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Sony RDRHXD970/870/770 or Panasonic EX77 ???? or a Humax
on 29 January 2008
I spent ages researching all this, a good 2 months. I was going to buy the sony 970 but at the last minute changed my mind and got the Pana EX77, this was a mistake! don't get me wrong the Panasonic is a good machine but the Sony is so much better, BUY THE SONY....I know as I have used both machines, the panasonic from Amazon is a european model and is fitted with the wrong EPG board for uk use(I was told this by panasonic) so the electronic Program guide will never work correctly, this machine was sent back to Amazon & they refunded me 'Thank you' Amazon
In comparision the Sony 'Now and next' feature for freeview is plain and simple the panasonic was very poor bad to navigate and quite honestly usless (even if it had been a uk machine).
The Sony remote is good and works well took a bit longer to learn than the Pana but oh! the buttons on the Pana were so close together I found it awkwared to use.
The Pana when writing DVDs does not create a VOB file on the disk instead its a VOR file if you then want to rip this back to an mpeg on a PC you can't, with the sony there are 2 modes of recording and you can record as a standard DVD VOB files.
Pause live TV only the sony has this.
The sony can be used with a cable or sat reciever
Panosnic very slow to boot up could be as long as 45 seconds, sony very quick.
ALL hard disk DVD writers freeview recorders allow only 1 channel to be recorded, you cannot watch another channel whilst recording, so I use my old freeview box for watching whilst recording on the Sony.
These sony recorders are basically a Pioneer machine.
Be aware that if you buy old stock of the sony you will need to update the firmware to 1.65 to resolve timer problems.
Humax PVR Ideally it would be great if the Humax had a DVD recorder built in to it I would have brought this instead, but the main down side to the ALL PVR's is you can't record from external sources e.g.Video recorder, the sony & Pana are so easy to copy your video down to Hard drive then to DVD, the plus side to the Humax is you can recod 2 chanells whilst watching a prerecorded file of the hard drive, you can also link to a PC and copy the Mpegs to your hard drive on the PC, at the moment there is'nt 1 machine that will do what the Sony and the Humax will do.