Panasonic DMR-E50M DVD Recorder
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Panasonic DMR-E50M DVD Recorder

  • Features: Video DAC Audio DAC Parental Lock Progressive Scan
  • Playable Disc Formats: DVD CD DVD-RAM DVD+R CD-RW CD-R DVD-R VCD
  • Number Of Discs: 1
  • Playable File Formats: MP3
  • Type: DVD Recorder
  • Progressive Scan: With Progressive Scan
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3.5
Based on 39 user reviews
67% recommend this product
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1

Decent recorder

bymurgatroyd007 Aug 18, 2007
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Solid product, very reliable, good quality recordings
Cons Slow to finalize disks and also to get out of certain menus
Recommended it? Yes

I have been using this recorder for about 1 year. It has generally been a good experience. The recording quality is not as good as the raw video signal, but it is reasonable. Even though it has a 100 gig hard disk, when you write directly to the DVD, it doesn't buffer to hard disk. THis is just... Read full review »

11

Panasonic does it right again

bydaam2340 May 9, 2007
10 Helpfuls 11 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Good menu navigation, 99% dependable dubbing, 100% hard drive recording and scheduling.
Cons The newer models have firewire input.
Recommended it? Yes

So I've had this recorder for over a year and a half. I use it every day to record for later viewing and archiving when I want to keep it. It records to hard drive flawlessly and archives to DVD +/- R, 99% of the time. Sometimes if the video has been on the hard drive for months, is has trouble... Read full review »

4

Hearty machine

byjenericbook Dec 16, 2006
8 Helpfuls 9 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Produces discs that work in all machines; produces an excellent produce; hearty
Cons Doesn't produce an excellent product beyond the 3 hour mode.
Recommended it? Yes

I'm on my second DMR-E50. The first one finally died after a year's hard labor (daily, nonstop use). I bought my second one shortly thereafter, and it's going strong. Excellent machine if you don't need a hard drive for editing. Read full review »

2

Worth the extra money.

bytelledgar Nov 28, 2006
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Very reliable & easy to use.
Cons Creating & naming chapters is tedious & produce delays during playback.
Recommended it? Yes

The Panasonic DMR-EH50 is a great product for the beginner to intermediate DVD user. Transferring video from cable, some DVDs or a camcorder is very easy. Unlike the model that doesn't have a HDD, it's very unlikely you will ever run out of recording space on the unit. Editing, such as cutting out... Read full review »

2

What's wrong with the E50

byranger168 Sep 18, 2006
1 Helpfuls 2 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Records on almost any "popular" brand DVD-R Disc. LP recordings are 640x480...
Cons Can't change the chapter settings from 5 mins. Premature cooling fan failures!
Recommended it? Yes

I purchased my Panasonic DMR-E50K (black model) in July of 2004. I don't no why some people are having problems recording to certain brand of Disc's. I've used Office Depot, HP, JVC, Memorex, Phillips DVD-R & all were recorded successfully! All my DVD movies made by using Nero software (the best)... Read full review »

1

Works OK but user interface engineering team should be FIRED

bydoug1967 Sep 2, 2006
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Records shows and good price
Cons Maddeningly lame user interface. If you like to channel surf, get something else.
Recommended it? No

OK I've had this for about 1 year now. It records shows fine, but has some significant user interface problems.

1) You cannot record a program and watch a different one at the same time. A guess the $10 for another tuner is too much to ask. You can of course watch another program by... Read full review »

3

Love/hate relationship with a DVD recorder

byrichlaird Apr 14, 2006
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Lots of features and flexibility at a moderate price
Cons Not easy to use, awkward remote, difficult instructions
Recommended it? Yes

A while ago, CNN reported that Americans spend, on average, 20 minutes trying to get a new "gadget" to work before taking it back for a refund. If this is your approach to new electronics toys, don't even think about it with this one. It is quite counter-intuitive to operate, the manual is poorly... Read full review »

2

Does what it advertises

bybgrmaine Apr 13, 2006
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Picture quality, ease of use, IR blaster, High speed dubbing.
Cons TV Guide, remote thumbwheel, Owners manual, inability to transfer chapters to DVD
Recommended it? Yes

I purchased the EH50 after first owning and returning a Panasonic E85H. That unit had firmware issues that could not be resolved, but being a Panasonic fan I stuck with them and tried this one. My persistence seems to have worked.

This unit does all I ask of it, although some of the... Read full review »

1

Still needs work...

bystevenunez Jan 24, 2006
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Super convenient- replaces the VCR!
Cons Doesn't quite work allot of the time-
Recommended it? No

Bought this model when it hit the store shelves at Circuit City. Problem is it seems to have difficulty with allot of the available DVD-R type discs. My wife wants to junk it as it's been very unreliable for the recording of her soaps. We often return home to find the recorder saying "Incompatible... Read full review »

6

Great little machine

byjondaris Jan 22, 2006
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Picture quality, uses nearly all media. Great feature set for the price.
Cons Often confusing menus and manual. Scroll wheel on remote is annoying.
Recommended it? Yes

I have wanted a DVD recorder and DVR for quite a while. I finally decided it was time to bite the bullet and buy one. I was running out of room to store videotapes, and hoped to start dubbing the indispensible ones to DVD and free up some room.

Reviews of the unit were generally positive,... Read full review »

10

Didn't meet expectations

bymcfranson Jan 20, 2006
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Easy to use, TV Guide
Cons Hard drive failure
Recommended it? No

Bought in September, went bad in December. I mainly used this to dub home movies. This is my 3rd consecutive panasonic unit that I've bought. You can read my reviews for the others. This unit has worked great until now. I did have some timer problems where a show was supposed to start recording at... Read full review »

11

Good bye to the VCR

bycoffeedrink88 Jan 2, 2006
10 Helpfuls 11 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Ease of use, functionality, versatility
Cons None really
Recommended it? Yes

I was getting tired of juggling tapes around... putting them in to see what was recorded on them to make sure I didn't tape over anything I hadn't seen yet, etc. Then having a bad recording because the tape I used several times was worn out. Plus I just wanted to step into the 21st century. First I... Read full review »

1

Can NOT receive HD & Digital signals on antenna.

byscsiroger Dec 29, 2005
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Good feature set.
Cons Can NOT receive digital or HD signals from antenna input.
Recommended it? No

In a word, disappointment. We recently purchased a Panasonic HD plasma TV and we have been very pleased with its reception of analog, digital, and HD signals from the antenna input. We live in a rural setting and cable is not an option. We then purchased the DMR-EH50 dvd recorder to complement the... Read full review »

4

Research your cable before buying.

bydonaldavis Nov 29, 2005
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Excellent recording quality on harddrive and DVD. High speed HD to DVD recording.
Cons Lack of support for major feature (see review). Doesn't record DVD+RW.
Recommended it? Yes

When I bought the Panasonic DMR-EH50, it had almost all the features I wanted-- harddrive recording and editing, recording to DVD+R (although not to DVD+RW) and SD card, and easy-to-use interface with the On-Screen TV Guide for setting up recording, an IR blaster for my cable box, and all the... Read full review »

1

An OK Performer but with problems

byhoodagest Nov 19, 2005
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Editing, TV Guide, Fast On, Timer record with unit on/off
Cons Remote, Compatibility, Slow remote response, Clumsy Titling
Recommended it? No

The Panasonic DMR EH-50 is a generally capable machine for recording programs off the air and archiving to DVD R. It supports many but not all R/RW formats, plus DVD-RAM, which is mostly useless and is supported by very few other set top units or computers.

You can remove commercials from... Read full review »

2

A Slow Painful Death

bytherealulysses Nov 10, 2005
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros The clock still works.
Cons Not very durable. I wasted money of RAM discs that won't work on other machines.
Recommended it? No

My Painasonic DMR-E50 only lasted a little over a year. First it became autistic and finally slipped into a coma. I do not expect a recovery. I recorded about 200 discs with it. It is unlikely I will be buying any more Panasonic products. Read full review »

4

Buy it.

bylt-58576113540 Nov 4, 2005
8 Helpfuls 9 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Thumbnails excellent
Cons Wheel on remote useless
Recommended it? Yes

I can't add much more than Toolmandbg wrote above. I've only had mine a week and it has taken me that long to figure out all the bells and whistles (well nearly all of them) as he rightly states the manual is pathetic. Thank heaven the machine more than makes up for it. The on screen help is very... Read full review »

30

Good VCR Replacement

bytoolmandbq Oct 28, 2005
10 Helpfuls 11 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros 100 mg harddrive, quite small easy set up
Cons 24 hour setup for TV guide, Manual
Recommended it? Yes

My good old VCR was dieing a slow death. You can't fine a good VCR for sale anymore, you have to go with a DVD recorder. There are many out on the market and their prices are going down fast, but if you spend a little more You can get a great machine.
The Panasonic DMR-EH50 DVD recorder is a... Read full review »

1

This machine purchased to replace aging VCR

byretroman57 Jul 10, 2005
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros styling performance ease of use
Cons above mentioned timer defect
Recommended it? No

This unit performs admirably in most areas of use. I was very pleased with picture quality and ease of use.The ability to edit recorded material prior to burning to DVD is a major plus. However, this unit has a flaw in its timer record function, that in short, the unit fails to wake up and record... Read full review »

1

Setup not so friendly

bysflove Nov 22, 2004
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Have not gotten to any, at this point.
Cons Beware the setup.
Recommended it? No

Received mine and set it up yesterday. Still trying to figure out how to get the setup menu to display. Called customer care, who blamed the problem on my TV and my lack of knowledge about my TV, insisting that there is no problem with the DVD Recorder, and stating flatly that they cannot help... Read full review »

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