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Samsung DVD-SH855M - DVD Recorder 250Gb Hard Drive - With Freeview & HDMI

by Samsung

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  • 250 Gb capacity hard disc recording with single tray style DVD recording aswell
  • Upto 430 hours of recording on hard disc
  • Built in Freeview tuner to receive free to air digital channels
  • HDMI connection socket
  • USB 2.0 Host connection with Pictbridge capabilities
  • Black slimline design
  • 6 Language OSD/GUI
  • Playable formats are Hard disc , DVD , DVD-RAM , DVD-RW , DVD-R , DVD+R , DVD+RW , VCD (w/o logo) , SVCD (w/o logo) , MPEG4 (DIVX) , CD , CD-R , CD-RW , MP3 , JPEG
  • Recording formats are Hard Disc , DVD-R , DVD-RW , DVD+R , DVD+RW , DVD-RAM , plus dual layer recording capability
  • Recording time modes are XP/SP/LP/EP/SEP
  • Recording times in hours XP 1 , SP 2 , LP 4 , EP 8
  • 10 bit Video signal processing
  • Progressive scan output
  • 24 bit Audio signal processing
  • Dolby Digital and DTS out
  • PCM , Bit Stream audio out
  • Region 2 compatible
  • Intelligent auto setup with auto channel sorting and mapping
  • Auto detect station name
  • 12 event 1 month timer
  • VPS , PDC timer programming
  • 16 step One Touch Record instant timer recording
  • Scan search speeds x 2 to x 128 6 step
  • Slow step speed x0.125 x0.25 x0.5
  • Step forward reverse and Zoom x2 x4
  • Resume playback , x1.7 playback with audio , repeat , marker
  • Bookmark , custom parental control
  • Time slip and Time shift 'live' TV puase
  • EZ Recording function and EVQ Enhanced Video Quality
  • Quick dubbing x 8 speed
  • Gemstar compatible for GCode , Showview , Videoplus
  • Automatic chapter creation
  • Clock with auto set
  • PAL , SECAM broadcast systems
  • Audio output A2 mono , Nicam stereo
  • HDMI x 1
  • USB 2.0 x 1
  • 2 x scart connections
  • Audio output jack L/R
  • SVideo out x 1
  • Component video out x 1
  • Digital audio out Optical and Coaxial
  • AV in x 1
  • DV in x 1
  • RF in x 1
  • RF out x 1 without modulator
  • Remote control included AAA battery type (included)
  • AV cable , RF cable , User Manual , Quick start guide , Warranty Card included
  • Product dimensions H59mm W430mm D330mm Weight 4.5kg
  • Packaged dimensions H155mm W514mm D437mm Weight 5.8 kg

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

  • Boxed-product Weight: 6 Kg
  • Item model number: DVD-SH855M/XEU
  • ASIN: B000O14E9S
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 25 Jun 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,748 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Jan 2008
Hi,

I have or rather, had this machine. I did manage to set it up, eventually, but it's not very intuitive, I suspect that it's a 3rd party that has written the software for Samsung, that can be the only explanation as to the way that it works (or doesn't really). I bought this machine really as it was one of those that I found that had an HDMI output.

I have sent the machine back to Amazon for refund as it refused to release one of a set of DVD's from it's DVD drive. It just sat there with "LOADING" on its front display. I found no way of convincing it to release my DVD. I did get it to change from "LOADING" to "EJECT", but that had the same result, no DVD released.

I am not very happy at all as you may well understand, I may well be very unlucky. But now I will have to get a replacement Set of DVD's to replace one.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Jagger on 16 Nov 2007
The unit is stylish and has a good quality LED display, the fan in the back is hardly audible. However, everything you try to do is slow. The digital TV guide takes ages to refresh and scroll down the channels, even updating the Info on the current channel takes its time. Picture quality is excellent on LCD televisions, but it only deserves 1 star because of the speed. We live in a world where technology moves so fast- except this machine! Excellent features if you can be bothered to wait for them.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Purple Ferret VINE VOICE on 26 Oct 2007
Sadly I must confirm the two first reviews, and can only offer "Mike30" my congratulations on finding one of these products that works properly.

Mine wouldn't record from the timer. At first I thought it was me, but after about four weeks of useage I felt I was sufficiently familiar with the unit to conclude that the problem was with the product, not me! Samsung asked me to deliver it to the local appointed service agent, which I did. I was told by staff there that this is a common problem and that many units suffer the same fault. Repairs require a replacement part which needs ordering from Japan, and will take about a week to arrive... Oh dear, If only I'd read these reviews first!
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By S. Fretwell on 9 Sep 2007
The features on this unit would make a brilliant unit... If they worked properly. The EPG takes forever to update, my Samsung TV will not detect the DVD on the HDMI link unless the DVD is turned on before the TV (don't know if this is a TV or DVD prob!). Videoplus can only record from analogue channels.... The list goes on. Save you money and look elsewhere.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. D. Garfield on 23 Oct 2007
I have now played with this unit for a very short period in under a week and now seem to understand basically everything I need to know about recording and playing DVDs, very easy to use.
Using the EPG guide for recording I can say I have had no problems what-so-ever, each page refreshes very quickly with no problems. I cannot understand how some people blame the unit for picture quality when in fact it is their own reception. Check you're aerial. Using the recording function to DVD and playing it back I had no problems but would say you must use the correct DVD -R/RW otherwise you will not be able to finalizing your DVD for other DVD players to play. The TV turner upscale to 1080i onto your LCD TV and picture quality is second to none. There is a wide range of recording formats to use for recording. Tip for best play back use XP for recording to hard drive. I have no regrets what-so-ever in buying this product and would recommend this to anyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Maskill on 13 Jun 2008
I've had this machine for about 9 months and it really is the pits when it comes to user friendliness. This is a shame because the picture quality is very good and the features are comprehensive. A list of woes:
Complicated remote control
Programme guide takes forever to load the information it requires.
Defaults to analogue TV (not digital)
PCM and bitstream must be manually selected every time you switch from TV to 5.1 DVDs - unless you like listening to a buzzing noise. Keep it on pcm if you don't mind missing out on 5.1 surround sound.
Frequently freezes requiring the machine to be switched off at the mains.
Response time is so slow you occasionally push the remote buttons more than once. This results in two or more responses from the machine (it's easy to jump from BBC1 straight to Channel 5 having missed out BBC2 ITV and Channel 4 if you see what I mean).
Recording TV onto HDD should be straight forward but it's definitely not. I'm the only person in the house who can do this reliably which means the kids can only record what they're watching when I'm around. No, they're not retarded, they just sometimes miss out one of the 7 steps required.
Boot up time is extremely slow. I wondered what happened to all the ZX81 processors when the Sinclair Spectrum came out - I guess Samsung are using them in this machine.....
If you are very patient (and lets face it, we blokes are not) then you might like this machine. Such a shame Samsung are selling this - it's put me off them for life.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Macdonald on 2 April 2008
Bought and returned within 48 hours. Guide book unintelligible.Remote control confusing and poorly laid out. Battled for 10 hours to try and get it to do anything it claimed it could. Avoid this one folks. A real turkey!!

Dennis Macdonald (Dunblane 2/4/08)
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