I’m looking for one 160GB HDD DVD recorder. The most important requirements for the recorder’s are:
- durability - I need to record several hours TV programmes per day and I will often view recorded video files on recorder HDD, burning HDD content to DVD disc and doing online recording all at the same time;
- Compatibility - can read & write various kinds e.g. DVD+/-RW & brands of DVD disc;
- Speed of burning DVD disc - expect the recorder can burn one full 4.7GB DVD disc around 10 minutes;
- User friendly video file searching functions - that enable me to locate requested video file from recorder HDD easily;
- Accessible by computer - I haven’t found any recorder has this capability although I found once one model of Toshiba recorder has LAN port at its back;
- Other more advanced features such as HDMI, HDTV compatibility were not that important to me.
I’d just walked through several electronics appliances shops and found below candidates HDD DVD recorders:
- Pioneer DVR-440H-S
- Panasonic DMR-EH57
- Philips DVDR3570H
- LG RH277H
- Toshiba HD-E1
- Sony RDR-HX750
The prices of Pioneer, Panasonic, LG & Toshiba are similar (difference within 2%). The price of Sony model is explicitly 10% higher than average while Philips model is 10% below average if including the free coupon (exclude the coupon, its price is just average). I chatted with different salesman of the shops. They gave me feedback that quality of Philips model was actually similar to Pioneer model (Actually they wouldn’t tell me which model was obviously inferior to others). One salesman told me he ran Philips recorder continuously in the demo room and there was no problem with Philip recorders’ durability. Another salesman said Philips’ model could read some DVD disc not readable by Pioneers’ model. They all said Pioneers’ model was more expensive than Philips’ model because Pioneer was the first to produce HDD DVD recorder.
I would like to ask your comment on the above DVD recorders. Based on my requirements which was the best (ignore price consideration). Thanks for comment !