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Panasonic DMR-EX85EB-S 250GB Hard Disk DVD Recorder - Freeview Tuner, HDMI


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  • Freeview and Analogue
  • Recording format DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD+R/DVD+RW/DVDRAM
  • 250 Gb hard disk capacity
  • Card Slot Type SD card
  • CDR/RW playback
  • VCD/SVCD playback
  • Format Playback:MP3
  • DVD-R playback
  • DVD+R playback
  • Hdmi output
  • Component output
  • 2 scart sockets
  • Remote control
  • Progressive Scan

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 6 Kg
  • Item model number: DMR-EX85EB-S
  • ASIN: B000G2Y56M
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Oct. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,715 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

If future proofing is important in selecting your DVD recorder, the new Hard Drive model DMREX85 from Panasonic will offer just that. Besides combining both DVD Recorder and high capacity Hard Drive recording in one unit, equipped with an integrated digital terrestrial tuner ready for the start of the analogue switch off, now just a couple of years away.

They also boast an HDMI terminal and the technology to upscale standard definition material to high definition quality. Perfect partners for the latest HD panels.

The DMREX85 has a 250GB drive and is capable of recording a massive 443 hours of footage and its not just TV content that you are able to store. DMREX85 models have an SD card slot and JPEG digital photos can also be transferred to the hard drive for convenient storage and luxuriant playback!

An integrated Freeview recorder is an increasingly popular choice for those wanting to upgrade to digital, and benefit from up to an additional 40 TV and 24 radio channels with no subscription charge The DIGA DMEX85 also has a analogue tuner, rising to the challenges of accommodating both consumers who have adequate Digital Broadcast reception and those who are yet to enjoy strong enough reception.

By connecting an HDMI cable to your HD ready TV, you can enjoy your DVDs in beautiful high quality pictures on par with that of High Definition images. You can also convert other non-HD signals, such as JPEGs from your SD card, to HD level for playback with improved picture quality.

High definition (10801 720p) Up conversion with HDMI

The DMREX85 offers recording onto and playback from ALL DVD disk types. i.e. DVD RAM -R/-RW , +R/+RW, including the new dual layer and 16 x speed -R disks, allowing total freedom of choice and potential to share cherished recordings. In addition to the expected playback of music CDs, the DMREX85 will now playback MP3 and JPEG from both CD R/RW and DVD-R, an additional bonus for those archiving digital photos on their PC.

Box Contains

  • Panasonic DMR-EX85EB-S DVD Recorder
  • User Manual
  • Power Cable
  • Remote
  • Batteries

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    3.6 out of 5 stars
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stevey B on 8 May 2007
    I have had this recorder for 9 months and it gets used by me and the rest of my family extensively. It is very good quality and easy to use.

    I would like to make the following observations for anyone thinking of buying one. None of these are critical and it is probably still the best of what you can buy now. BUT...

    The hard disk gets filled up quickly even at 250GB and unless you are very disciplined at deleting or copying off onto DVD it becomes a constant battle to decide what to delete before you can record more. I do this once a week to free up about 20 hours of space. If I was buying again I would want to look at 1TByte (but no one sells one yet - wait for Panasonic 2008 models!). Why can we not have swappable hard disks or even better upgradable hard disks.

    The biggest gripe I have (and it is one that means I would not buy this model given my time again) is there are NO EFFECTIVE PARENTAL CONTROL features. Although you can stop kids watching adult DVD's you cannot stop them recording unsuitable material from TV channels (e.g. early hours of the morning) and watching that at some other time. I would expect to see the ability to block channels, block channels by time and block individual recordings. All of these features are available from the HUMAX PVR models and many of these features from PANASONIC rivals - wake up PANASONIC.

    Finally DVD-RAMs in catridges are brilliant for young kids. They are effectively indistructible and this is the only DVD recorder which supports cartridge DVD-RAMs. Rememeber it is not jkust kids that can damage DVDs and if you really want to preserve a recording then DVD-RAMs in cartridges are the bees knees.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. L. Craig on 20 July 2007
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    This is the third DVD/HD recorder I have owned. I bought the original DVD/HD machine, the Panasonic HS2, a basic machine, still going strong. I also bought a much better, but unreliable JVC, which finally died completely. Panasonic seem to have come back with better machines, picking up ideas like thumbnail menus, DVD-RW and no timer button, while retaining good features like automatic programming titling and cartridge DVD-RAM.

    Contrary to one review here, this machine certainly can be used while it is recording. You can watch any disc or programme on the hard disk, including the programme you are recording (from the beginning). This is a feature of all the machines I have owned. You can not record while copying a disc, but that's no big deal.

    It seems a bit of a niggle to complain about how long it takes to power up. How long does you computer take? A lot longer than this machine. I don't know about the clock not changing, mine comes up with the right time even after it has been unplugged all night. I like the freeview recording and the programme guide is fine, just like the ones on freeview boxes, except you can set a recording from there.

    The remote is a lot better than the HS2, which was certainly bad. This one, while not being the most powerful, I find ok. My machine has worked perfectly and works with old discs that the previous machine could not read. I don't find this machine to be at all difficult to use. It is also much quieter than my previous machines. My only criticism is that it only reads SD movie files from particular video cameras. It does not read the movie files from many cameras including Panasonic own Lumix range. I would like to see it read any popular format, anywhere on an SD card. My best machine so far and I'm very happy with it.
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    39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Vic Waite on 1 Dec. 2006
    I received the recorder 7 days ago, using the on screen prompts, set up was a breeze. Progammes can be set for recording easily using the programme display, with the opportunity of amending start/stop times if required. Copying from the hard drive to DVD is straight forward,you need to utilize the advanced option if you do not want the DVD to auto finalise. (I contacted Panasonic customer service for this information They were most helpful in sorting my question).

    The picture was noticibly clearer and brighter using the free to view channels. Excellent product
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    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Matthew King on 7 Sept. 2006
    This is universally reviewed as a 5/5 product. There is no better at the moment for picture quality and amount of features (though you can never get every feature you want in 1 product).

    Re "When you set time recordings the player will not play standard region dvds, you have to delete all the timings" - the manual does not confirm this, perhaps it was a fault with very early productions.

    Note: The manual for the DMR-EX85 says it plays DiVX. The manual for the DMR-EX85EB says it dosn't.
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Forsyth on 25 Mar. 2007
    Works well generally and is incredibly useful, but so, so frustrating to use.

    Today the clocks went forward - the Panasonic can't cope with this - Why??. My Sony freeview box has no problem.

    The EPG is very poorly integrated with the rest of the menu system - looks like it has been grafted in as an afterthought. Other decoders continue sound/visuals behind the EPG - this box does not, though some of its other menus do.

    Sluggish control via remote - latency of seconds is not uncommon, which is wholly unacceptable. The remote only works from a narrow range of angles (how long have remote controls been around!)

    The menu system is badly organised. Different remote keys are used to do similar things, depending on the context. Controlling via remote is generally counter intuitive.

    On some channels, the video decode stops functioning after a few seconds, leaving a blank screen. This may be some kind of memory leak, the only way I have found of fixing this is to switch off mains power.

    Come on Panasonic - release a firmware upgrade.

    Pros:

    Disc Size

    Recording quality

    Cons:

    Counter intuitive user interface.

    Slow EPG navigation

    Slow channel hopping

    No video decode behind EPG

    Remote control operates from limited range of angles.
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