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Fantastic quality, but real pity no integrated digital tuner.
on 2 March 2008
I read the reviews already posted for this product before I purchased it from Amazon. I have to agree with all of the positive feedback and would say that watching a DVD on this recorder is an absolutely tremendous experience.
However, and it's quite a big 'however', I find it pretty useless for a DVD Recorder, being more akin to an old VCR than a DVD Player, not to have a built-in digital tuner. Apparently you can download digital channels from a Freeview equipped telly, but I haven't been able to yet and when I can, I will only be able to record digital output when the TV is on. In other words, I won't be able to do timer recordings unless the TV is on.
Bearing in mind the fact that the analogue signal will be turned off over the next couple of years in the UK, I think the lack of an integrated digital tuner is pretty lousy.
That said, if you have Sky or a digital set-top box, I wouldn't think the issues I'm having would be relevant.
Asides from this, as indicated above I can't see how a Blu Ray could be any more crisp than the picture quality provided by the upscaling on this machine.