It would help to know which country you are located, and what kind of signal you need to tune (DVB-T digital PAL broadcasts, or analog PAL). There are different models for some regions that are unavailable in others. Also, do you have any interest at all in actually making and keeping DVDs or do you really just need a box for delayed viewing (timer record, watch once, then erase)? Using DVDs for daily watch/erase gets tedious, there are better options unless you truly want to create a DVD library. In many countries, the selection of DVD recorders on offer has become extremely limited vs newer, twin-tuner HDD recorders. If your TV has a current digital tuner, you can watch one channel on the TV tuner and record another with a single-tuner DVD recorder, but if your TV is old with an analog tuner, you will need dual digital tuners in any recorder you buy.
The most popular DVD recorder in UK the past couple of years has been the Panasonic DMREX773EBK
, this has a single tuner, 320GB hard drive for storage, and DVD drive. More expensive Panasonics have dual tuners, satellite reception capability, larger hard drives, and/or BluRay drives. Philips has dropped out of the DVD recorder market, but their models remain available under the Toshiba brand name. DVD recorders cannot usually record in full HDTV quality.
More popular have been dual-tuner, hard-drive-only recorders (without DVD
). Most of these have the advantage of recording in full HDTV quality from HDTV broadcasts. Many models are available, from the bargain Bush DTR
to the more typical Panasonic DMR-HWT130
. Sony, LG and Toshiba offer similar recorders.Edited by CitiBear - 8/14/13 at 8:11am