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  1. PieOPah

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    I have been looking at various DVD recorders and am still trying to decide which to buy.

    The Toshiba RDXS32 looks almost perfect however, the biggest drawback is that it will not play DVD+R/RW media

    The Philips DVDR520H looked okay but with a few more drawbacks in that it would appear to have problems with interactive menus (from the features on Comet's website)

    I am looking for a few specifics in my recorder

    Must be capable of DVD +/- playback
    Must have timeslip capability
    Must have minimum 80Gb HDD

    Could anybody point me in the direction of a few models that I can look at?

    Much appreciated :D
     
  2. Fred Smith

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    I am surprised you say the Toshiba RDXS32 won't play DVD+R/RW media. It won't record them but it should play them. Check out the reviews in the sticky at the top.

    Regarding your requirements the Panasonic E85 would fit the bill.
     
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    No, the XS32 doesn't generally play +R. There was a thread a while back were some people had some success with some +Rs, but in general it does not play them. In the manual it does not list +R as a supported format for playing. If +R playback is critical to you I would look elsewhere.

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  4. PieOPah

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    +R is only important due to the fact that I recently bought so many of them for moving over all my holiday/wedding videos to on my computer.

    If I can't find a recorder to the perfect spec that I am after then I can always fall back on the PS2 to playback my exisiting media.
     
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    If you are creating +R discs from your PC, I've read that if you change the "book type" to DVD-ROM then most players which don't play normal +Rs will play them. I'm not sure how to do this though; I think it depends on your burning software and/or DVD burner.

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    Thanks, I will look into that.
     
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    The Toshiba will play most DVD+R discs and some DVD+RWs - as has been said you need to record with ROM booktype to stand any chance though. If you have a PC multi/dual burner you can always 'rip' them and re-author to DVD-R/-RW (see here for guide on ripping). Alternatively consider Panasonic, Sony and Pioneer recorders.

    Avoid the Philips HDD/DVDRs as they are weak in features, performance and reliability compared to the other companies.
     
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    I found this, which looks like a good resource for changing the book type setting.

    http://www.dvdplusrw.org/Article.asp?mid=0&sid=2&aid=42

    I have some +R discs, but I don't use the XS32 as my main player, so this has not bothered me. I might try it though just to see!

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  10. PieOPah

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    Thanks for all the hints and tips, especially about the 'book type' burning.

    I think I will definately buy the 'Toshiba RDXS32'. If I can't get the +R's to work then I will have to sell what I have left on E-bay, buy a bunch of -R's and convert my exisiting media to a different format. Shouldn't be too difficult.

    At least my Wife can't accuse me of buying the first DVD Recorder I see (a bad habit of mine as I am too eager to own things!)
     
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    Good choice!

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    Thank you for all the advice in helping me choose the right recorder. I have now ordered the RDXS32 and am eagerly waiting for it to be posted :)
     
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    Strangely my RDXS32 loads 4x DVD+RWs recorded on my pc "booktyped" to DVD-ROM far quicker than normal DVD-Rs.
    Am I right in assuming you can't booktype DVD-Rs to DVD-ROM?
     
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    I've never done it, and in general I don't think it is done much as generally -R book types are not a problem.

    But it looks like you can.. from this site: http://www.btc.com.tw/english/3-1-4driver_download_dvd_dual.htm

    "Most home DVD players will identify the so-called Book-Type of a DVD disc once it is inserted into the drive. This Book-Type is present in each DVD disc's physical structure. In total there are 5 relevant settings: DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD+RW. Nowadays most home DVD players can support all mentioned types, but a small number of them can't support all of them.

    So in order to be able to playback discs with Book-Types that are not supported by your home DVD player, you can use this DVD Book-Type Setting Tool to change your disc's Book-Type. "


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  15. PieOPah

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    I used an application to change my Ricoh drive to booktype dvd-rom. I then tried to burn a dvd with DVD Decrypter but was told that there was a problem with the drive speed.

    Since it was just before I was due to go to work, I didn't get much of a chance to test anything out (got the weekend for that), but what is the best method to use?
     
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    I've used DVD Decrypter, but never for burining. (For burning I either use my DVD authoring software, or the burning software that came with the drive, which in my case is "Record Now".)

    Have you used Decrypter for burning sucessfully before?

    I'd try burning with the burning software supplied with your drive.

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  17. PieOPah

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    I use DVD Decrypter all the time for burning images. I very rarely use the DVD authoring software to burn, prefering to store as an image on my drive ready for a later date.

    If I have any other files to burn, I use Nero 6.
     
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    Understand. As I haven't tried to change the book type myself (and it seems the tools won't work on my Sony drive) I can't help. You could try and burn with Nero, to see if this works?

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  19. PieOPah

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    k, I have been able to change the book type of a DVD +RW to ROM using nero however, when I try to change a DVD+R there is no option and it states that the disc is blank (which it is!)

    Does the disc need to have data on it before you can change the book type? Or can you only change it on RW discs?

    Thanks
     

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