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Need some advice on a DVD Recorder

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by radial_blur, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. radial_blur

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    Hi guys,

    I hope this is an appropriate place to ask..

    My DVD Recorder got damaged a few weeks ago and my house insurance company have paid out for a new one, however they have given me £250 in currys store vouchers to get a replacement.

    What I would like to know is are there any recommendations for a recorder in this price range from the range that this store offers? I could add another £50 - £75 if necessary to get a better model, but I am a little lost when it comes to these.

    Many thanks for any sugestions offered, and sorry if I have posted incorrectly.

    Many thanks,

    Chris.
     
  2. Steve N

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    Hi Chris,
    Your insurance company hasn't done you any favours giving you Curry's vouchers I,m afraid.
    I have just checked the Curry's website and they only have one Panasonic(my favoured brand).
    It is the DMR-ES10 at £196 - But only available online - not in store, so I do not know if you can use your vouchers even for this model which has no HD and would not be multiregion.
    I would suggest you try and offload your vouchers. Look for someone in the queue at curry's and offer them them your vouchers for a tenner less, or put them on sale on the forum.
    My recommendation at that price point would probably be the Panny DMR-E85 which can be bought for around £279 to £299 if you shop around. It has 80g HD and is an excellent machine. If you bought from a specialist shop like multiregionmagic they chip all their machines to make them multi region.
     
  3. radial_blur

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    Thank you for the advice, unfortunately I haven't any choice in the matter.. I either accept their replacement or I take the vouchers, they have a contract set up with DSG so it's that or nothing :(

    I can however use the vouchers in Dixons or PC World, not that that is any better, but might help a little..

    I called my local currys store and they were actually very helpful on the phone, and they even told me they would match the website prices, unfortunately the Panasonic that really caught my eye has now gone out of production and Currys no longer stock it (even though it is still on their website! Model - PIONEER DVR-420HS - Product Code - 386694 Looked like a good deal at £297.78, but alas it was not to be..

    Anyone wanna buy some Currys vouchers ??? :D

    Failing that, any other advice..

    Thanks once again,

    Chris.
     
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    Well it would appear my luck is in!

    My insurance company has made a boo boo and has sent me an insuficent amount (they called me to tell me - who ever heard of an honest insurance company!)

    So they have requested the vouchers be sent back and are going to make a cash settlement, so it would seem I have just over £300 from them to spend winging its way to my bank account!!

    Sooooo.. Any recommendations for the £300 - £400 mark, features I'd really like if possible are DVD+/-RW, LAN & HDD.. I know I may be pushing it a bit, but who knows... Is there anything out there like that, that is of good quality?

    Failing that anything that comes highly recommended for that price bracket?

    Many thanks,

    Chris.
     
  5. Oldjim

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    Probably the nearest at present is the Topfield TF5800T with twin freeview tuners, HDD and USB ports but without DVD write capability.
    See this link for a comparison table http://www.emsee.co.uk/pvr/
     
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    thanks for the sugestion, it does look kinda good, but I really would like DVD burning capabillity.. However just stumbled upon this @ Richer Sounds: http://ws4.richersounds.com/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=PANA-DMRE85

    Can anyone comment as to wether this will or wont record on to +/-RW disks as their site says it doesn't but another site I found says it does.. :confused: Confused!

    Looks like a good deal anyway, any comments? :)

    Thanks for the help so far,

    Chris.
     
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    Frankly at that price you would be better going with the DMR EH-50 which is the latest model. This will handle -RW but not +RW according to the Panasonic website http://www.panasonic.co.uk/dvd-recorders/dmreh50/index.htm
    I just bought one for £290 and if you want multiregional there are a number of suppliers http://www.pricerunner.co.uk/sound-and-vision/vision/dvd-players/342510/prices
    Also see this site for more info and comparisons
    http://www.btinternet.com/~james_lancaster/whichdvd.HTML#21
     
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    Thanks a lot, I like the look of that one, I think I might just buy one :)

    Many thanks,

    Chris,
     

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