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Topic # 87326 26-Jul-2011 00:20
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Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a FreeviewHD DVR (hard disk recorder) device with dual tuners and the ability to playback at 1.5 or 2x speed while still playing the audio at the normal pitch.

It will be for a family member who current owns a Sony analog DVR that supports this feature, and enjoys tha fact that it enables her to get through slow moving programs (esp documentaries) at a quicker rate.

A pc solution is probably not suitable because of the higher cost and maintenance overhead. I'm just looking fir a device that I can plug-in and slip into the cabinet under the TV.

Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Regards

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  Reply # 498147 26-Jul-2011 18:08
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RebelCommando: I was wondering if anyone could recommend a FreeviewHD DVR (hard disk recorder) device with dual tuners and the ability to playback at 1.5 or 2x speed while still playing the audio at the normal pitch.

I don't think that you are going to find one.

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  Reply # 498178 26-Jul-2011 19:04
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RebelCommando: Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a FreeviewHD DVR (hard disk recorder) device with dual tuners and the ability to playback at 1.5 or 2x speed while still playing the audio at the normal pitch.

Regards


It's not possible to retain normal audio pitch if you increase playback speed. As the speed increases the pitch must rise.
However my Panasonic BW880 Blu Ray recorder plays at 1.5x while still allowing audio out. At 2x the audio disappears. Presumably the Panasonic Freeview DVD recorder does the same although at last check it was dearer than the Blu Ray model. The new Panasonic 3d Blu Ray recorder at $1295 (wait for the price to drop in a few months) will probably do the same.

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  Reply # 498316 27-Jul-2011 01:20
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B1GGLZ:It's not possible to retain normal audio pitch if you increase playback speed. As the speed increases the pitch must rise.

In the analogue realm that may have been true; in the digital realm, some quite extraordinary feats are possible, including this.  Pitch and tempo can be adjusted separately these days!

If you want to explore, have a look at Audacity.

To the OP: sorry - I've not heard of any DVR that supports this functionality, but I'm not in the business. 

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  Reply # 498342 27-Jul-2011 08:36
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Windows Media Center 7 has 1.25 playback.
We had a Sony HDD recorder that did the same.

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  Reply # 498347 27-Jul-2011 08:51
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If you want to explore, have a look at Audacity.

 


Thanks. I wasn't aware of that.
However I think my statement still holds good for domestic recording devices.

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  Reply # 498354 27-Jul-2011 09:03
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I think the forthcoming MagivTV 3700 will do this. Check this www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=83&topicid=43120&page_no=52

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  Reply # 498871 28-Jul-2011 11:34
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My Panasonic Blu-Ray DVR does this, more or less. Model? Um BW880 or something. Probably outdated now.

Press and hold play it goes at 1.3x, with audio.
I'm not sure but press >> once and I suspect it may 1.5x with audio, though not sure of the speed.

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