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Panasonic DMR-EX83EB-K 250GB HDD DVD Recorder with Freeview+

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  • Panasonic DVD recorder with Chroma Processor
  • 1080p Up-Conversion for HD viewing
  • HD Photo Slideshow with Music, Juke Box with gracenote
  • Auto Scene Chapter Function
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  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 43 x 5.9 cm ; 3.5 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 4.8 Kg
  • Item model number: DMR-EX83EB-K
  • ASIN: B0038VZXNW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 July 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,618 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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DIGA DVD Recorder with 250GB HDD & Freeview+

Upgrade standard definition DVDs and more to 1080p high definition, perfect for large screens.
Upgrade standard definition DVDs and more to 1080p high definition, perfect for large screens.

To fully enjoy today’s large-screen, high-definition TVs, you need a source for high-resolution images, such as Panasonic’s DIGA DVD Recorder. All DIGA models feature an original 1080p up-conversion function which converts signals from ordinary DVD discs and other recorded content into HD-quality signals that create spectacular image on a large-screen TV.

In the HDTV age, you’ll have a variety of AV components in your Living Room - and that means a lot of remote control units. VIERA Link takes all the confusion out of the operation. With VIERA Link function you can control all your components using only your VIERA’s remote control. Operation is easy, and there’s no more hunting around for separate remote controls.

Also in the HDTV age, different kinds of AV media come together. For example, you can view pictures taken with your digital camera or video camera on a large-screen TV. DIGA has the kind of network connectivity you need to enjoy it all. You can load a large amount of AV data from cameras and other components into a DIGA recorder, and enjoy easy playback, editing or storage. You don’t even need to use your PC.

What do you want to do in the HDTV age? With DIGA, the possibilities are endless!

View images and home movies straight from your SD card.
View images and home movies straight from your SD cards.

Camcorder and Digital Still Camera Linking

To store movie data from your digital video camera (HDD model or SD Memory Card model), simply connect it to the USB terminal of your compatible DIGA recorder and movie data can be transferred and stored directly on to the hard disc drive.

Besides the USB Terminal connection DIGA models equipped with an SD Card slot let you copy and view movies (MPEG2 data) recorded on an SD Memory Card of your SD Card Camcorder.

You do not own an HDD or SD Memory Card Camcorder? No problem, just use a DV cable and simply connect your digital video camera to the DV input terminal of your DIGA. There is no easier way to store and enjoy your home movies on a big screen! Similarly, as almost all DIGA models are now equipped with an SD Memory Card or USB terminal, any digital camera that uses an SD Memory Card or comes with a USB cable can be easily connected to your recorder to store or play a dazzling display of photos through a personalised, big screen-slide show from the comfort of your home. There is no easier way to store and enjoy your home movies on a big screen!

Store, navigate, and get information on all your CDs and MP3 music files.
Store, navigate, and get information on all your CDs and MP3 music files. Click here for a larger image

Jukebox with gracenote®* (CD Database)

As a jukebox, your DIGA DVD recorder can store all your CDs and MP3s onto its hard drive and through the pre-installed ‘Gracenote’ database with 350,000 albums**, will automatically store the track information as well. DIGA also supports the ID3Tag information that is embedded in MP3 music data, so whether your music collection is physical or digital, you can enjoy browsing through or quickly finding the right song for the moment.

Enjoy Multi Formats with USB Terminal

As DIGA can handle a wide number of different formats, such as JPEG, MP3 and DivX - all through the built-in USB terminal - you or friends can playback images or music straight from USB memory onto the big screen and speakers of your home entertainment system.

Quick Start

Panasonic’s DIGAs are equipped with a high-speed Quick Start functionality whereby the DVD-RAM discs and Hard Disk Drive are ready to record just one second after switching on the power. Just press the “REC” button and your DIGA will immediately begin recording the on-screen action - meaning you’ll never miss the scenes you want to catch again.

Furthermore, it is not only for recording. If you press the ‘GUIDE’ button when your DIGA is off, the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) will also display in less than 1 second in Quick Start mode.

Play more and store more with USB Terminal.
Play more and store more with USB Terminal. Click here for a larger image

VIERA Link

Connect a DIGA DVD recorder to your VIERA TV via an HDMI cable, and the TV channel setting information is automatically downloaded to the DIGA recorder. If you want to record the program you’re watching, you can start immediately by pressing the VIERA Link button on the VIERA remote control and selecting “Direct TV Rec.” on the VIERA Link menu screen. Pause Live TV lets you freeze TV programmes just like pausing a DVD, by selecting "Pause Live TV" on the VIERA Link Menu.

1080p Technology

Simply connect your DIGA to your HDTV using a HDMI cable, and DVD recordings as well as TV programmes are automatically up-converted to HDTV compatible 1080p HD signals. This lets you enjoy beautiful images by taking full advantage of the capabilities of your HDTV. The conversion process boosts the amount of image information by about 5 times, so pictures are clear and beautiful.

Experience standard definition images in 1080p glory with Panasonic's upscaling technology.
Experience standard definition images in 1080p glory with Panasonic's upscaling technology. Click here for a larger image

Ordinary TV broadcasts and DVD discs provide SD images with 576 x 640 or 576 x 720 pixels. Today’s newest HDTVs on the other hand can display images with 1080 x1920 pixels. HDTVs require high-quality image sources suitable for their large screens. If the optimisation process for high-quality images is inadequate, the picture can become blurry or grainy.

DIGA’s original i/p conversion and up-conversion functions solve this problem. These functions convert SD signal from DVD discs or DIGA’s own hard disk drive into 1080p signals that provide high resolution images. The conversion process boosts the amount of image information by about 5 times, so pictures are clear and beautiful. The information obtained in this process is used to create smooth, natural-looking, high-resolution 1080p images.

Up-Conversion

Creating a HD image from a non-HD source requires as much information as possible about each pixel in the original image. In the up-conversion process, DIGA calculates eight pixels in the horizontal and eight pixels in the vertical direction at the same time using a high-speed algorithm. The information obtained in this process is used to create smooth, natural-looking, high-resolution 1080p images.

* Gracenote and CDDB are registered trademarks of Gracenote. The Gracenote logo and logotype are trademarks of Gracenote.
**CD database of approx. 350,000 albums is pre-installed onto DIGA


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I bought this as my Samsung recorder decided to develop a mind of its own and refused to play DVDs by just chucking them out. Having used this for a few days I am very impressed, both by picture and sound quality. The usual features are there such as speed copying from HD to DVD, upscaling for better quality video, USB slot, and a SD slot. A power saving innovation I truly like is that the unit can be timed to switch off completely so power does not even flow via the aerial cable to the TV. The great thing is you can set the time when this should happen. I have set it from midnight to 6 am, a period when I am unlikely to turn on the TV.
The menus are quite straightforward and logical but takes time to get used to. Once you do, it all gels together. The basic functions, such as recording, playing, copying are easy to learn and intuitive. For more complex operations, settle down for a good long read but the manual is well laid out. Some clear thinking has gone into writing this.
For me a real bonus is a feature I found when copying from HD to DVD. Even if the recording on the hard disk is XP quality which would amount to a maximum of an hour on a DVD; if you choose to copy more than an hours worth of XP quality video to a DVD, it calculates the quality EP, LP or whatever, it needs to be to get it all in.
To be honest, it all looks good. Even the remote is very nice, ergonomic and responsive. One thing that puzzled me initially was trying to find a button on the remote to open and shut the DVD tray. It doesn't exist! What a so and so...I thought. Then I realized that to insert a DVD or remove one, you have to go the recorder anyway, so what exactly would a button on the remote to do that actually achieve?
Well done, Panasonic. I just hope this lasts longer than my previous machine.
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I had an older panasonic hard drive that broke down, so when it came to buying a replacement I knew my way around the remote control which made the setup from scratch very easy.

The replacement that I wanted had to have series record function, which this unit has and I am delighted with its performance to date.The way it stacks the series together in one folder makes ir very easy to find the recording that you want.

The unit it replaced also had an anoying tendancy to stop recording a minute or two before the end of the programme when porgerammed via the guide forcing me to manually adjust the timer on each recording. The new one however has so far worked brilliantly.

In conclusion I can recommend this product.
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Upgraded to Sony Bravia tv and bought this as it has the Freeview+ built in. Read the mammoth book of instructions before connecting, set up was very quick, talks happily to the Bravia and the picture quality is brilliant, even connected by scart as it is at present. Recording from the guide is easy, though the quick moving adverts were off-putting at first. Quality and build well up to my previous es10 and works in similar way so not too much of learning curve. Hadn't appreciated the ability to be able to copy from hdd to dvd at high speed, that really is a bonus! All in all am delighted to see that Panasonic has produced another winner.
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It should be really easy to record programmes to the hard drive with this machine: you just select what you want to record from the EPG, and the timer is automatically set. The trouble is that it just doesn't work. You can select the programmes fine, they appear in the timer list just fine, but the machine only records them sometimes. The rest of the time it just "forgets" to record, for no readily apparent reason. I estimate this failure happens for about 20% of programmes I've tried to record, with no pattern I can see: it happens on various channels, at various times.

When it's failed to record, the programme is still in the timer list, with an "!" in the Drive Space column, even though the hard drive is very far from full and has way more free space than is needed, and there are no overlapping recordings. Sometimes I've watched it fail. The machine is in standby, with the red clock showing on the display. The wanted programme begins transmission, but it fails to start recording. If I then turn the recorder on manually from standby during the programme, it "notices" and starts recording.

This is very poor. If it can't be relied upon to record programmes, an HDD recorder is rather a pointless thing to own. Unfortunately, I've had mine for more than 30 days (I'm not a heavy user, so it took me a while to notice the problem) so it's too late to send it back.

UPDATE: I've found this problem only occurs if you use the "Power Save in Standby" feature [it's under the settings menu/others/standby settings]. If I set this to "Off" then timer recording seems to work.
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Having had experience of the Panasonic model DMR-EX75 I was pretty sure that it would meet my needs and expectations. It arrived in rapid order and once installed, which didn't take long at all, I was confirmed in my belief that this was the recorder and player for me. Despite being in my late 70's I find the controls easy and intuitive to use. Performance is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to have a recorder and player in one machine.
How would I rate it? Top of the class.
James McBelk Esq.
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