August 30, 2005

Home video review: Pioneer DVR-533H-S

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"Pioneer gets just about everything right with the DVR-533H-S. Despite being no larger than most DVD players, this sleek hard drive/DVD recorder ($499 list) has a feature set longer than the marquee at a 24-screen megaplex. The main attraction is a premiere for the category: dual-layer compatibility, which allows the deck to record to DVD-R DL media that holds nearly twice as much video (8.5GB) as a standard DVD-R disc. The Pioneer DVR-533H-S packs in numerous other essentials, including TV Guide's free electronic programming guide, easy-to-use menus, 30-second skip, high-speed video dubbing, impressive editing options, and a FireWire input--the list goes on. Although its like-priced competitors include highly rated decks such as the Panasonic DMR-EH50 and the TiVo-powered Humax DRT800, this Pioneer's combination of features, thoughtful design, and overall value--it costs a bit less the Panasonic and doesn't require a monthly fee as the Humax does--make it the best DVD recorder we've tested so far."
Used with permission from CNET Networks, Inc. Copyright 2005.

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