What manufacturer gets your vote?

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  1. loofer

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    If i was in the £200-£400 price bracket for a dvd recorder what manufacturer would you say is the best? the top companies as i understand would be Panasonic Sony and Pioneer but i'd appreciate any names in or beyond that list, Thanks.
     
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    The companies you mention - Panasonic, Pioneer, Sony - and Toshiba which you didn't mention - are the backbone of the DVD recorder market at the moment. Philips are another name that have been in the game a long time but you'd be well advised to avoid them: see here as a good place to start finding out about the horror of Philips DVD recording.
     
  3. loofer

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    Ok, i hadn't considered Toshiba, i'll have a look at what they've got. Have you heard anything about Lite-on's bottom end stuff? my dad's video has died after a sustained urinary attack from our suicidal cat and i was suggesting a cheap (£150) dvd recorder, he's not looking for a lot of functions just dependability and a low price.
     
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    LG or LiteOn both produce reason budget recorders. Personally I would try and push the budget by a few pounds and get something (much) better such as a Panasonic E55 or Pioneer 220. But you certainly could do alot worse than an LG/LiteOn.
     
  5. loofer

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    The problem with the Panasonic is that it'll only take DVD-RAM and the discs cost about £30, throw a few of those in and you're back up to the £300 mark.
     
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    I don't know quite where to start correcting that sentence !!
    The E55 will take DVD-R as well, and RAM disks are not that much money - you can get 10 unbranded ones for £15, which works out at £1.50 each. Most people tend to use the -R disks though.
     
  7. loofer

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    Yes but the only rewriteable disks it'll take are DVD-RAM, most of what he's recording will be to watch once and i hate the wastage of dumping dozens of disks a year because they're full. As for the price, Currys website are listing a single DVD-RAM disk for £29, i'll look around and see if i can find cheaper ones
     
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    Just checked that ad again, it's £29 for a pack of 10........... :blush: The Panasonics looking good again :thumbsup:


    Thanks for pointing that out John.
     
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    The cheap ones I mentioned can be found here although I've only used Panasonic branded ones that are about £3 each.
     
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    Loofer, I must have missed something. If the DVD Recorder is for your dad and he only wants to watch most stuff once then why isn't RAM ok? Or is it going to be your recorder and you want to record on rewriteable DVDs for your dad which are compatible with his DVD player?
     
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    Toshiba.. cos they have managed to produce a dvd/hd recorder cheaper and with more features than the competition.

    re dvd-ram... I picked up a pack of 10 Panasonic ones for £15 quid (inc vat) at Costco. I do however find Costco a really annoying shop cos I'm not legible to become a member (we were there with friends).

    Admittedly they were caddyless.. but they did come with jewel cases. (I also happen to have 2 computers that can read dvd-rams... 1 with caddies, so I'm a bit byast (I can't even work out how to spell that using the spell checker in word..oh well).

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    It's ok I reread it and realised I had missed out one of your posts Loofer.
     
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    If your dad wants rewritables to play in other players his best bet is a Pioneer which use -RW.
    These offer a compatible video mode or a VR mode(incompatible with other players) for fancy editing.
     
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    Hi pep's

    How come JVC do not get a mention in the forums am looking around for a recorder/player myself and was looking around and found that JVC was bringing out a new DVD recorder/HDD (160 gb)/ vidio player,

    Modle JVC DR-MX1sek is there anythink wrong with it can't find any write ups on it yet maybe cus its a new modle anyone got info or thoughts on it
     
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    The JVC machines are generally very good,but as they are the last of the quality makes to get round to adding RGB input they are difficult to recommend over Pioneer,Toshiba and Panasonic
     
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    If you dont want to record from an STB then the JVC units are cracking DVD-r/-RW/RAM and i-Link inputs........ Big HDD or those models component outputs scart in/out ~(no RGB) PAL PS and Quasi NTSC and cheap......
    PS whats to stop the cat takin g a wizz on a DVD-R????
     
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    I would recommend the Toshiba RDXs32, it has a HDD which is ideal for those 'watch once' things, it also has DVD -R for archiving stuff, and RAM as well. It also happens to be a good player, progressive too. it's about £360 which is in your budget.
     
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    JVC all the way

    I have the the HD HMS4 SVHS/ 80G HDD connected to Phillips DTR1500 in bedroom

    and another DTR1500 connected to the DRMH30 DVD/ 160G HDD in lounge,

    Both set up to record automatically from the set top boxes, Have no problems with any recordings. I just set them up beginning of week and thats it Shows set to recored daily/weekly do so and havnt missed a recording yet . Both the JVCs perform as hoped.. no problems and brilliant quality.

    Regards
     
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    The latest JVC modle has RGB in scart
     
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    I have everything connected by s video and the picture quality is as good as RGB. I use top of the range cables and the fact that rgb is not supported ,is I think ,completely irrelevant. However that s just my opinion and there are many who cant survive without it and fair dos to them. The JVC in fact seems to enhance the pic in some cases. With the philips boxes outputting s video by scart its very good and the "record link" works brill. I connect to the tvs by svideo cable. All i need now is a svideo switching box similar to a scart one.. but cant find one yet.
     
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    I would like to modify this dr-mx1SEK English PAL I and to modify him/it in Italian dr-mx1SEU PAL B-G.
    which Components do I Have to Put And Which Component I Have to Remove?
    because I don't succeed in interpreting the list parts.
    thanks to everybody
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    Personally I'd only consider Pioneer or Sony as they have DivX but otherwise Panasonic too.

    The Toshiba still doesn't offer RGB In and looks clunky. The top three by a country mile are Pioneer, Panasonic and Sony.
     
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    I would like to modify this dr-mx1SEK English PAL I and to modify him/it in Italian dr-mx1SEU PAL B-G.
    which Components do I Have to Put And Which Component I Have to Remove?
    because I don't succeed in interpreting the list parts.
    thanks to everybody
    mario
    italy
     
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    Hi Mario,

    You will need to to take into a repair shop.

    I had a video converted and required a board component to be changed; they may say it is not possible.

    It may also be more economical to replace it.
     
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    hi
    but I am a technician and since you/he/she can be done I asked someone of you if he/she knew news more deepened
    I know the components to replace however I would only like to be sure
    I confirm you that the change can be made.
    if someone can help I would be me of it thankful
    thanks to everybody
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    Sorry Mario,

    No I do not know. I am not a Technician and the video was a VHS deck, done in 1990.
     

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