TCM from Tchibo-any good?

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  1. tonyselon

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    My local Tchibo store is doing a TCM 80Gb HDD/DVD Recorder -R/-RW for £379 but is it any good? Does anyone have any experience of this make ,it seems ok on the box & their website
    http://www.tchibo.co.uk/is-bin/INTE...5MfOXI4RFGHKf-_qah5JJ5RuY=?ProductSKU=0005523

    but still not sure if the necessary RGB recording is available via Scart. If its not should I avoid it? It wont be in the shop for long as they change stock every week! Is it worth going for a German made Recorder or should I stick with opting for one of the big Japaneses makes(In my case Toshiba & JVC)??

    By the way it comes with 3 year guarantee.

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    I spotted this a few weeks ago when I was about to buy a machine, and was slightly tempted, but I didn't have enough info on it to decide. I wanted to know who it was made by (the shop assistant thought Panasonic, but I thought this was unlikely) so I emailed their helpline. They couldn't tell me by email, but said if I rang 0800 085 0507 someone should be able to help me.

    I find the Tchibo retailing approach quite attractive, but with a big purchase I feel it's better to use a specialist dealer rather than a coffee merchant. So I played safe and bought a well-known make (Pioneer 420), which I'm very happy with.

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    Tony

    Perhaps not particularly helpful to you, but my JVC (DR-M10) is made in Germany :)
     
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    Well I went ahead anyway & bought it yesterday. The shop manager said I could play with it till after Christmas & still take it back if it didn't do what I wanted. So nothing to lose really. I'm just trying out best connections now as have Goodmans 32" TV(2xscart), the superb Sony VTXD800U Freeview (2xscarts) & Sky Digibox( 2xscarts) and like to listen to the sound thru old but good Pioneer hi-fi system (not an AV system). I'm normally quite good on connections & stuff,but my head hurts!! reading the TCM manual & leaving it so my other half can still understand & use it!!

    Now that I've tiptoed into the murky world of DVD Recorders, I find myself in the mindfield that is compatibilty with other domestic DVD players. I dont mean just whether they play -R/RW or +R/RW discs, but even what make of disc they'll deign to play. Its just a great shame its so much trial & error.

    No discs came with the TCM so I nipped into Dixons & just bought a 5pk of Emtec DVD-R discs, they had no small packs of -RW so off to Tesco to see what they had. As I'm experimenting with discs just wanted the cheapest -RW they had, a 5pk of DR DVD!! Never heard of them but both disc types work fine in the TCM, the problems is getting my elderly Samsung players in the bedrooms to recognise them. They refused to play either discs finalized or not. So now I'm checking other sources to see which disc makes the Samsungs will recognise.

    Come back VHS & Betamax, all is forgiven!!
     

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