Philips DVDR70 Multi Region Capable DVD Recorder
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- Digital picture and sound quality for the ultimate viewing experience
- Record from TV in digital quality on DVD
- Copy your favourite camcorder tapes for life
- RGB Component Video Input for the best digital recording quality
- 2-channel Dolby Digital encoder for perfect recording of stereo and Dolby Pro Logic audio
- 24-bit digital-to-analogue conversion for top quality sound
- Recorded discs play on DVD players
- Up to 6 hours video recording per side
- Index Picture Screen for visual Table Of Contents
- Favourite Scene Selection for easy editing of your home movies
- Plays DVD, CD and MP3 discs
- Direct access to your recordings, no more winding or rewinding
- VIDEO Plus+ / SHOWVIEW for easy timer programming
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Plummeting prices have meant DVD recorders are now starting to become a practical replacement for the humble VCR. Philips' DVDR70 is a perfect example, giving amazing picture quality, up to six hours of recording on one disc and the ability to re-record as often as you like, using reusable DVD+RW media as well as slightly cheaper, single-use, DVD+R discs.
Installation is quick and easy, with a single-sheet Quick Install Guide provided in the box so you don't even have to open the manual. The DVDR70 auto-installs any available channels and, if your TV features "Easy Link" technology, will even store them automatically in the same order as on your telly. Dual SCARTs make connecting the machine to satellite or cable similarly simple.
Once the DVDR70 is up and running, you use it much like a VCR. A one-touch recording system makes recording manually simplicity itself, with timed recordings using a friendly step-by-step process much like any standard VCR. VideoPlus is also included to make things even easier. The only stumbling block is the DVR70's unusual menu system, which may be a little confusing at first but should be second nature after a few minutes.
Depending on how much you want to fit on to a disc there are six available recording settings. The default setting gives two hours recording at the same quality as on a pre-recorded DVD but up to six hours are possible, with picture quality decreasing as recording-time increases. The Super Long Play option (providing picture quality approximating VHS) is acceptable for relatively static scenes but flounders slightly with fast-moving sequences. The default settings, however, provide fantastic images, virtually undistinguishable from the digital TV channels they were recorded from, especially when connected using RGB via SCART.
The DVDR70 also works as a fully-fledged DVD player and will happily play a number of additional formats including VCD, MP3 and standard audio CDs. DVD playback is impressive with good colour handling even on tricky scenes containing a wide range of blacks and greys.
All in all this is a fantastic machine and once you've had your hands on it you'll never want to look a VHS cassette in the face again. The DVD recording revolution, it would seem, is here at last. --Adi Himpson
Philips DVDR70 DVD Recorder
Record your favourite programs on DVD
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In truth, at anything more than 2.5 hours per DVD, quality starts to suffer perceptibly. Simple recordings from the TV are OK at 4 hours per DVD if a recording is planned to be junked immediately after veiwing. The 6 hour mode is like LP (long play) on a VCR - use only if you really must.
Copying from other DVDs or VCRs is straightforward once the on-screen menus have been mastered and provided that recordings are kept to 2 or 2.5 hours per DVD. The downside is that you rapidly realise how poor VCR quality is by comparison to DVDs!
The recorder is reasonably slim, though significantly larger than most VCRs or DVD players. The same doesn't go for the instruction manual which is a monster and not really thought through from a consumer's viewpoint. All the commands are there, but not in a particularly easily-followed manner. The writers really should have included a basic "how DVD recordings compare to VCR ones" to clarify the way tracks and chapters are used and how to perform simple tasks such as recording over unused parts of a recording. The latter is much too complex to work out either intuitively or from the manual. Once figured out, it's easy, but the omission of a 'how to' section, written from a naive user's viewpoint is symptomatic of the manual.Read more ›
The interface is easily learnt, and very useful, allowing selection of functions such as erase disc, naming programmes, and playing/recording of programmes. One slight gripe, concerning the terminology in the manual, concerning connection of scart cables for VCR to DVDR recording. I had to make notes to help me remember/decipher what to do. Apart from that, for the price this recorder is superb value. I recorded at mainly 2hr & 2.5hr levels, and I found the quality very, very good.
Recording at 6hr level from tv is also quite good, but to me it is the quality and durabilty of the DVDR system, as a whole, that will preserve my VHS video collection for posterity!
Great value for money, great bit of kit.
Go and buy, you won't be disappointed.
Then things start to go wrong, discs freeze, recordings only half recorded on disc, error messages for no reason. Just came back from repair and has stated to go wrong again. Had it 6 months and twice it needed to return to Philips for repair. Recording when it works is very good. There must be a design fault as many people say the same.
Steup: Nothing too complicated - a scart cable was connection from the sky box to the DVD-R's AUX2 input and then the TV's AUX input was connected to the DVD-R's main scart socket. The manual was not very helpful at this stage telling me that I had to connect UHF ariel leads which, it turns out, were completly un-nessisary (at least in my setup)
Usage: Everything works fine, the On Screen Dispay is great and the menu is easy to pick up and use - data regarding the DVD placed in the drive is displayed showing the time remaining on the disc and giving you options for renaming, deletion or protection of your recordings. The "Scene Cut" tool works well and allows you to "chapter" your recordings, great for splitting up programs that you recorded in one sweep or killing advert breaks.
There are various different recording modes, but I have found the 2x mode the most viable, this gives you 2:30 hours recording time per DVD - the lower settings, although useful, provide "sub-dvd" quality recordings - which, imho, kinda defeats the whole point of owning a DVD-R :)
The timer functions work great and programming the my skybox for automatic channel changing was nice and painless as well.
DVD-RW's are the most versitile format for this machine allowing you to record again and again - much like with a VHS videotape, except the quality never drops.
My only reservations are that the manul is so incredibly poor, you don't get a SCART cable with the machine (so make sure you buy an extra one if you don't have a spare lying around) and that you can't take advantage of Panasonic's "Time-Slip" technology which allows you to record and playback from a DVD-RAM at the same time.
These aside tho, I would highly reccomend this product, and yes, the VCR is in the bin.
Before this happed, I bought a DVDR 70... Everything has been working fine (4 months) until recently. It seems looking at reviews that people who have bought them within the last 4 months or so think they are terrible... I think I know why...
When I got it, it worked fine. I had 13 DVD+RW disks from TDK, Maxell and Philips. Everything worked sweet as a nut.
However... I recently needed some new disks, so bought a 10 pack of Philips DVD+RW disks. Tried 5 and every one of them gave a "Disk Error" message. Then I noticed the warning on the front "Before using this disk in a 2.4x DVD+RW data drive (this must include the DVDR 70), you need to check how to get the firmware updrade. Full details can be found in the enclosed booklet". This involes downloading a firmware upgrade, burining it to a CD and upgrading the player (I assume new models have already had this done, hence people's unhappiness). Being comfortable with PC upgrades etc, I did this. In fact the DVDR 70 even said the upgrade was successful. The result? EVERY one of the 10 new Philips DVD+RW disks gives a "Disk Error" message, the Maxell disks, which previously worked perfectly, give a "Disk Error" message and ONLY the TDK DVD+RW disks work fine.
It's a sad state of affairs when the Manufacturerers own disks dont work in their own product, when a competitor's disks do.
I also have a Philips 32" Widescreen too, which gives a "strobe" effect from certain camera agngles on live TV broadcasts. Apart from that, it's okay, but this effect can be VERY annoying.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the best DVD recorders that I have seen in a long time. I bought it for £25 and it was the best £25 I ever spent in my life. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2011 by Amazon Customer
OK - the product worked fine, but came with no instructions and was heavily scratched and dented on the top and facia. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2010 by graham
This machine is pathetic,most of the time it wont even recognise its own recordings,which then play perfectly on my cheap pacific dvd player. Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2008 by Lee
I've had my DVDR70 for over two years now and I have to say I've had no problems with it at all.
I don't use Philips DVDs to make my recordings, I use cheap ones from PC World... Read more
Well i'm not that technologically intelligent but took a gamble on this machince. A) because it was cheap and B) I had a Philips TV. Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2005 by Nate
The first day i got this player it had problems, the formost being that the dvd tray would not open!...so i sent it back to the good people at Amazon who replaced it. Read morePublished on 8 May 2005
I first owned a Philips 880dvdr..what a joke!!..i should have known better to buy another machine made by Philips..the DVDR70. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2005
The Electronics & photo fan from ST ALBANS obviously has no idea what is meant by MULTI REGION CAPABLE. Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2005 by G. Stokes
I bought this product at Christmas, and being 'of a certain age' found the instruction book a little hard to follow. Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2005