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Great tuner - excellent performance
on 11 January 2007
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. If you don't need a hard drive recorder it should be at the top of your list. It records all the other DVD formats, replays picture CDs and Jpegs, and there's a SD card reader/recorder slot in the front panel.
A few points to note: 1. It won't do DiVX, and that may be important to you. 2. If you are going to use DVD RAM disks, they are less common than the other formats and you may have to shop around for them. 3. If you are going to hook up the sound to your home cinema set-up, the digital output is optical, not co-ax, which may mean you have to buy a new lead, like I did.