales of woe....

    http://www.dvdplusrw.org/cgi/forum/ikonboard.cgi?;act=SF;f=4;st=0

    I have to say I'm surprised there's not more widespread coverage of the problems with these Philips recorders, in home cinema magazines or mainstream media such as TV shows like Watchdog.

    It's also frustrating that these Philips standalone recorders are seemingly selling very well yet have a monopoly on DVD+R, so if you want to adopt this increasingly popular format you've currently no choice but to buy a machine that has a good chance of being riddled with problems and bugs.. :(

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  2. Rasczak

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    The +RW format has had problems from the start - originally there was to be no write-once format because the +RW would be compatible with other players. Then when compatibility proved to be around 50% rather than the much touted 80% they introduced +R rather than simple go for convergence with -R. Philips has attempted to 'beat the market' which would be good if they had offered a better format. But it's not - it's grossly inferior to -RAM and -RW (in edit mode). The only good thing is that Philips have caused an instant crash in prices. But this has only resulted in the problems you report here.
     
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    As you say - why haven't the press picked up on this ? People need to know about these kinds of things before buying !
     

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