what brand and what models are recommended?
Look at the Toshiba DR-5 here:
Looks like it’s about $145
Personally I would hold out for a Panasonic-eh!
I would hold out until the new models come out in the spring. A lot of them will likely have upconversion and HDMI. Also, remember that after March 1st all devices with tuners must have an ATSC tuner. It is very likely that a lot of models will have QAM (for digital cable) tuners too.
Panasonic DMR ES25
Use the google search engine for "Stand Alone DVD Recorder with HDMI interface.
Just looked at the spec for the ES25 on CNET and it didn’t show HDMI amongst the connections.
Great! Thanks. Looked at a couple of sites that do not show this.
Note: the DMR-ES25 does not have a HDMI Cable included in the box
Good/reliable/inexpensive vendor to purchase a variety of cable needs here:
I have personally bought a bunch of stuff off of them and they are great and cheap-eh!
Cables are good from monoprice.com as well.
If you are trying to use HDMI interface either from output or for input then you better be willing to buy and use high quality of HDMI cable and is expensive otherwise you won’t benifit the quality of HDMI signaling.
they had a samsung for only $59 on fatwallet it was a hdmi dvdr but it sold out now
I won’t put my fait for HDMI interface on DVD Player which only cost less than $60.
Nonsense! I have a cheap HDMI cable and an expensive one, you can’t tell the difference in the picture on my 50" HDTV. Granted, these are just 6’ cables, if you were going longer than 15’ I would spend a little extra, but don’t waste your money on Monster cables or most of those recommended at BB or CC etc.
After a lot of reading and searching I settled on Oppo DV-981HD. I have had it for 2 weeks now, and I love it. http://www.oppodigital.com/dv981hd/index.html
A bit on the pricey side, but it competes with players costing much more.
I liked the fact that it is firmware upgradeable.
A heads up about hdmi though, there are a lot of compatability issues, especially with switching. Some cable and satelite boxes do not support switching, so this could be an issue, if your tv doesn’t have more than one input. This player is HDMI 1.1.
I had to use the digital optical port to connect to my sound system, due to the limitations of my audio receiver, but it sounds great and the picture is phenomenal. It definitly breathed new life into my DVD collection.
I second that… My 33$ RCA brand HDMI cable I purchased from Walmart provides the same picture quality and sound as the 99$ Monster cable from Circuit City. I can’t tell any difference at all on my 56" 1080P widescreen.
I highly recommend the OPPO as a player (I have the 971), but [I]it is not a recorder[/I]. They don’t make a recorder as far as I know. Luv to see them do so.
I would begin that its a samsung and samsung is just as good if not better then the $200 one
my samsung phone works flawless and has been through hell
my 2 samsung dvd pc burners works great and has burn over 1000 dvds
samsung is great and for under $60 i would put all my fait in it
I just noticed my error. Should have read more carefully. Sure like my Oppo though. Would be nice if they got into that market.