Panasonic DMR-EX83 DVD Recorder with 250 GB Hard Drive and Freeview+ £222.70 Delivered @ Dixons
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Panasonic DMR-EX83 DVD Recorder with 250 GB Hard Drive and Freeview+ £222.70 Delivered @ Dixons

£222.70Dixons Deals
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Found 9th Jan 2011
A feature-filled dvd recorder with hard drive and freeview+:

From Dixons:

The smartly designed Panasonic DIGA DMR-EX83EB-K DVD Recorder & Freeview Tuner records your favourite programmes directly to its generous 250GB hard drive, with built-in PVR functionality which includes Pause Live TV. Put live TV programmes on hold whilst you make a cup of tea, and resume watching where you left off as if you were watching a DVD movie!

Picture quality from the Panasonic DIGA DMR-EX83-EB-K DVD Recorder is first-rate, thanks to Panasonic's renowned Chroma Processor. With HDMI 1080p upscaling you can also enjoy near-HD quality from your existing DVD collection. Revisit your favourite movies with renewed enthusiasm!

Panasonic's DIGA range of products offers a powerful multi-format platform with which to store and playback all of your films, photos and music.

Data from music CDs and USB-enabled devices can be transferred to the hard drive of the Panasonic DIGA DMR-EX83EB-K DVD Recorder & Freeview Tuner, including ID3Tag and WMA-Tag title information which is embedded in music files. This enables compatibility with Gracenote® technology, giving you the potential to turn the HDD into a jukebox full of your favourite tracks!

USB and SD card interfaces allow you to easily transfer JPEG, MP3, WMA, and MPEG2 files to the hard drive or DVD disc, with the ability also to playback DivX files though the USB terminal.

A DVB-T Freeview Digital Tuner is incorporated into the Panasonic DIGA DMR-EX83EB-K DVD Recorder, allowing reception of a broad choice of free-to-air TV channels and digital radio stations. The provision of SCART inputs and outputs provide wide-ranging backward compatibility with other AV components.

With all of this on offer and more, the Panasonic DIGA DMR-EX83EB-K DVD Recorder & Freeview Tuner is sure to add extra dimension to your home entertainment setup!

18 Comments

Banned

I have one like this. The older version EX77.

Very good machine
Edited by: "YouDontWantToKnow" 9th Jan 2011

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YouDontWantToKnow

I have one of these I bought in 2008.Just found out how much they are … I have one of these I bought in 2008.Just found out how much they are worth used on Ebay!



Which model was out in 2008? This is the 2010 model I think...

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MattyBoi

Which model was out in 2008? This is the 2010 model I think...



Ooooops I have the EX77

You made me look

Original Poster

YouDontWantToKnow

Ooooops I have the EX77You made me look



lol, they are very good machines.. only negative being no series link (freeview+) unless it's been updated? The EX-773 is the newer equivalent of that one I think which can be found sub-£200.

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MattyBoi

lol, they are very good machines.. only negative being no series link … lol, they are very good machines.. only negative being no series link (freeview+) unless it's been updated? The EX-773 is the newer equivalent of that one I think which can be found sub-£200.



All I know is something that I paid circa 250 for in 2007 is still worth about £100 used!!

Its mint actually & now we have SKY HD its redundant unless we want to record 4 things at once..

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YouDontWantToKnow

All I know is something that I paid circa 250 for in 2007 is still worth … All I know is something that I paid circa 250 for in 2007 is still worth about £100 used!! Its mint actually & now we have SKY HD its redundant unless we want to record 4 things at once..;)



Yeah they seem to hold value pretty well don't they, I've got a ES10 from 2005 and they seem to be selling for around £50-£70 and it doesn't even have a digital tuner!

Panasonic have destroyed all credibility of their latest Freeview PVR's with the most atrocious EPG display ever invented. Over 1/3 of the screen is occupied by adverts which cannot be disabled !!

I will never buy another Panasonic Freeview device until they redesign the EPG and trash the adverts.

PLEASE SEE THE EPG ON THESE PANASONIC FREEVIEW PVR'S BEFORE BUYING or at least checkout other reviews regarding this disgracefull commercial exploitation by Panasonic.

We had the EX77 but its DVD drive died and was beyond economic repair.

Personally, unless the DVD recorder feature is essential for you, I'd go for the Humax HD-FOX T2 from Richer Sounds (£99), then plug in a 500GB USB hard drive (c. £40) to turn it into an excellent HD PVR and buy a separate DVD player (c.£40). This way you don't have to ditch the whole thing if just one component fails (and you get Freeview HD and save a few pounds.)

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bobdenmark

Panasonic have destroyed all credibility of their latest Freeview PVR's … Panasonic have destroyed all credibility of their latest Freeview PVR's with the most atrocious EPG display ever invented. Over 1/3 of the screen is occupied by adverts which cannot be disabled !!I will never buy another Panasonic Freeview device until they redesign the EPG and trash the adverts.PLEASE SEE THE EPG ON THESE PANASONIC FREEVIEW PVR'S BEFORE BUYING or at least checkout other reviews regarding this disgracefull commercial exploitation by Panasonic.



Yeah, very annoying still think this is a decent bit of kit if you can stomach the EPG

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JonT

We had the EX77 but its DVD drive died and was beyond economic … We had the EX77 but its DVD drive died and was beyond economic repair.Personally, unless the DVD recorder feature is essential for you, I'd go for the Humax HD-FOX T2 from Richer Sounds (£99), then plug in a 500GB USB hard drive (c. £40) to turn it into an excellent HD PVR and buy a separate DVD player (c.£40). This way you don't have to ditch the whole thing if just one component fails (and you get Freeview HD and save a few pounds.)



Fair enough, however you won't have the ability to record to dvd which is kind of the point with these machines. The reviews of this machine are very good and Amazon pushed their price for this over £250 when VAT went up. Can't understand how this cold but each to their own.

MattyBoi

Fair enough, however you won't have the ability to record to dvd which is … Fair enough, however you won't have the ability to record to dvd which is kind of the point with these machines. The reviews of this machine are very good and Amazon pushed their price for this over £250 when VAT went up. Can't understand how this cold but each to their own.



Although you can archive your SD (not HD) recordings onto your PC (and then burn to DVD) if you really want to. I found that I only used the DVD burn facility twice on our EX77. If you are worried about running out of space then just buy a bigger hard drive - that's the beauty of going for separates.

Still I agree that this is a good price if this is the machine you want to go for - I just wouldn't go for it as it's outdated technology superseded by Blu-Ray and HD.

Same price at Amazon - but this is the cheapest I've seen it so HOT from me.

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JonT

Although you can archive your SD (not HD) recordings onto your PC (and … Although you can archive your SD (not HD) recordings onto your PC (and then burn to DVD) if you really want to. I found that I only used the DVD burn facility twice on our EX77. If you are worried about running out of space then just buy a bigger hard drive - that's the beauty of going for separates.Still I agree that this is a good price if this is the machine you want to go for - I just wouldn't go for it as it's outdated technology superseded by Blu-Ray and HD.



Agreed, but Blu-Ray recorders are still very expensive and from what I have read there is serious compatibility issues with recorded blu-rays playing on other machines. Also the fact that you can't burn HD programmes onto disc is a turn-off for me at the mo.

JonT

We had the EX77 but its DVD drive died and was beyond economic … We had the EX77 but its DVD drive died and was beyond economic repair.Personally, unless the DVD recorder feature is essential for you, I'd go for the Humax HD-FOX T2 from Richer Sounds (£99), then plug in a 500GB USB hard drive (c. £40) to turn it into an excellent HD PVR and buy a separate DVD player (c.£40). This way you don't have to ditch the whole thing if just one component fails (and you get Freeview HD and save a few pounds.)



So this Freeview HD box has the necessary software to record a program to the USB disc you have connected to it does it?

motley

So this Freeview HD box has the necessary software to record a program to … So this Freeview HD box has the necessary software to record a program to the USB disc you have connected to it does it?



Yes. The latest version of the Humax software has full built in PVR capabilities. It's nothing complicated - just plug in your hard drive, format it and then you're away. Loads cheaper.

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JonT

Yes. The latest version of the Humax software has full built in PVR … Yes. The latest version of the Humax software has full built in PVR capabilities. It's nothing complicated - just plug in your hard drive, format it and then you're away. Loads cheaper.



It doesn't have twin tuner though does it? I'm struggling to see how your set-up gives the same recording/storing facilities as this machine...

MattyBoi

It doesn't have twin tuner though does it? I'm struggling to see how your … It doesn't have twin tuner though does it? I'm struggling to see how your set-up gives the same recording/storing facilities as this machine...



I might be missing something but I'm not quite sure which bit you think the Humax set-up can't do. You have a single tuner which is equivalent to the Panasonic DVD recorder. You can take SD recordings onto a PC and burn to DVD. You can attach a hard drive of whatever size you chose. You can play music through it like the Panasonic. But you can also watch HD TV and record HD TV (which you can't with the Panasonic) and you don't have to bin the whole thing when one component fails (which is a common problem with these Panasonic DVD players.

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Sorry, I thought this has a twin tuner, which it hasn't.
Edited by: "MattyBoi" 22nd Jan 2011
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