HD PVR + Blu-ray recorder price comparison: Panasonic vs. Sony vs. LG

We compare the price, features and image quality of HD PVRs/Blu-ray recorders from Sony, LG and Panasonic

HD PVRs and Blu-ray recorders are hard drive-equipped entertainment systems that let you record television in high-definition. Most models come with useful additional features, including 1080p DVD upscaling, inbuilt digital TV tuners, multimedia support (DivX, MP3, JPG, etc) and access to popular websites such as YouTube.

[See also: Blu-ray player price comparison: Sony vs. Panasonic.]

If you're looking to buy a HD PVR or Blu-ray recorder, take a look at these popular models from Sony, LG and Panasonic (to read our in-depth review, click on the accompanying photos). Make sure to compare the price, features and image quality of each product -- some are better than others.

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Panasonic DMR-BW850

As a digital television recording and archiving device the Panasonic DMR-BW850 works brilliantly. Blu-ray disc playback image quality is free of any problems and the integrated BD-Live and Internet access features add an extra layer of interactivity. The downside to this is a high price for the recorder and Blu-ray discs, along with a complicated interface and some problems using discs on other Blu-ray disc players.

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  • 5th June, 2009
  • Campbell Simpson
  • Panasonic
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  • Pros:
  • Your best bet for recording high-definition television onto the Blu-ray format, exceptional picture quality, plenty of features
  • Cons:
  • Slow start-up and operation speed, remote control is frustrating to use and navigate, created discs may not play on other units, some issues with Blu-ray playback


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