Summary: The DVD drive failed when the machine was out of warranty. We decided to buy an alternative, newer Panasonic rather than repair the DVD drive but we had 2 different Panasonic models that suffered from the same problem when programming recordings (losing settings) so we went back to our DMR-EX75 and now it has lost TV signal reception so is essentially useless. So we've had 3 different Panasonic models and they've all had problems.
Summary: I bought my Panasonic DMR-EX75 £295 in December 2006, 18 months later, in June 2008, it had its first U80 breakdown. When the screen display U80 fault, this mean that the machine is dead and need a new £250 motherboard to work again. The cost to fix it has been cover by the guarantee. However, today 09 November 2009, 18 months later, U80 again. Bad luck?
Pros: Easy to use, good quality recording
Cons: Panasonic’s motherboard will not last more then 18 months
Summary: Excellent- user friendly and easy to use.
I have had another Hard disc recorder without a Digital tuner for quite some time and this is soo much better- no need to connect an external tuner and it means I don't miss programs I set up for timer recording.
I was able to set up the remote for my LG Plasma on my first try. Couldn't be happier with the recorder AND the service (organised on the phone through Paul.
Summary: Firstly, highly recommend theelectricdiscounter.com
Prompt, efficient and courteous.
(Update)Happy with the product in most respects, but have an unresolved issue in that it won't play 50% or more of the DVD's we hire (Other DVD players we have in the house play them just fine!). Panasonic say to take it to a service centre to have a look at it- but the service centre say a 14 day wait to get it looked at!
Not impressed! What are we supposed to do in the mean time?
Pros: Very good recording/play back options on the HDD- can play and record at the same time.
Summary: I've now owned the Panasonic DMR-EX75 for a month and I'm really pleased with my purchase. I'm glad I bought the Panasonic DVD recorder rather than a Sony, which is not as quick to start recording. I think the recording quality is excellent especially in XP and SP mode, even LP mode is not bad. I’ve not tried recording in EP mode. I’m a little disappointed, its not got a HDMI input though. Its not quite “future proof” as Panasonic claim.
Pros: 160GB hard disc, starts recording in 1 sec, picture quality of recordings is excellent
Summary: I own a E100H, which I suppose is this machine's little brother, one of the first. I was extremely impressed with the machine after I bought it about 4 years ago, and it still serves me well. If anyone is thinking about buying this new machine then I would say 200% YES - get it. You won't find an easier to use, more versatile, and useful machine on the market. The price is amazing too!
Summary: This is a nice recorder which works well and gives great picture quality on standard play. It is simple to operate and very versatile, but personally I don't think it looks good. That said, it's highly reccomended.
Summary: Excellent HDD DVD recorder, but unfortunately I was misguided into thinking it was a high-definition player, also because of the HDMI at the back, but this was not the case. It will upscale normal DVDs, but will not play high-definition DVDs :-( So if that's what you're looking for then this is excellent, just be aware of this so no one else makes my mistake and pays a lot of money for the wrong thing.
Pros: The menu's ease of control, excellent playback features and HDMI outputs a great picture.
Summary: Everything is working great, no complaints here :-)
Pros: Very logical setup, relatively easy to use (needed to consult the manual a few times). Once Digital TV is better setup across the country this will be a great DVD recorder to have.
Cons: I can't set the remote to be used with my TV, which is a new Samsung LCD. The code is there but it doesn't work. Would be awesome if i could get that to work, save me swapping remotes all the time.