Need to buy DVDR - please help me decide.

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My current set-up is a new 40" Samsung Plama TV, a one year-old Yamaha AV receiver, an elderly Samsung DVD player, an elderly Hitachi VCR and I also have Virgin cable and a Virgin digibox. The DVD player is acting up - it seems to skip parts of the disk and present the picture in 'blocks' (don't know the technical term so I hope you know what I mean by this) even when playing my brand new box set of Heroes. Bloody annoying!!

Now I figured that if I replace the DVD player with a DVDR I could copy over the few videos that I don't want to lose and make copies of TV programmes to pass on to my mum who can't get cable and can't afford Sky!

My requirements: Firstly I don't need a tuner or freeview as I've got that covered by the digibox. I do need it to be able to upscale to 1080 to get the best from my TV set - I would also like it to be multi region or have a crack available so I could watch region 1 films if I ever got one. I'm not sure about a hard drive - some people say it's a false economy not to have one, but I'm not sure I need it..... any thoughts, please? Finally I would only be happy with something from an established manufacturer - I wouldn't buy a brand I've never heard of.

My budget is £250 tops, but I don't want to spend all that if I don't need to. A quick look at the internet shows a bewildering choice but (for example) Amazon.co.uk shows the Sony RDRGX350B (no HD) available at £88 delivered and the Sony RDRHXD870 available at about £200. It doesn't have to be Sony - this is just an example, and I would welcome comments/suggestions from you all.

Thank you in advance for your kind help.

Rob
 
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31 views and no answers... surely I'm not the only person who's had to decide this??

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I've been looking into this myself and it seems that Panasonic make the best DVD Freeview PVR's (good luck finding one without a tuner). The best is the DMR-EX88, which has won a number of awards including 5 stars from What Hi-Fi, but it costs about £100 more than your budget. The PVR I'm going to recommend is pretty much the same as the DMR-EX88 but with a smaller hard drive, it's called the DMR-EX78.

You can read about it here: http://www.trustedreviews.com/home-cinema/review/2008/05/08/Panasonic-DMR-EX78-DVD-HDD-Recorder/p1
 

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If you only want a DVD recorder with NO hard drive, there are some worthwhile deals on the Panasonic DMR-EZ27. ÿA multi-region machine is a little more expensive than the standard, but still only about £120. ÿI have mine connected by HDMI and it upscales to good effect. ÿMy only gripe is that it's sometimes a bit noisy during quiet movies.
 

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