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Panasonic DMR-EH55

Panasonic DMR-EH55
alaScore 78

164 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 164 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Panasonic DMR-EH55 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 164 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Panasonic DMR-EH55S


This easy-to-use, midpriced recorder offers many features such as a TV Guide electronic program guide, a G-Link port, and an HDMI connection.

Consumer review by:

Great. Few glitches/reliable/many features/some limits.


Panasonic DMR-EH55S

Studded with features ; Works all day, every day ; Detailed user's manual ; Built in hard-drive and DVD drive ; TV Guide system is DA BOMB ; Probably the best there is

DVD sometimes fails to burn (caused by dirt in the drive) ; Sometimes glitches and drops a scheduled recording (very annoying) ; Seriously limited on mutli-tasking (greatly reduces usefulness of this device) ; Lacks the "pause live TV" feature

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For God's sake Don't Buy This POS


I bought this after a lot of research on CNet and elsewhere. Panasonic seemed to be the brand to go for, for performance, reliability and ease of purchase. I give it 2 marks because it did what it said on the packet, and I was happy with it. I didn't...

It worked well for 18 months

It stopped working three days after I paid it off


Consumer review by:

don't bother unless you really hate TiVo


Why are non-TiVo HDD DVR's so hard/annoying to use? I've owned VCR's that had better features and were easier to use. Why haven't manufacturers adapted the new features to what has worked in the past? If you can program a DVR/VCR remote to turn off a...

Can do timer-based recordings (you'll need to since the TV Guide system sucks)

Cannot watch another program while you record unless you switch from DVR to TV ; DVR response to remote is sluggish. If using to control TV, can't enter digits. You must scroll through channels ; Controls not intuitive. In the beginning, you will...

Consumer review by:

Just what i expected


Some have complained about the usefulness of the tv guide onscreen feature when compared with the tivo interface... i have no experience with tivo, but can't think of any complaints regarding the FREE tv guide alternative offered by this unit....

TV guide listings ; Huge capacity ; Intuitive operation ; Ablility to simultaneously record and watch previously recorded shows or dvd's ; NEVER HAVING TO WATCH COMMERCIALS AGAIN

No live TV buffer to allow pausing/rewinding ; Universal remote function only allows channel/volume +/- (cannot select specific channels if using the TV tuner)

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Great for transferring video to DVD


In today's digital TV world I could not recommend the unit to time shift programs. But that's not what I bought my first Panasonic DMR unit for anyway. I use the units strictly for converting video tape- both digital and analog, to DVD. This requires...

Does a great job converting tape to DVD- best on the market.

Poorly written manual. Don't expect to be able to 'time shift' in today's digital world.

Consumer review by:

No!! Stop and desist! Don't even think about it!


My version of the EH55 came with a 160GB hard drive, and with a few caveats I was very happy with it. The picture was as good as the reviews I had seen (this was in the days before High Definition, of course). Nothing prepared me, though, for the ...

Convenient. Made good DVDs. Not heavy (for taking it back for repair...)

Unreliable. Died after 18 months. Couldn't make 16:9 DVDs. Not good.

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I have owned the DMR-EH55-S (S=Silver) for 11 months now. This being my first DVR, I did not think it was worth the $450 that I had paid. Boy, I was wrong. This DVR has completing changed by viewing experience. For my setup, I have the EH55 connected ...

Easy to set recordings. Plenty of disc space.


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More than pleasantly surprised by the DMR-EH55


The Panasonic recorder really does an excellent all-round job. My configuration is a flat panel plasma without a cable box. I use the TV Guide ON SCREEN constantly to both select channels, search for programs, and record both indivudal and repeat...

Complete - works out of the box - really functional

Price - and as with other multipurpose items, you need to follow the instructions

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Product Specifications

Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of its business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use its products every day. The company shares their dream to live a fuller life by providing ways of working smarter and enjoying the rewards of technological advances.

Built-in Display


Cassette System

Type: None

CD Recorder

Device Type: None

CD System

Device Type: None

Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder / HDD recorder with TV tuner

Digital Player (Recorder)

Device Type: None

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Type:DVD recorder


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DIGA

MD System

Type: None


Device Type: None


Television Type: None

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


Device Type: None

VCR 2nd

Device Type: None