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Newbie - Panny E55 format

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Shall, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. Shall

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    Hi guys - an easy one to start the week.

    Basic requirement - to replace VCR's with DVD recorder + players.

    Purchased, after scouring specialist media, Panny E55, and 2 x Tosh SD240SE's. Simply wanted the ability to play recorded DVD's in other rooms on budget "acceptable" players - without the need to archive, so re-writable media essential, at present.

    Looks like big mistake. Will the E55 only record onto DVDRAM, which I am told the Tosh's will not play? Or can the E55 record onto other RW media, which they can play? Haven't bought any blanks yet, until I sort this out.

    If I get a negative, any suggestions for budget players which can play DVDRAM that I can swap the Tosh's for, as I would like to keep the E55? I assume only made by Panny?
     
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    Yes, the E55 will only write to RAM rewritable media. I had the E85 in one room and was looking for a cheap player that would play RAM in the other room - I ended up buying an E55 for the other room as they are now under £200. I'm not sure what the cheapest RAM player is to be honest though.
     
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    Whether a player will read a RW disk is usually a lottery anyway :)
     
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    The latest Panny DVD players all play DVD-RAM and can be had for about £70.
     
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    Very few players will play RAM.... take a look at http://www.videohelp.com
    You can search on players with various criteria, including RAM.

    One that apparently does is the Pacific-DVD1002. These were available from Asda very cheap... not sure if this is still the current model, but other Pacific players may do the same.

    Mark
     
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    I don't think the e55 is specced to record on dvd-rw, just dvd-r and RAM. DVD-Rs' are very cheap now - just over a tenner for 20-25 disks depending on which online retailer has a deal going.

    Your toshibas' should be fine with dvd-r.
     
  7. Shall

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    Thanks guys. So what we're saying is, if she wants to see last night's Corrie it'll cost her about 50p, or chop the Tosh's in for a Panny player, or gamble with anything that plays DVDRAM, quality unknown. Trouble is, the Tosh's got very good quality ratings for budget players.
     
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    You can also get a DVD player for PC's that reads DVD-RAM for about £14 from EBuyer
     
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    Thanks, everyone. Have decided to return the Toshibas, and go the Panasonic route with an S27 or S47 - unless anyone says don't!
     
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    If your wife is going to watch corrie using the e55, then you can get upto 8 hours on a -r disc, if you don't 'finalise' it until it is full. Until the disc is finalised it will only play on the E55.

    Ian
     

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