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Panasonic DMR-E20

Panasonic DMR-E20
alaScore 68

19 reviews

Sep, 2014

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR-E20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 68/100 = Good quality.

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Excellent recorder superceded by Hard Drive models

 

This was the first of three Panasonic DVD recorders I've purchased, and it has performed well enough that I've had no need to switch to another manufacturer's line. It originally cost $900 at Best Buy. What I like: This unit plays most disc formats ...

DVD-R/Ram recording, programmable, plays unfinalized discs recorded on other Panasonics

Editing isn't frame accurate and sound can be clipped ; cartridge Ram discs sometimes get stuck

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DVD Recording for Dummies Accepted!

 

The Panasonic DMR-E20 Recorder is probably one of the best investments that I have made in a long time! This recorder allows me to record everything that I normally would on a VHS tape, except I can do it all on DVD! I purchased it because I do not own...

Price, functionality, quality, convenience

difficulty setting recording times

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A Good All-Purpose DVD Recorder

 

I purchased my Panasonic DMR-E20 primarily for the purpose of transferring my old home video from Hi ...

easy to use, outstanding picture quality, three inputs, looks cool

joystick is a pain (especially when making chapter titles), menus aren't pretty

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Love it!

 

We've had my Panasonic recorder since June of 2002. It has been a joy. I've copied tons of VHS tapes to DVD RAMs. I can get 14 one hour eps (the eps usually only last about 50 mins without commercials) on one 2 sided DVD RAM. For personal use, I...

Saves space, easy to operate, great flexibility.

DVD-RAM not supported in most DVD players, DVD-R doesn't work in older players.

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A piece of Junk!

 

I'm on my 2nd one of these junk machines. My first recorder would only format 2 out of 16 disks! And yes, 1 of those was a plain non-magazine-type PANASONIC Disc. The 2nd recorder, well, it decides to put on the "Disc Protect Lock" when it feels like...

If you have money to waste - buy it.

Big time Format & Disk Protect problems.

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The Future of Recording Has Arrived!

 

Anyone who is thinking of buying a DVD Recorder should do lots of research on products and pricing and definitely read up on the differences between DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD+R, DVD+RW and god knows how many other platforms there are. I'll just tell...

Does exactly what it says! More flexibility in recording than what I thought.

A bit complex to work. Beware of buying the wrong DVD-R!

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The Panasonic DMR-E20 gives you DVD recordings from your TV!

 

The Panasonic DMR-E20 makes it possible to throw away that VHS player. The DVD player is made to play your store bought DVDs, record from its built-in tuner or transfer your camcorder and VHS movies over to a DVD-R or DVD-RAM. It will also play CD,...

Save Home movies on DVD and record your favorite TV shows.

Output is only 480i and no progressive scan.

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A horrible product...

 

I have bought Dozens of Panasonic products in the past and until now, I've been very happy with them. The first DMR-E20K I bought would only format 2 out of 16 DVD-Ram Discs, a Panasonic DVD-RAM Disc would Not format either. Panasonic Tech. Supp. was...

If you have money to waste - buy it.

Have had 2 and Both have Not worked properly.

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Throw your VCR away!

 

Excellent picture quality, easy to operate, can replace your VCR

DVD format may change in future, discs may not play in other DVD players

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DMR-E20 K & S

 

The Panasonic DMR-E20 has many features . One touch recording . This is like the "Quick Timer" function that Sony users are familiar with . A Time Base Corrector & the 3D Y/C separation , help in recording analog signals . And since there are no...

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Product Specifications

Having been deeply involved with the development of the DVD-RAM format, Panasonic has released a DVD Video Recorder that can record on both DVD-RAM discs and DVD-R discs. Capable of high-speed data transmission and high-speed random access, this recorder offers countless recording and playback possibilities. Using the DMR-E20, you can record up to 12 hours of video on new 2-sided, 9.4GB DVD-RAM discs. These discs can be played back on a DVD-RAM compatible DVD player - such as Panasonic's DVD-RP91 or DVD-H2000. Instead of just shooting videos, now you can edit them too. Random access makes it easy to perform simple non-linear editing using just a single DVD Video Recorder, with no need for additional editing equipment. Two encoding technologies are combined, Real time VBR (Variable Bit Rate) and Visibility Modulation Technology, to provide MPEG2 recording with superb picture quality. Here's how it works: Real Time VBR adjusts the bit rate according to video signal complexity, in order to optimize the compression ratio. At the same time, Visibility Modulation Technology reduces compression for the most noticeable parts of each signal while it filters out unimportant data to raise compression in other areas. This combination helps assure incredible picture quality for your preferred DVD-RAM recording mode. You can set the DMR-E20 to a variety of recording modes, each depending on average bit rate. EP mode yields the most recording time, LP & SP mode provide less recording time with higher quality recording, and XP mode gives you the highest quality recording. There's also the FR (Flexible Recording) mode that lets you record with the best picture quality possible for the recording time and remaining space on the disc. Input TBC, 3D Y/C separation circuitry, and 3D digital noise reduction are particularly effective when recording from analog video sources such as conventional VHS or S-VHS VCRs. Input TBC is a built-in time base corrector that delivers highly stable, natural images. The 3D Y/C Separation Circuitry minimizes the dot crawl and color smearing caused by interference between the video signal's Y and C color subcomponents. And, 3D Digital Noise Reduction effectively removes noise components from the signal during playback.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Surround Sound Effects:Advanced Virtual Surround Sound (V.S.S.)

CE System

Parental Lock: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.8in
Height:4.7in
Weight:12.3lbs
Width:16.9in

DVD

Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-R / DVD-RAM / Video CD
Search Speed:Up to 100x
Type:DVD recorder

DVD Features

Picture Zoom: Yes

Header

Country Kits:North America
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:E20
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DMR

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty
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