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Panasonic DMR-ES15 dvd player
4.0 stars Panasonic DMR-ES15 dvd player By David Smith

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... Read more

Sony DAR-RH1000 home cinema system
3.5 stars Sony DAR-RH1000 home cinema system By David Smith

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... Read more

Philips DVDR3305 DVD recorder
4.0 stars Philips DVDR3305 DVD recorder By David Smith

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... Read more

JVC TH-R3 Home cinema system
3.5 stars JVC TH-R3 Home cinema system By David Smith

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... Read more

Funai DRV-B2737
3.0 stars Funai DRV-B2737 By David Smith

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... Read more

Sony RDR-HXD910 HDD recorder
4.5 stars Sony RDR-HXD910 HDD recorder By David Smith

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... Read more

Pioneer DV-380 DVD Player
4.0 stars Pioneer DV-380 DVD Player By David Smith

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... Read more

Yamaha DVD-S557 DVD player
4.5 stars Yamaha DVD-S557 DVD player By David Smith

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... Read more

Pioneer DCS-232 home cinema system
3.5 stars Pioneer DCS-232 home cinema system By David Smith

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... Read more

Panasonic DMR-ES30V VCR DVD recorder
4.0 stars Panasonic DMR-ES30V VCR DVD recorder By David Smith

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... Read more