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Panasonic DMR-EX773EBK 160GB HDD DVD Recorder with Freeview+ (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • High Definition DVD Recorder with 1080p Up-Conversion
  • HD Photo Slideshow with Music
  • VIERA Link connects seamlessly with other Panasonic home entertainment products
  • Auto Scene Chapter Function and Juke Box function
  • Chroma Processor reproduces coloured and textures with precise digital audio processing

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 43 x 5.9 cm ; 3.5 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 4.7 Kg
  • Item model number: DMR-EX773EBK
  • ASIN: B0038VZXMS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Mar 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,636 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Box Contains

  • 1 x DVD Recorder
  • 1 x Remote control
  • 2 x Batteries for remote control
  • 1 x Mains lead

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    312 of 315 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Ware on 9 July 2010
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    I bought this to replace a Sony recorder which had no Freeview, and because a recently bought Panasonic TV seemed to have much better reception in our marginal area than the (very expensive) Sony set-top box.

    It's grindingly slow in pretty much everything it does, but it produces much better pictures than the (5+ years old) Sony. If you record in highest quality to the hard drive, when you copy to your DVD, if it doesn't fit, instead of choosing an arbtirary recording mode (SP 2 hours, LP 3 hours etc) it compresses your files just enough to fit exactly onto the disc ("flexible recording") so you always get the best possible pictures. The algorithms are much improved too: I squeezed the whole of "Reds", a film lasting well over 3 hours, on to a single DVD-R and there wasn't a trace of mpeg2 artifact.

    Reception a definite improvement on the old STB.

    Pause live TV excellent.

    There are a few personal irritations most of which are pretty trivial and relate to the software.

    Slow reaction to every button press I have already mentioned, advertising panel on program guide noted by others.

    No intelligent chaptering! Hasn't this been standard for ages?

    Be careful with weekly timer recordings - it can't cope with these unless they start at the same time each week.

    Listing recordings on the hard drive: poor selection of information. Tells you to the nearest minute when each recording was made, and even the day of the week, but no duration or size of the file. (Actually, I don't think the word "Gigbytes" apprears in any menu or display).
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    111 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Deej on 3 Mar 2011
    I purchased this Panasonic HDD DVD recorder based on the Amazon reviews so knew about the ads on the TV guide - they are a nuisance grabbing approx 50% of the screen - but don't let that put you off an otherwise good unit. I have a full screen TV guide on my LCD TV so just use that and switch viewing to the Panasonic unit to set the recorder. There is one Freeview tuner so you cannot view a channel whilst recording another; however, you can view DVDs whilst recording. I've recorded 8mm and Hi8 video tapes direct to DVD through the AV2 connection with no issues at all. If I wanted to record from a VHS tape or Sky box (or similar) I'd use the same method and cannot foresee any problems whether to HDD or DVD. The HDD 160GB size is more than adequate for my uses as I expect to record from Freeview or Sky and delete when viewed. Any keepers would be re-recorded to DVD if space did become an issue.
    The unit looks good; off means off - no standby light is left on. You can leave the unit in a standby mode based on a start and end time in which case it will boot quicker than when off. There is a noticable delay during full power up or switching between HDD and DVD.
    I use the HDMI connection to my TV for up-scale of DVDs; that works well.
    If you already have a TV with a Freeview tuner then do not think you "must have two" tuners on any HDD unit. You can watch through your TV Freeview and record another channel with your HDD Freeview. Simple!
    Simple cannot be applied to the instruction book though; be ready for a good read if you do decide to buy!
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    79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Butch53 on 1 Nov 2010
    I purchased this as a replacement to my LG DVD HDD recorder and find it such a pleasure to use. It is quick and easy to set up and the recording menues are very easy to use. I especially love the one touch recording from the TV guide section. The picture quality is excellent.

    It is a very quiet machine while running, which is quite different to the LG it has replaced. It is a nice looking piece of kit that will look good with any other equipment.

    I can't recommend this highly enough. It was also voted the number one DVD HDD recorder by Stuff magazine this month.
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    116 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Derek Collins on 11 Jun 2010
    Having previously owned a Panasonic DVD Recorder I found the product was easy to set up and run. Sometimes when you press some of the keys on the remote control there is a slight pause before it activates but you soon get used to this. I have now tried recording to the Hard Drive, Timer recording and transfering to DVD and finalising and it all seem to work well. Previous reviews have critised the advert window in the program guide but I personally did not find this is a problem. I can therefore recommend this productPanasonic DMR-EX773EBK 160GB HDD DVD Recorder with Freeview+
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    87 of 90 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Brook on 1 Oct 2010
    I am very pleased indeed with this Panasonic DVD recorder, bought after reading reviews on Amazon. I had it up and running very quickly and it is just so easy to use. I am not a technophobe, but neither am I a wizard! The instruction book is comprehensive but the onscreen directions are easy to work out. I am not using all the functions and probably never will, but for recording and playback it is brilliant. The guide that lets you record from the list of programmes up to a week in advance is so easy to use and the series recording a great boon. Other products do the same, this is just easy to use! I did have a slight problem with lip synch at first but that seems to be OK now. I have also just tried to use a commercially recorded DVD and at first could not work it out as it seemed to be incompatible with my system, but with 10 minutes perseverance I found that I had to change the TV system over - I just have to remember to change it back after use each time. Would highly recommend. And my worries about the on-screen advertising came to nothing, it is not intrusive and I didn't even notice it at first I had to look for it!
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