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Favorite DVD recorder of 2006

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
This is an open poll, it could be:
* your favorite dvd recorder
* the one you consider the best quality
* the best bang for the buck
* the breakout hit of the year
* etc, etc....

The poll has a maximum of 10 entries, so I could only squeeze 9 entries and a write-in option. I did this off the top of my head, so if I left out any major models/manufacturers, it was unintentional...
post #2 of 15
where is the Panasonic DMR-ES15/25?
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by CCRomeo View Post

where is the Panasonic DMR-ES15/25?

I ran out of spots. A poll is limited to 10 items, and I wanted to include as many brands as possible without sounding like a Panasonic homer by including all the Panasonic models - since I have a Panasonic

Maybe I should have created two polls, one for recorders with HDD and one for recorders without HDD. Or even a 3rd poll for hybrid (DVD/VCR) models. That way a lot more models would have been included...
post #4 of 15
well I just got the LG LRH-780 and it is working as advertised. Since it is my first experience with a dvd recorder (though i have used Rogers Digital Cable set top PVR machine (take my LG and remove the dvd drive and you have the PVR box), I cannot really say much, but working with my LG has turned out to be quite easy, for the most part i didn't even need to read the manual. I should also note, that it seems to play burnt PAL dvds out of the box, not sure if it came region free or is multi-region capable, but the discs do work.
post #5 of 15
As my first dvd-r, had to go with the Polaroid. Complaints about editing features aside, a model with an LSI chipset, hard drive and component inputs for around $220 should get some notice.

And in a year dominated by the 640, the Polaroid has still managed quite a cult following...
post #6 of 15
I have to go with the Toshiba RD-XS55. I've had it for six months and could not be more satisfied with it.
post #7 of 15
I second the vote for Toshiba. I have had the xs 32 for two years and love it. Some people complain that the manual is difficult. I believe that is because they have packed so many features into it that there is a lot to digest.
post #8 of 15
My favorite of 2006 is the low end Polaroid 2001G. The reason is because it is irreplaceable. It does things that no other DVD recorder can do.

Best of 2006 in my opinion is the Toshiba. Feature rich beyond expectations for a big box consumer piece. Very complex but when positioned with that in mind it is the most feature rich you can get at the consumer level. 200 page manual that probably only covers half of what it can do. Can be as simple as you want it to be but also offers complex options.

I liked the Pioneer 640 a lot. The Pioneer is a excellent machine but I rated it as more of a "tweener". It falls somewhere between a lower end machine (Polaroid for example) and the high end feature rich Toshiba. Which is why it probably so popular. Its greatest strength is ease of use. Which is very important. But I had a hard time finding a place for it. Plus it had some odd quirks which I think were associated with its battle to overcome its guide problems of the past.
post #9 of 15
I was going to buy a Panny 55 to replace my es-20, but after reading the Polaroid thread, settled on it. Glad i did. it may have its problems 9as all of them do) but the features/price combo cannot be beat. Add to that the ability to swap HD and the burner as well as being able to do two things at once and you have a winner.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by nextoo View Post

My favorite of 2006 is the low end Polaroid 2001G. The reason is because it is irreplaceable. It does things that no other DVD recorder can do.

Best of 2006 in my opinion is the Toshiba. Feature rich beyond expectations for a big box consumer piece. Very complex but when positioned with that in mind it is the most feature rich you can get at the consumer level. 200 page manual that probably only covers half of what it can do. Can be as simple as you want it to be but also offers complex options.

I liked the Pioneer 640 a lot. The Pioneer is a excellent machine but I rated it as more of a "tweener". It falls somewhere between a lower end machine (Polaroid for example) and the high end feature rich Toshiba. Which is why it probably so popular. Its greatest strength is ease of use. Which is very important. But I had a hard time finding a place for it. Plus it had some odd quirks which I think were associated with its battle to overcome its guide problems of the past.

Not to take away from the higher end recorders out there

I second Nextoo's comment about the Polaroid. It has the best bang for the buck. .
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by beekeeper View Post

Add to that the ability to swap HD and the burner as well as being able to do two things at once and you have a winner.



so what you are saying is that I can change the original hard drive to one larger than the 80GB one and also change the DVD burner to a better burner as well?
post #12 of 15
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so what you are saying is that I can change the original hard drive to one larger than the 80GB one and also change the DVD burner to a better burner as well?

Yes. I'm running two terabytes of HDD space right now. And I'm using a Sony DVD burner.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by nextoo View Post

Yes. I'm running two terabytes of HDD space right now. And I'm using a Sony DVD burner.



too bad Wal-Mart doesn't have it listed on their website, what other DVD recorders are able to change the hard drive and/or the burner as well?


PS-so a DVD-RW burner can be installed instead of a DVD burner?
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by bnm81002 View Post

too bad Wal-Mart doesn't have it listed on their website, what other DVD recorders are able to change the hard drive and/or the burner as well?


PS-so a DVD-RW burner can be installed instead of a DVD burner?

The original Polaroid burner is a +-RW burner. The only reason I am using the Sony is to preserve the laser in the original burner. The functionality is the same.
post #15 of 15
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The original Polaroid burner is a +-RW burner. The only reason I am using the Sony is to preserve the laser in the original burner. The functionality is the same.



are there any other recorders that can have the hard drive and/or burner changed, like the 2001G model? thanks
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