Panasonic DMR-EX768EBK Freeview+ 160GB Hard Drive DVD Recorder 1080P Up-Conversion - Black
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- 160GB HDD with Max 284 Hrs Recording Time
- DVB-T Tuner
- Freeview Playback: Pause Live-TV, Series Link with grouping View, Accurate Record, Schedule Change
- New Viera Link with Direct TV Record
- 1080P Upconversion
- New Picture Processorwith Adaptive Noise Reduction
- HDMI 1.3 with Deep Colour
- Super Multi Format Rec + Play
- 1-sec Quick Start
- 500 Line LP Mode
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Top Customer Reviews
Its main advantage over other disc recorders is that the LP mode (allowing you to put about 4 hr 15 mins onto a DVD) has the same 500 lines of resolution as the SP mode which makes it very economical. I can't tell the difference on my (relatively small screened) TV between LP and SP and consequently usually use the former. Possibly there is a noticeable difference on larger screens.
A slight disappointment is that the inbuilt Freeview receiver doesn't seem quite as good as my old external Panasonic TU-CT41 box.
A step backwards is the abysmal "Guide Plus" EPG which replaces the old Freeview guide. It has space-wasting and distracting high contrast adverts on the left (mostly for BBC magazines) which change frequently making the whole thing so difficult, slow and unpleasant to use that I've reverted to using my external box for programme information.
Panasonic have a good reputation with their DVD recorders, and this unit can only strengthen it. Anyone who already owns a "Panny" will instantly feel at home as the design structure of the menus and navigation is identical to previous models - clear, intuitive, and quite attractive.
The major addition to their latest releases is a Freeview tuner. Once you set up and switch on for the first time, it will automatically search and store channels. You can flick through the channels with the EPG, which is where the Panasonic falls down a little.
Instead of a digital EPG, only a Guideplus EPG is provided. This achieves the same end result, but the programme data isn't updated as regularly and the interface looks more rudimentary and basic than Panasonic's user interface (mentioned earlier). Oh and there are adverts on one side of the screen.
The features available are excellent. You can record one episode of a programme or an entire series with a few button presses. If you record a film which is split in two, for the news for example, the Panasonic will automatically cut it out. Whilst recording, you can watch another recording on the hard drive or DVD. There is a selection of recording qualities from XP to EP.
The Panasonic's editing facilites are as good as ever, with the ability to name, erase and create chapters and playlists. When transferring to DVD (permanently), there is also a choice of menu screens to use.
The remote is well laid out and uncomplicated, though the responsiveness could be better. The good news is that the flimsy scroll wheel from past units has been removed.Read more ›
I do not regret the decision to buy this at all. A very competant machine indeed.
It was set up and recorded within about 10-15 minutes from me opening the box, so very easy in terms of set up. Very good recording quality, and I like the whole "sky plus" set up, picking the programme you want to record and within seconds it has been set to record.
If you are looking for a DVD recorder with hard drive, this is the machine for you!
There are however, some strange and irritating features.
1. This is the first remote control I have seen with no evidence of a Mute button. Nor does Mute appear in the index of the manual.
2. It will record without subtitles unless you figure out how to, and tell it to do so.
3. Once you have recorded with subtitles, you cannot switch them off.
4. According to the manual, it has a high speed copy, but I haven't found out how to use it yet.
5. But the most irritating of all, is that there is an advert in the Guide screen. This is really annoying because:
5.1 This is not a cheap item, like my PVR which has a 2-week guide and no advert
5.2 the advert cannot be removed
5.2 The Guide is not as good as the PVR because the Advert takes up too much of the screen
The only negatives are that there is no HDMI lead in the box and that the manual is a bit confusing, which seems to be a Panasonic trait.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a gift for someone and they were very impressed with it. Did everything they wanted.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am happy with what it gives me but I thought it had an HD viewing ability however I can't watch BBC 101 OR 102Published on 6 April 2014 by tony cossey
Operated without issue since purchase. Was connected to standard Sky box to act as single tuner DVR. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2014 by Amazon Customer
After 4.5 years of owning this product, I have just taken it to the tip. It started dying on me. Recordings lacked sound, and other funny things started happening. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2013 by Uncle Bucket
I bought this to complement my very excellent Panasonic TX-32LZD85 LCD TV. Unfortunately, this has been a total disappointment and it does not measure up to the high quality of the... Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2013 by Raoul Duke
as so many people comment, it is good when it works, but after just over 2 years the hard drive has stopped working and it no longer recognises any dvds. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2010 by The Nellmeister
Owned one of these for just under 2 years and when attempting to transfer from HDD to DVD the drive has packed in. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2010 by A. Messenger