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Good: Its versatility
Bad: Theres nothing I don't like
Comment: I rarely review products that I buy, however the DMR BS750 is a wonderful machine and I had to say so. Yes its a bit pricey but the cost is dropping all the time. I have never found any machine with so many functions on it that I actually use, often most of the functions on kit just pass me by. This is an excellent blu ray player and recorder, also DVD upscaler and recorder of course. And you can get freesat through it too!
Good: Freesat Tuner, large HDD, BLU-RAY
Bad: Far too complicated, not intuitive AT ALL
Comment: I have a Humax FoxSat PVR and one of these Panasonic beasts. They both record freesat, and in HD too, both playback fine. But the Panasonic software and remote are so badly designed, they really let the side down.
If I were the only user of this kit, then OK, but I have to keep helping everyone else out when they try to use it. If you play a DVD, then want to watch the TV or a recorded program on the HDD, you can't just do that - yo uhave to press "drive select" first - there isn't any method in the on-screen menus to select bewteen the two - just the BR/HDD option which frankly is a bit meaningless.
Playing a recording from the start whilst it's recording is also very tricky - only a certain sequence of remote-strokes will cause this to work - you can't simply re-wind the recording (as you can on the Humax).
And the pause live-tv takes about 15 seconds to kick in, so thats a bit chocolate tea-pot.
Also, the response time to the OSD menus is incredibly slow.
You should only buy one of these if you have a house full of really techy people who are completely dedicated to the brand.
Panasonic - if you read these reviews, get a 45 year old mum, and ask her to carry out basic tasks - she won't be able to - the whole interface is senseless, slow and mind-bogglingly complex. The remote should have more useful buttons - like DVD/HDD/TV - not "Drive Select". How about if you want to play a DVD you press DVD then Play, or for a recorded program, HDD then Play, or to watch live TV, you press TV/Tuner - can't be that difficult.
A disappointing purchase.
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