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Panasonic DMR-E80H Progressive-Scan DVD Player/Recorder with Hard Drive , Silver

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  • Built-in 80 GB hard drive
  • Hybrid VBR (variable bit rate) technology lets you record up to 6 hours on a single-sided DVD-RAM disc
  • Time Slip lets you watch from the beginning a program whose recording is still in progress
  • Progressive-scan video output for film-like images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
  • Plays DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, music CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model Number: DMR-E80H
  • Parental Lock: Y
  • Audio Output Mode: AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
  • Surround Sound Effects: Dolby Digital (Digital out only)
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Product Description

Product Description

This DVD Player/RAM Recorder from Panasonic has a built-in 80GB hard drive allowing you to not only record DVDs but also store more than 100 hours on its built-in memory. Direct Navigator lets you easily, instantly find and access recorded material. The progressive-scan video output feature offers film-like quality when paired with an HD-ready TV. Time Slip lets you go back and replay a scene without disrupting the recording. Records to both DVD-R and DVD-RAM. Hybrid VBR technology lets you record up to 6 hours on one single-sided DVD-RAM disk. Plays DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, music CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs and MP3s. Imported. Total dimensions: 11-1/5Lx17Wx3-1/10H". Weight: 7-2/5 lbs.


Early Adopters Pick: May 2003. This is the first DVD player with a built-in hard drive recorder, allowing you to record all your favorite shows onto digital disk as well as watch DVDs.

Talk about "all in one"--the Panasonic DMR-E80HS not only records DVDs and stores more than 100 hours of audio/video programming on its built-in memory; it's also a progressive-scan DVD player (for use with high-definition or HD-ready TVs) that also handles your DVDs, CDs, and MP3 recordable discs. With the DMR-E80HS's 80 GB hard drive, it provides up to 104 hours of recording time, plus up to 6 hours on a removable 4.7 GB DVD-RAM disc (in Extended Play mode in each case). The DMR-E80HS offers the flexibility of recording on both DVD-RAM--perfect for instant chapter access and for multiple rerecordings--as well as DVD-R, widely regarded as the most widely compatible of the many DVD formats (great for sharing camcorder footage with loved ones).

Panasonic's Time Slip feature lets you use your DVD recorder like a personal video recorder, or PVR. Because of DVD-RAM's extremely fast transfer rate, you can view the recorded portion of an ongoing program from the beginning, while still recording the program in progress. In addition to recording new video content, the DMR-E80HS lets you transfer your favorite VHS recordings to durable, space-saving discs. Personal movie libraries and family videos can be archived, preserved, and easily cataloged and accessed. Picture-enhancing technologies include 3D noise reduction, block noise reduction, and mosquito noise reduction.

With the Direct Navigator you can instantly access recorded material from an onscreen menu that lists recording dates, times, channels, and titles. Finding and viewing recorded material is simple because there's no need to search, fast-forward, or rewind. You can even perform simple non-linear video editing, such as rearranging the order of scenes, skipping over unwanted scenes, and creating custom playlists of favorite scenes on a disc.

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Technical Details

Brand Name Panasonic
Item Weight 11.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 10.9 x 16.9 x 3.1 inches
Origin Imported (Japan)
Item model number DMR-E80H
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Color Name Silver
Built In Decoders Dolby Digital // DTS decoder
Item Display Height 3.11 inches

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Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 147 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #98,798 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#63 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > DVD Players & Recorders > DVD Recorders
#273 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > DVD Players & Recorders > DVD Players
Shipping Weight 11.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available May 2, 2003

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CONSUMER ALERT: This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009 to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the U.S.'s transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322), or visit the commission’s digital-television Web site at: www.dtv.gov.

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Customer Reviews

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First of all, kudos must go to Panasonic for insisting on sticking to the far superior DVD-RAM technology for re-recordable discs since the discs physical surfaces are fully protected and the data is apparently better organized.
I have to say that I absolutely love this device!
Record to HDD, then burn what you want to keep to DVD-R or the far superior DVD-RAM, and finally erase what programs you don't need.
The only limitation is that the DVD-RAM's will only play back on Panasonic DVD players, however, the DVD-R recordings in my experience will play on all modern DVD Players.
The remote control has been fully perfected as opposed to the one they had for this model's 40 GB predecessor which was a horror show.
I liked the look and design of the earlier 40 GB unit a little better and it also had a few more plug in ports for memory sticks and the like, but this one is far more functional in terms of button location, ease of use, and the remote control.
Realistically, you have to use SP or XP speed for best visual clarity so the 106 hours of storage it claims to record at EP speed is not something you'd really be using.
However, with the HDD to DVD-R or DVD-RAM transfer capability (It does this at higher-speed rather then playback speed) you can record, transfer, and wipe.
The next model should have more drive space but this will do nicely for most of us for now.
I will never record to VHS EVER again!
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This is a great recorder, the HD space of a Tivo (but no channel guide, bummer), together with the DVD-R/RAM disk read/write capability of the panasonic recorders- a perfect match.
Correction for the posted specs:
the E80H model (w/ hard drive) does NOT have a digital Firewire input, and does NOT have coax digital audio out (optical only.)
The E60S (no hard drive) and the older HS2 model (smaller harddrive, more $$) have firewire input.
This player does play MP3s, and will actually also play DVD-Audio disks (but I think only in stereo , not 6channel sound.)
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This is a dual review, for the Panasonic DVD-R Recorder DMR-E80H and the Toshiba sd-h400. Hopefully it can help those deciding between the two. I had done the research and was on my way to collect the Panasonic when the video store I had called told me they were just unloading the new Toshibas. It was a hundred plus less than the Panasonic and included TIVO. My fiscal side took over and I figured I'd give it whirl. I have an extended digital cable box and the Sony KP57WV700 57" HDTV that I was going to interface this with, pretty straightforward system.
Here is the simple layout of what I wanted to do: 1. cable in to digital cable box, out via component cables [red, green, blue] to HDTV [this produces the best signal and HD channel output on the TV]. 2. cable in to Toshiba/Panasonic for recording basic cable Ch. 1-98. 3. Video [composite?] out from digital cable box to Toshiba/Panasonic to record HDTV or whatever channel is on, on the digital cable box.
First off neither the Toshiba or Panasonic boxes has component in, so they couldn't receive the best signal from the component out on the digital cable box.
The Toshiba touts and comes with Tivo basic, which gets you 3 days advance programming via their guide, chasing playback, etc. This was the first experience I had had with a Tivo product. The setup for the Toshiba took a long time [multiple phone calls and data manipulation], and compounding things it was required that a phone line be utilised for the connection. A bad thing if you don't have a jack around, so I had to string one across hallways in ungainly fashion. Not good. I should say, you can buy a wireless USB adapter if you want, or a USB Ethernet connector to get your updates if you want.
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I've had the Panasonic E80S for about 3 weeks now, and have had the opportunity to record over 50 programs and movies on it. I have it hooked up to a regular Toshiba 32 inch TV, using Directv (I also have a broadcast antenna), and a Panasonic VCR. I time shift about 50% of the stuff I watch on TV. Anyway, I have very few complaints with this unit so far. It has done just about everything I've asked of it. The unit records in 4 modes - XP, SP, LP, & EP. The XP mode records a picture which is virtually indistinguishable from the original, as far as I can see. The SP mode is nearly as good. The LP mode is probably good for most things, except maybe fast action like hockey or basketball, and probably gives you picture quality similar to SP on your VCR. The EP mode looks terrible and is useless, as far as I'm concerned, so I wouldn't use it. You can record approximately 17 hours worth of video on the hard drive using the XP mode, approximately 36 hours using the SP mode, 73 with the LP and 106 with EP (which I wouldn't use). A DVD will hold 1 hour in XP mode, 2 hours in SP mode, 4 hours in LP mode, and 6 hours in EP mode. This unit programs similar to a VCR, so if you can program a VCR, you should be able to program this unit. It has 3 line inputs, which also have S video, I believe, and also it has component video outputs, which I'll use when I upgrade to HDTV. The line inputs are labeled L1, L2, & L3, and then you cycle through your regular channels - in my case that would be channels 2, 3 (Directv), 4, 5, 9, 11, 30, & 50. I also have my Directv hooked up directly to L1, to try to get the best picture possible, using S video, and a pair of audio cables, and it does a very good job, in my opinion.Read more ›
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