Without DivX Playback - Without HDMI Connection - DVD-RW Player - DVD-R Player - DVD+R Player - with DVD+RW Playback - DVD-RAM Player
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Review of "Akura ADRW300"
Well where do you start with a machine like this......the beginning I guess - so here goes, we are previously heavy VCR users taping programmes galore on a daily basis for using and viewing between two VCR's in two separate rooms, and using a (rather sadly) 14 tape (two per day) recording and indexing system so organised and disciplined it would put NASA to shame, so after watching the advent of HDD/DVD players develop and drop in price over the past couple of years the decision to switch over was gingerly undertaken. The basic criteria being two units required - one for both rooms - preferably the same type for compatibility purposes of DVD's once written (as I know these machines are notorious for not liking other machines discs), must be HDD for convenience and having the ability to dub to DVD disc to be able to take to the other room - the last criteria being the price as we're obviously buying two.
After searching online, reading reviews, deciding on the minimum spec we found a 100% seller on eBay accepting best offers on this machine and secured two units guaranteed at a total cost of £170 (best offer accepted) which we were astounded at. Previous best price seen at was around £140 each at I believe Comet or Curry's which I thought was still pretty good value and could have been tempted at.
INSTALLATION & SET UP
Well the deed done, the boxes arrived by next day Courier and the packaging excitedly opened, first thing I noticed was the physical size, although extremely slim at only 5cm high and quite acceptable at 33cm deep I was surprised at the width of 43cm compared to others on the market although in itself not a problem for us as it fitted happily into our main TV unit and the secondary TV wall bracket, the aesthetics themselves being very pleasing at a subtle 'brushed ' silver finish with a jet black front fascia for the buttons and DVD drawer.
Did the obligatory scratching the head spaghetti wiring up of connections between this, the SKY box, Dolby A/V receiver, TV and VCR whilst the missus and the rabbit cowered in the far corner of the garden awaiting this Novembers second firework display, but surprisingly and painlessly, all connected first time following the detailed instructions, switch on, TV to AV1 and bingo -there's the set up menu for the Akura.Followed the auto programme scan, found all the channels, did a quick TV channel reorganise via the VERY clear and user friendly on screen menus and within minutes was recording my first OTR timeslip recording.
Once set up, it was a simple matter of replicating the second unit set up in the second room.
INITIAL THOUGHTS & USE:
Now the best bit of a newly set up toy or gadget : feet up on the sofa, pint of Guinness in one hand, remote in the other and instruction book in the other (three hands ?) play with the buttons and explore. Once again the highly clear and self-explanatory menus came into their own with little reference required of the instruction book, only for clarification here and there.
GOOD BITS :
Timeslip recording (being able to record whilst watching another title, pausing live recording for a cuppa or a loo break then picking it up where you left off), set your own 'chapter' lengths for easy skipping through programmes to find reference points (default being 10 mins and good enough), editing and splitting of titles with the ability to change index picture so you can see at a glance on the HDD menu what the programmes are out of twenty or so stored programmes, parental settings for adult content DVD's, ability to 'lock' a recording to prevent accidental erasing (but you need the default password 0000 to unlock be warned if you change the password to note it down), 2 scart sockets, camcorder connections to the front (under a door), connection for external decoder (D2Mac ?) for further satellite/Cable opportunities, DIVX/CD/IMAGE(photo disc) playback............where do I stop.
size, cheapish remote, small print instructions, HDD recordings have far more editing options than DVD recordings such as dubbing, index picture change, split title etc, blue standby light is *very* bright at night enough to light a room up (I've covered ours with a small piece of black electrical tape), no Video plus, PDC or USB with this model although I think there is on the model up - the 160GB version at around (I believe another £50 or so), slow start up once switched on and DVD + media format only for recording although it plays back 'minus' format (allegedly - not tried) and double layer 'plus' again not tried.
We purchased a 10 pack of Tesco own brand DVD+RW discs at around a £1 each which both units are quite happy with, although they don't seem to like the 'press it' labels being applied so we found it best to stick to using a CD pen to write directly on the discs.
There are five recording qualities directly relating to storage on the 80GB HD capacity from HQ 18 hours down to SLP 104 hours, we having personally found the best trade off acceptable to us for everday useage being second lowest EP at 70 hours on the HD and 4 hours on the standard DVD, although if we were recording something for permanent posterity on its own disc we'd use a higher setting for quality.
SUMMARY & CONCLUSION:
Phew that's about it, not much more I can write, it's a mind boggling piece of kit for the price, and the long overdue transgression from VCR went smoothly and thus far without regret.
Product Information : Akura ADRW300
Manufacturer's product descriptionWithout DivX Playback - Without HDMI Connection - DVD-RW Player - DVD-R Player - DVD+R Player - with DVD+RW Playback - DVD-RAM Player
Table / Portable: not Portable
DVD Player / Recorder: DVD Recorder
Integrated VCR: without Integrated VCR
Hard Disk Capacity in GB: 80
Progressive Scan: No
Show View: without Show View
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
DVD-R Playback: DVD-R Player
DVD+R Playback: DVD+R Player
DVD-RW Playback: DVD-RW Player
DVD+RW Playback: with DVD+RW Playback
DVD-RAM Playback: DVD-RAM Player
DivX Playback: Without DivX Playback
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: No
Blu-ray Recording: No
HD-DVD Playback: No
DVD Audio Playback: without DVD Audio Playback
Super Audio CD Playback: without Super Audio CD Playback
DVD-R Recording: Yes
DVD+R Recording: Yes
DVD-RW Recording: Yes
DVD+RW Recording: Yes
DVD-RAM Recording: No
MPEG4 Recording: No
Double Layer Recording: Yes
HD-DVD Recording: No
MP3 Recording: No
DTS Decoder: without DTS Decoder
Real Dolby: without Real Dolby
HDMI Interface: Without HDMI Connection
DVI Interface: Without DVI Connection
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Memory Stick: No
Multimedia Card: No
Secure Digital Card: No
Smart Media Card: No
Compact Flash Card: No
Number of Scart interfaces: 2
xD-Picture Card: No
Listed on Ciao since: 11/11/2006