The reason I raised this question is because I am thinking of buying a DVD Recorder with Hard Drive.
The two I like the sound of are the Toshiba RDXS24 with 160Gb HD. And the Sony RDRHX510S with 80Gb HD. The Toshiba is cheaper than the Sony, and supports DVD-Ram disks, whereas the Sony does not support DVD-Ram.
I have a Panasonic Recorder to use with the tv. It uses Ram disks ( and all the family have their own to use as a giant'floopy' / mini h/d !!! ie use and store or wipe as they please
If I had this years model with built in H/D would not need the Ram disks as much, as would be saving the latest 'soap' to watch later!! on the H/d
But Ram disks are reusable many , many times, if the Toshiba is cheaper are you paying more for the name on the box?? If you go for the Toshiba , check out the thread on the Consumer forum , Ram discs at a 2/3 off.
It would appear that Ram disks have a lot to offer because they can be edited i.e. you can remove adverts etc. This would not be possible with DVD-RW.
The Sony DVD Recorder does not support RAM Disks, and as you say you are possibly paying more for the name. It does however have 5.1 channel audio outputs for connection of 5.1 surround sound speakers, whereas the Toshiba does not.
Another factor is my present TV, DVD-Player and VHS are all Sony. The DVD Player has an in-built amplifier connected to a Sony 5 surround sound system. Therefore if I replace my current DVD player, I will no longer have surround sound for Dolby DVD's. This is something that concerns me.
I did look into this some time ago, and the only possible way around the problem involved purchasing a separate amplifier and speakers.
I am not very knowledgeable on these matters, and am therefore searching about for enlightment!
Thanks for all the replies - I have now bought a Panasonic DVD Recorder with HD - this can use Ram disks. Have ordered some Panasonic Ram disks from Empire Stores as per the link supplied on another post.
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