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Panasonic DMRE85HS Progressive-Scan DVD Player/Recorder with 120 GB Hard Drive Recording

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  • DVD-RAM/DVD-R recorder with built-in 120 GB hard drive and TV Guide On Screen electronic program guide
  • Time Slip lets you watch from the beginning of a program whose recording is still in progress
  • Plays DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, VCD, music CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs
  • 32x high-speed recording from hard drive to DVD-R; 24x high-speed recording from hard disk to RAM
  • Progressive-scan video output for filmlike images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model Number: DMR-E85HS
  • Parental Lock: Y
  • Audio Output Mode: Stereo
  • Surround Sound Effects: Digital
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Product Description

Product Description

Capture movies and programs with this Panasonic DVD recorder. Provides 213 hrs. of extended recording onto the hard disk drive (EP mode). Time slip functionality lets you record and playback at the same time. Features DVD-audio playback (2-ch) and MP3 playback.

Panasonic's top-of-the line, fifth-generation DMR-E85HS DVD recorder packs a built-in 120 GB hard drive capable of storing up to 213 hours--more than 11 straight days--of audio/video programming in EP mode. So whether you're seeking the time-shifted TV viewing abilities of a VCR-like DVR or you want to archive your home movies to long-lasting DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs, this is the recorder for you.

But it doesn't just slice and dice. The DMR-E85HS is also a progressive-scan DVD player for use with standard and high-definition or HD-ready TVs. It handles your DVDs, CDs, and homemade MP3 discs, as well as high-resolution DVD-Audio discs, which specialize in multichannel music mixes with quality surpassing that found on commercial CDs.

Just like with a DVR, you can schedule the recording of TV programming through the DMR-E85HS's user-friendly onscreen guide.

The DMR-E85HS offers the flexibility of recording on both DVD-RAM--perfect for instant chapter access and for multiple rerecordings--as well as DVD-R, generally regarded as the most widely compatible of the many DVD formats. DVD-RAM offers high storage capacity, high-speed data transmission, exceptional picture and sound quality, fast random-access memory, and rewritability up to 100,000 times. DVD-RAM recording time extends to 16 hours per disc in EP mode on 9.4 GB double-sided media.

You can program the recorder for daily or one-time broadcasts much as you would a VCR. To simplify programming, the DMR-E85HS includes the TV Guide On Screen Electronic Programming Guide. With DVD-RAM, you can even perform simple nonlinear video editing, such as rearranging the order of scenes, skipping over unwanted scenes, and creating custom play lists of favorite scenes on a disc.

One touch of a button is all it takes to record data from the DMR-E85HS's hard disk drive to a DVD-RAM or DVD-R disc at high speeds. You can blaze along at a quick 12x normal speed when writing to DVD-RAM, or 24x normal speed when going from the hard disk to DVD-R (in EP mode, both cases). For example, you can burn a one-hour program to DVD-RAM in just 5 minutes, or to DVD-R in just 2.5 minutes.

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.

With Chasing Playback, you can view the recorded portion of a live program, from the beginning, while continuing to record that program until its completion. Simultaneous record & play lets you view a previously recorded program on either a DVD-RAM disc or the hard disk drive while simultaneously recording a different program.

Relief Recording automatically checks the remaining disc space when recording to DVD-RAM or DVD-R. If there's not enough space, the video recorder shifts the balance of the recording to the hard drive.

The Chasing Playback feature lets you watch the program you're recording from the beginning while it's still in progress.

In addition to recording new video content, the DMR-E85HS lets you transfer your favorite VHS recordings to durable, space-saving discs. You can archive, preserve, and easily catalog and accessed your personal movie libraries and family videos.

The recorder comes with a new Direct Navigator that simplifies the process of previewing recorded programs, letting you 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.

DVD-Audio offers super high-fidelity (192 kHz/24-bit) sound. DVD-Audio discs providemultichannel and stereo sound, incredible storage capacity, and unique bonus materials not available on regular audio CDs.

What's in the Box
DVD player/recorder, a remote control, remote batteries, an RF audio/video in a stereo analog audio/composite-video interconnect, an AC power cord, a user's manual, and a registration card.

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight11 pounds
Product Dimensions10.9 x 16.9 x 3.1 inches
Item model numberDMR-E85HS
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
Built In Decoders PAL, NTSC
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Best Sellers Rank #89,055 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight11.9 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableApril 13, 2004
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405 of 412 people found the following review helpful By reviewer on September 30, 2004
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You should read the manual to get all the best features of this machine.

You can high speed burn a 2hr show recorded in SP mode in 20 min or less on a 4X DVD-R disc.

You have to turn this feature on before recording the show.

That is so the show is recorded onto the hard drive in a format that can be high speed burned.

You can record 29 hours of shows onto the hard drive in SP mode.

The only two recording modes that have good picture quality are XP and SP. It is recommended to record the show in SP if you want to burn to a DVD because it has a better chance of being playable on other DVD players after it is FINALIZED.

The DVDs I have made have played fine on my Playstation 2 and the DVD player on my computer.

Some great features of this machine are DIVIDE TITLE and SHORTEN

DIVIDE TITLE lets you take shows that were recorded together at the same time and divide them into individual pieces so you can burn them to separate discs.

SHORTEN allows you to cut out commercials. It is easy to use.

There is screen that the show plays on that you can fast forward, rewind and pause.

When the show goes to a commercial you press Pause and and then press Enter.

This selects the start time.

Fast forward through the commercials til right before the show is back on.

Press Pause and press Enter .

This selects the end time.

Press Enter to SHORTEN.

This cuts out the segment between the start point and the end point, removing the commercials.

Continue to do this till all the commercials are removed.

You can name each episode of a show and also name your DVDs too.
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255 of 261 people found the following review helpful By skyshark on October 29, 2004
Although purchased elsewhere, here are my notes on the device so people can decide if it's for them. My observations should also apply to similar Panasonic Hard Disk Drive DVD Recording units.


* Programs can be recorded to hard drive at best quality for MANY times longer than allowed by a tape-based VCR. Although promoted as being able to record for 213 hours (in EP mode), 26hr. (XP) and 52hr. (SP) modes have the most acceptable quality. Anything with lots of detail or motion recorded below SP mode has noticeable distortion (blurry, blocky images.)

* Material can be edited out of a recording (shorten) and recordings can be split into separate segments.

* Programs recorded to hard drive can be edited and transfered to DVD while maintaining original quality (using high speed mode dubbing and using 4X DVD-R media)

* TV guide listings are free (but come with a BIG tradeoff, see BAD below.) When it does work, however, selecting a program to record from the listing is very easy.

* TV listings can be sorted by type, alphabetically, genre, etc. and then chosen for recording.

* A program can be watched from the beginning while it is still being recorded (time slip), or watch previously recorded programs while the unit is recording.

* Some customization is offered in making DVD-Rs: set index points, chapters, image thumbnails, several standard menu looks (the latter is chosen when "finishing" a disc.)

* The unit can record to rewritable discs, DVR-RAM media, although they can be hard to find.

Summation: the unit has long recording times, good editing features, and the ability to transfer to DVD-R or DVD-RAM without losing quality.
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95 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Brady on May 30, 2004
I have used the previous model E80H for almost a year with no problems and bought this new model E85HS as soon as it became available. I should add, I bought both DVRs right here at and have not had any problems at all. I did read the manual before I unpacked the unit as I do with anything complex. This model is more intuitive than most but knowing idiosyncrasies like the reset button mentioned in an earlier review are important to know. You can also do some things the manual doesn't cover like record from a DVD to the hard-drive. Like all consumer DVRs it will not copy a copy protected DVD which is just about all US releases. However, copying a personal VHS tape is a breeze. It is easy to do edits and make a very useable menu for your DVD version.
The programming function is also simple to use. I programmed 16 different TV shows to be recorded while I was on a five week trip and it recorded them all perfectly. I highly suggest you use the SP speed so instead of 284 hours of theoretical recording time you really have about 55 to 95 hours max which is still great! I only use the fastest XP speed when it is important to see fine details (i.e. swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated video;-) or I am going to make a permanent copy of a less than 2 hour program to a DVD-R. Then by using the variable speed recording choice I end up with the best possible DVD-R copy. With Panasonics filters the finished copy can indeed look better than the original source but do not expect miracles. I often use DVD-RAM for temporary storage of programs I do not want the rest of the family to see and the high speed transfer is a great convenience. Playback is excellent even with an older TV but your TV works with progressive scan this model will display a very high quality image indeed.
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