New (Telewest) PVR + HDD DVD v HDD DVD with Digital Tuner / EPG

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  1. howardmg

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    Like many others here I've been waiting for a reasonably priced HDD DVD with digital tuner + EPG. Was hoping Toshiba XS34 would be the answer but unfortunately not the case as seems to be the same as existing with a bigger HDD.

    Now with the news that Telewest will be launching a 3 tuner PVR in September, I'm thinking of taking the plunge soon (probably the XS34) and then linking this with the Telewest PVR when its launched.

    What are the disadvantages of this approach as opposed to waiting for the all-in-one HDD DVD with digital tuner and EPG?

    Also worried about not having HDMI as looking to get a projector over the next year or so - what's the impact of not having HDMI?

    Thanks for any help.
     
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    Your plan to get the Telewest PVR is sound - it is the only machine that will enable you to record multiple cable channels together, offer lossless recording and red dot removal. No DVD recorder will be able to do this.

    As DVD recorders go the Toshiba RDXS32 is one of the most popular machines - for obvious reasons - and the RDXS34 is likely to follow (it's virtually identical). Thus it would pair well with your PVR - which is what most users do now (either with Freeview or Sky+).

    You won't be able to connect via HDMI ;) Seriously HDMI is yet to come into it's own - that will happen when High Def arrives. Meanwhile, generally speaking, component tends to give better picture quality - especially with poorly encoded sources. Still if you want an HDMI equipped DVD recorder their will be numerous choices available later in the year from Sony, Panasonic, Pioneer (who have one on the market now), Toshiba (the proposed RDXS53) and Philips (which you will probably be best avoiding).
     
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    Thanks Racsak - think I'll leave HDMI for now as don't fancy waiting any longer and go for an existing HDD DVD without HDMI (as can't afford the Pioneer).
     
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    TBH that may be for the best - save your HDMI slot on your projector for a HD DVD player when they arrive later this year!
     

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