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Panasonic DMR-EX88EB-K Freeview+ 400GB HDD DVD Recorder

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  • 400GB Hard Disk Drive
  • Full HD 1080p Up-Conversion
  • SD card slot
  • Integrated Freeview Digital Tuner
  • USB Terminal
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  • Boxed-product Weight: 6 Kg
  • Item model number: DMR-EX88EB-K
  • ASIN: B0015M0MZK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 16 Mar. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,339 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

  • Full HD 1080p Up-Conversion
  • SD card slot
  • Integrated Freeview Digital Tuner
  • USB Terminal

Manufacturer's Description

Panasonic Blu-ray DMP-BD30

Freeview Playback

Freeview Playback
All of 2008 Hard Drive models have features designed to make TV recording super convenient, including detection of schedule changes, series recording and the ability to pause live TV.
Pause Live TV
Pause Live TV lets you freeze TV programmes just like pausing a DVD, by selecting "Pause Live TV" on the VIERA Link menu. With VIERA Link you can even access Pause Live TV from the VIERA remote control. The TV programme is temporarily saved on the hard disk drive so you can watch the rest of the programme, precisely from the stopped frame, at a later time. * When 8 hours have passed since the programme was recorded, the image is deleted in successive 30-minute lengths. * This function is available for Panasonic products that support VIERA Link (HDAVI Control 3).

Deep Colour

Deep Colour
DIGA is Deep Colour ready, which means they can reproduce images with 12-bit, 4,096-step gradation. You enjoy exceptionally rich, naturallooking colours, with smooth, detailed gradation and minimal colour banding (the TV must also be Deep Colour compatible).

1080p Up - Conversion

1080p Up - Conversion
Ordinary TV broadcasts and DVD discs provide SD images with 576 x 640 pixels or 576 x 720 pixels. Today‘s newest HDTVs, on the other hand, can display images with 1080 x 1920 pixels. HDTVs require high-quality image sources suitable for their large screens. If the optimization 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 signals from DVD discs or DIGA‘s own hard disc 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.

Intelligent I/P Conversion

Intelligent I/P Conversion
DIGA uses Precision Pixel Generation technology in combination with three advanced functions - Pixel-Based Motion Adaptive, Diagonal Processing, and 2:2 Detection and Processing - to apply the type of i/p conversion that best suits the image. Precise Pixel Generation - Using a high-speed algorithm, this technology generates a new pixel for an image area from information obtained from 60 neighbouring pixels.

DVB-T Adaptive Noise Reduction

DVB-T Adaptive Noise Reduction
The DVB-T Adaptive Noise Reduction detects and removes the block noise that is unique to digital broadcasts. It helps deliver beautiful pictures with minimal noise.

Super Multi Format

Super Multi Format
All DIGA DVD recorders offer the ease and convenience of Super Multi- Format Recording and Playback, which lets users play all of their DVDs, regardless of the recording format. DIGA models can record and play back DVD-RAM, DVD-R1 2, DVD-R DL1 2 3, DVD-RW1 3, +R, +R DL3, +RW discs. So you don't have to worry about whether your DIGA can play back everything in your current video library.

Jukebox with gracenote (CD Database)

Jukebox with gracenote (CD Database)
Data from music CDs and USB devices can easily be transferred to the DIGA hard disk drive. It supports gracenote®, so titles and artist names are automatically saved together with the music CD data. It also supports the ID3Tag title information that is embedded in MP3 music data. The new DIGA is like a jukebox filled with your favourite music.

Enjoy Multi Format with USB Terminal

Enjoy Multi Format with USB Terminal
DIGA recorder can also play JPEG, MP3 and DivX® files stored on a USB device, and they can transfer JPEG, MP3 data onto hard disk drive.

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It will help you to know that I also have a very similar DMR-E95H (the old flagship) which I have used a lot for the last 4 years. The E95H is now starting to give problems (it appears that the hard disk is very hesitant to start) but it has been extremely useful and I did not hesitate to get another Panasonic machine - even though they share the same drawbacks!

The E95H picture is good but the DMR EX88 picture is better in virtually every respect. One very minor quibble is that when viewing my TV (Viera TX32LXD1) via the DMR-EX88's tuner, the picture looks perfect until you do an A to B comparison with the TV's own tuner. If you do that you can see that there is an artificial smoothness introduced by the EX88. You lose a small element of fine 'texture' so that skin looks smoother than it is on the TV's own tuner. It is as if the EX88 has a filter of some sort which has 'decided' that the skin texture is 'noise' - so it has cut it out.

Don't misunderstand me, the picture via the EX88's tuner looks incredibly sharp, it just loses a little something in the extra processing but you would never normally look that carefully. Without doing that A to B comparison I would probably consider it 'perfect'. It actually looks sharper than the Viera's own tuner but that may be an illusion brought about by the 'noise' reduction in much the same way that a cartoon image always looks sharp on LCD screens. Presumably because there is no subtlety in the image. It is the subtlety that can reveal an LCD screen's dot-crawl shortcomings. On the other hand, maybe the 'diagonal recognition software' in the EX88 is actually making it sharper - difficult to tell. If you have ever done your own photographic developing you may be aware of the 'edge enhancement' of some Black and White developers.
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Well I have to say after two weeks of use I'm absolutely knocked out by it's performance. The picture quality is superb and the copy quality from the Hard Drive is the best I've seen. Having had two previous Panasonic recorder/hdd combo's this really is their best yet.
As a previous reviewer noted the instruction details could do with a user friendly tweak, but that aside I have yet to see a better machine.
If you use and record from a HD source you will require calming measures as the end product should carry a Government health warning.
So should you be in the market for a dvd/hdd recorder look no further.
Highly recommended.
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I bought a Panasonic DMR EX88EB after a truly awful experience with the buggy rushed-to-market Philips DVDR 5570H.

Unlike the Philips machine, the Panasonic just gets on with the job - the EPG was downloaded within minutes of the first power up, the unit responds to remote control button presses quickly, it hasn't crashed once, it's recorded everything I asked it to, and it all just works. Picture quality is noticeably better than the Philips too.

Interestingly, my TV now switches to the HDMI input within two or so seconds. It would take 5-10 seconds with the Philips machine (including 2 seconds of bright green screen - very Doctor Who!).

Some quirks with the Panasonic I've found so far:

- You need a Scart lead during the initial setup (and one isn't supplied in the box), even if you only intend to use HDMI. This isn't documented in the patchy instruction manual. Once the Panasonic and your TV have agreed to talk to each other via HDMI (this happens towards the end of the initial setup), various HDMI menus become available, and you can unplug the bulky Scart lead and put it away.

- You can't set another timed recording whilst the machine is recording something. You can't even view the Guide. Odd.

- There's a mysterious comb filter in the picture menu. It isn't explained anywhere in the manual what this really does for you.

- Most people are using HD TVs, and most are 1080i or p. The Machine's user interface is clearly designed for a much lower resolution, so looks blocky and pixellated on a decent TV. Scalable font technology has been around for years, so I can't see why Panasonic can't tidy this up. It is 2008 after all (or even 2009 when you read this).

Finally, and please excuse the shouting, but THERE IS NO ANALOGUE TUNER built in. If you can't get high quality Digital TV signals in your area, the Panasonic is not the machine for you.

Otherwise, buy one!
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I hate writing negative reviews and this was the first bad experience I've had with the many Panasonic products I've bought over the years. The basic functions of the machine are pretty much like my old DMRE58 machine which I was very fond of but sadly passed away recently.

First disappointment- , I bought the EX88 over the EX78 because I read it has an SD card input slot for video. So it does and I expected it to play and load video from my new panasonic HD camcorder directly. In brief - it won't. Doesn't read or play any files in AVCHD format which my camera ( a Panasonic HDD) uses. I thought this was scandalous! Even with SD Video format it wont play directly from the SD card. You have to download everything first which takes ages so you might as well play and record through the camera cables at real time speed as with any other HDD recorder.
I was also looking forward to the jukebox like mp3 library capability. I then discovered there is no way of transferring mp3 or cd data back onto card or disk so backups are impossible. Amazingly the manual actually advises you make backups if you have any problem with the HDD drive - then later in the text tells you this cannot be done.??? So if you build up an extensive jukebox collection of your music and it will die with the machine. However, since there is no search by word facility for albums or tracks you will have to slog through vast lists to find the song you want or spend a lot of time making lists in an order of preference. With 300 albums or 3000 tracks available this means you'll lose all patience with it long before backing up becomes a problem. Another thing you'll lose patience with is the starting up time which takes an eternity unless you leave in quick standby mode ( 15W continuous day and night ).
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