Whats best for me - DVR433H replacement


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I have a widescreen, but old style TV with 2 x scart leads. I cannot get Freeview in my area and the analogue TV signal is not very good either. I have freesat from Sky, which is basically the standard sky box but I only have access to free to view channels as I do not pay a subscription - however at least it gives me a decent picture.

Over the past few years I have used a Pioneer DVR-433H as my DVD recorder. Although a bit dated now I have been very pleased with it, but it has now developed a fault in that it can no longer burn onto DVD from the hard drive.

I would like any advice on what to get as a replacement, either new or secondhand.

Obviously a good picture/sound and reliability are very important. I would also need RGB input for recording from Sky and a decent size hard drive.

Next on the list would be an EPG, this would be particularly impressive if it also turned the sky box over so I only had to set the programmes to be recorded on one machine.

Any suggestions would be gratefully received.



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Sounds like you are looking for similar things to me.

The Philips DVDR5520H/DVDR5570H are well specced, but ours is as flaky as a double 99.

The equivalent Sony is the RDR-HXD890, this includes analogue/digital tuners 160GB hard disk and EPG. According to the Amazon listing it includes an "IR Blaster" to control a set top box, but the Sony site seems to say it doesn't?

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