widening the net!

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by morgs, Nov 28, 2004.

  1. morgs

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    Many thanks to those who helped me yesterday re: whether or not a panny E55 was the best option for me

    But.....

    I went to see some in action yesterday at one of our dire, everyone wearing red electrical outlets, and now I have seen the bigger picture!

    My priorities are RGB, some usefull features in editing programming etc, but most of all, recording quality and playback.

    Now if I take my benchmark (in my price range around £250)

    How does the Panasonic E55 stand up? Is there something that will do better?
    how about Pioneer DVR220S?? or chuck up another 30 quid for the panny multi region?

    Your thoughts are greatly appreciated

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  2. Rasczak

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    Your not going to get significantly better with a budget at £250. The E55 is the best all-round price/performance budget machine. If you spend a bit more you can get machines with a few more features - but whether you need these or not depends on your needs - there is no point paying for features you will never use.

    Thus decide what features you need:
    - Do you want iLink? (for digital camcorders)
    - Do you want PC/SD Card slots? (for digital cameras)
    - Do you want LPCM recording? (for concerts)
    - Do you want DVD-RW support? (for playing your re-writeable recordings on other DVD players)

    If you just want a basic recorder then look at the Panasonic E55, Pioneer 320 or Sony GX300 (in that order) and pick the one that suits your needs best.

    If you do want more features then the machines to consider are the Panasonic E65, Toshiba DR3, Sony GX700 or Pioneer 320. Which one will depend upon what features you want...
     
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    What does LPCM recording mean
     
  4. morgs

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    it's not extra features/functions I'm after

    It was more a case of is there another machine lurking around that price range that would give me better recording quality or better playback quality.

    (I like my dark, moody movies, and my daughter loves her pixar collection)

    regards

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    The Panasonic's currently have the best MPEG encoders (LG is technically superior but the DAC on their units lets them down) so your not going to do better unless you spend somewhat more.
     
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    Thanks Rasczak.

    That's what I needed to know. I'm going to hold off for a week or so, because there seems to be a bit of a price crash at the mo, on these. Dixons went first, but others are following, offering the multi-region machine for £199

    By the way, having said all that, I've had a dvd player (multi -region) for three years now, and I don't think I've EVER watched a region 1 disc yet (or maybe I haven't looked closely enough.)

    Just how prevelant are region 1 discs?
     
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    Region 1 is the code used iIn the US and Canada - so the amount of R1 disks you have played depends on how many US titles you have played. All UK disks are Region 2 (or Region Free).
     
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  9. morgs

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    so you could quite happily go through life not needing a multi-region player?
     
  10. Rasczak

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    Yes. Most people on here want them because they buy US disks as they tend to be released before their R2 equivalents and frequently have features the UK disks don't, e.g. DTS soundtracks.
     
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    Ah!!! Now I see!

    Thanks Rasczak, you've been a great help.

    regards

    Morgs
     

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