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Philips DVDR3480 - DVD Player & Recorder

by Philips
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Dual Media conveniently records on DVD+-R/RW, DVD+R DL
  • Plays DivX, MP3, WMA and JPEG digital camera photos
  • DivX Ultra Certified for enhanced playback of DivX videos
  • Record up to 12 hours on double-layer discs
  • i.LINK digital input for perfect digital camcorder copies
  • USB Direct plays photos and music from USB flash drives
  • SmartAlgo ensures recording quality and compatibility�

Region Two Playback Only

Blu-ray players and DVD players sold by Amazon.co.uk play UK (Region Two) Blu-ray discs and DVDs only. Discs from other regions will not play on these products.

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 32.2 x 36 x 4.5 cm ; 3 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 4.1 Kg
  • Item model number: DVDR3480/05
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Mar 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,667 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Dual Media conveniently records on DVD+-R/RW, DVD+R DL

Philips DVD Recorders support 'dual media' recording - the ability to create recordings on DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R DL discs. Now you can buy any disc and the Philips recorder will always create fully compatible recordings, which can be played by any DVD player.

Plays DivX, MP3, WMA and JPEG digital camera photos

Play virtually any media format you want - whether they be DivX, MP3s, WMA or JPEGs. Experience the unbeatable convenience of great playability and the luxury of sharing media files on your TV or home theatre system - in the comfort of your living room.

DivX Ultra Certified for enhanced playback of DivX videos

DivX Ultra combines DivX playback with great features like integrated subtitles, multiple audio languages, multiple tracks and menus into one convenient file format.


Play virtually any disc you want - whether they be CDs, (S)VCDs, DVDs, DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW or DVD+R DL. Experience unbeatable flexibility and the convenience of playing all your discs on the one device.

Record up to 12 hours on double-layer discs

The 12-hour record mode available on specific DVD recorder models lets you record up to 12 hours of video on DVD+R double layer disc.

i.LINK digital input for perfect digital camcorder copies

Also known as IEEE 1394 and FireWire, i.Link carries all audio and video signals via a single cable digitally, with no loss in picture and sound quality. With i.Link digital video input, you can copy your home videos in their original digital picture quality.

USB Direct plays photos and music from USB flash drives

Simply plug your device into the USB port on your Philips DVD system. Your digital music and photos will be played directly from the device. Now you can share your favourite moments with family and friends.

SmartAlgo ensures recording quality and compatibility

SmartAlgo ensures quality recordings, regardless of disc format or quality. Its patented self-learning adaptive technology chooses the optimal write strategy for the particular disc that is being used. By doing this, it significantly improves the reliability of the recording, ensuring zero failures when recording and guaranteeing playback compatibility.


Box Contains

  • 2 x AAA batteries
  • Quick start guide
  • Remote control
  • User manual
  • RF antenna cable
  • Warranty leaflet

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    81 of 81 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Machine Fantastic Price 27 Dec 2007
    After looking at all the DVD recorders out there at the moment this was the one I'm glad I purchased and will serve until digital DVD recorders come down in price. As it stands, this records from my freeview box no problem.

    Play back quality is fantastic.

    Has six recording modes from HQ (High Quality) to SLP (Super Long Play) six hours recording at VHS standard.

    Another bonus, you can connect a VCR and very easily record all your memories onto DVD, I'm going to do this for my mother as she has a lot of VHS-C tapes of holidays etc

    Overall there is nothing to fault this machine and I'd recommend as a best buy to anyone and a big plus is that it can be made region free

    With NO disc in your DVDR3480-player you press SETUP on the remote and then press this code: 5 0 1 8 ,now you can pick Region-code with the remote from 0-6


    Press OK then setup
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    35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Philips = Easy! 3 Sep 2007
    By Andrew
    I bought this DVD Recorder/Player from a well known supermarket (*cough* ASDA *cough) for 98 because it was from a well known brand, Philips.

    Having owned a Sanyo VCR for years to record (i used the VCR to record and had a normal DVD Player), i expected it to be really hard to set up, as i can remember the Sanyo being very hard to set up and get used to.
    However to my surprise it was easy as anything!
    You just connect the scart to the sat/cab/stb reciever, then the arial from the dvd recorder to TV and woolah! Done, ready to record and watch DVD's.

    There is a USB Port on the front, which i have used to watch some films i downloaded online (LEGALLY! Of Divx VOD)and some other inputs.

    All for in all a excellent Player/Recorder from Philips, the co-inventer of the compact disc/dvd ;-)
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    30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good value but No VideoPlus! 18 Aug 2007
    This latest offering from Philip's is very good it looks nice performs quietly, has lots of features and I am glad at last we see the likes of Philips offering a USB socket as well as a DV in socket on their latest DVD Recorder.

    However it seems that all this may come at a cost because on this model where they have given you some extra features over their older DVD Recorders they have not included VideoPlus timer setting on this model - something what Philips have offered on their previous models, strange that and that is why I have given them only 4 stars.

    The front LED Display panel has suffered as well. On this model they have included a horrible yucky green 'Digit' type display reminiscent of the 80's VCR's and it makes the otherwise expensive looking sleek front design of the recorder look very cheap and lets it down immensely, also cutting down the information displayed on the front. This must have been a cost cutting exercise for philips.

    The remote control is very good (although it looks like it should light up in the dark and it hasn't even green fluorescent type buttons!) the onscreen displays and menus and settings are very good. I haven't tried any Dual Layer disks or DIVx disc's in the recorder yet so I cannot comment on that.

    One other neat feature is that I could plug my Digital Camera straight into the USB socket at the front of the DVD Recorder and start viewing my photos instantly on the TV screen - alas though there does not seem a way to record them straight onto a DVD disc which is a shame.

    All in all a very good buy and worked out cheaper than my previous Philips DVD Recorder which was a DVDR3380. If I could only find a working multiregion code now it will be even better.
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Phillips DVDR3480 29 May 2008
    I don't normally type a review, but thought I would type one for this product as some of the reviews I feel are unfair.

    This is possibly the cheapest named brand dvd recorder, so we aren't looking at a top of the range bargain, it's basic but it does exactly what it says on the box.

    What I would say is how good you find this product depends on your needs, for me I have sky + so I don't need this product to do live recording I just want it to copy programmes from Sky +, so my requirements were quite basic. Also for me this DVD player is an upgrade for me, as my last dvd player was a 25.00 cheapy from Tescos. If you were looking to do live recording then although this machine would do the job I would suggest getting a DVD Ram capable dvd recorder.

    I have bought this machine today, and the set up took 5 minutes, so nice and simple, I have tested all it's functions and I am pleased with the results so far. Picture quality is good, sound is clear and crisp and the machine is straight forward to use without the manual. The machine does have a whirring noise when playing a disc, but not noticeable when you start to watch something.

    The remote control is possibly the weakest point of the DVD, but not in the way other reviews have found, the remote control responds quickly and there is no wait, now this could be down to me buying this a few months later than those reviews and philips have made some adjustments, or because my old DVD player was soo slow that this seem quicker. My only complaint (and this is very minor) is that the menu button isn't labeled 'menu' but disc instead, it took me a couple of minutes to suss that out.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Philips DVDR 3480
    My Philips 3480 DVD recorder is now about 4 years old so does have a few problems with noise, draw jamming. Plays and records quite good on any disc ive put in it. Read more
    Published on 8 Feb 2012 by markuk
    5.0 out of 5 stars Phillips DVDR3480
    excellent value, does exactly what it says on the tin. easy to use,need to read the manual to extract all features, definitely recommend!
    Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Dragonslore
    3.0 out of 5 stars Don't install the firmware upgrade.!!!
    The unit has been fantastic, and very simple to use. However, I installed the firmware upgrade downloaded from the Philips website, and since that it won't load -RW discs. Read more
    Published on 25 Nov 2010 by Phil
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good,but some niggles
    I've owned this product for several years now,and have found its performance on the whole to be very good. Read more
    Published on 28 July 2010 by Rokkit
    3.0 out of 5 stars You love it, you hate it.
    First of all, this player plays anything, and rarely skips. I have nothing bad to say about play back. Read more
    Published on 7 July 2010 by Joan F Kennedy
    1.0 out of 5 stars I agree with all faults listed. can't open drawer or read discs
    Why can't you give zero -stars....(I suppose a review service operated by a shop wouldn't dare have their products declared worthless. Read more
    Published on 27 May 2010 by B. Keown
    1.0 out of 5 stars when will i learn, philips prods suck
    was working excellent, had for almost a year and only recently had more bother with the dvd recorder. Not recognizing discs (I only use the best, never cheap discs! Read more
    Published on 18 Jan 2010 by S. Wells
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not happy with this at all
    My recorder has been in the repair shop twice. It still doesn't recognise some blank dvds....and they are all different makes. Read more
    Published on 12 Jan 2010 by Eileen Banks
    3.0 out of 5 stars Does its everyday job
    This one is more reliable than the two ones I owned before from other brands. Well, after 5 months the drawer would not open, but was repaired and since then has no problems,... Read more
    Published on 29 Nov 2009 by Kritischer Konsument
    4.0 out of 5 stars dvd recorder
    bought this for my mum who wanted one that was easy to use, i showed her once how it works and she picked it up straight, it looks good, doesn't do anything fancy which is ok for... Read more
    Published on 18 Nov 2009 by Joanne Greaves
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