Just installed my new Philips DVDR3576H (Hard Disk DVD Recorder). It has HDMI output with selectable Rez 480p, 720p, 1080i & 1080p. I replaced the Philips HDRW720P which I've had for 4-5 years. It served me well but the timer stopped working, a perfect excuse to get a new one. The DVDR3576H has an ATSC tuner but its only standard, wont do HD. I put my Directv via S-vid to the recorder then run it to the TV, looks great, this is only for recording, I actually watch my directv on another HDMI input straight from the direct receiver to the Sony TV. Still, the Philips has a super nice picture when fed good sources. I also took my Toshiba HD-DVD A20 out of the loop. Playing DVD's looks just as good on the new philips recorder. Besides, HD-DVD is now dead, I only watch standard DVD's on it and both the toshiba and philips upscale to 1080p. Killed two birds with one stone. I really dont understand the ATSC tuner being only standard. I know the recorder cant play back HD at its max rez, but still, HD broadcast fed to it look WAY better than standard feeds, so why they didnt allow it to do HD and just down rez it for playback I do not know. Anyway, all in all I am happy with it so far. Its much easier to navigate and operate than my previous philipsHDRW720p.
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8/26/08 at 9:40am