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Topic # 88738 22-Aug-2011 20:30
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I see there was a thread named this last year when Panasonic released their Freeview HD certified recorders so I thought I'd make a new thread just to see who still has their unit and whether they're happy with it one year on.

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  Reply # 510736 23-Aug-2011 15:44
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Yes - we have an DMR-XW380 - and are very pleased with it 10 months on.

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  Reply # 510782 23-Aug-2011 17:09
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DaMo73: I see there was a thread named this last year when Panasonic released their Freeview HD certified recorders so I thought I'd make a new thread just to see who still has their unit and whether they're happy with it one year on.


Yeah
Got a Panasonic DMR BW880 about 3 months ago and I'm rapt with it.
Only down side they brought out the new 3D model just a few weeks after I bought.
However the BW880 + a 3D Player is still cheaper than the new model recorder.




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  Reply # 510922 24-Aug-2011 00:28
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kandjc: Yes - we have an DMR-XW380 - and are very pleased with it 10 months on.


I've been looking at getting this model actually but the one thing it would have to do, that my Sony can do, is the ability to precisely edit recorded content on a frame-by-frame basis for backing up to DVD R/RW.

In fact I emailed Panasonic about this and they yes, but without knowing anyone who has this model, until now, I do remain a little skeptical.

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  Reply # 511058 24-Aug-2011 10:53
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Editting is done using the partial delete menu with the standard fast forward/rewind arrows - 5 speeds available. Not super precise frame by frame but I can get close.



Sony KDL 40EX500
Panasonic DMR-XW380

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  Reply # 511187 24-Aug-2011 13:01
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kandjc: Editting is done using the partial delete menu with the standard fast forward/rewind arrows - 5 speeds available. Not super precise frame by frame but I can get close.



Sony KDL 40EX500
Panasonic DMR-XW380


Correct for my BW880 AND if you use the left and right arrows either side of the OK button you get super precise frame by frame forward and reverse.
The Manual isn't much help in this area though. I found it by trial and error.

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  Reply # 511231 24-Aug-2011 13:53
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Well, I'll be blowed, just tried that tip and it works for me too. Thanks B1GGLZ

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  Reply # 511243 24-Aug-2011 14:07
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I am sort of happy with my DMR-XW380. Had it for 12 months - had a Pioneer DVD HD recorder before that, and that actually puts the Panasonic to shame in startup and shut down times. The Panasonic takes a good minute to crank up - ages if you want to tape something straight away. The Pioneer started in well less than 30 seconds.

Also I notice that sometimes if you are recording something, you can't click on the Disk Navigator button to access that menu - I have to click on the Prog button first to see what's lined up to tape, and then to Disk Navigaotr, and it works.

Yes I probably should take it in, but is it worth the hassle? Not unless something else goes wrong.

Overall it's a 7.5/10 for me.



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  Reply # 511260 24-Aug-2011 14:35
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The price is a b***h though but I'd rather buy brand new than go with Trade Me.

Even with the UK model a lot of people found the pricing excessive. Do you guys feel it should have been priced lower or is it worth it as it is.

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  Reply # 511271 24-Aug-2011 14:54
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If I was still shopping around for a new unit I would go for the Panasonic DMR-BWT700GZ. RRP is $1299 but JB had it at $1195.
Have a look at Panasonic NZ. Seems to do all you want (except Facebook)?
Should be able to negotiate down to around $1050 for cash and would be well worth the investment.
Will probably be retailing at $1099 in a couple of months anyway.

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  Reply # 511446 24-Aug-2011 20:02
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The BWT700GZ has been listed for $1050 on Pricespy a couple of times. Watch carefully and you'll save $$$.

I wouldn't buy a DMR-XW380. Small HDD and a DVD drive in 2011 does not appeal. I'll guess if you already own one that it'd be possible to swap in a larger drive.

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  Reply # 511501 24-Aug-2011 21:23
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Get the DMR-PWT500GZ, with a 320GB HDD and a BluRay drive, it could be a go'er...
There's no BluRay burner, but you could always use the DLNA server capability to send the content to a PC... then convert it / store it there.
RRP is less than what you're looking for the 700 series, so I think it would be a great option to consider.

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