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We have just purchased one or these recordable Dvd players as we were very pleased with the previous Dvd players that we owned. We made our purchase for £249.99 which was £20 cheaper than most stores are advertising the machine for. The machine came with 1 scart socket and a remote control with batteries.
This DvD recorder has various special functions including: easylink, cinemalink, automatic satellite recording, direct record, favorite scene selection, index picture screen plus others. You can also play DVD video discs, DVD recordable discs, Audio CDs, Video CDs, CD recordable discs and CD re-writable discs.
Once we had the machine set up and connected to the television and Sky, it was extremely easy to record with both Videoplus+ and PDC options for timer programming and the quality of the recorded pictures was excellent. This machine enables you to record up to 6 hours of programmes per disc and with the favorite scene selection you can easily delete advertisements or scenes which you think inappropriate.
Once the recorded picture is finished with it is also easy to delete if you have re-recordable discs.
The amount of time left on the disc is clearly displayed before recording, and the index picture screen enables you to find each recording by its title enable you to easily find individual programmes so that you can watch the programmes on the disc in any order rather than having to watch from the beginning or fast forwarding to find the start of a programme.
The remote control is long but slim and easy to read. The buttons are evenly spaced to prevent pressing the incorrect button
The only draw back that we have found so far is that we have now lost the use of our video recorder as we were unable to plug this in as well. This is obviously not needed for recording but children have videos that they like to watch. We have bought a scart lead extension box but this does not enable us to use the video recorder either.
One of the great things about the credit card reward schemes is that you can sometimes buy things that you would have otherwise not wanted to consider. So it was with the DVDR70, purchased from John Lewis: not the cheapest on this occasion but with £90 of vouchers, coming in at just over the cost of a decent player. I had read lots of reviews of this device prior to purchase, but none on dooyoo. The main competitor was the Panasonic cheap one, but it uses DVD-Ram which is incompatible with everything else. I had also rejected the one sold at Sainsbury's as there were too many tales of problems, but it it said to have the phillips inards inside under licence. The dvdr70 is pretty basic. It records on DVD+RW or R. As most people will be using it as a substitute for a vhs recorder, the RW or re-writable discs are the only option. Currently, Costco are the cheapest source I have found for branded discs, costing 14.99 +vat for a pack of 10. If you loose the instruction manual, you can print one off the web. There are also software updates on the web, but the one I bought seemed to have the latest firmware/software installed. Might be something to ask about if you are contemplating buying at this stage. It looks like a large dvd player, and there is a big button which lights up when recording. It is a bit chromie for my taste, but that is the way things look at the moment. It does not fit in with all my other black stuff. Setting up was fairly easy, and the instruction book takes you through the steps like an idiot, and it works at the end of the setup. However, the instruction book is a big one and lots of words are used, and it is sometimes a fag to have to find the bit you want. Almost all of the operations are done through the remote control, and whilst menu driven for the most part, I have found myself having to go back to the manual many times, especially if there was a gap since I used the machine last. It plays most kinds of common d
isc, but will not play back jpeg files, which is a bit of a shortcoming. It is also not obvious how to connect a dolby 5.1 sound system, and I am still working on that. Discs seem to be compatible with other dvd players, but not with older computers. Recording is probably no more complex than with a vhs recorder. The big difference is that you have to think twice about the time the recording is for. At top quality, a disc will only record one hour, and at slowest, 6 hours. Standard is for two hours, and this is what I use most of the time, but there are some films that just exceed the two hours, so you need to think about this. There are several options for speed, and the fastest speed produce results that are difficult to distinguish from original television. Nothing happens instantly, and when the record button is pressed for immediate recording, it takes some time with lots of strange humming to get going. On my television, automatic 16:9 switching does not work, so that function is not so useful The recorder comes with a good interpretation of the video plus system, and this has worked well on terrestrial television, but the timer link to a sky digital box has not seemed to work. You have to erase a disc before you can use it again, and this only takes a couple of minutes, but it means that you cant just shove a disc in the machine and hit record, because it records sequentially until a disc is full, and then grinds to a halt. So, do you buy one of these? Well, I got what I expected. It works, does what it says on the box, and has been reliable for me for about the past three months. The machine is now obsolete, and has been superceeded by better models. The word on the street is to wait for models that are combined DVD and hard disc recorders, but these are still pretty expensive costing about £600-£800. However the price will drop. The DVDR70 originally sold for about £400, and can now be picked up for about £150. If you want to dip
your toe in the water, there could be worse ways to do it. I would recommend it with reservations( mainly about the way things are changing) and I might have bought Sky+ if I had my time again. I think we have to accept that the days of vhs are numbered, and people want to record from TV, and keep, so hard disk is not the total answer. There are all format machines around, such as the Sony, but they have a £800 price tag at the moment.