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Evesham iplayer

The Evesham iplayer promises a lot but at too high a price. The ability to playback MPEG-4 video from a memory stick is impressive, and the HDMI out is always a welcome replacement for Scart in a high-definition world, however, for that price we'd like to see a second Freeview tuner

Philips DVP5960

Philips' DVP5960 is an astonishingly affordable player that uses integrated video upscaling to improve the quality of your existing DVD collection -- it's worth every penny, and more

Toshiba HD-E1

While it lacks advanced features and is very slow to respond, the HD-E1 is the first standalone high-definition movie player that feels like it's worth the money. With excellent picture quality, a large selection of movies already available and affordability that puts the current Blu-ray players to shame, HD DVD is looking very tempting

Sharp TU-R160H

Sharp's TU-R160H is a standard twin tuner recorder that does what it says on the box. It's easy to use and effective but light on features and the design appears to have been borrowed from a budget model

Goodmans GHD8015F

Goodman's GHD8015F is the most competitively priced dual-tuner PVR we've seen. There's only an 80GB hard drive, but good standard performance for the price makes it easy to ignore compromises elsewhere

Panasonic DMR-EX85

Panasonic's DMR-EX85 is crammed with more recording and playback features than you can imagine, including an enormous 250GB hard drive, universal disc compatibility and integrated video scaling. The impressive on-paper specification is supported by quality performance in practice

Denon DVD-1930

Denon's DVD-1930 features video upscaling using all hi-def resolutions, including the latest 1080p signals. It's ideal if you want to improve the performance of your existing DVDs without spending too much on a next-generation player

Pioneer DVR-540HX

Pioneer's DVR-540HX features an impressive specification with user-friendly functionality and fine recording performance -- but an ordinary design and average DVD playback mean there are some better alternatives

Sony SVR-S500

Sony's SVR-S500 is an excellent, if slightly expensive, 80GB PVR that features a pair of integrated TV tuners for simultaneous watching and recording. If you can ignore some functionality flaws then recording and playback performance is outstanding

Denon DVD-1730

Denon's DVD-1730 offers an affordable way of improving film performance from your new digital flat screen -- and picture quality is the best we've seen at this price

Toshiba RD-85DT

Toshiba's RD-85DT offers a versatile and convenient way to make high-quality recordings. It's easy to use and overall performance is excellent -- although connectivity could be better

JVC DR-MH300

JVC's DR-MH3000 is flexible and functional with tonnes of features. If it wasn't for the absence of an integrated Freeview tuner the specification would compete with the class leaders, but if you can find it for under £300 it's well worth your wages

Toshiba SD-360E

The cheap feel is the only disappointing thing about this player. Otherwise its excellent picture quality via HDMI and ease of use make it one of the very best budget models around. Certainly worth a look if you've got an HD-ready TV

Sony RDR-HX725

Sony's RDR-HX725 is a decent recorder held back by a slighted specification. Not having an integrated digital tuner is restrictive and you can expect HDMI connectivity at this price. But it's well constructed, incredibly easy to use and performs capably

Panasonic DMR-EX75

Panasonic's DMR-EX75 is a hybrid recorder with an impressive specification and superb functionality. Recordings using either the 160GB hard drive or universal disc formats offer flexible control. And both recording and playback performance is excellent

Humax HDCI-2000

It's been a while since we've had so much fun getting a product to work. The HDCI-2000 is a great bit of kit that will pique your interest in how satellites and HDTV work. There's not much to watch at the moment, but we'll bet on that changing soon

Liteon LVW-5055

The Liteon LVW-5055 is an excellent way of getting high-end features for a budget price -- equivalent-specced Panasonic and Sony models cost nearly twice as much. The catch is that Liteon's editing system isn't as simple to use and the remote control leaves much to be desired. But the range of features and AV performance still make the LVW-5055 a great DVD recorder

Panasonic DMRES20D

The ES20D offers one simple benefit to consumers -- the combination of DVD recorder and Freeview tuner in one box. This makes recording far easier as you can zip around the guide with ease, but in order to keep the low price tag the features list has been shrunk to minuscule proportions. If you're not a power user you might be able to put up with the omissions, but everyone else would find better value by spending more money on a fully featured HDD/DVD combi