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Panasonic DMRBW500

Panasonic DMRBW500
alaScore 80

22 reviews

Oct, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design. The image quality also gets good reviews, but there are some mixed views about the value for money.

image quality, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMRBW500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 22 reviews)

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Panasonic DMR-BW500

 

Announced just moments ago, Panasonic's DMR-BW500 is Australia's first standalone Blu-ray recorder. Featuring a drive that both reads and writes Blu-r...

500GB hard drive, dual high definition tuners, Blu-ray writer, Viera link

Costly, minor bugs in the EPG

If you can afford it, the Panasonic DMR-BW500 is a wonderful addition to any high definition home entertainment setup. It offers dual HD tuners, a 500GB hard disk and Blu-ray writing capabilities making it a perfect all purpose device.

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Panasonic DMR-BW500 HDD/Blu-ray recorder

 

Now that Blu-ray has won the format war and recorders are hitting the shelves, Panasonic's DMR-BW500 HDD/Blu-ray recorder with twin HD TV tuners is looking mighty nice indeed. For high-def buffs this is one with the lot.

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Panasonic Blu-ray Recorder DMR-BW500

 

Following the victory by Blu-ray in the high definition content war we have seen a slew of new Blu ray products to hit the market during the past 6 months. One of them is the Panasonic DMR-BW500 which is the first 500GB dual tuner Blu-ray recorder in...

This is a sleek product that is great when singing and dancing but unfortunately the admission tickets to the show are expensive, particularly as the show next door is as good and half the price

Price is the biggest barrier to entry and for $2,100 one can buy a 17" Blu-ray notebook or a Beyonwiz PVR at half the price

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Panasonic DMR-BW500 Blu-ray Disc recorder

 

Panasonic leads the HD disc revolution with the first-ever Blu-ray recorder.

Consumer Blu-ray recording has arrived with Panasonic’s DMRBW500. Not only is it the first, it provides full recordable Blu-ray support. It will record to both write-once (BD-R) and rewritable (BD-RE) disc types, in both their single-layer (25GB) and...

Consumer review by:

Panasonic DMR-BW500 Blu-ray Recorder

 

This is really partly a reply to the review on the DMR-BW500. It's also meant to help people who wan to buy a Panasonic blu-ray recorder.

This machine let's you record subtitles (closed captions) on hard drive as well as Blu-ray discs! It is a second generation recorder, so no need to fear teething problems

Closed captions can only be recorded on hard drive and Blu-ray, not on DVD. Programming direct to BD or DVD is not possible

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Panasonic DMR-BW500 Blu-ray Recorder

 

I was realy weiry on the subject of the newest recording media but loved the idea of having a bluray player / recorder/ PVR w/500Gb HDD an almost tivo with twin HD tuner all in one unit,

An absolutely fantastic recording device, I've had this baby since it was released and still to this day it has performed brilliantly especially with my TH-P50V10A Neo plasma panel using Viera-link;)

Non that I can think of only that you cannot record directly to a bd-re/bd-r or dvd-r/+r,+rw,-rw recordings must must happen primarily on the HDD but it does'nt matter the quality is outstanding also you cannot record a High Definition signal from an...

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Panasonic DMR-BW500

 

I got a DMR-BW500 from Myer $1580, late july09.My TV and HD camcorder are panasonic also. They all work together really well! This blueray recorder is THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER BOUGHT!!! Admittedly most of the features that i enjoy using on this...

You can do so much with it

Yeah blank blueray disks are expensive

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Panasonic DMR-BW500

 

I was excited to hear that a compnat has finally got a blu ray player with HDD and twin tuners, but after reading the comments and the cost, I might hold off a bit. Disappointed but I can wait.

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Panasonic DMR-BW500

 

have had this recorder for some time and since new it has had a bug where it fails to record timer scheduled programmes. It just keeps blinking. After many calls to panasonic they have finally admitted its a fault but wont do anything to fix it.

twin tuner

timer recording doesn't work reliably

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Panasonic DMR-BW500

 

Was going to buy today but after reading of compatibility issues and no Profile 2.0 (not even upgradeable) FORGET IT.

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Product Specifications

Configuration

BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
DVB-C: No
DVB-S: No
DVB-T:DVB-T MPEG2(HD)
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
HDTV: Yes
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View: No
Video-on-Demand (VoD): No

Connectivity

CI Plus: No
DVI Interface: Yes
Ethernet: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
UPnP: No
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling: Yes
3D: No
4K Passthrough / Upscaling: No
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Recorder
Integrated VCR: No
Static / Portable:Static
Table / Portable:Table

Playback

Blu-ray Playback: Yes
DivX Playback: Yes
DVD Audio Playback: Yes
DVD-R Playback: Yes
DVD-RAM Playback: Yes
DVD-RW Playback: Yes
DVD+R Playback: No
DVD+RW Playback: No
HD-DVD Playback: No
Super Audio CD Playback: Yes
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: Yes

Recording

Blu-ray Recording: Yes
Double Layer Recording: No
DVD-R Recording: Yes
DVD-RAM Recording: Yes
DVD-RW Recording: Yes
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No
HD-DVD Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: Yes
MPEG4 Recording: Yes

Sound

DTS Decoder:DTS HD Decoder
Real Dolby:Dolby Digital Plus / True HD
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