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Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Norm, Jul 23, 2003.
How is it?
Yes, I bought it a week ago. I have not had to much time to play with it yet though. I watched a couple of movies on it and the picture is nice. I also recorded a tv show that worked very well. The only thing I don't like is that it does NOT support dvd+r format. Some say that will be the standard? I don't know. Let me know if you have any questions I can answer for you.
I don't know whether +R will be standard. Last sales figure of -R vs +R media is 4:1.
I'd love to hear the source for that info. It isn't the case in the states at all, not even close.
It is odd that Sony did a DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW machine, but left out DVD+R. If I got one, I guess I could use DVD-R in instances when I wouldn't need to erase the disc later, and DVD+RW for when I wanted to, since these are both compatible with most players. I'd never use DVD-RW, since it is only compatible in video SP mode. Plus, DVD+RWs are at selling at Sam's Club for $22 per 10 pack!
I got the sales figure from a manufacturer in China that manufactures both +R and -R medias. The sales figures is not USA only, but worldwide. Of course, this is just one manufacturer.
In North America, according to Business Wire Jan 9 '03:
"Plus-format DVD drives for computers quadrupled in US market share during the first nine months of last year -- from 10 percent in 2001 to more than 40 percent at the end of September 2002."
So according to that report, the ratio is almost 3:2 ratio -R vs +R
Some posters would make great spin doctors in the political arena!
Me, I heard MATRIX RELOADED was a failure. It only made $275 million.
hey, you wanted the stats! Even the US-only stats shows that DVD-R is sells 50% higher than DVD+R.
Yes Norm, I have it. What would you like to know about it?
How is it in EP mode? I would mainly be using it to time shift. Are you recording from an Analog or Digital source? Just a general opinion would be nice.
Norm, The 2 and 3 hour modes are very good. The 6 hour is not good at all, I won't use it. I use the machine to record cable tv and to transfer my 8mm camcorder tapes to dvd. The 8mm tapes transfer very well, they look real nice.
The only things I don't like about it are,
1.No hard drive
2.No dvd+R support. I have a call into Sony,I heard that it maybe firmware upgradable
I have a 30 day returm policy on it. I may bring it back next week in hopes for the next model to include these things. I really do like it though. It would be hard to bring it back
Let me know if you have any questions, I'll be glad to help.
I tried out the Sony at a local A/V shop and plugged in a DVD+R movie I made and it read it fine.
Obviously it can't record to DVD+R but watching +R seemed ok.
I for one opted to get the Philips DVDR75 because I can play all the PLUS R and MINUS R discs I'm burning on my PC's NEC 1300a multi format burner. No othe standalone recorders that I found will play both formats except the Philips and the Philips has all the features of the Sony (or at least the features I liked)
Alf, Why did you opt for the Philps over the Sony?
Although nice, paying almost $400 more after taxes for the Sony didn't justify itself for what I need.
So far the Philips has met my needs 100%.