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Help Me Choose Please...Samsung vs Panasonic

post #1 of 7
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I just got a new LCD, Samsung LNS4041D...
I currently have the Panasonic DMR-ES20 DVD Recorder, which has component inputs...I'm thinking of getting the Samsung DVD-R135 Recorder which has an HDMI output...
I don't which one to use...is one better than the other...I don't want to give up the Panasonic if it's a better player/recorder just because of the outputs and inputs...
Any advice or suggestions are appreciated...
Thanks!!
post #2 of 7
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Originally Posted by rpearlberg View Post

I just got a new LCD, Samsung LNS4041D...
I currently have the Panasonic DMR-ES20 DVD Recorder, which has component inputs...I'm thinking of getting the Samsung DVD-R135 Recorder which has an HDMI output...
I don't which one to use...is one better than the other...I don't want to give up the Panasonic if it's a better player/recorder just because of the outputs and inputs...
Any advice or suggestions are appreciated...
Thanks!!

I'm not (hands on) familiar with either of the machines you mention, but based on brand experience, I vote for the Panny. I have both an ES-10 and an ES-15, as well as a Samsung Combo VHS/DVDR. The Panasonics are more versatile and have better PQ. The Samsung is fine for a bedroom unit, but either of the Pannys are much better as main machines.
post #3 of 7
I would get a Panasonic DMR ES25 which has HQ record plus HDMI.
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by rpearlberg View Post

I just got a new LCD, Samsung LNS4041D...
I currently have the Panasonic DMR-ES20 DVD Recorder, which has component inputs...I'm thinking of getting the Samsung DVD-R135 Recorder which has an HDMI output...
I don't which one to use...is one better than the other...I don't want to give up the Panasonic if it's a better player/recorder just because of the outputs and inputs...
Any advice or suggestions are appreciated...
Thanks!!


I had the r135 for a while and it was definitely not a good unit. Never had HDMI hooked up, but people were reporting a very annoying problem - with HDMI audio enabled the digital outs would only pass through PCM and no DD or DTS, with the HDMI audio disabled, it passes DD, but every time you call up the menu, or change titles, or there's any other drop out in the sound a message saying "HDMI audio not supported" appears on the TV screen.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
The reason I went with the Samsung....
HDMI
I just got a Samsung LNS4041D LCD TV and the H260F Samsung Tuner, so I wanted them all to look the same....
Is that a stupid reason? To get all the same brand, same looking devices? So far the Samsung DVD seems to be ok, but haven't really tried much other than watching TV and a DVD....
Without getting a newer Panasonic with HDMI, is the Samsung better than the ES20....
post #6 of 7
I know this is an old thread, but to anyone out there considering a Samsung DVD-R135: Don't!

I've got one. It started playing everything. Then it would refuse to play an occasional DVD. Now it won't play any commercial DVD although it WILL play copies of those DVDs I've made on my computer. It also flashes that stupid "HDMI Audio not supported" message on the TV screen every now and then.

Most worthless DVD player I've ever had, and I've owned 10 over the years. I have no idea if the recorder part works. When it stopped playing DVDs I took it out of service and replaced it with a Panasonic. The Panasonic has worked perfectly on every DVD I've put in it.
post #7 of 7
I went with a samsung unit.....a combo vhs.dvd....the dvd-v357. My main reason was the ability to record dual layer. I have some two hour tapes that I want to record onto dvd. I was told the panny breaks up the file into two seperate layers.
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