Toshiba RD-XS32 purchase advice?

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  1. Ste Parker

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    Hi,
    I'm about to replace my Panasonic NV-VHD1B-S MR multiregion DVD/VCR combi - I was going to get a Toshiba SD24-VB (multiregion) which I know is a step sideways, but I wanted it for the 1.5x zoom function the Tosh offered.

    Anyway, as usual, I see something bigger and better - the Toshiba RD-XS32 in this case. It probably does more than what I'd need, in which case the Panasonic DMRE55EBS also comes recommended, but to use the timeslip function with that do you have to record to a DVD, or does it have a HD like the RD-XS32? I'd prefer not to have to use a DVD each time.

    I've had read through the (very long!) review thread for the RD-XS32, but some of that is going back quite a while now, people were price matching a multiregion version with Richer Sounds but I can't tell if Richer even do it anymore from the website unless it's showroom only (I am near the Leeds branch so can go and check)? Also people were mentioning the multiregion version being available at Unbeatable - it doesn't say multiregion any more, so does that mean it's not for definite?

    Here's what I've found so far, I'd appreciate any advice on where I'll get the best deal for a multiregion version:

    www.leconcepts.com £399.99 multiregion
    www.rgbdirect.co.uk £367.49 multiregion
    www.qed-uk.com £368.99 (non multi?)
    www.empiredirect.co.uk £364.96 (non multi?)
    www.unbeatable.co.uk £369.99 (non multi?)

    So obviously the rgbdirect seems like the most fitting deal, but does anyone know if Richer still do it? I'd rather go there and price match than have something shipped through the post - if there's anything wrong it'd be far easier to sort out with Richer.

    cheers,

    Ste.
     
  2. SDHoward

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    I'd go for rgb... I don't think richer have had one for ages (well they didn't have one when I tried to buy one).

    Get the toshiba, you'll wonder how you ever managed without a hard drive..

    The DMRE55EBS manages timeslip onto a DVD-RAM (no hard drive), but you really really want a hard drive (unless you already have sky+ or something).

    have fun
     
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    Unbeatable is a multi-region model. I got mine from there recently and recieved it the next day. It is a fantastic machine, you won't be dissapointed with it.
     
  4. Ste Parker

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    How recently, and how could I know for sure if it is multiregion or not before buying? It doesn't seem to mention it in the description anywhere, and I'm certain when I got my Panasonic there it specifically mentioned it was multiregion.

    Ste.
     
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    I've just ordered mine from LE Concepts. They have a price beat promise so I quoted the RGB Direct price and they offered me £367 delivered, which I accepted. They have them in stock and I should get mine Tuesday. Also LE are happy to deliver to my work address, whereas RGB will only deliver to Home address (according the web site). N.B. The original LE offer includes some blank discs, which I had to sacrifice to get the lower price.
    FYI, the guy at LEConcepts told me the toshiba will NOT play RCE discs.
     
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    Hello,
    Perhaps somebody can help me with my RDXS32. All was going well until recently. Several times I have tried the High Speed Dubbing option to transfer from hard drive to disc only to be told that "No additional material can be added to this disc" even though it is a new blank disc. If I then go through the rate conversion dubbing process it works although it takes the length of the programme as opposed to "High speed".
    I have also had a few problems with compatibility. A recording made to the hard drive, football off of Sky, not PPV, was transferred to disc for my son. This disc would not work in his DVD player, a Toshiba SD-220E !
    Any help appreciated
     
  9. SDHoward

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    This means there isn't enough space to fit whatever you're about to dub. I had the same problem... splitting it up, or rate conversion dub will fix it.

    at sp you can fit 2 hours onto a dvd...

    Regarding the disk for your son... firstly was it finalized.
     
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    Hello again,
    Hopefully SD Howard will be able to help me with my second problem which was about compatibility.
    Having read more of the threads on the forum it appears that the media used is more critical than I thought. I have used TDK with no probs but using Datawrite and Datasafe I have been less successful. I am also using 4x media which appears to go against the majority on the forum. 2x seems to be the favourite.
     
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    Yes the disc was finalized. When my son tried to play it he said that it started pixellating ? and then froze. He tried it several times and it froze each time normally in the same place but not every time.
     
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    Thanks for those, I've not heard of either place however, so do they come recommended at all? Also someone mentioned that these Toshibas, while multiregion, won't do RCE. Anyone know of a good repository that lists RCE disks?
     
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    I ordered mine from Multizonedvd, it's getting delivered on Thursday but they should still have them in stock. £394 including next day delivery, multi region soft mod, 10xDVD-RAm and 10xDVD-RW
     
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    My xs32 plays rce disks without any problems so far. Maybe it depends on what "upgrade" is carried out to make it multiregion.
     
  15. Ste Parker

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    Where did you get yours from? RCE would be useful.
     
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    I phoned them before hand and their sales person confirmed it was multi-region.
     
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    Try http://www.dvdtalk.com/rce.html
     
  18. Ste Parker

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    Do you know if it will play RCE DVDs?
     
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    Just gave my Tosh a spin with 4 RCE DVD's and they played first time. Got my Tosh RD-XS32 from RGB ;)
     
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    Thanks, rgbdirect it is then!
     

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