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Panasonic DMR-EZ25EB †DVD Recorder with Freeview

by Panasonic
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Blu Ray Playback: No
  • Blu Ray Recording: No
  • Blu-ray Playback: No
  • Blu-ray Recording: No
  • Compact Flash Card: No
  • DTS Decoder: No
  • DVB-C: No
  • DVB-S: No
  • DVB-T: Yes
  • DVD Audio Playback: No
  • DVD Player / Recorder: DVD Recorder
  • DVD+R Playback: Yes
  • DVD+R Recording: Yes
  • DVD+RW Playback: Yes
  • DVD+RW Recording: Yes
  • DVD-R Playback: Yes
  • DVD-R Recording: Yes
  • DVD-RAM Playback: Yes
  • DVD-RAM Recording: Yes
  • DVD-RW Playback: Yes
  • DVD-RW Recording: Yes
  • DVI Interface: No
  • DivX Playback: No
  • Double Layer Recording: Yes
  • Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
  • Ethernet: No
  • Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
  • HD-DVD Playback: No
  • HD-DVD Recording: No
  • HDMI Interface: Yes
  • IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
  • Integrated VCR: No
  • MP3 Recording: No
  • MPEG4 Recording: No
  • Memory Stick: No
  • Multimedia Card: Yes
  • Number of Scart Interfaces: 2
  • PCMCIA Interface: No
  • Progressive Scan: No
  • Real Dolby: AC3
  • Secure Digital Card: Yes
  • Show View: No
  • Smart Media Card: No
  • Super Audio CD Playback: No
  • Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: No
  • Table / Portable: Table
  • USB Interface: No
  • W-LAN Connection: No
  • xD-Picture Card: Yes
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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 5 Kg
  • Item model number: DMREZ25 †
  • ASIN: B000GYHYCC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Aug 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,738 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Panasonic DVD Recorders have become synonymous with ease of use and flexible features. The DVD RAM recording system allows all models in the range to boast features such as Timeslip, that allow you to watch a recording from the beginning whilst continuing to record, pause TV if you wish to take a break from viewing, and chase playback of recorded material. This year's introduction of Super Multi Format compatibility means that all formats of DVD can be recorded onto or played back - total peace of mind and confusion free entertainment.

If future proofing is important in selecting your DVD recorder, the Panasonic DMREZ25 could well be the system of choice. This model comes equipped with an integrated digital terrestrial tuner ready for the start of the analogue switch-off, now just a couple of years away. It also boasts an HDMI terminal and the technology to upscale standard definition material to high definition quality, a perfect partner for a new HD panel.

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. In addition, the 7 day Electronic Programme Guide EPG directs you through on-screen programme listings for the whole week ahead and makes recording selection even easier through options such as individual profile settings or search by genre. The DIGA DMREZ25 also has an analogue tuner, rising to the challenge of accommodating both consumers who have adequate Digital Broadcast reception and those who are yet to gear up for strong enough reception.

High definition (10801 720p) Up-conversion with HDMI 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.

The DMREZ25 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 DMREZ25 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.

500 Line Horizontal Resolution in LP Mode Panasonic DIGA technologies always ensure the highest quality of recordings even in Long-Play (LP) mode. Conventional recorders reduce horizontal line resolution when using LP mode. The DMREZ25 maintains the full 500 lines horizontal resolution in LP mode, allowing four whole hours (not just two) of recording to be put onto a standard DVD without sacrificing picture quality from the best quality XP mode.

Box Contains

  • DVD recorder
  • Remote Control
  • Manual
  • Antenna cable
  • A/V cable


  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great tuner - excellent performance 11 Jan 2007
    By rd5
    I've had one of these for about three weeks now. I chose this model for our main room because I wanted a DVD RAM recorder with a Freeview tuner: DVD RAM for general purpose "time-shifting" with easy deletion of material and for compatibility with an older Toshiba DVD RAM recorder I use in another room. I also wanted an easy source of digital channels without going into extra boxes, buying new TV, or even having my front lawn dug up to bring NTL cable in from the conduit in the road outside.

    We have a good quality aerial, about seven years old, but not one specially designed for digital reception, and our area has average analogue reception quality. The first four terrestrial channels are fine, we get Five, but it's grainy.

    On hooking up this recorder, the first thing you notice when it has finished its auto-setup routine is that the picture quality is excellent on all channels. Five is now as good as the others. The programme index works well and recording is easy to set up. Playback quality ids fine.

    Unlike a previous reviewer, I find the remote quite well laid out. They've used larger buttons and different colour coding for the most-used play-pause-stop functions and I think it works well, ergonomically. There will always be more functions and more to access with a digital system as opposed to an analogue one, and I think they've got the balance right, and resisted the temptation to cram so many buttons on to the remote that they're so small you need the fingers of a six-year-old to operate them accurately.

    I've no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending this machine. I sourced mine from an outlet which offered it as a multi-region player, which was also important to me.
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    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars for old fogeys AND technophobes 24 Dec 2006
    excellent piece of kit. My first dvd/freeview machine which I set up in about 10 minutes, it almost does it itself. Loads of tv and digital radio and easy to find and record. I had read about noise being a problem but this runs absolutely silently. I like the fact the remote can be tuned to almost any TV so you only need one unit to lose. The only minus I've found so far is that you can't record one programme and watch another on digital, but you can watch on analogue while recording digital.
    Highly recommended and a good bargain as well
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    30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Well thought out product 9 Jan 2007
    Prior to purchasing this I had considered a hard drive Freeview recorder as I wanted the facility of pausing TV, chase play etc. I didn't realise this was possible on DVD recorders but having read that this model can do that - if using DVD-RAM disks - I decided to go for this instead.

    Having now used this for a few days I think it does pretty much everything a HDD recorder can do with the added advantage of removable media. Timer recording from the EPG is easy - just press OK and it will take you straight to the timer programming with channel/start/stop time filled in. You can easily add a couple of minutes to the end as it defaults to the stop time for editing. Date/time/channel/title information is transferred to the DVD menu.

    Pause TV is a bit fiddly. If you are not already recording, you have to start recording, then press play for simultaneous playback and record, then pause. One button to do this would have been nice.

    If you have kids I would recommend using DVD-RAM cartridge disks. The disks don't need to be removed from the cartridge to go into the recorder and this helps keep them safe from grubby hands. The fact that the remote control can be programmed to operate volume/channel/AV even on non-Panasonic TVs is also a nice feature.

    My one gripe which is minor is that when recording widescreen broadcasts to non DVD-RAM disks it only records in 4:3 format and the widescreen switching flag is not recorded. This means on playback you have to manually set the TV to 16:9 to display the correct aspect otherwise you get black bars on the side and a squashed picture.

    There is some very slight noise from the fan when the unit is on but it is almost inaudible. I haven't experienced any clicking noise when playing a DVD.

    As the previous reviewer says it only has a single Freeview tuner so you cannot record one program and watch another. To do that you will need an integrated digital TV or a separate set top box.
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    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and competent all-in-one unit 2 April 2007
    By Neo
    I needed to get a freeview receiver and a dvd player for the bedroom and my new HD enabled Samsung LE23R71BX high definition TV, so took my chances with this unit. What was most attractive about the unit was that it can play and record on all known DVD and CD formats, as well as having an in-built SD card reader and writer. It can deal with cards up to 2GB. As I wasn't going to spend £500 on a standalone blue-ray player, it's ability to upgrade standard DVD disks to HD output was very tempting. Simply put, I get to keep all my DVD movies and watch them at HD quality. A case of having my cake and eating it too...

    This unit is unique in it's ability to read and write to DVD RAM disks. From a little investigation, this happens to be the best media for re-recording up to 10,000 times. A 4.7GB disk can record up to 4 hours. The unit intelligently labels all your recording so no more time wasted. It will also start recording from the end of your last recording so goodbye to the bad old days of repeated forwarding and rewinding to find the right spot. The other beauty about this is that all the movies that you record can then be played on standard DVD players, including those on your PC/laptop. Erasing unwanted movies takes only seconds and you are ready to go again. No more missing your fav shows or running out of tape etc.

    Having the SD card reader built-in also means that you can now copy all your digital pictures on to a DVD/CD media directly. No more messing around complicated CD/DVD software which can cost up to £50 on their own.
    It can read your digital pictures and have a screen show feature built-in to display your fav pictures on your TV screen. This is also done in High Definition mode if you have a high definition TV.

    The freeview receiver quality? Great.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Great while it lasted
    I bought this for its considerable versatility and connectivity. It's user friendly too. BUT it broke down and stopped reading DVDs after less than two years of light use, in the... Read more
    Published on 30 Aug 2009 by Mr. T. M. Goodier
    3.0 out of 5 stars fair-to-middling, bit pricey
    Have owned one of these for 18 months, is still working well with regular use -- mainly for recording a few Sky programs per week via SCART and watching DVDs. Read more
    Published on 7 Feb 2008 by Mr. C. A. Hunt
    5.0 out of 5 stars re previous reviews
    had this recorder for about a month now and i have had no problems with the manual nor any problems recording from sky+. Read more
    Published on 5 July 2007 by Mr. W. Hodgskin
    3.0 out of 5 stars Nice recorder -- Pity about the manual
    I think this may well be a very good machine. However, I've had this kit for 6 months now and have not got around to doing anything other than play pre recorded disks (which it... Read more
    Published on 3 July 2007 by Trumpf
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not so useful - even for a technophobe
    Although another reviewer suggested this was ideal for technophobes, I haven't found life with this unit very gratifying. Read more
    Published on 21 Jun 2007 by Technophobe
    1.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy
    Just received this in exchange for my previous Panasonic Recorder (DMR-ES20D) which was my 3rd in under a year. Made in Japan, err no, Slovakia. Read more
    Published on 14 Mar 2007 by tone-deaf
    2.0 out of 5 stars Noise and Feature-itis Problems
    Panasonic's use of DVD-RAM standards puts their recorders ahead of the competition for versatility and ease-of-use. Read more
    Published on 11 Dec 2006 by Amazon Customer
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