DVD and Blu-ray recorder reviews

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Being able to record free-to-air TV releases us from the constraints of the networks’ schedule, and we've grown used to the convenience of being able to watch movies on DVD whenever we want. The products on test here offer the best of both worlds, as well as some additional benefits that come with digital TV such as timeshifting.

All except the Sony have twin digital tuners, so you can watch one digital broadcast program and record another on a different channel at the same time. The two Blu-ray players also offer increased picture quality, and with the Panasonic DMR-BW780GLK you can record to Blu-ray, which dramatically increases the amount of content you can store on a disc.


This report is free to view, as only a small percentage of the models reviewed are available
on the market. Alternatively, take a look at our Blu-Ray players review. For more information
about this test, email us at ausconsumer@choice.com.au.

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Models tested

  • LG HR599D - Blu-ray player with DVR (Twin HD TV tuners)
  • Panasonic DMR-BW780GLK - Blu-ray recorder with DVR (Twin HD TV tuners)
  • Panasonic DMR-XW480GLK - DVD recorder with DVR (Twin HD TV tuners)
  • Sony RDR-HDC500 - DVD recorder with DVR (single HD TV tuner, single analogue tuner)


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