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Panasonic DMRE85 MP3 Performance

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by mafri1972, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. mafri1972

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    I'm thinking about buying a Panasonic DMRE85 DVD Recorder (Multi-Region for £369 at Richer Sounds), and wonder about MP3 performance. I know it will play them from CD-R's, but how about DVD-R? I don't suppose I could also copy my MP3 collection to the machine's hard drive and treat it as my main MP3 player......?

    Finally, can anyone comment on the likely quality I should expect by passing my Sky box (RGB) through the DMRE85 and converting to Component for my plasma screen? Any problems with living the machine on to do this for long periods?

    Thanks for your help.

    Martin
     
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    No to all I'm afraid. I'm sure this sort of functionality will come in the future - but nothing on the horizon yet :(

    Everyone's asking about this these days! The overall effect depends upon your screen as much as anything else - it won't convert as well as dedicated Scart > Component converter but it does a decent enough job. There are no problems with leaving it on - infact it's beneficial to as you can then instantly record/timeslip etc.
     
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    I've now got the machine, it's really very flexible, but............

    - It doesn't display CD's with Jpegs on them! It's not a show-stopper, but it seems really weird that a £500 recorder doesn't do the same as a player which you can pick off the shelf at Asda for £30.

    - Picture quality/passthrough are absolutely excellent, it does definitely need to be switched on for this to happen through component. The problem is, if the timer record function is switched on (to record something later) then you can't watch the sky box through the player - it displays a grey screen telling me I can only play discs :-(

    Any ideas on how I might get around this? It's really irritating.

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    Yes that is annoying. I apologise - if you had mentioned JPEGs I would have advised that it couldn't do it - with so many requests for info it's hard to mention everything that might be of relevance in every thread.

    You could connect the Sky VCR socket to the screen - this would only give composite video but it is something of a workaround. The other option is to get an RGB splitter - input your Sky signal. Outputs directly to your plasma and to AV2 on the DVD recorder.
     
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    Excellent, thanks for all your help. Still not sure what to do, problem is that the plasma doesn't have a scart input, so I justified the cost of the recorder on the basis that it also acted as an RGB-component converter!

    I will have a think - it's a really nice recorder, but it's not as seamless at the RGB-component thing as I hoped, and I'm not sure how much use I will get out of the recording functions once the novelty wears off. There might be a two-day old E85 going on to Ebay shortly!

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