Advice on DVD recorder

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by David Wyckoff, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. David Wyckoff

    David Wyckoff Auditioning

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    Sorry, but I'm a rookie here, but I've been reading various forums here for a while. I apologize if this has been addressed elsewhere.
    I'd love some advice. I want to get a DVD recorder. I have a Directv TIVO reciever and would be recording from that and possibly from some old VCR tapes. I am extremely confused by all the formats + and - which way to go? Is one gaining on the other in populatity? And which company is best? I don't think I need the hard drive as I'll be recording from TIVO. Should I wait until the double layered format comes out?
    Are there any good buyer's guides on line with some kind of review?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Rob Mac

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    I read every magazine that did comparisons and the Panasonic E50 was the weapon of choice. I am quite happy with the quality. It is as easy as dubbing to a cassette deck. DVD-R seems to be the strongest format. The Panasonic also has DVD-Ram which is viewed as the least popular format. Did that affect my purchase? Nope. Re-writable discs are more expensive so I only use DVD-Ram disc to test whether a source can be copied or not. I buy brand name discs in jewel cases for less than $1.50 each (although I am sure you can get them for under a buck). Those who want to copy ANY tape or disc, get a PC with dvd burner.
     
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    I bought a Panasonic -R (simple reason - it was the only DVD recorder available in the UK at the time), but to be honest, I'd buy a Panny recorder anyway given their excellent track record in VHS recorders. So far my confidence has been justified - I've found it wonderful - *very* easy to use and excellent picture quality. I've recorded hundreds of hours from Sky+ (a system only available in the UK but very similar to Tivo) with no problems. I've over time made a few coasters, but all have been my fault rather than the mschine or the discs. The DVD-R is also very good for archiving VHS tape (I wasn't bothered about saving TV programmes or similar, but I did want to get videos of my kids onto a more permanent medium before the tapes disintegrated).

    IMHO, you should stick with -R for the time being. I understand that the next generation of +R machines will be double layered and that the -R double layered version is some way off. But in all honesty, I'm not bothered about this. I suspect the early double layered blank discs are likely to be very expensive and I'd sooner some one else did the beta testing. Better to stick with a tried and tested format, especially now that -R discs are a sensible price and likely to drop further (think how the price of CD-R fell over time). Plus, take a look at which manufacturers are backing +R and -R. No contest, IMHO.
     
  4. alan halvorson

    alan halvorson Cinematographer

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    Is there a DVD+R/RW machine with a hard drive? I can't think of any offhand. Without a hard drive, the machine doesn't exist for me.
     
  5. JeremyBurgess

    JeremyBurgess Auditioning

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    Andrew and Rob:
    Does the Panny record in Dolby Digital 5.1? My situation is similar to David's--only I'm with Dish network. The dish box will record something like 35 hours worth of video and it will reord in 5.1 (if the signal is received that way-for example from HBO). From the dish box I have an optical (for audio) and an s-video cable going into a Harmon Kardon AV 520. I was then wanting to go from the HK to a DVD recorder with s-video and optical and so keep the DD 5.1. Can do?
     
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    NO standalone DVD recorder at this time records in 5.1. NONE.
     
  7. Robert Spalding

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    Andrew is spot on with his analysis. Thanks for not spreading any false information. Whenever the whole + versus - discussion comes up invariably someone throws out misinformation.
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