Panasonic Dmre 100 Or Pioneer 5100 ?

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  1. alwyn

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    I wonder which of the two is the best buy, with Total digital offering the panasonic muti chan.at only £749 and laser world offering the 5100 in november for £699
     
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    Are you still stuggling with a decision alwyn - I thought you had decided on the Pioneer 5100?

    As you know the big difference between the units is RGB in - the E100 has it, the 5100 doesn't. Personally I find RGB in a very important factor as, on my 42" plasma and projector, RGB output from Sky+ looks much better than S-Video. I seem to remember you saying that you couldn't see a difference on your set-up - i which case (unless your planning to upgrade your screen shortly) this may not be a factor.

    The E100 also has a few other little gizmos that the 5100 doesn't - MPEG4 playback/recording, DVD-Audio playback etc. Well you either want these or not. Only you can decide if these hold any weight in your decision.

    The re-writeable media each machine takes may be a factor: the 5100 records on highly compatible DVD-RW disks, the E100 records on less compatible DVD-RAM disks. Of course both machines write to the universally compatible DVD-R so this isn't that much of an issue.

    I've always assumed from your posts alwyn you were looking for a DVD-RW machine. As you know a Sony HDD/DVDR combo is due September next year and a HDD/DVDR combo from JVC (that MAY have RGB in and will write to DVD-RW/-RAM/-R) will be available March next year. There is also a HDD/DVD-RW/-R combo due from Sharp late next year although no news whether this will have RGB in or not.

    Bottom line, IMHO, is whatever model you go for you won't be disappointed.
     
  3. CARLOS

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    I`ve just been offered a very good price for my HS2 so i`m going for an E100, I was going to order from Multiregionmagic at £799 which is who i purchased the HS2 from.

    Have you used Total Digital are they any good ?


    Edit: do you have a link as i can`t find them ?

    Cheers
     
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    to Carlos. totaldigital.biz/default.php their tel.01215239997
     
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    to Raszac, the reason I get good pq.with s/video,is that the tv signal is directed through my dvd,it has a pvp card that converts any imput be it composit,s/video,scart rgb into a component prog. signal.
    As for choosing a dvd recorder,I would have gone for the panasonic in the past,but I have been put off by remarks from revues that said playback was only average buget quality
     
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    Fair one. Personally I use a Arcam DV88+ for DVD playback - IMHO there isn't a DVD recorder (or likely to be for a while) that can match it. The E100 is, roughly, average to a £300-£400 DVD player. It's quite subjective though so my suggestion would be to try out the equipment and see if it musters upto your standards - do you live near a Panasonic shop? Certainly the couple I've been in have had the E100 on display which would help if you want to try it. Likewise the 5100 will probably be on view for trial at high end/specialist AV shops when it becomes available.
     
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    My first post here, after lurking for a while. I too, am interested in these two recorders.
    A question (to whomever): Is there a big difference (if any) in editing functionality between RAM and -RW in VR mode? If not, I guess it would give -RW an edge since the media is cheaper and more available.
    Another question: Is the MPEG-4 function in the Panasonic strictly for SD cards? No storing of MPEG-4's on DVDs?
     
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    Hi

    No there isn't any difference, the VR mode is a DVD Forum standard for recording to DVD-RAM and DVD-RW, it is the same format.

    Regards

    Philip
     
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    I see, thanks. That looks to me like an argument in favour of -RW over -RAM then.
     
  10. CARLOS

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    Unsure on this as i haven`t tried it yet, I`m sure it asks where to transfer the MPEG-4 to and gives disc options !

    I`ll let you know!

    Cheers
     
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    how have you split your video signal between PJ & plasma
    I am about to get a plasma the pioneer 504 & probly the panasonic e 100 recorder
    P@T
     
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    I haven't - not yet anyway - I have them as seperate systems (but in the same room/AV stack as they are all wired into the same receiver).

    I have my Arcam 88 and PC connected to the PJ (but not the Plasma). My HS2 (and Sky+, SVCR and PC) are hooked upto my plasma. I don't really see a need to hook Sky upto the PJ as the picture is bad enough on the plasma - and I never watch movies on Sky. I only watch movies on the PJ and the HS2 suffices for TV DVD playback on the plasma.
     
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    thanks for quick reply Rasczak
    my arcam is no problem to split the signal 2 componet outputs + rgb its the sky box for bbc etc & humax for real sat veiwing that i would like to have the option of watching on plasma or pj
    Joe has given me a link on a switch box that i have followed up
    thanks again
    P@T
     

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