I've had one of these digital recorders for around a year and a half. The motivation behind buying it is that we're not always in to catch our favourite programmes. Plus we wanted a decent quality DVD player. This seems like the suitable solution. The setup wasn't to strenuous and it had a few good options for keeping it on standby or switching it off completely which you can change later on in the machine's life.
The built in freeview is very good, the menus are easy to navigate and everything works as it should. For us, we feel like we're not experiencing the full potential of the machine due to it delivering a 1080p image whereas our tv screen is only 780p.
The only issues we have found is that sometimes the machine will record the adverts before a programme and cut off the end of the programme which is a bit disappointing. Sometimes things like the heating going off affects it which is probably to do with the way our tv and aerial are set up.
All in all, this is a great little box for fans of film who like to add movies to their collections while they're screened on tv. I highly recommend it!
I first bought this DVD Recorder about two years ago. Being a Movie Buff I liked to record a lot of movies to archive. Picture quality on VHS Video was beginning to decline and tapes were becoming obsolete. So, it made good sense to upgrade with this new technology which is now available.
I found this machine very easy to set up indeed. Tuning was straighforward, and all Freeview Channels were found with ease. Even now, it still updates occasionaly once new channels become available.
Attached to a Sony LCD HD TV via by scart and HDMI Lead, picture quality is very good indeed. Although obviously upscaled via HDMI it looks far superior to normal TV Broadcasts. The sound is transmitted via an Optical Lead which is attached to my 7:1 Yamaha Surround Amplifier. It sounds clear, and bright, although it does lack depth in the surrounds.
As for recordings, the best way to record is via the EPG Menu where you can change the time if you wish to add ten minutes on at the end which is useful if the previous programme overruns. Recordings are very good, and if you record on SP Mode, you can transfer them to a blank disc if you wish to archive. Be warned though, on SP only 120 minutes will transfer to a blank disc, otherwise a warning notice will appear "Not Enough Space" on the disc. So, for longer programmes, use the LP Mode. Picture quality is still quite good even at LP.
My only quibble about this machine is that it can take about a minute to switch on. Modern DVD Recorders are much quicker to load up once switched on. Moreover, you cannot watch one channel, and record another at the same time.
Nevertheless, a very good machine to have. Its also pretty reliable, not having failed me once in over two years. Shop around, there are some good deals around at this time.