Samsung DVD-SH893

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DVB-SI EZ REC mode EZ editing One touch direct copy Chapter creator Auto DV input detection JPEG photo album Child protection Progressive scan...

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Review of "Samsung DVD-SH893"

published 28/07/2010 | Sunnysmiles
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Break time over , back to do some more reviews, I forgot how much I enjoyed it here
Not for me
Pro good sound and picture quality
Cons lots of things
very helpful
Picture Playback
Sound Level
Ease of Use
Ease of Installation
Remote Control

"It had to go"

I've just finished decorating my living room and am I the process of upgrading my electrical goods for the new look room, the first thing I bought was a Samsung DVD SH893M as I like to watch DVD's instead of the television at night as usually there's nothing much on to watch.

I paid £149.00 from Curry's which may seem a lot to pay for a DVD player but this one has HDD recorder with a digital tuner.
The model I bought is a nice sleek black and comes with an instruction manual which is quite bulky and has about 100 pages or more, which is a little complicated to read all at once.
You have to keep refering to the booklet to be able to operate the machine as it's not a straight forward process and for me who isn't really technically minded I would have liked it to be more simpler to understand.

It has many functions and has built in digital tuner, dolby surround sound, a 160GB hard disk, a USB port for connecting external hard drives with photos, music or video, and an HDMI connector for attaching to the latest widescreen TVs.
Remote control, cable, user guide, quick-start guide.
Freeview tuner, CD ripping.

As you can see there are many functions to contend with and I had difficulty setting it up, even though I tried to follow the instruction manual I couldn't find certain functions and operate the freeview tuner. In the end I had to get someone who knew what they were doing to come and set it up for me.

On the plus side the picture and sound quality are very good and I was happy with this.

On the down side I found it did not record a set programme but was not sure if this was me just not being able to understand the opertaing system having tried a few times and not got it to do this.

There are long menus to got through to get to the record and playback function and the machine had to be on standby for timed recordings to start recording. It didn't automatically start recording, and it didn't warn you that there was a timed programme about to begin. It also didn't automatically store programmes which I thought it should have.

There is a slight delay between pressing the remote button and reaction of the recorder and I also found that the recorder froze a few times, the only way to get out of this was to turn off the power and turn it on again to start the process again.
It has froze during watching freeview too so I wasn't really impressed with this new DVD/HDD player.
You expect new things to perform perfectly.
I thought it may be a fault in the machine, but found it to be a common fault after reading some customer feedback from other sites on the product.

At the end of a unhappy relationship with this product I took it back and got a credit note to put towards something else, as I was not happy with the performance of the machine. Or the uncomprehensable instruction manual and I really wouldn't recommend you to buy this at all.

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  • MEL0611 published 28/07/2010
    Great review x
  • kiran8 published 28/07/2010
    But I have had this one for 3 years now and have had no problems whatsoever - good review...
  • mattydalton published 28/07/2010
    I think I had this one (although it may have been a different model) and never really had any problems with it. It was not as simple as Sky+ though and I would recommend people use that rather than a DVD recorder. A lot of money for something that you don't necessarily need.
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Product Information : Samsung DVD-SH893

Manufacturer's product description

DVB-SI EZ REC mode EZ editing One touch direct copy Chapter creator Auto DV input detection JPEG photo album Child protection Progressive scan Anynet+ 1 x HDMI output HDMI CEC

Product Details

EAN: 8808993247189, 5051964445227

Manufacturer: Samsung

Table / Portable: not Portable

DVD Player / Recorder: DVD Recorder

Integrated VCR: without Integrated VCR

Hard Disk Capacity in GB: 160

1080p Upscaling: Yes





IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No

Show View: without Show View

Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes

Progressive Scan: Yes

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: With DivX Playback

Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: 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: Yes

MPEG4 Recording: No

Blu-ray Recording: No

HD-DVD Recording: No

MP3 Encoding: Yes, No

DTS Decoder: without DTS Decoder

Real Dolby: without Real Dolby


DVI Interface: Without DVI Connection, With DVI Connection

Ethernet: No

USB Interface: Yes

Type of Memory Stick Interface: No

Type of SD Card Interface: No

Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes, No

Number of Scart interfaces: 1, 2

Standby Power Consumption in Watts: 2.5, 1

DLNA certified: No

BD Live: No

3D: No

PC Streaming: No

Width in mm: 430

Height in mm: 55

Depth in mm: 300

Weight in Grams: 3600, 3800

WiFi Connectivity: No

Internal Storage: Hard disc drive - 160 GB

Product Description: Samsung DVD SH893 - DVD recorder / HDD recorder with digital TV tuner, Samsung DVD SH893M - DVD recorder / HDD recorder with digital TV tuner, Samsung DVD SH893A - DVD recorder / HDD recorder with digital TV tuner

Product Type: DVD recorder / HDD recorder with digital TV tuner

Dimensions (WxDxH): 43 cm x 30 cm x 5.5 cm

Weight: 3.8 kg, 3.6 kg

Colour: Black gloss

DVD: DVD recorder, DVD player with TV tuner, DVD recorder with TV tuner

TV Tuner: Standard

Digital Player (Recorder): Digital player

Audio: Stereo

Remote Control: Universal remote control - infrared

W-LAN Connection: No

Double Layer Recording: Yes

Power: AC 230V ( 50 Hz )



Product Type: DVD recorder / HDD recorder with digital TV tuner

Width: 43 cm

Depth: 30 cm

Height: 5.5 cm

Weight: 3.8 kg, 3.6 kg

Enclosure Colour: Black gloss


A/V System Recommended Use: Home

Parental Lock: Yes

Max Recording Capacity: 264 hour(s)

Features: Simultaneous recording and playback, time slip function, USB 2.0 compatibility, time shift function

Audio System

Output Mode: Stereo

Digital Audio Format: Dolby Digital output


Optical Digital Output: Yes


Type: DVD recorder, DVD player with TV tuner, DVD recorder with TV tuner



Video D/A Converter: 10bit / 54MHz

Audio D/A Converter: 24bit / 96kHz

Search Speed: 16x, 32x, 128x, 2x, 4x, 8x

Slow Motion Speed: 1/8, 1/4, 1/2

Recording Mode: XP, SP, LP, EP, SEP

Media Load Type: Tray

Supported Digital Video Standards: DivX, MPEG-2, MPEG-4

Supported Digital Audio Standards: MP3

Upscaling: Yes

Programmability: 12 events / 1 month

DVD Features

Picture Zoom: Yes

Picture Zoom Power: 2x, 4x

DVD Additional Features: Progressive scanning, JPEG photo playback

Digital Player (Recorder)

Internal Storage: Hard disc drive - 160 GB

Device Type: Digital player

Supported Digital Audio Standards: MP3

Supported Digital Video Standards: DivX

Features: JPEG photo playback, USB flash drive playback

Recording Features

High Speed Dubbing: Yes

TV Tuner

Type: Standard

Tuner Qty: 1

Reception System: PAL

Stereo Reception System: NICAM

Video Features

Electronic Programme Guide: Showview

Digital TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner Type: DVB-T

Tuner Qty: 1

Clock & Alarm

Clock: Yes (digital)

Timer: Record

Remote Control

Type: Universal remote control

Technology: Infrared


Connector Type: 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) - front ¦ 1 x USB - front ¦ 1 x composite video/audio input ( RCA phono x 3 ) - front ¦ 1 x HDMI output ( 19 pin HDMI Type A ) - rear ¦ 2 x SCART ( 21 PIN SCART ) - rear ¦ 1 x SPDIF output ( TOS Link ) - rear ¦ 1 x component video output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - rear ¦ 1 x composite video output ( RCA phono ) - rear ¦ 1 x audio line-out ( RCA phono x 2 ) - rear


Cables Included: Video / Audio cable


Type: Internal

Power Consumption Operational: 30 Watt, 28 Watt

Voltage Required: AC 230V ( 50 Hz )


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