Which DVD Recorder?

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  1. mdawkins

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    I am looking at purchasing my first DVD recorder and would like some
    advice in choosing the right one! I would like to be able to copy to DVD
    from a camcorder using S/Video, from VHS and from SKY. I also need to
    find a player that is highly compatible with DVD-+R for playing 'backed up' DVD's.
    My budget is around £250 and I don't mind what make it is although
    it would be nice to have a Pioneer as this would match my current amplifier.

    Thanks

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    The Pioneer 220 sounds as thought it might be for you. If your camcorder supports iLink you may want to consider the next model up: the Pioneer 320.

    If you opt for non-Pioneer models other potentially good options would be:
    - Panasonic E55
    - Sony GX3
    - JVC DMR10
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply!

    Do any of the players you have mentioned play DVD-Audio discs in 5.1? or would have to increase my budget!! I also would like two Scart sockets that use RGB for good quality recordings and playback.

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    No DVD Recorders play DVD-Audio in 5.1 I'm afraid. The Panasonic E500 (rrp £1000) will in October. The rest of the Panasonic range all play 2 channel DVD-Audio without any price premium though.

    Out of the recorders I listed all have RGB input except the JVC. All of them have 2 Scart sockets and RGB Output.
     
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    Thanks for the info,
    are any of them better for playing back DVD-+R discs? as I have copied most of my DVD's to - or +R discs so that the kids don't ruin the originals!! my current DVD player has problems playing films that are over 1hr 30mins! have you come across this problems before??

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    Do I need to consider whether the player supports DVD-RAM or not? the Pioneer supports DVD-R/RW no DVD-RAM and the Panasonic supports DVD-RAM and DVD-R but not -RW, so I am not sure which one is best!

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    No that's not a big issue - what you need to consider is the features of each DVD recorder and whether it suits you. DVD-RAM does have a few physical benefits (i.e. cartridge protection should you have young kids/pets etc and longevity) but this is only one factor in the complex web of choosing the right DVD recorder.
     
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    I've been round the houses on DVD Recorders (the low end of the market), and I've finally wound up with a Panny E55.

    Media is such a finky thing these days (esp with DVD+/-/RAM/DL wars... 6 standards for plastic and dye.. sheesh!).

    Personally, I'd look at the recorders, and see if its contains features you need. I've gone from a Philips 880 (Don't get me started) to 2 LG 4810's (Bad subjects) to a Pany E55 in about 2 weeks. Each has their strengths and weakness. The reason I've settled on the Panny was the 8 hours record (which is useful for recording the olympics on atm)

    Media: -R - As long as you stick to anything with a Ritek Dye (I use DataWrite YellowV2.. bargin basement, but Ritek based)... you should be fine. I've got some Infosmart based ones here... but the PC hates them :(
    -RW - Stick to named brand if you're going down the -RW route. Some drives are very picky on what they'll burn on.
    +R/+RW - Fewer dye options. Check with your local IT geek or blank DVD shop
    -RAM format - Most are produced by Panasonic or one of their agents so its should work. When i doubt buy one off and test it :)

    Kevin
     

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