Panasonic DMR-EX79 DVD recorder reviews and price comparison

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This DVD recorder is a good all rounder.

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8.5 out of 10 based on 41 reviews.
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Terry, Lincoln Selective TV viewer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
When setting up to record if programmes overlap it will find a repeat showing of one of the programmes and
ask if you want to overide previously set recording or record the repeat. One push of a button and you can skip
over the adverts straight into the next section of the recording you're watching.
Bad points:
Unable to set up to record future promgrammes/or delete unwanted programmes if in the process of recording.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Nov 2009

Confirmed purchaser Bargain hunter

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Excellent image quality.
Versatility: record programmes easily and later offload them to DVD if necessary.
Basic features are easy to use. There are controls for TV on the remote as well.
Good looks.
Bad points:
There is no indication of how much of the recorded program is left to watch and no bookmarking for recordings. So if you have to interrupt watching your recording and want to resume from the same place where you left off, there is no easy way of doing it. These are so simple to implement and a great oversight.
Advanced features are quite complex and difficult to grasp. There are many limitations on what can be done. For example, during recording a great deal of functions are disabled, even such basic things as looking up time duration of another recording.
Besides, my unit have a couple of faults it developed very early on. First, occasionally there is a disruption of sound for a few moments accompanied by a strange squeeky noise. This is not very frequent though and could be related to reception problems. The second problem is the screen which started popping up after the unit is turned on telling that there are new channels detected and offering to retune the unit. After retuning there are no new channels and the screen pops up again just a few minutes later. So, every time the unit is switched on we have to press a button to reject retuning, which is quite annoying.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 4.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Dec 2009

Stuart, Orkney Choosy TV Watcher

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Most functions easy to use.
Bad points:
Can't easily do instant recording. Like when phone rings during a live programme. Don't like having adds on the programme guide, would rather the whole screen was used for programme information.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Nov 2009

john, ventongimps average kind of guy

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
Only bad point is that i have other panasonic devices and the control will turn the others on/off when you only want the hd to turn on/off. drives me crazy!!!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Nov 2009

Harry , Nettleham Lincoln Film lover

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
A Superb M/C very easy to set and use every thing about this model is exelant I would reccomend to anyone
The high speed copying is a very good feature .THE REMOTE CONTROL IS EASY TO READ which is a very good feature when ytour eyesight is not 100% Panasonic certainly did their homework on this design
Bad points:
None up to now
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Nov 2009

Bryan, Warrington Film lover

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Not difficult to get used to. Picture quality v. good.
Bad points:
Sound not set v high. Expected to be able to record one side when watching another - not so!!
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 7.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Dec 2009

Confirmed purchaser Bargain hunter

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
Good picture and sound quality
Bad points:
Problems with EPG- NO LISTINGS
Instruction Manual (100 pages too long and complicated
Warm up time too long
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 4.0
Image quality 7.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 4.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Dec 2009

Product Features

Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 320
Playback formats DVD Plus R
Playback formats DVD Plus RW
Playback formats DVD-RAM
Playback formats DivX
Playback formats Super Video CD
Playback formats DVD-R
Recording format DVD Plus RW
Recording format DVD-RW
Recording format DVD Plus R
Recording format Double layer
Recording format DVD-RAM
Recording format DVD-R
Audio technology AC3
Audio technology Dolby Digital
Upscaling Yes
Connections Firewire
Connections HDMI
Connections USB
Extra functions Electronic Program Guide
3D No
Freeview or Freesat tuner FreeSat
Number of scart ports 2
Weight (g) 3700
Release date 2009-04-01

Also known as: Panasonic DMREX79EBK, DMR-EX79, Panasonic DMREX79EB-K, PANASONIC DMR-EX79E, Panasonic DIGA DMR-EX79

 

Manufacturer's Description

DVD Recorder with HDD (250GB) and Digital Tuner and USB Terminal

1080p Up-Conversion By interpolating video data using proprietary algorithms, SD format data is up-converted to 1080 × 1920p HD format video data. This conversion to HD format increases the richness of the original data by approximately six fold, and produces the highest possible image quality when viewing content on a large-screen HDTV. Adaptive HD Enhancer Enjoy watching crisper and sharper video enabled by detailed reproduction of contents on DVD and HDD.

Auto Preset Down Load Connect a DIGA DVD recorder to your VIERA TV via an HDMI cable, and the TV channel setting information is automatically downloaded to the DIGA recorder. Direct TV Rec. If you want to record the program you’re watching, you can start immediately by pressing the VIERA Link button on the VIERA remote control and selecting “Direct TV Rec.” on the VIERA Link menu screen. Pause Live TV Pause Live TV lets you freeze TV programmes just like pausing a DVD, by selecting ""Pause Live TV"" on the VIERA Link Menu.

When recording a TV programme, this function determines where new scenes begin (by “listening” to the voices in the programme) and automatically inserts chapter marks at those places. This makes it easy to skip over adverts and start playback from a particular point.

Navi Link Search To record a programme from the TV listings, enter its title or a keyword, and Navi Link will search for it to facilitate recording. Free Word Search Enter the name of a TV programme or a keyword, and this function searches the TV listings for it, making it easy to set up programmed recording.


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