|Item Weight||11 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10.9 x 16.9 x 3.1 inches|
|Item model number||DMR-E85HS|
|Batteries||2 AA batteries required. (included)|
|Built In Decoders||PAL, NTSC|
Panasonic DMRE85HS Progressive-Scan DVD Player/Recorder with 120 GB Hard Drive Recording
- 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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- Brand Name: Panasonic
- Model Number: DMR-E85HS
- Parental Lock: Y
- Audio Output Mode: Stereo
- Surround Sound Effects: Digital
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.
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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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The maching works very well. It delivers all that the description of it promises. If you can program a vcr with not much fuss and are familiar with routine computer applications, then you are way ahead on the learning curve this thing requires.
Watching a recorded show with this is nice, since playing it back is like getting around through your favorite movie DVD. The fast forward & reverse is quick to respond to remote commands. This make regular viewing or editing very easy. The playback quality is very good to excellent. I usually use the 2nd or 3rd fasted speed. No need to use the fastest. Playback quailty is like live tv--no snow bars or flashing of different colors until the tape tracks properly over the playback head on a vcr.
Also, I'm glad I bought the unit with the built in hard drive. No looking through tapes to wonder "what's on this one" when trying to record a show. The hard drive will hold more information than I will ever need it to.
Burned & finalized DVD's are as good as live tv. I like the flexable recording speed that let's me tell the E85S what I want on the DVD-R, and it adjusts the speed to exactly fill up the disk. No wasted space & the recording was performed in the fastest possible speed to get the best quality.
The TV Guide works for me. Others posts tell of folks that had a problem with it. It has listed the shows correctly & made recordings of what I wanted without any trouble.
I highly recommend this unit. I'd get one before buying another blank video tape for a vcr. You can put 2-3 hours of high quality video on a disk that costs about 40 cents a piece. You wont' regreat it.
This is the best remote I have from a manufacturer. It is well laid out and organized. It has buttons at the top to operate the TV. You can turn the TV on, increase the volume, and change the channel with this remote. Also the remote has a TV/Video button to change the input source for your TV. This way you can use one remote to set the input to the Panasonic or back to the cable signal. It has a very attractive silver metal top with a black bottom; very sturdy and seems to be well built.
The High-Speed Dub
The high-speed dub is very nice. I am able to dub two hours of TV onto a DVD-R and take it on trips and watch them on my laptop. I have a 4x burner on my computer but I have never burned anything as fast as the Panasonic does. Be sure to turn on the High-Speed Dub in the settings! It is a very simple process to select the programs to dub and then select a menu template for the DVD. The one thing I forgot the first time was to finalize the disk. You have to do this to view the DVD on other players. It is a separate step after burning the DVD.
I read through the manual before the unit arrived and had no trouble getting around the unit. My wife who had not read the manual starting navigating with only a few questions. It was taking a while to get back to the top menu of the guide once I had scrolled way down in the listing. I realized that pushing the submenu button takes you right back. I love the Program Navigator to view recorded programs. You get a thumbnail image of the show and once you highlight it, it begins to play.
As others have mentioned it does take a couple of days for it to completely download the TV guide for a week. Once you are aware of this, it is not a problem.
I have cable with no cable box so the guide works great for us but if you have satellite, you will not be able to use the TV guide feature.
As other have also mentioned, the unit only writes to DVD-R and DVD-RAM. It would be nice if you could burn a DVD-RW.
Has basic search features for programming, which works fine for us but it does not record programs it "thinks" you will like as the Tivo does.
Overall the DRME85H has far surpassed our expectations.
Edited Feb 7, 2006. Most of the U99 problems were caused by a Gemstar update to the TV guide listings. One tireless customer service representative at Gemstar and a dozen or so owners worked together to identify the problem and for the last few months I have been totally problem free.
Edited 11/4/2008. This device also suffers from capacitor failures that render it useless unless they are replaced. There are forums on the web that explain the replacement process and document the widespread nature of the problem, and if you are willing to solder and desolder capacitors from the power circuit board, you can fix it for $5 with parts from a Fry's or Radio Shack or similar. Since replacing the capacitors nearly a year ago, I have not had any problems with the device.
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