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Should I wait for Recordable or buy now?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by ABP, Sep 7, 2001.

  1. ABP

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    I have been looking to buy A DVD player for some time but the more I investigate the more I seem to want to wait. DVD-A, Recordable in it's various guises, I want to buy something that will not be out of date tomorrow but I am finding it more and more difficult to decide. I have looked at the pending Panasonic DVD RV61, or the Pioneer 545 both look good players but should I wait for the recordable versions to reduce in price. £1300 seems a lot of money for the Philips recorder when it seems to be too much of a compramise. Why not DVD for films and Hard drive for time shifting. I would like some guidance from you experts out there. Many thanks<br />ABP <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
     
  2. Arthur.S

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    OK, how long did it take you to buy a CD player?<br />CD players were seen as an addition to a Hi-Fi system.Not a replacement for the audio cassette. I don't see any point in waiting for recordable DVD, when current players are so cheap.<br />As for HDD recorders, IMHO, VHS still rules the roost for time shift recording.
     
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    I am more or less in the same dilemma as you. I think it will take some time before the type of format and excessive cost of recordable DVD is sorted out.

    I have come to the conclusion that a budget DVD is the best way forward even if you do decide to pay a premium price for a DVD-RW machine.

    I would agree that a hard drive recorder is best for quality time shifting (Except for that £10 monthly cost). That would be unacceptable to me as a matter of principle.

    VHS may rule at the moment. But the quality is very iffy. Whichever way you look at it if you want quality recording and playback at this moment. There is no choice but to pay out a pretty hefty price.
     
  4. Arthur.S

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    Apart from the tenner a month, HDD recording will only be useful for dross that you don't want to keep. The HDD will get full up very quickly. What do you do then? Anything you want to keep, you download onto VHS I presume! Eventually DVD recorders will take over anyway....when the cost comes down to around £500.
     
  5. Richard46

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    APB<br />What about a cheapish DVD player and a Sky+ (with HD) or Tivo subscription. Like Malcolm I object to the subscription but it might cover your needs at less than half the price of the Philips.<br />No archiving of course for that you would be back to VHS.
     
  6. MartinImber

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    You're using vhs - it is a load of junk

    I'm sticking to SuperBeta HiFi!

    However DVD+RW DVB-T would be nice
     
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    What about a quality budget DVD player that can always be demoted to the bedroom if you upgrade later - e.g. Tosh 210e Multiregion for ~£200 and then one of these babies for recording <a href="http://www.newdigital.com/pages/digitalvideo/terapin.html" target="_blank">digital audio and video recorder</a>

    I've not taken the plunge yet but at a little over £300 it looks interesting! Then when the time's right you go for your recirdable DVD or whatever' next on the horizon.

    Cheers<br />OG
     
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    Why not go for S-VHS, as the quality is much better and it is available now.<br />By the time recordable DVD is universaly accepted your S-VHS player will be about 4 or 5 years old anyway. <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
     
  9. malcom

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    At the pace of todays technology recordable DVD may well be replaced by solid state recorders.

    As far as format life span is concerned I believe S-VHS has no life span to speak of.
     

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