Originally Posted by DrewMazurek /forum/post/0
I need to replace my DVD player (that I've had for years) and now see all these DVD recorders available and I'm wondering if I should get one. I've also just added a DVR STB to my system and have been loving it. So, I need a DVD player and thought maybe I'd get a recorder so when I have stuff on the DVR that I want to keep long term I can dump it out to it. Seems logical. So I don't need a tuner (seems they all have them anyway) and I won't even be programing it, doing all my dumps manually. Hopefully at night while I sleep. Is that possible? Hit record and go to bed? My TV is a Panasonic so I'm thinking of sticking with that for remotes, and aesthetics. Any advice would be appreciated.
Welcome to the club!......
While I wholeheartedly agree that dvd recorders with hard drives are ideal (and probably the best thing since sliced bread!):
1) They are almost impossible to find and if you do find one, you will pay a premium price.
2) Some people will not be willing to spend alot and don't neccesarily need the utmost in terms of features.
You may want to consider a Panasonic dvd recorder without
a hard drive and should you decide to do unattended recording (at night or by timer control), you could simply use RAM discs exclusively. They are more expensive than standard (write once type) discs but will give you benefits similar to a hard drive. You can edit right on the disc by simply shortening the recording or you could create playlists and still maintain the original recording as well as the edited version. Obviously, there is a learning curve but you would be doing similar tasks with a hard drive based unit.
If it's affordable, go with a hard drive based recorder by all means but you can't rule out editing (as the previous post might suggest) with a non
There is alot to cover on this topic and it would be very redundant here. If you want further suggestions, send me a private message.