Want to purchase a DVD Recorder with HD - Need Help

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Matthew Dubin, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. Matthew Dubin

    Matthew Dubin Auditioning

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    Hi:

    I have returned to HTF after an absence of a few years.

    I am interested in purchasing a new machine which will replace both my VCR and my current DVD Player.

    I want this new unit to:

    1. Be an excellent DVD player (I own a Direct-View Panasonic 32" TV which does not accept 480p but does have component video inputs).

    2. Record from all channels that I subscribe to from my Cablevision Digital I-O Cable box for later viewing. I do not care about a TV guide. Manual scheduling of recording is fine for me since my cable box can be set to change channels. Therefore an IR Blaster is not necessary.

    3. Once in a while, I might want to archive something important to DVD so I would like to be able to edit the content of the recorded material first. That is why I feel the HD is essential. Therefore my concern is that the HD is reliable and built to last. I am not interested in TIVO since my HT system is not located near a phone line.

    Since I was never into DVD recording before (my DVD player is almost six years old), I do not understand the various DVD formats (DV-R, DV+R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, etc.) and would appreciate an explanation.

    I was interested in the Panasonic DMR EH50 but got a bit turned off by some user-reviews and also by reading the manual online.

    Can anyone here give me some suggestions?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Matthew Dubin

    Matthew Dubin Auditioning

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    Thanks everyone for all your non-help.
     
  3. PatH

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    Matthew:

    Don't feel alone. I've posted a similar plea--see "Looking for . . . if you're interested--and have so far received the same level of help. Odd, too, since over the time I've been a member, my fellow members have been quite helpful in a variety of queries.

    PatH
     
  4. Stephen Orr

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    Fellas, this particular part of the forum is not visited very often, if you can take a look at threads, replies and responses. This is my first time in a couple of days, myself.

    In response to your question (one that I asked asked a few weeks ago, also), I use the Panasonic E85, but I don't this those are being manufactured anymore. I am looking into getting my son an E90 (?). No tivo for me. Not into subscription fees.

    The other alternative is to put a WinTV card in your computer. I have two computers with DVR card in them.
     
  5. RomanSohor

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    Matt,

    you can use most Tivo Series 2 devices with a wireless USB adapter if you have a wireless internet router in your house. I'm not an expert at setting it up myself, but thought that might warrant some more investigation.
     
  6. wally

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    You might try the AVS forums. They have a lively discussion on a variety of DVR with and without HDs.

    My $.02. I own the Toshiba XS34. I like it alot. It gets downgraded due to a cooling fan that runs all the time. It's in my basement HT, so it's not an issue with me. The TV Guide has a few problems from what I read, but I'm a sat subscriber so it's not an issue with me.

    Player PQ is good in my eyes (hooked to a Sony 55" Projection LCD). I really enjoy the fact that it has a front panel FireWire input and good editing of chapters etc prior to burning to DVR.

    I'd be happy to provide a more detailed review if you'd like.
     

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