Panasonic DMR-E85H

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  1. paul1966

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    About to buy my DVD/HDD today and I have decided on the Panasonic, good news is Richer Sounds are now doing them for £450 - BUT will price match any multi region player on the net as long as they are in stock.

    I was very impressed now about to search the web for prices and will put up what I find in an hour or so.

    I hope I am making the right decision :lease: :thumbsup: :clap: ..... so many diffrerent views in mags and this forum but this one seems the pick of the bunch - just.

    Would be grateful for any further thoughts, thanks.
     
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    I've used RS lots of times, and I'm not convinced that the stuff I've bought was manufacturer's "top grade" stuff. They also have a lot of models which are not quite the latest model. Having said that, I've had some very good deals from RS too.

    However, I must say that despite the price match offers, if a saw something I wanted elsewhere, I would probably go elsewhere. Look at Pricerunner for the best prices on the E85.
     
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    Thanks Nick

    I have done a pretty thorough search now and multi region is £399 including delivery at prcdirect and electro saver at £408 including delivery.

    The reason I was going to RS was its a ile away and if there is a problem I can take it back easy for the same price as on line. Personally not had any probs with products bought at RS. Thanks again for your thoughts.
     
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    I got mine milti region from RS a couple of months ago for £399 on-line
     
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    Hi John

    Thanks for the info are you happy with it?
     
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    Yes, very happy mate. I have Sky+ as well so mainly used it for converting VHS tapes and archiving stuff from the Sky+ hard disk so far. I like it so much that I bought an E55 for the bedroom so that I can swap RAM discs between the 2 :)
     
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    Paul

    I agree with your comments about the easiness of returning faulty goods. However, you may wish to check out MultiRegionMagic in Peterborough. They advertise a lot in DVD mags and are currently doing the E85 for £399. They specialise in multi-region machines. I know their Panasonic machines also handle RCE encoded discs-not sure if RS do, and they also do auto region selection - ie you do not have to enter a code via the rem control. Not sure if this is across the Panasonic range or not.

    I had virtually decided to buy an E85 next week, but various comments about discs locking up as indicated on this forum leave me a little concerned.

    Hope this helps.

    Mike
     
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    Thanks off to buy it now for £399!
     
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    Thanks Mike

    It seems all the main machines, Panasonic, Toshiba and Pioneer have limitations or problems, so its a case of picking one and hoping for the best :thumbsup:

    As a matter of interest what else were you considering?
     
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    Hi John

    Like Paul, I am thinking about an E85, but am a litlle concerned about disc lockups as discussed in the forum. How long have you had your machine? I too need a machine for the bedroom but have decided on the S27 which is available for around £65. In need the E85 to copy NTSC laser discs as well as VHS tapes.
     
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    Paul

    The reason I was going for Panasonic was because I need a recorder that can copy some NTSC laser discs, and this seems the best bet. I have been told that Pioneer can do them, but the picture quaility is not so good.

    However, I guess your right about the problems. Maybe the bigger problem is explaining to the wife that the disc wont't replay or copy and I've just spent £400. She'll say "Never had that problem with the video"!!

    Give multiregion a call.

    Mike
     
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    This seems to be the Panny i want to buy
    but with so many new models from Panasonic recently put out
    wont price drop a lot new year time on these old models ??
    plus its seems to be a Panny55 plus HD , yet a 40 gig hard disc should only add £50 max to price when i checked out computer shop of hard disc prices
    some margin added here i guess !!


    But before any body says i wont wait for ever
    but i do believe 2005 will see big drop on these recorders
     
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    Have now got my Panny E85 absolutely delighted with the machine - thanks everybody for your thoughts in helping me decide on which machine to get - although my girlfriend was not happy :mad: on Christmas day with me spending 2 hours redoing my network of tv, cable, reiver, video and dvd recorder etc etc :laugh: :thumbsup:

    If anybody has questions on this machine please let me know

    :smashin:
     
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    Prices will continue to drop - but probably not that much more - they are heavily reduced already. The new models will probably start at a slightly higher price point before continue the general downward price trend. At least that is what has happened everytime so-far.
     

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