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DVD recorders are a device for recording tv shows onto DVD disc. It's pretty much the same as a VHS recorder, but with DVD instead of video. Generally a dvd recorder will save the tv programme on it's hard drive, and then burn this information onto dvd at a later date. Dvd recorders have been very expensive to buy, at least £400 to begin with. Now prices are beginning to lower and finding a cheap DVD recorder online is not that hard. All the major manufacturers make them such Sony, Philips, Panasonic, Toshiba, JVC, Sharp, Samsung and more.

Look for these properties on a recorder (28/06/05),

  • 80 GB HDD Capacity
  • DVD + R Double-Layer disc compatible
  • 64 x High Speed Dubbing from HDD to DVD
  • Pause Live TV
  • Intelligent chaptering
  • PAL progressive component output

Dvd players also usually support,

  • Video Plus+
  • D-Matrix Noise Reduction

Dvd recorders also use different formats such as DVD+ and DVD-. It is bonkers that their are two different recording formats, but thats the electronics industry. Most recorders only support oen format, the Lite-On machines do record on both however. There are also many different types of recordable DVDs, so best to get a machine that supports HDD-DVD-R/RW, DVD-RW at least, and hopefully DVD+RW. Their are also DVD-Ram discs, which can only be played on a DVD-Ram recorder.


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  • Comet - Comet supply a wide range of DVD Players and DVD's. Comet currently stock these brands of DVD Recorders; Sony, Panasonic, Philips, Hitachi, Sharp, and many others.
  • Dixons - Dixons also stock a wide range of electrical brands, such as sony, panasonic, aiwa, compac, hewlett packard, toshiba and many more.
  • DVD Players UK - Online store offering the very latest in brand name multiregion dvd. Find all the major brands.

User Rating -
Sony RDR-HX510

At £300 this recorder isnt cheap, but for this price you get a machine that's easy to use and has a well specified and thought out design. Like with most Sony products it ozzes quality and build quality, and the picture quality produced is superb. The feature i love most is the synch recording that allows for use with a digital set top box. The editing of recordings is also ABC simple to get the hang of, as is any dubbing you wish to do from HDD to DVD formats. Maybe a little pricey, but you get what you pay for.

User - Colin Watts