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Have been using one for approx 1 month now. Difficult to fault. With the digital PDC, not one programme clipped/chopped yet. Could also do with +/- 24hr EPG option and a larger HDD size.
I bought a Panasonic DMR-EX78 a few months ago and although that is also an excellent recorder, there were a few fundamental user interface features that bug me. Are any of these resolved in this Pioneer? -1) Are programs recorded with auto chapter marks for you to navigate through adverts quickly.2) When you come to the end of one recorded program does the DVR-LX61D play straight through to the next program - thus removing the 'new' tag.3) How good is the display information? Can you see the title, chapter and playing and remain time?4) How long is the DVD layer change delay?5) Although this may not be a region-free player, do you know how easy it handles the swap between PAL and NTSC discs.I'd be more than happy to borrow this unit for a week as suggested in the verdict, if only to test out these quibbles that have bugged me with the Panasonic.
When it can also support the BBC iplayer it will be able to claim full functionality.
Orinj - I'm afraid I didn't have the product long enough to check your last two Q's, but I can field some:1) Yes, it finds the black screen before and after adverts and inserts chapter points. You can also edit chapters manually2) No, it stops and returns to live TV3) Excellent. You can see title, chapter and remain time when playing a DVD. It also shows you the current recording mode, whether the disc is NTSC or not, whether an -RW/-R disc is being played and lots of other stuff.
I've had one of these now for a couple of months and on the whole I have found it to be one of the best HDD/DVD recorders I've ever owned (I've had three earlier ones). The USB port is particularly handy as I can put divx programmes on the HDD and play them back more easily; I can also do this from a rewritable DVD. The automatic chaptering works well on most shows, although not all. My only complaint is that you cannot access the digital EPG to set something up unless you are using the digital tuner (although you can look at the timer list and change it from outside that tuner. The quality of the recordings if very good and it is easy to archive stuff. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
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