FAST FORWARD: Not Fade Away ; at Last, Recordable DVDs Are Set to Revolutionise Home-Viewing. Michael Oliveira-Salac Tests the Hardware

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FAST FORWARD: Not Fade Away ; at Last, Recordable DVDs Are Set to Revolutionise Home-Viewing. Michael Oliveira-Salac Tests the Hardware


Oliveira-Salac, Michael, The Independent (London, England)


1. Panasonic DMR-E30

The most solid-looking and the most attractive of all machines featured. Tuning in the channels - essential before the DVD player/ recorder can be used - was easy, and recording was a joy; simply press the record button on the remote. There's also an extremely handy chasing playback function that allows you to watch a recording from the start while the unit continues to record. Using a DVD-RAM disc, you can benefit from up to 12 hours of recording (though not on the best setting). Each disc can be reused up to 100,000 times (should you need to) and is compatible with most PCs. For home- cinema enthusiasts it can play back in Dolby Digital stereo. This unit was easy to use, and you can edit all your home footage on it. It is advisable to get the model with the latest upgraded software. Around pounds 1,000. For further information and stockists call 08705 357357 or visit www.panasonic.co.uk

2. Philips DVD R890

This DVD player/recorder uses DVD+RW discs, which are not compatible with certain systems. It is not fair to compare the differences in compatibility to the old VHS/Betamax battle of the 1970s and 1980s. However, you will still be able to play and record on most machines. Bearing this in mind, I still like this unit a lot. It's easy to install, and it is also a breeze to navigate between recordings with the on-screen menu system. You can even digitally transfer your camcorder recordings to DVD via the I-Link connection, without any loss of picture quality. There is no need for forwarding or rewinding, which - on video - always meant losing the first few minutes of film until the right place on the tape was found. It's the most affordable and there's no compromise in quality or functions. Around pounds 600. From www.

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