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Panasonic DMR-HS2

Panasonic DMR-HS2
alaScore 74

135 reviews

Jan, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 135 reviews of Panasonic DMR-HS2. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Panasonic DMR-HS2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-HS2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other DVD Players on

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Jan, 2017

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-HS2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMR-HS2 Progressive-Scan DVD Recorder/PVR with 40 GB Hard Drive (Silver)Panasonic DMR-HS2 Progressive-Scan DVD Recorder/PVR with 40 GB Hard Drive (Silver)

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: John Falcone (

Panasonic DMR-HS2 review:


Records video to hard disk or DVD; FireWire input for camcorder connection; progressive-scan output; good video-recording quality; dubs from HDD to DVD.

Lack of program guide or infrared blaster severely limits DVR functionality; ho-hum remote; noncustomizable thumbnails and chapter stops.

The hard disk adds flexibility for those looking to build a library of custom DVDs, but it won't replace TiVo or ReplayTV.

Feb, 2003

Expert review by: Joe McCleskey (

Panasonic DMR-HS2 DVD Video Recorder


The quality of video and audio that the DMR-HS2 recorded was superb, but creative tools are limited.

Front-mounted inputs and outputs, DV auto-record, Quality video and audio output

Few editing features, Lack of DVD menu-creation control

Oct, 2003

Expert review by: (

Panasonic DMR-HS2 DVD-R Reviewed


Panasonic was one of the first companies to bring out consumer DVD recording devices, and has been a champion of the DVD-RAM format. Panasonic has pushed the envelope on the computer front, as well as the standalone player front, and......

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (

Panasonic DMR-HS2 DVD Recorder with Hard Disk - Pocket-lint


Thankfully the price point is history and now Panasonic recorders are a third of that price going into Autumn-Xmas 04, so keep it shortlisted.

Stick the tapes in the bin

At launch, overpriced; no +R/W

With an £900 price tag, this technology is not for the masses yet, but then VHS players where this much when they first launched. Overall this is a good player that does the business it sets out to do. The interface was simple to use and the burning on...

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: (

Good machine


Has just about whatever option you could ask for

Can get a little complicated at times

Aug, 2003

Consumer review by: (



RAM gives you flexibility, versatility and speed!

Lot to learn, but your smart...

Mar, 2003

Consumer review by: brownstem (

A VCR killer extraordinaire, but with limitations nonetheless


The DMR-HS2 provides exceptional recording quality in XP (1 hr per dvd-r) and SP (2 hr per dvd-r) modes. DVD-Rs created with this machine play well in most dvd decks (I have not tested the model with DVD-RAM discs due to the excessive cost of these...

Exceptional recording quality on dvd-r and hard drive with XP or SP modes.

Menu selections limited and inflexible, editing is inexact, no Dolby 5.1 or DTS recording capability.

Aug, 2006

Consumer review by: msk-awk (

Wait for price to dome down.


I like the PC card solution. It looks great. Hard disk recording great.I bought it last week and was dissapointed to learn that only DVD-R and DVD-RAM are supported. Couldn't find ways to copy from DVD to HD. No CD-R, CD-RW burning support....

Great unit, Cable/antenna, or external inputs. PC card slot is good to have.

Extremely expensive for what it does. No support to make SVCD or VCD.

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: lowbill (

Another excellent Panasonic recorder


I purchased the HS2 at Best Buy for about $900. This is the second of my three Panasonic recorders and was bought as an upgrade to the E20. What I like: Since this unit has a hard drive it's possible to edit programs before saving them to disc -- ...

DVD-R/Ram and Hard Drive recording, backward compatible with previous models

Cartridge discs can get stuck, occasional (but avoidable) software glitch, re-encodes some recordings

Jun, 2005

Consumer review by: kunalowee (

After One year of use it's Junk!!!!


Worked well for about a year.

what can I say about this unit! total waste of money.

Nov, 2004

Product Specifications

Panasonic DMRHS2 is a state-of-the-art DVD video recorder with built-in hard disk. It combines a nifty design and a high functionality with the comfort you need. DMRHS2 features auto renewal recording, relief recording, Time Slip - simultaneous record and playback, chasing playback, and more.

Cassette System

Type: None

CD Recorder

Device Type: None

CD System

Device Type: None

Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder / HDD recorder


BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View: Yes


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

Digital Player (Recorder)

Device Type: None

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Type:DVD recorder

General Features

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


Country Kits:Europe
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DMR

MD System

Type: None


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


Device Type: None


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


DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby: No


Television Type: None

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


Device Type: None

VCR 2nd

Device Type: None