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Panasonic DMR-HS2

Panasonic DMR-HS2
alaScore 74

135 reviews

Mar, 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

91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMRHS2 DVD RecorderPanasonic DMRHS2 DVD Recorder

Mar, 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)

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: John Falcone (

Panasonic DMR-HS2 review:


Panasonic has jolted the DVD-recording arena with an industry first: in addition to being a DVD burner, its DMR-HS2 includes a built-in hard drive that can store hours of video. The HS2, then, has its sights set on replacing your DVD player, your VCR,...

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


Long live VHS isn't something you're likely to hear these days and if Panasonic has anything to say about this, the funeral's already happened. In steps the hopeful VHS slayer - the Panasonic DMR-HS2. A device that allows you to record to a built-in...

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

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CD Recorder

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Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder / HDD recorder

Digital Player (Recorder)

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Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Type:DVD recorder


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

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TV Tuner

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VCR 2nd

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