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PVR / Hard disc recorders ... help!!

From the title you can probably tell I'm a novice. I am wanting to get back up to speed with current technology and replace my existing home entertainment gear (about 12 years old) with (I think) a new HDD DVD recorder and eventually a big high def TV & new home theatre system. I like the look of the Pioneer DVR745H or the DVR645H as they can handle all of my digital photos and music and play them back through a jukebox etc. I'm told though it doesn't have a digital tuner, but I don't really know if I need a digital tuner?? I'm also totally confused about connectivity, HDMI, DVI and the countless other abbreviations that less tech savy people like me don't understand. I'm told that PVR's have digital tuners (some with twin tuners) but can they do all the other stuff that the HDD recorder can do (ie music jukebox, photos, play & burn DVD's etc??)

Any help appreciated


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Service provider

In reply to: PVR / Hard disc recorders ... help!!

Where do you get your HD service? Your Cable or Sat. company will have the best product for your service. If you are using antenna only, then look at the HDD recorders.

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Thanks v much!

In reply to: Service provider

Can you just tell me why I might need a digital tuner in the HDD recorder? Am I going to need to upgrade anything in a few years time when the analogue system is gone for good?

I do intend getting a digital TV with set top box. (I didn't realise there was a diff between this and High Def!)

Thanks for your help though

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A few points

In reply to: Thanks v much!

First of all regular TV is analog. That is what you will normally be recording if you buy a DVD recorder. It is not high def. The high def channels are digital and require a digital tuner to receive them. Currectly, DVD recorders do not record in Hi def or 5.1 audio. Your source will be downconverted to analog video. The quality is good, but not compared to true high def. Think of the current DVD recorders as upgraded replacements for VCRs.

The DVRs that the cable and dish people lease to you will record in High Def and 5.1 audio. Right now, it is the only way to go. When the HD recorders hit the market, they will be VERY expensive and there still may be copyright problems to overcome if you want to record a movie on a DVD.

I would start, if I were you, by getting a high def TV before I worried about a recorder. Once you get one, you will want more programming than you get over the air. At that time you will have to pick a service provider (cable or Sat.) and use thier equipment to get your HD. If you find a service and package you like, upgrade to the DVR they offer. Now, you are going to want better sound, so you need to look into a nice home theater system. Check your savings account balance, it starts to get a little pricey from here on.

Do a little research. I think I saw a primer on the CNET site on HD Tvs and audio.

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can I hassall you one last time please??

In reply to: A few points

We do need to get a recorder soon as our current VHS is on it's last legs.

Can you see any problems with the following setup:

HD ready LCD TV with HDMI input - Samsung LA40S71BX
HDD recorder (analogue tuner) with HDMI output - Pioneer DVR645H
High Def set top box with HDMI output - NEC NHD2000

I'm not certain that I need the High Def set top box, could I use just a standard def??

Thanks again

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