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Topic # 5263 13-Oct-2005 19:26
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Hi everyone.

I got a BenQ DVD recorder a month or two ago, but have decided what I really need is a HDD based machine.

I am looking for the following:

Easy to use / nice menus etc (so my partner wont ask me to set it all the time)

Some sort of EPG (does Guide Plus+ work here??? Is GCode any good?-I dont mind buying the TV Guide to make GCode worthwhile)

The ability to set multiple recurring timer recordings (tell it to record say, every epsiode of BroTown or whatever, every week).

Can anything on the market control a Sky Digital box (to turn it on to a certain channel when recording starts, to save have to program the DVD AND the Sky box??)

Large HDD (will be going 160GB min but maybe 200GB)(Are these user replaceable if I want to put say a 400GB drive in????)

Chasing playback

Ability to name each recording (can this be done in advance, say program to record 'Lost' and when i program it, give it a name then, rather than have to edit the name afterwards (when I will have forgotton).

Do HDD recorders have to be switched off for the timer to work? My non-HDD unit does have to be off (just like VHS videos did), and its a pain. (I know its to prevent accidental overwriting, but you dont need that with HDD)

If anyone can shed some light, id be grateful. I didnt make an informed choice about the BenQ (didnt research it one little bit actually), i just bought the first black coloured DVD recorder i found (the only one in fact), but it just doesnt suit my needs.




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  Reply # 21497 14-Oct-2005 08:41
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I got Sony's RDR-HX900 which is great! there's newer model replaced my model i have, and with 250GB and can write to +DL and have an advance intelligent feature (which i dont know what it does but from what i read, you can skipped ads in the program that you recorded).


sadly none of the HDD-DVD recorder in NZ can do EPG (and sky wont license out either)... thought Sony's can do GCode. and very user friendly. check here (RDR-HX910) and if you got sky with scart, it's brilliant (haven't test, i have TelstraClear Saturn TV with no scart...)




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  Reply # 21511 14-Oct-2005 11:46
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Followed your link in Opera and got this page.




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Reply # 21512 14-Oct-2005 11:49
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Don't you hate stupid developers who think they know better? Usability = 0...







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  Reply # 21513 14-Oct-2005 11:52
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Worked just fine in Firefox, but I like Opera much more.

Opera is like the leather laz-y-boy of web browsers IMO :-)

Whats IE7 like M?




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Reply # 21514 14-Oct-2005 12:09
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IE 7 is not that big deal. The tabs are not intuitive - for example I'd like it to behave like Maxthon where you can double-click a tab to close it, or double-click and empty space to create a new tab.

It also does not offer an option to open in a new tab.

I'd say still have some work to do around that software. I personally use IE6 with Maxthon for mult-tab. I have Firefox and Opera installed but only use them when testing something...






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  Reply # 21515 14-Oct-2005 12:10
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hehe i'm looking forward to IE7 but my heart is now with FF... can't wait for FF1.5 or FF2! Woohoo..



anyway.. so what you reckon on that RDR-HX910? if only i could wait for 3 months before i get RDR-HX900. but i like the one i have now.. it's good :-) might get RDR-HX910 next year... or who knows.


[a bit OT]
IF Microsoft NZ and TVNZ and TelstraClear SaturnTV get together and play along well. We might see a MCE PC with good Cable support and EPG listing! mmmm a dream!

imagine MCE with support for monitoring a specified email address for remote automation for recording, playing song or schedule tasks. etc... mmmm email to record tv program using natural language? or voice recognition command on voice call? or sms command?




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Back on topic - get a Tivo



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  Reply # 21805 20-Oct-2005 15:10
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chiefie: check here (RDR-HX910) and if you got sky with scart, it's brilliant (haven't test, i have TelstraClear Saturn TV with no scart...)

I have just bought this exact model.... its real nice. 250gb, scart connections etc etc

It automatically puts chapter marks where it thinks adverts are, so when you watch, you just press next to skip the ads - nice touch, will see how well it works. The salesman said its about 90% effective.




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  Reply # 21810 20-Oct-2005 15:48
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grrrrr.. {envy}

anyway.. apparently sony released RDR-HX1010, with 400GB and same thing as RDR-HX910. hehe


anyhow.. OT, on the subject of skipping commercial, is there any tool that can pause/resume recording in real-time for MCE?




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  Reply # 21828 21-Oct-2005 00:57
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hmmmm... played with the Sony for an hour or so -- really nice ...but......

You cant name a recorded title until AFTER the title has finished recording :-( by then, you forget what it is unless you view part of it.

Completely defeats the purpose of recording lots of stuff if you cant easily find something to watch later...

Went and swapped it for the Panasonic EH60 thingimajig which allows you to name a recording when you book the timer or GCode.... much better!!

No pausing of live tv like the Sony :-( but advance naming is worth more to me. (and i went from 250gb down to 200gb...

Some annoyances on the Panasonic - when on, you must put up with a super bright blue LED to indicate you are switched to HDD - very annoying. The click wheel on the remote works well, its just that it feels really flakey. Rest of remote is great. SD slot is useless - unless you dont have a computer to edit your pics on, and displays a bright light above the slot while the unit is on - again, very annoying.

I think the Sony is the better machine by far, but we -really- wanted the naming function, so you can book like 20 shows and not have to guess which is which a week later.

Thanks Harvey Norman hastings - good service... returned my three month old BenQ disc only recorder today cause it gains nearly 10mins a month - they phoned BenQ in Oz, and the guy said "How odd, never heard of that before, give him a full credit", then i returned the sony after one hour, and they were like, um, 'no problem'......

It was $150 cheaper too, so got a few more $$ in the bank now. $1100 less 10% sale discount less another 3 or 4 % for shopping there all the time + some free discs etc less the $400 credit for the BenQ makes for a pretty cheap unit.




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  Reply # 21829 21-Oct-2005 01:05
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i agree with you. sony's recording is a bit silly. no pre-recording naming...


well good to hear you're a happy customer hehe... now my battle is with MCE and stupid incapable tuner issues!




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