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New HDMI Hard Disk Drive DVD Recorders from Pioneer

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Hkan

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New HDMI Hard Disk Drive DVD Recorders

Three new Hard Disk DVD recorders, each featuring an HDMI output, advanced video processing and entertainment functions, will be available in October.

The new recorders will be even easier to use and incorporate a new, superior video processing chipset that will meet all your high definition home entertainment needs – whether it's playing a movie, recording content, listening to music or browsing digital photographs.

At a glance, the new line-up includes:

The DVR-645H, with integrated analogue TV tuner and 250GB hard disk, capable of storing up to 711 hours of video.
The DVR-545HX, with integrated digital (DVB-T) tuner, with 160GB hard disk (capable of storing up to 455 hours of video)
The DVR-545H, with integrated analogue TV tuner, also with 160GB hard disk

Both the DVR-545HX and DVR-645H feature a DV-input (so recording from your digital camcorder is straightforward, via a single cable) and an ‘Entertainment Engine', our new digital multimedia platform.

All new models provide multi-format recording and playback for DVD-R (including Dual Layer), DVD-RW, DVD+R (including Double Layer), DVD+RW and DVD-RAM.

Here's what's new in the line-up:

Advanced picture processing
The new line-up incorporates a Video Quality Enhancer (VQE), which is a core video chipset traditionally used in our high-end DVD recorders and players. A newly-designed VQE10 enables a scaling option up to 1080i video format, delivering enhanced and accurate picture processing.

The HDMI interface allows perfect full-digital video and sound reproduction signals over a single cable without signal deterioration .

More entertainment and flexible multi-tasking
The line up includes the popular Digital Audio Jukebox feature, which provides quick access to music content. With the touch of a button, you can rip your favourite CDs to the hard disk or copy WMA or MP3 files at high speed. You can then easily search and play your albums using the on-screen Juke Box Navigator.

A new innovation for this line-up is the ‘Entertainment Engine', included in the DVR-645H and DVR-545HX. The Engine enables you to upload digital images or compressed audio files at high speed, via the recorder's front-in USB host.

You can then create a JPEG slideshow, whilst compressed audio is being played, or even print photographs from the hard disk via a PictBridge compatible USB printer. This means that your hard disk DVD recorder now also serves as a convenient central library of video content, audio titles and digital photographs.

All models assure the widest playback compatibility and meet the DivX Home Theatre certification standard to provide high quality playback of compressed video.

The recorders also offer great flexibility in multi-tasking. Aside from using ‘Chase Play' playback, you can also record new content to the hard disk while transferring previously recorded media to or from DVD or while conducting a disc back-up – another feature unique to our DVD recorders.

The Pause Live TV function, a popular feature from our earlier line-up, allows you to freeze the screen of a program you are watching and restart later, simply with the touch of a button.

Improved Ease of Use
These DVD recorders are simple to use. A new, straightforward remote control has an easy-to-understand layout to ensure quick access to numerous functions, controls and features.

A built-in multilingual Help function offers you assistance at the touch of a button and guides you through the next steps of the menu or display guidance messages to guarantee trouble-free operation.

Additionally, all models have the GUIDE Plus+ Electronic Programme Guide. This provides a multi-day electronic TV guide and easy one-button programming from detailed TV channel and programme listings. The DVR-545HX also includes a Digital EPG providing a digital variant of the analogue guide.

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Source: Pioneer Europe
 
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lucky67

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it look good but it mentioned that it aviable in October as it will come up either in November or December to sell into online store and think it cost more than £400 -- the 540HX is £349-£400 so think the 545HX may cost more, find out when it release this year.
 
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Cynthia 7

Guest
Hi Hkan,

I am so grateful that you have posted this. Earlier this year I was on the point of buying the older model Pioneer, which had camcorder connection, and they suddenly disappeared from the market. The current new models don't have this connection. I was then wondering whether to go ahead with a Panasonic EX85.

I had been told by one online retailer that other Pioneer models might be in July and another quoted September. I don't mind waiting if it has all the features I require, a decent hard drive capacity and camcorder connection. The other features sound excellent too.

Can't wait for October now, or whenever, thank you so much for all the detailed information. It may be that the model for Sweden differs from that for U.K., fingers crossed that the basics remain the same, and hopefully an extra tuner for this country.
 
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lucky67

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Cynthia 7 said:
Hi Hkan,

I am so grateful that you have posted this. Earlier this year I was on the point of buying the older model Pioneer, which had camcorder connection, and they suddenly disappeared from the market. The current new models don't have this connection. I was then wondering whether to go ahead with a Panasonic EX85.

I had been told by one online retailer that other Pioneer models might be in July and another quoted September. I don't mind waiting if it has all the features I require, a decent hard drive capacity and camcorder connection. The other features sound excellent too.

Can't wait for October now, or whenever, thank you so much for all the detailed information. It may be that the model for Sweden differs from that for U.K., fingers crossed that the basics remain the same, and hopefully an extra tuner for this country.

that possible that it for Europe but hope it included UK but its 3 months away and see if it avaiable for the UK - if not then maybe next time with new model for the UK - Pioneer based in Belgium...
 
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Cynthia 7

Guest
Hi lucky 67,

I am certainly hoping that these models are for UK too. I didn't realise that there was a Pioneer base in Belgium.

I know from the past that sometimes other countries in Europe have models from different manufacturers that contain features that they miss out on UK models. It makes me mad, as if they think we need an extra tuner, then they cut out some of the other benefits. Fingers crossed that this isn't the case. I would buy one of these models, sight unseen, even with one tuner only, the spec is so perfect.
 

PhilipL

Well-known Member
Hi

Mmm, "Entertainment Engine", seems like Pioneer are into the marketing now.

To summarise: The new models are the same as the current 440/540 models with the addition of HDMI out, DV In and USB ports.

There, that's easier to take in isn't it :)

Regards

Phil
 
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Cynthia 7

Guest
PhilipL said:
Hi

Mmm, "Entertainment Engine", seems like Pioneer are into the marketing now.

To summarise: The new models are the same as the current 440/540 models with the addition of HDMI out, DV In and USB ports.

There, that's easier to take in isn't it :)

Regards

Phil

I would have thought HDMI out, DV in and USB ports are important assets in a recorder. Do the 440/540 models also connect to a suitable printer to print photos from the hard drive?
 

frensham

Standard Member
I've recently put together an AV suite consisting of Yamaha RX2600V, KEF2005.2 and a Pioneer 540HX linked up to a 50" HD Phillips.

This is my first dvd recorder. The HX is amazingly easy to use, and brilliant when it comes to quality; it lacks some fancy editing features. in particular does anyone know if we can get more "templates" to use for Title menus when producing DVDs.

Also, the thing I'm now missing is the ability to easily plug in memory sticks of differing flavours from cameras.
Anyone got a solution, which allows me to get them on to the 540HX's hard disc and then into DVD's.

Frensham.:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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