Archive for David Smith

  • Panasonic DMR-ES15 dvd player
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic DMR-ES15 dvd player

    By 7 April 2006

    Panasonic has built a fine reputation in the DVD recorder market, with a range of excellent models. Decks that combine a DVD recorder with a hard disk recorder are more versatile, but the basic recorder on test here is more likely to appeal to those looking...

  • Sony DAR-RH1000 home cinema system
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony DAR-RH1000 home cinema system

    By 26 January 2006

    Sony has put a steep price tag on this all-in-one home cinema system, but is there are some serious omissions on the spec sheet? First the good news, though. This is a very attractively designed system, built around an HDD/DVD recorder with a 160GB hard...

  • Philips DVDR3305 DVD recorder
    4 out of 5

    Philips DVDR3305 DVD recorder

    By 1 December 2005

    With plenty of HOT deals floating around this Christmas, is it wise to opt for the cheapest model? We take a look at Philips' moderate offering hoping to last you longer than up to the January sales. Philips' new entry-level DVD recorder is a great-looking...

  • JVC TH-R3 Home cinema system
    3.5 out of 5

    JVC TH-R3 Home cinema system

    By 25 October 2005

    JVC’s latest home cinema offering is the first, rather strangely, to include an RGB Scart. This attractive system has that vital input, which means that digibox users will be able to record their favourite programmes in all their RGB glory. This is...

  • Funai DRV-B2737
    3 out of 5

    Funai DRV-B2737

    By 21 September 2005

    You may not have heard of Funai yet, but having made a big impression in America, the Osaka-based company has even bigger plans for us here in the UK. Those plans include the launch of the DRV-B2737 VCR/DVD recorder combi. Pocket-lint sat down with the...

  • Sony RDR-HXD910 HDD recorder
    4.5 out of 5

    Sony RDR-HXD910 HDD recorder

    By 24 August 2005

    Sony’s HDD/DVD recorder combination is willing to go the extra mile to please consumers even if it is perhaps double the price of its competitors. But is this just Sony being expensive like no other or is the extra cost justified? We take a look and...

  • Pioneer DV-380 DVD Player
    4 out of 5

    Pioneer DV-380 DVD Player

    By 28 July 2005

    First-time buyers may be tempted by the real cheapie models out there on supermarket shelves, but Pioneer thinks that even newcomers to the format deserve a little more than the basics. The DV-380 is specifically aimed at newbies, but it does not talk...

  • Yamaha DVD-S557 DVD player
    4.5 out of 5

    Yamaha DVD-S557 DVD player

    By 5 July 2005

    Yamaha’s range of DVD decks may not explore the depths of pricing like some (this is the lowest-specified model and it still costs £130), but it has an aura of quality that is confirmed when you take a careful look at the spec sheet. Topping the bill...

  • Pioneer DCS-232 home cinema system
    3.5 out of 5

    Pioneer DCS-232 home cinema system

    By 30 June 2005

    All-in-one systems should be easy to set up and easy to live with. Pioneer’s new entry-level system certainly fits the bill on both counts. With colour-coded speaker sockets and small, attractively designed satellite speakers, this system will be up...

  • Panasonic DMR-ES30V VCR DVD recorder
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic DMR-ES30V VCR DVD recorder

    By 14 June 2005

    The video boom of the eighties and nineties had one rather untidy consequence - an unsightly pile of VHS tapes in every living room around the country, most probably full of stuff you might not have watched before taping over it again. The advent of recordable...