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Recommend me a DVD Recorder.......

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by SuperBob, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. SuperBob

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    Hi,

    After just getting my money back on an Ellion 530S (vertical banding on 2 seperate machines) I don't know whether to wait a while or buy something now.

    I would like the following features:

    Progressive Scan (for my JVC LCD TV)
    Optical Out for my home cinema.
    Some kind of basic editing (chapter hiding etc..)
    RGB IN
    Widescreen Switching (from SKY+) on the SCART to TV
    The ability to watch the DVDs on other players.
    DivX if possible.

    Budget of around £180.

    Now it's uptp you, please.
     
  2. HelloShaun

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    Have a look at the Liteon 5006, £144 at SVP.co.uk and ebuyer.

    It seems to do most of what you are looking for except DIVX

    Full spec can be found at www.liteon.com
     
  3. SuperBob

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    Two more things are MPEG playback and iLINK.
    Is the quality of the Liteon OK? I would like to stay with well known manufacturers if poss.
     
  4. Tellyfiend

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    How about the Panasonic E55, no DIVX, but does the rest. For sharing use DVD-R's. If you need DV-in choose the E65.

    The Toshiba DR-1 or DR-3 is a possibility (one doesn't have RGB in, so check) - no sure about prog scan though.
     
  5. HelloShaun

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    Superbob,

    Yes to your question and Audio CD, SVCD,MP3 & JPEG.

    Liteon are one of the biggest maufacturers of writers in the world, with a heavy presence in the pc market and produce rebranded units for many others.

    There are many happy users and of course unhappy ones but in general most seem to agree that for the money they are very hard to beat.

    Look around and it is hard to find a brand that is perfect, they all have faults of one kind or another.

    Also the machines have good firmware support (official and not :smashin: )

    I got a 5005 unit primarily because it did what I wanted it to do without breaking the bank. My thought is that like any new technology which DVD recording for the home mass market is, quality will continue to rise and prices will come down, so I got one now and the money saved will be spent in a couple of years on a new model. Can't always afford to be at the leading edge.
     
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    Thanks HelloShaun, sounds like the one for me.

    Does it pass widescreen switching (from my SKY+) through the scart OK to the TV?

    Does the scart pass through work when the recorder is in standby (the Ellion didn't)?

    The Panasonic E55 looks good but I don't want DVD-RAM (I've SKY+) so just want an archive facility (no chasing record) that can be shared easily.
     
  7. HelloShaun

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    Yes to the second part but not sure about the first, you could try raising the question over at www.liteonusers.org.uk and also see for yourself the good and the bad about them.

    At least they're out in the open to judge for yourself.
     
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    Judging by the reports on this forum and digitalspy.co.uk, the Panasonic is more reliable and has a better PQ and most DVD players will read (cheap) -R discs.

    I've checked: Pioneer, Samsung and Toshiba don't do prog scan component, but Sony do. The RDR-GX300 has no DV in but the RDR-GX700 does, they both do every thing else except DVD-Audio & JPEG's and read and write on -R, +R, -RW & +RW
     

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