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Currys are selling it for £127.00 on their site.

1 x HDMI Connection, HD Upscaling, Plays MPEG4(DIVX) AVI Files, JPEG and MP3, Records in DVD-Ram, DVD-R/+R and DVD-RW/+RW

This multi format DVD recorder from Samsung features HD upscaling via HDMI which enhances image quality for an outstanding viewing experience.

A built in digital tuner gives you access to over 40 Freeview channels that you can watch and record on this SR275 HD DVD Recorder.

This is an incredibly stylish DVD recorder, and the gloss black finish will look great in your home.

Let Samsung take the hassle out of all your recording needs with this highly functional SR275 HD DVD Recorder.


Discs played CD-R
CD-RW
DVD-Video
Video CD
DVD+R
DVD+RW
DVD-R
DVD-RW
Video SVCD
DVD-RAM
JPEG
MPEG4 (DivX)
MP3
AVI Recording formats DVD-R
DVD-RW
DVD+R
DVD+RW
DVD-RAM Connections Input connections 1xHDMI
Component (Y/Pb/Pr)
1xScart
Composite (L/R) Dimensions and weight Dimentions in cm (H x W x D): 430 x 59 x 218mm Weight (kg) 2.3
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#1
I was just about to go for that when I checke3d the specs and it doesn't have DTS decoding... isn't that a little unusual these days?

And would that matter if running through a reciever/amp?

AND dont forget Quidco as well!
#2
mmm tempting!!
#3
looks good
#4
'Currys are selling it for £127.00 on their site.'
That doesn't sit well with the cdiscount site: 34% off RRP : £104.99
#5
I Know, think they may have the RRP Wrong?
#6
Anyone found any deals for a Hard Drive Version? + DV in.
#7
Joe Scaramanga
I was just about to go for that when I checke3d the specs and it doesn't have DTS decoding... isn't that a little unusual these days?

And would that matter if running through a reciever/amp?

AND dont forget Quidco as well!


No if u run the digital out through an amp that decodes DTS it wont matter and as almost all amps these days decode DTS, onboard decoding on a DVD player matters not a jot. Not to mention that on board decoding is only useful if your linking your dvd player to an amp via the pre-amps anyway
#8
region free hack code for this?
#9
RiKx
No if u run the digital out through an amp that decodes DTS it wont matter and as almost all amps these days decode DTS, onboard decoding on a DVD player matters not a jot. Not to mention that on board decoding is only useful if your linking your dvd player to an amp via the pre-amps anyway



Cheers for that... :thumbsup:
I like to think I know my A/V then it turns out I don't ... just more than my mates:oops:

May well invest if they've any left when I get paid
#10
Just picked one of these up...had some credit on my account from a netbook purchase before christmas. This worked out at £40 after Quidco...awesome ;o)
1 Like #11
Check the reviews first.
We have the HDD version and its terrible. Menus are horrible and its really very picky about when it will and wont record.
#12
Do i or Don't i............that is the question ha ha.
#13
looks a very good price, I presume it's excessive without a 1080p tv?
2 Likes #14
Upscaling is a very geeky debate, is it worth it?

Say, for example, you do own a 1080p panel. This has 1080 lines of pixels. The ONLY way you can display on this screen is either a) using a 1080p source or b) by upscaling another source to 1080 lines.

An upscaling DVD player allows you to perform option a) - it will output a native 1080p source to your panel which can be displayed, unaltered.

But what about option b)? How does your 1080p panel display non-1080p sources?

The answer is that your TV already includes an upscaler. On a good TV, it will include a good one. If you connect a legacy source to your new TV using scart, component etc, then your TV will upscale it for display on the screen.

But which is likely to include the better upscaler? A £70 DVD player of a £1500 Plasma TV. In many cases it's the latter, but it does vary.

The argument goes further if you have a 720p "HD ready" screen. Most of these actually have 768 lines. The upscaling DVD player will output 720p to it, having upscaled from the 576 lines of the DVD. Then, the TV receives the signal and UPSCALES IT AGAIN...to 768 lines. There's a loss in picture quality during both upscaling actions.

Personally, I think upscaling DVD players are a total waste of time, designed to confuse consumers who don't really understand. If you already have a good quality progressive DVD player connected through component cables, you're likely to see no difference at all.
#15
So go for the non upscaling one for £59.99 even better :p
#16
ro53ben
Upscaling is a very geeky debate, is it worth it?

Say, for example, you do own a 1080p panel. This has 1080 lines of pixels. The ONLY way you can display on this screen is either a) using a 1080p source or b) by upscaling another source to 1080 lines.

An upscaling DVD player allows you to perform option a) - it will output a native 1080p source to your panel which can be displayed, unaltered.

But what about option b)? How does your 1080p panel display non-1080p sources?

The answer is that your TV already includes an upscaler. On a good TV, it will include a good one. If you connect a legacy source to your new TV using scart, component etc, then your TV will upscale it for display on the screen.

But which is likely to include the better upscaler? A £70 DVD player of a £1500 Plasma TV. In many cases it's the latter, but it does vary.

The argument goes further if you have a 720p "HD ready" screen. Most of these actually have 768 lines. The upscaling DVD player will output 720p to it, having upscaled from the 576 lines of the DVD. Then, the TV receives the signal and UPSCALES IT AGAIN...to 768 lines. There's a loss in picture quality during both upscaling actions.

Personally, I think upscaling DVD players are a total waste of time, designed to confuse consumers who don't really understand. If you already have a good quality progressive DVD player connected through component cables, you're likely to see no difference at all.



Totally agree. Was lulled into buying a samsung upscaling player for my 32 Sony KDLV2500. What a waste of time. The best setting was 576p which kinda defeats the object. Let your TV do the scaling and use the money to buy some Blur-rays.
#17
On the upscaling hoo-hah, I'd agree - I notice absolutely no difference from my progressive scan dvd recorder playing DVDs, to my upscaling DVD player playing DVDs.

On the deal, this is very, very, very good.
Richer Sounds have this for £99, which is what I got Currys to price match to last week. Its a very good recorder, the hdmi connection is a bonus for the future when scart has died a death and hopefully the recorder is still going strong.
I'm going to get one just to get rid of my seperate dvd player and recorder.
#18
very tempting, especially since i just bought a brand new samsung tv.....can you hack this to play region 1 dvds??????????
#19
interesting information. I bought SONY 1080p 40in LCD TV recently, unable to decide whether i need to replace my current conventional DVD player with an upscaping DVD player or wait for a good deal on a blue ray player. When you say component cable, is this different from SCART? sorry if this is a silly question
#20
Hi anilreddy

Component is different from the RGB SCART, I don't really know if it will give you a better picture as most TVs can do a decent job using the SCART.

If you have component output on the back of your DVD player it should be five cinch "phono" connections which are coloured Red, Green and Blue to carry the video and Red and White to carry the stereo audio.

With Component you also benefit from being able to do Progressive Scan, whatever that is.
#21
ro53ben
Upscaling is a very geeky debate, is it worth it?

Say, for example, you do own a 1080p panel. This has 1080 lines of pixels. The ONLY way you can display on this screen is either a) using a 1080p source or b) by upscaling another source to 1080 lines.

An upscaling DVD player allows you to perform option a) - it will output a native 1080p source to your panel which can be displayed, unaltered.

But what about option b)? How does your 1080p panel display non-1080p sources?

The answer is that your TV already includes an upscaler. On a good TV, it will include a good one. If you connect a legacy source to your new TV using scart, component etc, then your TV will upscale it for display on the screen.

But which is likely to include the better upscaler? A £70 DVD player of a £1500 Plasma TV. In many cases it's the latter, but it does vary.

The argument goes further if you have a 720p "HD ready" screen. Most of these actually have 768 lines. The upscaling DVD player will output 720p to it, having upscaled from the 576 lines of the DVD. Then, the TV receives the signal and UPSCALES IT AGAIN...to 768 lines. There's a loss in picture quality during both upscaling actions.

Personally, I think upscaling DVD players are a total waste of time, designed to confuse consumers who don't really understand. If you already have a good quality progressive DVD player connected through component cables, you're likely to see no difference at all.

I'm not a fan of upscaling myself and only use it if an HD source isn't available, but one thing you're forgetting about in your rant, if the TV is upscaling then it is getting the signal via analogue from the player meaning picture quality is lost, if the player upscales the signal is kept digital and every single one of the 720x576 pixels is being upscaled to 1080, rather than the soft looking analogue signal!
#22
anilreddy
interesting information. I bought SONY 1080p 40in LCD TV recently, unable to decide whether i need to replace my current conventional DVD player with an upscaping DVD player or wait for a good deal on a blue ray player. When you say component cable, is this different from SCART? sorry if this is a silly question


Component and scart are very different.

In this context, the main difference is that the component signal is generally a progressive signal and the scart signal is interlaced. This can significantly improve the quality down the line.

That being said, the quality from an RGB scart is quite excellent and upscales just fine on my 1080p plasma.
#23
mmace
I'm not a fan of upscaling myself and only use it if an HD source isn't available, but one thing you're forgetting about in your rant, if the TV is upscaling then it is getting the signal via analogue from the player meaning picture quality is lost, if the player upscales the signal is kept digital and every single one of the 720x576 pixels is being upscaled to 1080, rather than the soft looking analogue signal!


Hardly a rant and you're not entirely correct.

Whether there is any significant loss over component, or even RGB scart, is very questionable. But the TV will upscale from any source as required, regardless of the connection.

It will quite happily upscale a digital HDMI source. A good example would be a 720p Sky HD box. It will output 720p over HDMI and the TV would then upscale to 1080p. All digital, no loss.
#24
DTS decoding??? dont know what that is can someone pls explain 2 me?!?!?!?! Also no USB :(

but over all good deal for such a small price tho...
banned#25
Titchimp
Check the reviews first.
We have the HDD version and its terrible. Menus are horrible and its really very picky about when it will and wont record.

Yeah I had one with the HDD too I found it very sluggish on channel changes, then it wouldnt record unless the set it to record a program and then turned it off! This is a different model, but I`ve heard this said about a few of the samsung! and I`m bit of a samsung fan!
#26
ro53ben
Upscaling is a very geeky debate, is it worth it?

Say, for example, you do own a 1080p panel. This has 1080 lines of pixels. The ONLY way you can display on this screen is either a) using a 1080p source or b) by upscaling another source to 1080 lines.

An upscaling DVD player allows you to perform option a) - it will output a native 1080p source to your panel which can be displayed, unaltered.

But what about option b)? How does your 1080p panel display non-1080p sources?

The answer is that your TV already includes an upscaler. On a good TV, it will include a good one. If you connect a legacy source to your new TV using scart, component etc, then your TV will upscale it for display on the screen.

But which is likely to include the better upscaler? A £70 DVD player of a £1500 Plasma TV. In many cases it's the latter, but it does vary.

The argument goes further if you have a 720p "HD ready" screen. Most of these actually have 768 lines. The upscaling DVD player will output 720p to it, having upscaled from the 576 lines of the DVD. Then, the TV receives the signal and UPSCALES IT AGAIN...to 768 lines. There's a loss in picture quality during both upscaling actions.

Personally, I think upscaling DVD players are a total waste of time, designed to confuse consumers who don't really understand. If you already have a good quality progressive DVD player connected through component cables, you're likely to see no difference at all.


This is completely inaccurate - 1080p panel isn't ONLY capable of displaying at 1080p (or a 1080i panel etc) but UP TO that resolution (like a computer monitor). Standard definition (SD) signals like that from freeview etc are not up-scaled by a 1080 set - it simply sets the panel resolution to the signal input at SD (480/576). Like it also does with DVD (480/576).

HD sources are above the SD resolution at 720i/p and 1080i/p so the panel adjusts NOT scales according to the input source resolution. If you look most tv's tell you this by showing what resolution the tv is currently at when the signal triggers it to change e.g. 480 (NTSC, i/p) 576 (PAL i/p) both SD resolutions. The HD sources (or SD sources up-scaled) are at 720 (i/p) and 1080 (i/p). As far as i am aware no tv up-scales all SD signals to its max resolution. DVD players only up-scale via HDMI not component or any other signal as far as im aware as well.

Component signal can be interlaced OR progressive, SD or HD but they dont carry audio and you cant up-scale via component (conventionally, but most good A/V amps these day often include multi signal upscaling) Scart also uses either composite, s-video or RGB signals. Component uses predominantly a singal based (i think) on brilliance / chromo / luminesence) or much more rarely an RGB component but this has limited support compared to the other format.
#27
On paper this seems like a great deal.
The machine appears to be all signing, all dancing with all the bells and whistles.

I found these reveiews with a quick search. http://www.topcashback.co.uk/DVD_and_Home_Cinema/Review_Samsung_dvdsr275.htm
#28
This is completely inaccurate - 1080p panel isn't ONLY capable of displaying at 1080p (or a 1080i panel etc) but UP TO that resolution (like a computer monitor). Standard definition (SD) signals like that from freeview etc are not up-scaled by a 1080 set - it simply sets the panel resolution to the signal input at SD (480/576). Like it also does with DVD (480/576).


No, that's completely inaccurate. The panel (i.e the LCD/plasma sandwich which either transmits/blocks light (LCD) or emits light (plasma) has a fixed resolution. The TV's (or monitor's) electronics upscale or downscale the input signal to match that resolution. The panel itself cannot change resolution. It has a fixed number of pixels.

As previously mentioned, a good reason to allow the DVD player to upscale is it keeps the signal digital from disc to panel although that may reveal some of the artifacts of the scaling process which the digital->analogue ->digital of the SCART or component inputs may soften and hide.

But that's down to personal preference and the relative capabilities of the DVD and TV upscalers.

Megamart
#29
Megamart
No, that's completely inaccurate. The panel (i.e the LCD/plasma sandwich which either transmits/blocks light (LCD) or emits light (plasma) has a fixed resolution. The TV's (or monitor's) electronics upscale or downscale the input signal to match that resolution. The panel itself cannot change resolution. It has a fixed number of pixels.

As previously mentioned, a good reason to allow the DVD player to upscale is it keeps the signal digital from disc to panel although that may reveal some of the artifacts of the scaling process which the digital->analogue ->digital of the SCART or component inputs may soften and hide.

But that's down to personal preference and the relative capabilities of the DVD and TV upscalers.

Megamart


No the number of pixels doesn't change but the resultant image isn't up-scaled its just scaled so that the image will fill the available. That is NOT the same.

When i said panel i wasn't referring to just the physical panel itself - and you know this, your being pedantic.
#30
RiKx
No the number of pixels doesn't change but the resultant image isn't up-scaled its just scaled so that the image will fill the available. That is NOT the same.


I think you'll find it is. When I play a 480p source on my 1080p screen there are not 600 empty lines. How does it fill those gaps? Upscaling.
1 Like #31
ro53ben
I think you'll find it is. When I play a 480p source on my 1080p screen there are not 600 empty lines. How does it fill those gaps? Upscaling.


That's image scaling not 'up-scaling' in the sense of DVD. I was under the impression the up-scaling technology in a DVD player remapped the original image from the data on the dvd by (p)re-reading and composing the up-scaled picture. This is why you can 'up-scale' a dvd source but not a 'live' source like SD tv because with tv you cant (p)re-read the data as its not stored or buffered. I admit i dont fully understand how it works. Willing to admit i'm wrong if its not the case tho.

edit: apparently not all 'up-scaling' DVD players work this way and some literally just scale the image closer to the source in the same way the tv electronics do and this is still considered up-scaling. My bad i was in fact wrong!
#32
I had the sh855m for a month and returned it because of all the bugs. Samsung dvd recorders are like going back to the stone age.

The dvd recorder has to be in standby to record.

Play and Record at the same time!! You can not play until it has started recording since it has to be in standby - when you do play something it will switch off when the timer has finished regardless of whether you are watching something.

So many bugs, slow and horrible interface... Cold as brass monkeys's balls.
1 Like #33
RiKx
That's image scaling not 'up-scaling' in the sense of DVD. I was under the impression the up-scaling technology in a DVD player remapped the original image from the data on the dvd by (p)re-reading and composing the up-scaled picture. This is why you can 'up-scale' a dvd source but not a 'live' source like SD tv because with tv you cant (p)re-read the data as its not stored or buffered. I admit i dont fully understand how it works. Willing to admit i'm wrong if its not the case tho.

edit: apparently not all 'up-scaling' DVD players work this way and some literally just scale the image closer to the source in the same way the tv electronics do and this is still considered up-scaling. My bad i was in fact wrong!


You can have some rep purely for going away and researching and coming back to admit you were wrong.

It's an easy mistake, I made the original post intentionally as so many people don't realise this. Only a real state of the art upscaling device is going to do much better than the upscaler in the TV.
#34
ro53ben
You can have some rep purely for going away and researching and coming back to admit you were wrong.

It's an easy mistake, I made the original post intentionally as so many people don't realise this. Only a real state of the art upscaling device is going to do much better than the upscaler in the TV.


completly agree with all your posts. it is a ploy by manufacturers to get people to by upscaling dvd players thinking there getting full 1080p picture. My advice to everyone is save up for a blu ray player, a lot of blu rays can be picked up for £9.99 now or even cheaper pre owned in gamestation. Pay an extra £30 and get this sharp blu ray player already posted on HUKD:

http://www.bargaincrazy.com/epages/BargainCrazy.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/BargainCrazy/Products/F01043LM/SubProducts/F01043LM01S&AID=6274488&PID=1546795&SID=299935
#35
tyddynroger;3986530
completly agree with all your posts. it is a ploy by manufacturers to get people to by upscaling dvd players thinking there getting full 1080p picture. My advice to everyone is save up for a blu ray player, a lot of blu rays can be picked up for £9.99 now or even cheaper pre owned in gamestation. Pay an extra £30 and get this sharp blu ray player already posted on HUKD:

http://www.bargaincrazy.com/epages/BargainCrazy.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/BargainCrazy/Products/F01043LM/SubProducts/F01043LM01S&AID=6274488&PID=1546795&SID=299935

Would be a fair point if the sharp recorded too :thumbsup:
#36
Upscallers are poo. COLD
#37
Hi all,

Ive just been reading through this thread and now im more confused than i was before!!

Ive just got a Samsung LE32A456C and i was going to buy this DVD player because (a) it has freeview built in and (b) it supposedely upscales standard DVD's but after reading this im not sure whether its worth it.

If your on a budget and you want to make the most of your HD ready tv what would you get that has freeview and can play standard DVD's at their best?

I dont want Sky HD yet and i cant afford both a Blu-Ray player and a decent Freeview box with HDMI at the moment.

Can anyone recommend what they would do?

Thanks! :)
#38
randomboy
Hi all,

Ive just been reading through this thread and now im more confused than i was before!!

Ive just got a Samsung LE32A456C and i was going to buy this DVD player because (a) it has freeview built in and (b) it supposedely upscales standard DVD's but after reading this im not sure whether its worth it.

If your on a budget and you want to make the most of your HD ready tv what would you get that has freeview and can play standard DVD's at their best?

I dont want Sky HD yet and i cant afford both a Blu-Ray player and a decent Freeview box with HDMI at the moment.

Can anyone recommend what they would do?

Thanks! :)


i think the tv you have has a built in digital tuner, so theres your freeview sorted. for a decent dvd player i had a samsung hd870 its £39.95 from richer sounds on sale at the moment, its a decent dvd player which also upsacles. heres the link:

http://www.richersounds.com/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=SAMS-DVDHD870

this is for a low budget if you tell me how much you have to spend you mite be able to get something better.

hope this helps.:)
#39
Hi tyddynroger

Yes my TV has a built in tuner, is this the same as having a freeview box? (i know, im a moron!)

If thats the case then ill just need a decent DVD player (and recorder if possible) for now.

My budget is £100

Thanks for the help :)
#40
randomboy
Hi tyddynroger

Yes my TV has a built in tuner, is this the same as having a freeview box? (i know, im a moron!)

If thats the case then ill just need a decent DVD player (and recorder if possible) for now.

My budget is £100

Thanks for the help :)


If you check out your tv manual it will show you how to set up your freeview using your tv digi tuner. one other option is sky, but then you've got the monthly cost but you will have the record feature. If you've got a £100 to spend you could buy the blu ray player mentioned above but if you cant see your self buying blu ray dvds in the near future i wouldn't bother. if you just want somthing to keep you going for now, i would use your tv for the freeview and get the Samsung DVDHD870 mentioned above. hope this helps! :)

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