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Panasonic DMR-EX79EB-K Freeview+ 250GB Hard Disc Drive 1080p Upscaling DVD Recorder

by Panasonic
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Item Weight: 3.7 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 5 Kg
  • Item model number: DMR-EX79EB-K
  • ASIN: B001UE84J4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Mar 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,397 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

What is DIGA?
Panasonic’s award-winning and industry-leading range of DIGA DVD Recorders have set the benchmark for DVD Recorders ever since they were release several years ago. In testament to their popularity, in Europe alone we have sold over 3 million DIGAs! And it doesn’t end there, our DIGAs do a lot more than just record and play DVDs....

In the HDTV age, you’ll have a variety of AV components in your Living Room - and that means a lot of remote control units. VIERA Link takes all the confusion out of the operation. With VIERA Link function you can control all your components using only your VIERA’s remote control. Operation is easy, and there’s no more hunting around for separate remote controls.

Also in the HDTV age, different kinds of a AV media come together. For example, you can view pictures taken with your digital camera or video camera on a large-screen TV. DIGA has the kind of network connectivity you need to enjoy it all. You can load a large amount of AV data from cameras and other components into a DIGA recorder, and enjoy easy playback, editing or storage. You don’t even need to use your PC.

The Panasonic range of DIGA DVD recorders enables you to watch your favourite films, making it an essential part of your entertainment hub. With the simple sophistication that is the hallmark of Panasonic products, DIGA offers you the platform to store and playback all of your films, photos and music.

CameralinkCamcorder and Digital Still Camera Linking
To store movie data from your digital video camera (HDD model or SD Memory Card model), simply connect it to the USB terminal of your compatible DIGA recorder and movie data can be transferred and stored directly on to the hard disc drive.

Besides the USB Terminal connection DIGA models equipped with an SD Card slot let you copy and view movies (MPEG2 data) recorded on an SD Memory Card of your SD Card Camcorder.

You do not own an HDD or SD Memory Card Camcorder? No problem, just use a DV cable and simply connect your digital video camera to the DV input terminal of your DIGA. There is no easier way to store and enjoy your home movies on a big screen! Similarly, as almost all DIGA models are now equipped with an SD Memory Card or USB terminal, any digital camera that uses an SD Memory Card or comes with a USB cable can be easily connected to your recorder to store or play a dazzling display of photos through a personalised, big screen-slide show from the comfort of your home.

gracenoteJukebox with gracenote®* (CD Database)
As a jukebox, your DIGA DVD recorder can store all your CDs and MP3s onto its hard drive and through the pre-installed ‘Gracenote’ database with 350,000 albums, will automatically store the track information as well.

DIGA also supports the ID3Tag information that is embedded in MP3 music data, so whether your music collection is physical or digital, you can enjoy browsing through or quickly finding the right song for the moment.

As DIGA can handle a wide number of different formats, such as JPEG, MP3 and DivX - all through the built-in USB terminal - you or friends can playback images or music straight from USB memory onto the big screen and speakers of your home entertainment system.

Integrated Digital Tuner
Sound and pictures are converted into a digital format and compressed, using as few bits as possible to convey the information on a digital signal. This technique enables several television channels to be carried in the space used by the current analogue signals to carry only one channel. Digital signals can be received by standard aerials, satellite dishes or via cable but have to be decoded and turned back into sound and pictures by using a separate set-top box, or a decoder built into your television.

However, Panasonic top-of-the-range DIGAs come equipped with Integrated Digital Tuners so there is no need to purchase any set-top boxes. What is more, thanks to new technology, the ability of new DIGA digital tuners to compensate for poor broadcast signal conditions is approximately twice as high as conventional types. It provides stable reception and prevents block noise even when signals are reflected by surrounding buildings. This ensures stable digital programme broadcasts and superb picture and sound quality for you!.

VIERA Link - Bringing control of all your AV Devices to just one fingertip
So what is VIERA link? Well, before we explain what it is, lets look at how people currently have to operate their AV products. Suppose you want to watch the latest film on Blu-ray disc - to do that, first you would have to power up the Blu-ray player with your Blu-ray remote control, then turn on your TV and select the correct AV channel input using your TV remote. After that you would need to switch back to the Blu-ray player remote control and press 'Play'.

Oh, wait! What if you have have a Home Cinema Surround system too? Then you need to search for the Home Cinema remote in order to to switch on your AV Amplifier too. Therefore before you can do something seemingly simple like settle back to watch a film, you are forced to use three completely different remote controls! Sounds like a lot of bother, right? Well, Viera Link allows you to do all of this with just one remote control!


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166 of 170 people found the following review helpful
By G. J. Oxley TOP 500 REVIEWER
I recently bought a 42" Panasonic plasma TV with in-built FreeSat and wanted a DVD recorder to complete my all Panasonic AV set-up - which includes a separate Home Theatre system and Video recorder (essential for the hundreds of old VHS tapes I still own!)

This is NOT a technical review - I'm very much a layman in such matters - however, I did want to express my satisfaction with the product, so here goes:

I opted for this model and I'm so glad I did. For well under 300 you get a machine that produces stunning picture quality - virtually indistinguishable from the source. However, I would advise that you budget around 30-40 extra for a good quality HDMI cable - it's worth it.

Set-up was a piece of cake, and once I'd read the essential sections of the 'War and Peace'-sized operating manual, I was away and able to do everything I wanted out of the machine in an hour or two; and that's without any previous experience of a DVD recorder. However, I would point out I bought it for very basic recording/playback purposes only and if you want to do anything fancier with it, it may take a good while longer to master all the functions.

The HDD is capable of storing close on 60 hours of downloaded programmes in 'XP' mode. However, it's double that for 'SP' mode and I hardly noticed any degeneration in image quality at that speed, and very little in 'LP' also. However, the 'EP' setting is another matter and you may wish to avoid this.

Ease of use is an important aspect of the machine: programming using VideoPlus+ was a revelation - it's so easy to get the hang of and very convenient. And the remote is clearly and simply set out and after a few goes I found I was using it almost intuitively.
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124 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best just got better! Buy it! 15 Jun 2009
This is a wonderful machine which is packed with useful features. The picture quality is outstanding and it up scales pictures to high definition very well. Incidentally I am currently using a cheap HDMI cable from Amazon and it works very well. You can set up program recordings (both one off and entire series) with about 2 clicks thanks to the 7 day TV guide. It also has a feature which allows you to skip adverts through playback!! (simply put the machine into fast forward then click the skip button) To cap everything off the machine uses less energy than previous models and runs very quietly. It is a neat slimmed down design and will look great with any other equipment. The remote can operate my Samsung TV thanks to an automatic link system (amazing). Buy this, it is an absolute bargain and one of the finest recorders around.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take no notice of the one star review... 8 Oct 2009
I have used its predecessor, the EX75 and that was good but this is even better. Believe the reviews. Take no notice of the one star review because until all TVs come with their own digital tuner, it will always be necessary to provide a second digital source; one to view whilst recording another. I have tried most of the DVD/HDD recorders and Panasonic seem to produce the easiest, most intuitive machines on the market - beating even Sony.

The DMR-EX79EB is a joy to use!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent PVR 5 Sep 2009
We're very pleased with this, excellent service from Amazon as always, it arrived by courier in a sealed manufacturer's box inside a padded plastic bag.

Recording quality is the same as the original on XP setting. You can only watch or record one channel at a time from the PVR, but you can record on the PVR tuner and watch the TV on its own tuner at the same time if you want. You can't record a program and play a different recording or a DVD at the same time though, or if you can we haven't worked out how to yet!

The series record option works brilliantly. It identifies all instances of the named program on the selected channel, even if they are at different times.

Plays DVDs and CDs well, can connect the RCA output to a stereo amplifier with no problems. The CD quality is about the same as a 200 budget CD player. Music DVDs are very good, and you can play American imports as well if you change the setting to NTSC. We don't know how well it upscales, as we only have an ordinary TV.

Loses a star for the advert panel on the program guide. We discovered that the grey Diga picture changes to an advert once you put your post-code in. The panel really does spoil the use of the guide, we'd gladly pay a bit more to be rid of it. Many people have commented on this, Panasonic will start losing out to Sony if they don't take notice soon I think.

But it gets the star back again for the button on the remote that skips adverts in recorded programs! This works so well that we now choose which channel to record on this basis, e.g. watch BBC and record ITV when the programs overlap.

People have said it takes a long time to switch on, but it doesn't if you keep to the default Stand-by option for the power button. Then it sits there silently, showing the time on its digital display, and switches on in about 2 seconds when requested, the same as a VCR.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic recorder 2 Nov 2009
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I hestitated buying this item after I had read some of the reviews but as we had had an excellent Panasonic machine without a hard drive I decided to risk it. Am I glad!!! The adverts on the guide screen are a little annoying but after a week or two I found that I could easily ignore them. I love the fact that with the Panasonic system I can very easily add a few minutes to programme recording timings as I find that the BBC is particularly bad at keeping exactly to timetables. I found that this was not the case with my friend's Sony.

The Pause Live TV button works brilliantly but you must of course be watching the TV through the recorder and not watching the TV directly. I think that some of the adverse comments in the reviews are as a result of having an old TV attached to the recorder rather than a digital capable one. Some of the features of the recorder need a modern TV. You can watch the TV (ours is a 3 yr old Samsung) while recording another programme as long as you have a freeview capable TV. You can link an old DVD player into the system so that you can watch a precorded DVD while recording a TV programme. You can start watching one of your recordings while the machine is recording another programme (as long as you are using the hard drive or a DVD RAM disc. Our old Panasonic disc machine is now in another room linked to a very old TV without freeview but it does mean that we can record two programmes at 9pm and watch another. The disc is then moved to our new recorder to watch in the comfort of the living room!! All in all a first class machine. The Operating Instructions booklet is a bit daunting for everything other than the Quick Start Guide but it's worth persevering to get the best out of this machine.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Gus
I have had to send it twice to Panasonic for repair within the warranty period and just past it.
After the second time it seems to be working all right. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by Gus
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for the fan
The Panasonic is lovely to look at, sounds great and is perfect except it has only one problem - the DVD fan. Read more
Published on 7 July 2010 by Liza
5.0 out of 5 stars Great all-rounder
I have own this for around six mounths now and I can not fualt this product in any way. Its easy to set up and the timer is even easier. Read more
Published on 3 April 2010 by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Freeview box + is great
Having spent some considerable time reviewing various of these 'freeview box+' recorders I decided to purchase the Panasonic woith the 250GB hard disk. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2010 by J. Mackley
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic DMR-EX79EB-K Freeview+ 250GB Hard Disc Drive 1080p Upscaling...
This is a well-designed piece of kit which acts just as it should. It was bought to improve the ease of recording FreeView programmes and it does just that.
Published on 7 Feb 2010 by M. C. Kimmance
2.0 out of 5 stars Very good hardware, disappointing software
First and to be fair, I must say the quality of the image seems to be much better than with our previous Humax freeview box. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2010 by Javier
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heavenly Trio
In an orgy of pre-VAT-increase spending on my new Amazon card I bought a Panasonic trio comprising a TX-L37G10B TV, an SC-BT20EB-K Blu-Ray home cinema system and a DMR-EX79EB. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2010 by Richard Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use Recorder
This HDD recorder replaced a DVD recorder which did not have freeview so had to programme the DVD and freeview box separately. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2010 by Robin
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent machine - but the ads are unnecessary!
Having resisted the idea of yet another black box under my TV, I finally succumbed just before Christmas, and bought the Panasonic DMR-EX79EB-K Freeview and 250gB HDD and DVD... Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2010 by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic DMR-EX79EB-K
Excellent DVD recorder as you would expect from the name Panasonic. Links together well with my Panasonic TV.
Reasonable priced for what it is. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2010 by Mr. F. W. Hatton
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