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Toshiba RD88DT Freeview+ 160GB Hard Drive DVD Recorder 1080P Upscaling £166.37 @ Amazon

£166.37 @ Amazon
Been looking for a decent dvd / HDD recorder. HDMI Too ...£269 - £169 * 160GB HDD (267 hours) * Freeview Playback * Regza Link (HDMI CEC) * 1x Digital, 1x Analogue Tuner * …
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Been looking for a decent dvd / HDD recorder.
HDMI Too ...£269 - £169

* 160GB HDD (267 hours)
* Freeview Playback
* Regza Link (HDMI CEC)
* 1x Digital, 1x Analogue Tuner
* DVD Upscaler: 720p, 1080i, 1080p
* DivX Playback
* MP3 Playback
* JPEG Viewer
* Hi Resolution Pal Progressive
* 2 way dubbing
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#1
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#2
If only it had a twin digital tuner this would tick all my boxes.......:)
#3
If my TV already has freeview built in, and I connect this to it, I assume I could record one channel on this through its own tuner whilst watching another channel through the tuner on the tv right?
#4
morpheus;4327036
If my TV already has freeview built in, and I connect this to it, I assume I could record one channel on this through its own tuner whilst watching another channel through the tuner on the tv right?


Yes you could. :thumbsup:
#5
Only ONE Freeview tuner? :w00t: My cheap Digifusion may only have 80Gb but it has twin Freeview tuners. That means I can record two programmes at the same time while watching a previously recorded one. :thumbsup:
#6
dink;4330430
Only ONE Freeview tuner? :w00t: My cheap Digifusion may only have 80Gb but it has twin Freeview tuners. That means I can record two programmes at the same time while watching a previously recorded one. :thumbsup:

Something everyone must find themselves doing! :roll:
Here's a off the wall idea..... watch one of the 2 programmes instead of watching the recorded one, then watch the recorded one later! :-D:roll:
#7
Fantastic deal, heat and rep added
1 Like #8
Not bad. DVI in it seems which is very handy for downloading camcorder footage etc. I'd say if you already have a Freeview TV this is perfect. But if you watch a lot of live TV and record a lot you'll struggle with a single tuner. I have a Humax and would find it impossible to live with 1 tuner -but I don't watch any live TV though.

Dixons is cheaper: [url]www.dixons.co.uk/product.php?sku=773560[/url]

Use the Feb2 voucher code for 2% off and FREEDEL149 code for free delivery

In stock
#9
Full review [url]www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/dvd-recorders/toshiba-rd88dt-477000/review[/url]
#10
rattla;4330546
Something everyone must find themselves doing! :roll:
Here's a off the wall idea..... watch one of the 2 programmes instead of watching the recorded one, then watch the recorded one later! :-D:roll:


Why would I want to do that? What about a member of the family who is not there? Do they miss one of the programmes because I don't record it? :roll::roll:
#11
dink
Only ONE Freeview tuner? :w00t: My cheap Digifusion may only have 80Gb but it has twin Freeview tuners. That means I can record two programmes at the same time while watching a previously recorded one. :thumbsup:


great price for a quality machine:thumbsup: ,

dvd/hdd recorders only usually have 1 tuner so nothing unusual there, its the pvr/hdd recorders which have 2.
#12
Fujioka
Not bad. DVI in it seems which is very handy for downloading camcorder footage etc. I'd say if you already have a Freeview TV this is perfect. But if you watch a lot of live TV and record a lot you'll struggle with a single tuner. I have a Humax and would find it impossible to live with 1 tuner -but I don't watch any live TV though.

Dixons is cheaper: [url]www.dixons.co.uk/product.php?sku=773560[/url]

Use the Feb2 voucher code for 2% off and FREEDEL149 code for free delivery

In stock


I was very tempted to get the Humax 9300T to replace my BT VIsion box but the UI is so shockingly ugly for such a functionally equipped box.

Has anyone came across any twin digital tuner HDD / PVRs with a decent interface?
#13
Rear connections of that Toshiba: http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/8753/rd88dtdy7.png

No idea if that DVI is replicated in the front drop down panel. Would hope so.


>Humax

There's no better a PVR range. For Freeview PVR I immediately think "Humax". BTVision is a disater that was waiting to happen and every other PVR is miles behind the Humax for the GUI and general high quality box. Humax own the PVR Freeview and Freesat market.

All your base are belong to us comes to mind :-D
#14
These are not very good, they are slow - look on avforums for the 88/98 opinions of owners.
#15
Gort1951;4331392
These are not very good, they are slow - look on avforums for the 88/98 opinions of owners.

Indeed, the reviews on Amazon itself don't look too good.
#16
Needs twin digital tuners, as others have said.

Beats me why companies like Toshiba don't include them. Minimal extra cost to produce, but would appeal to a lot of Humax/Topfield buyers who only buy those brands because the big companies won't add an extra tuner costing £10 or so. Madness.
#17
Newbold;4331638
Needs twin digital tuners, as others have said.

Beats me why companies like Toshiba don't include them. Minimal extra cost to produce, but would appeal to a lot of Humax/Topfield buyers who only buy those brands because the big companies won't add an extra tuner costing £10 or so. Madness.


yeh Toshiba are normally up there with the best of them, beats me to why no 2nd digital tuner either. I went for a panasonic unit in the end.
#18
Just to make my position clear: I'm not knocking this deal, it's a good price for this machine. I just feel happier with twin Freeview tuners on my machine and have no need for a DVD recorder. Heat added by the way. :thumbsup:
#19
quizmaniac
great price for a quality machine:thumbsup: ,

dvd/hdd recorders only usually have 1 tuner so nothing unusual there, its the pvr/hdd recorders which have 2.


Yes you're right they do and I've also passed this information on in other forums, but it makes you wonder why doesn't it? There must be some kind of technical reason whey they don't because the gap in the market is so big you could drive an oil tanker through it. Has anybody got an 'official' reason why they don't have twin tuners in HDD/DVD recorders?
#20
The reason Toshiba and others don't put twin tuners in is because they can't. They've struggled for years to produce a half decent DVD recorder, then recorder with HDD and now what we think would be easy -dual DVB. They don't have the know how. JVC use Humax for their TVs with built in HDD/DVB/PVR and they work very well. JVC are smart.

The thing that worries me about these 'all in ones' from the big brands (or the tat that Aldi/Lidl do) is the amount that are returned. It's not that they are broke, they just don't work well. Technology should be easy for the user.

For me Freeview has to be twinned and twinned the very best you can imagine = Humax. Thomson, Topfield and maybe the odd other box is OK. I want better than OK.
#21
rattla
Something everyone must find themselves doing! :roll:
Here's a off the wall idea..... watch one of the 2 programmes instead of watching the recorded one, then watch the recorded one later! :-D:roll:


Quite often I find that 2 tuners aren't enough in my PVR. There is also freeview built into my tv which usually means I get all the programmes I want with the extra tuner.

Is it very hard to add a 3rd tuner into a PVR? Even the high end boxes don't seem to have them. If V+ can have 3, why can't freeview+?
#22
callum9999;4332266
Quite often I find that 2 tuners aren't enough in my PVR.

Mileage varies though. In the 18 months or so I've had a PVR, there's only been a couple of occasions when I've found myself wanting to record two programmes that overlap. So for me, it's not a big deal.
#23
and no RGB input:
banned#24
These were £125 at burn-media.co.uk not so long back, not sure of they still have any, I never bothered though as a freidn has it and he said it was pants...the navigation on it is terrible
#25
Fujioka
The reason Toshiba and others don't put twin tuners in is because they can't. They've struggled for years to produce a half decent DVD recorder, then recorder with HDD and now what we think would be easy -dual DVB. They don't have the know how. JVC use Humax for their TVs with built in HDD/DVB/PVR and they work very well. JVC are smart.

The thing that worries me about these 'all in ones' from the big brands (or the tat that Aldi/Lidl do) is the amount that are returned. It's not that they are broke, they just don't work well. Technology should be easy for the user.

For me Freeview has to be twinned and twinned the very best you can imagine = Humax. Thomson, Topfield and maybe the odd other box is OK. I want better than OK.


Hardly the most technical explanation though is it? I have had two Sony HDD/DVD recorders that have been faultless. The GUI menus could have been better but that's about it. (I've seen the same GUI on either a Panasonic or Pioneer, I can't remember which). The editing is absolutely superb, along with DVD authoring from the HDD. I wasn't singling out any one manufacturer though, it was just a general question. There must be a way to do it, but I won't lose any sleep over it as only on the odd occasion have I needed to record two channels at once, which goes to show it's horses for courses once again.
#26
Fujioka
Rear connections of that Toshiba: http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/8753/rd88dtdy7.png

No idea if that DVI is replicated in the front drop down panel. Would hope so.


>Humax

There's no better a PVR range. For Freeview PVR I immediately think "Humax". BTVision is a disater that was waiting to happen and every other PVR is miles behind the Humax for the GUI and general high quality box. Humax own the PVR Freeview and Freesat market.

All your base are belong to us comes to mind :-D


Haivng owned Humax and Topfield, Topfield is better once you have the MyStuff tap loaded on to it - better tha Humax or Sky+ for that matter. I don't want to start an argument about whether you should have to do this or not but the end result is the same.

Humax is better if you aren't particularly techy adnd just want to plug it in and go- but they are not the be all and end all of PVRs.
#27
Don't see how this is such a great deal. I got the Toshiba RD-97DT which has all the same features, including a 250GB drive inside for £140! I'm not sure it upscales to 1080P, but it does 1080i which is very, very good on my LCD screen.
Here it is on Play.com for only another £6! - http://tinyurl.com/ckorcl
And I'm sure you could find a company selling them cheaper on ebay, too.

So, £6 for another 90GB recording space? Yes please! Trust me, once you start recording programs in good quality, it all adds up. Don't get a small drive like this 160GB one.

As for the machine itself, it is very good, BUT...the EPG guide is pretty rubbish. That said, everything else works wonders. After having 2 separate Panasonic dvd recorders go bust on me, it's been plain sailing with the Toshiba for the last 9 months.
banned#28
good find thanks :)http://www.avatarjunkie.net/cimg/8f125da0b3432ed853c0b6f7ee5aaa6b.gif

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