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Ryaner

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Hi

Just got a moxy load of dvd films from the States and was using the PS2 to play previous dvds. However these are all region 1 dvd and I think its time now to invest. I am looking for a dvd recorder that plays all formats from region 1 ect to divx etc

Is there one and where is the best place to get them

I checked all the previous threads but there was nothing specific

Cheers
 
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Tonka

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DVD

Maplins usually stock a multi region with DIVX MP3 and VCD format support thrown in too for about €70 or €80 but that would be playback only.

I have yet to come across a DIVX recorder save a normal DVD +- burner in a PC which would also cost €70 or €80 nowadays
 
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Ryaner

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DVD Recorder Best Buy Where and How much €

Yeah no company will do divx as most of these formats are downloaded from net

Looking for a DVD Recorder and checked Richersounds, did not know they closed their store in Dublin ? Anywho thye have one for about £200 sterling which seems ok

Any other shops Peats are muc and dont think Argos are that much better

Thanks
 

ClubMan

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Re: DVD Recorder Best Buy Where and How much €

Yeah no company will do divx as most of these formats are downloaded from net

I have seem DIVX compatible DVD players recently but can't for the life of me remember where! :\
 
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Ryaner

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Re: DVD Recorder Best Buy Where and How much €

Yeah Dunnes had one that played divx but not a DVD recorder which is what I am looking for

Heard Good and Bad stories about Philips so might go up North and get it from RicherSounds

Will try and see what PowerCity have but dont expect much sales help from them

If anyone has any recommendations ???
 

ClubMan

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Re: DVD Recorder Best Buy Where and How much €

Sorry - overlooked the recorder bit! :eek:
 
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gunnerbar

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Richer Sounds will deliver to the South.

Edited by ClubMan to add link.
 
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Daithi

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5.1 sound

I'm still waiting for a DVD recorder that will record 5.1 sound from Sky
 
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podgeandrodge

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divx dvd recorder

I haven't heard of a Philips dvd recorder that also plays back divx yet. I haven't been able to find any Dvd recorders that also have Divx playback at all, but this is likely to change in the near future due to the popularity of Divx. Would also be nice to have a Divx Recorder but the closest I've seen to this is the Archos AV400 series which you hook up to the television and record straight to Mpeg4 on. Eur480 in dixons, 20Gb disc. But that won't play dvd discs!
 
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Monsieur Bond

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Re: 5.1 sound

I'm still waiting for a DVD recorder that will record 5.1 sound from Sky

You mean like this Philips?
 
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Monsieur Bond

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Re: divx dvd recorder

I haven't heard of a Philips dvd recorder that also plays back divx yet.

I'm waiting for a HD-DVD recorder that has DIVX playback, 5.1 recording, HDMI input and HDMI output and the ability ot upscale "regular" DVDs to high resolution 720p - like the Pioneer DVD player 856AW does. It also costs a lot.

The closest I have seen is the Pioneer DVR920H, but this doesn't record 5.1 or upscale regular DVDs.

I might just give up the wait and buy a cheap DVD recorder for now, as I have gotten rid of my VHS player and need some kind of digital recorder!
 
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wheresmejumper

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Re: divx dvd recorder

Fairly sure it's only sky plus boxes that output 5.1 sound. So there's nothing really to be gained by waiting for a recorder that will handle 5.1 if it's for a normal sky digibox. (And if you have sky plus you probably don't need a separate recorder).
 
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delgirl

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Philips DVDR 610 Power City

Bought the Philips 610 from Power City 3 weeks ago for E269 and had to bring it back as it wouldn't play any movies at all.

They tested it and confirmed that it was faulty and gave me a new one. It's also faulty - makes a very loud whirring sound when reading discs and I'm taking it back on Thursday.

I'm worried about taking another one from them in case it develops a fault after the 28 day period during which you can get an exchange or refund.

I'm not a 'techie' and basically want to record from the TV (we have cable) and play a few movies. Can anyone recommend a reliable DVD recorder for basic use?

Thanks.
 
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Ryaner

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DVD Recorder Best Buy Where and How much €

just rang Richersounds and they have none of the Pioneeer DVR220 left
The next one they have is the Pioneer 320 for a whopping €400!!!
Checked DID and they have a JVC DMR10 Bek for €300 & a Sony RDRGX210s for €370

They said the Sony has an ilink but when I rang the Sony shop they said they had not ??

Not sure if its just easier to order online from RicherSounds or go up there on Good Friday so at least I can get a Pint

Will check with Currys and Argos but not sure if there will be a big difference ??
 
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podgeandrodge

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dvd recorders

I mentioned this in another post at some time - bear in mind when buying a dvd recorder that you may want to have the "time slip" "pause live tv" capabilities - very handy feature - when the phone rings you simply press pause and revert viewing when finish, or coming home in the middle of a recording programme and starting to watch it from the beginning while it still records to the end. I purchased the Toshiba DR-1 (from Pixmania but don't think it's there now) which has DVD Ram playback - DVD ram recorders (that also support DVD R and DVD RW) always allow this feature. So it's a good idea to buy a DVD recorder that supports Ram for this facility. Some non Ram recorders also provide time slip. All hard drive recorders provide it. But as far as i know cheap models such as the philips etc don't. When you get used to having these features you will not go back! If you're really obsessed (like I am) with getting the best use out of these recorders, try recording a programme from say 8pm to 9pm and at 8.15pm return to the beginnning and forward through all the ads and still finish at 9pm - giving you 15 minutes of quality time!
 
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Ryaner

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Found a Pioneer DVR220S at shopireland.ie(a front for Arnotts) but at €400 worth it ??

Everyone else sells JVC or Panasonic or the worst Philips. Some sell Sony but mad expensive

And tonight I will be searching at Currys in Blanche and see if they have anything worthwhile

Also might try Tesco but think they only have Philips

Pixmania too pricey is there any where else or online that sells them

My quest continues
 
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Ryaner

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just bought a Pioneeer DVR220 from Richer Sounds and have to collect it this Friday. Only £10 charge for delivery but will go up to Belfast and buy a pint to celebrate as its a dry Dublin this Friday

Checked out Power City and all their dvd recorders do not have mutli region. Also checked out Alliance electrics on Georges st and they could order a chipped one from Pioneer for €400 and got mine for €300

Not to keen on getting a chipped one......

So its a 3 hour trip up on the bus as Irish Rail are upgradding but thats anothers day rant......
 

Alan Moore

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Re: >>DVD Recorder Best Buy Where and How much €

Is now the time to buy a DVD recorder? All this new HD / Blue Ray stuff on the way. Would appear that we are on the verge of a technology leap here. Might be worth waiting a year? Even read that only 1.2% ( i think ) of all plasma tv's on sale are compliant with new HD signal that Sky will be transmitting next year (I think).
 

MonsieurBond

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Alan Moore:
Is now the time to buy a DVD recorder? All this new HD / Blue Ray stuff on the way. Would appear that we are on the verge of a technology leap here. Might be worth waiting a year? Even read that only 1.2% ( i think ) of all plasma tv's on sale are compliant with new HD signal that Sky will be transmitting next year (I think).

True, but there is never a good time to buy new technology.

The first HD-DVD consumer devices are reportedly going to be readers only, due later this year, with rewritable ones not appearing until next year.

Blu-Ray also won't be out until 2006 although this is supposed to be coming out with the recording capability on day 1.

You won't be able to buy a player for less than a grand.

My plan is to buy a HDD / DVD writer combo, and will use the hard disk as the primary recording source, so it doesn't really matter to me that high definition DVD is coming along. The recorder is not going to be my primary DVD player - I have a high end Pioneer for this purpose.

If I replace anything with a HD-DVD or Blu-Ray player it will be the high end model. I am happy to stick with the HDD / Standard DVD recorder for home recording.

High definition TV will be out next year on Sky but it is likely that you will have to buy or rent an updated Sky+ box or else an expensive Pace box to decode it.

I am currently an NTL customer so am going to wait to see what they do with high def. (They are trialling this in the UK at the moment - http://www.digitmag.co.uk/news/index.cfm?NewsID=4774)

Bottom line for me is I need a DVD recorder and so am willing to spend up to an absolute maximum of €500 (but €300 would be better!) on a solution that will do for a few years and I can hopefully sell on.

My wish list is:

  • Minimum 80GB hard disk
  • Multi-format capability - DVD+-R/RW
  • HDMI output as this will be the standard connection for all AV going forward
  • Ideally, upscaling of regular DVDs to high definition over HDMI. Not as good as actual high definition, but does future proof you to an extent.
  • DV/iLink input and output for a digital camera
  • An Electronic Programme Guide that works in Ireland such as GemStar's Guide+ which picks up its signal from ITV. Some Philips models have this already.
  • WMA, AVI and DIVX support would also be nice
One model that might be worth waiting for is Samsung DVD-HR720 (http://www.samsung.com/PressCenter/PressRelease/PressRelease.asp?seq=20050106_0000090607) .

(Edited to add some more links.)
 
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