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Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by MannyE, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. MannyE

    MannyE Stunt Coordinator

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    I went to BB today with my little 10% off coupons I got in the mail expecting to come home with a DVD recorder and the SW trilogy DVD set.

    I came home with the trilogy and threw away the other little 10% off coupon.

    The pickins seemed very slim! BB only had 5 on the shelf. 4 were butt-ugly and one was too much. Then I went to Target and was interested in the Cyberhome CH-1500 DVD recorder, but they were out of stock. Price was right at just $199. No wonder they were all gone!

    It was at BB I realized I had no idea what was what and I had to do some research on what models are more desirable, and what to stay away from.

    So of course, I thought hometheaterforum!

    SO fellas...199 to 250...what am I gonna get? I will be heading off to Brandsmart which I remember had a great selection from Apex to Pioneer and everything in between.
     
  2. Paul Clarke

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    Manny,

    Don't leap into this without pondering at least these few things:

    What kind of recording are you looking to do? (TV, Camcorder dubs, etc.)
    Which formats, if any, preferred? (-R/-RW, +R/+RW, RAM)
    Do you need a hard drive? (Greater storage, full editing capability, etc.)

    Think good and hard about just these few issues (and a slew of others). You may find your price target is not suited to your purposes.
     
  3. MannyE

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    First, thanks for the reply and the great advice.

    Here's all I expect to be able to do:

    1. Download TV shows from my Tivo to DVD that I can view in my DVD player upstairs or in the car for the kids.


    That's it.
     
  4. Paul Clarke

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    Okay...so do you wish to edit the TIVO content before burning? I understand Tivo units do not allow for commercial editing. If this is something you desire then a non-HDD unit which is DVD-RAM capable would fit the bill other considerations aside. However RAM is not compatible with a slew of players on playback so that seems to lead us to a unit with a HDD. Again...this is strictly if you desire to 'clean up' the content before burning. If not...then a simple unit of the type to which you previously referred should suffice.

    Either -R or +R will be playable in the greatest variety of players, +R supposedly being the most compatible with older machines. My Tosh's use -R/-RW as well as RAM. Using mainly -R I have yet to have an issue of incompatiblity with a slew of different players of various ages. Your mileage may vary of course. Nowadays incompatible Media speed seems to have a greater chance of screwing things up than DVD format.

    Good Luck.
     
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    No, I do not need to edit outthe commercials.

    But the player comaptibility is an issue. I will solve nothing if I do not choose a player whose copies can play in the units I own.

    I have noticed that this comes up more with the "faster than real time" recordings. (the player compatibility) So...if I am not considering recording at anything but real time....

    If I was going to buy a cheapo recorder, which one would you recommend?

    and yes...I AM a Tivo plant... a Hemp Tivo plant.
     
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    Paul,

    That was a very helpful link! Thank you. It looks like i will be getting that 150 buck player!
     
  9. Paul Clarke

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    Good Luck...hope it fits the bill.

    Tell the rest of the Knights who say Ni!!! I have a shrubbery.
     
  10. MannyE

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    It is a good shrubbery. I like the laurels particularly,... but there is one small problem.

    I have re-considered. Taking into account the unpredictability of these players, and the distance I would have to drive to return/exchange it, I will be going to Brandsmart tomorrow or Sunday to purchase something in the same price range...maybe a little more...

    Brandsmart is the only store that has a good selection in my area.
     
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    Just picked up the DVR-413 from Zenith for 198. Good set of features, butt-ugly, but it seems to work.
     

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