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Panasonic DMR-ES18 Multi-System, Multi-Zone DVD Recorder

B&H # PADMRES18E Mfr # DMR-ES18
Discontinued

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NOTE: This is a multi-system device, and it may be configured with a European AC plug. If necessary, you may have to adjust the zone and an adapter may be required for use in the USA. This unit may require a multi-system TV or system converter to view PAL video in the US.

Product Highlights
  • Progressive Scan Technology
  • Component Video Output
  • DV Input
  • Dolby Digital and DTS Decoders
  • Optical Digital Audio Output
  • DivX Playback
  • 1-Second Quick Start Recording
  • 2x LP Resolutions
  • Records to: DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W, DVD-RAM

The advent of affordable, high-quality DVD recording capability is at your fingertips with Panasonic's Multi-System, Multi-Zone DMR-ES18 DVD-Recorder. It combines superb functionality and versatility, with abilities to record your favorite TV shows or home movies onto DVD-R/W, DVD-R DL, DVD+R/W, DVD+R DL, and DVD-RAM formats. It also offers up to (4) recording modes with the ability to record up to 14 hours in EP mode. It will take your home theater experience to new heights with its progressive scan technology, component video output, and 54MHz/10-bit video DAC processor. In addition, a front-panel DV (IEEE) input terminal makes it easy to record DVDs from your digital camcorder.

Moreover, the DMR-ES18 offers incredible features that will be hard to match. Enjoy the awesome power of Dolby Digital and DTS audio decoding, 96KHz/24-bit audio DAC, and an optical digital audio output for connectivity to your 5.1-channel home theater receiver. It offers 1-second quick-start recording, 2x LP horizontal resolutions (500 lines), and DivX disc playback. With world-wide features, PAL/SECAM tuners, and connectivity to various A/V sources, your entertainment choices are endless with the Panasonic DMR-ES18.

Note! This unit may require a multi-system TV or system converter to view PAL DVDs in the US. This item can be use anywhere but it doesn't have an American digital tuner like most multi-system models. This item is imported and it is not supported by a MFR warranty. To support this product B&H Photo provides a 90-day warranty.

It comes with both a European plug and a US plug adapter.

Progressive Scan Technology
The DMR-ES18 is a progressive scan DVD player, capable of scanning an entire video frame at once; scan-lines commonly associated with interlaced video are drastically reduced. The result is a spectacularly clear image with no motion artifacts (stair-stepping), and details so sharp they seem as if they're etched onto the screen.
Component Video Output
With playback specifications that meet the standards of professionals, the DMR-ES18 features a component video output for high-resolution low-distortion video playback.
DV (IEEE 1394) Input
Simply connect your digital video camera to the DV input terminal, and you're ready to record images onto a DVD recordable disc.
Recordable DVD Media
Record your favorite TV shows or home movies onto DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W, and DVD-RAM discs. The DMR-ES18 is also compatible with DVD-R DL and DVD+R DL media and provides up to 14 hours of media recording.
Multi-Format Player
Don't worry about limited playback capabilities, the DMR-ES18 can play DVD-Video, DVD-R/W, DVD-R DL, DVD+R/W, DVD+R DL, and DVD-RAM discs. Also, you can play your favorite songs from CDs or MP3 files, and JPEG images.
Dolby Digital and DTS Decoders
This recorder offers built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoders capable of advanced 24-bit processing and an outstanding sampling frequency of 96KHz. Use the coaxial digital audio output to connect the unit to your home theater receiver and enjoy full Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound entertainment.
Home Theater Friendly
Use the optical digital audio output to connect the unit to your home theater receiver and enjoy your favorite (compatible) DVDs or CDs in surround sound.
DivX Home Theater Certified
DivX is video compression software which enables high quality video to be compressed into very small files then downloaded onto CD-R or CD-RW and played back with very little loss of quality.
Quick Start Recording
Thanks to the high-speed 1-second quick-start function, with DVD-RAM disc, you are ready to record just 1 second after switching on the power. Being able to record almost instantly, means that you will never miss the Monday night kick off!
PAL/SECAM TV Tuners
It offers built-in PAL/SECAM television tuners, capable of recording your favorite (PAL or SECAM signal) TV show. This unit is also capable of recording an NTSC signal with the use of a video standards converter.
Full-Feature Remote Control
It includes a full-feature remote control capable of executing specific commands on the player; and it's also able to execute every command from any angle up to ±30°.
Video
System PAL/NTSC
Region 2 - 6 (Region 1 with signal converter)
Hard Disk Drive No
Progressive Scan Output Yes (NTSC only)
HD Upconversion No
Format Compatibility
DVD Recording Media DVD-R/W
DVD-R DL
DVD+R/W
DVD+RL
DVD-RAM
Recording Speed XP, SP, LP, EP
DVD Playback Media DVD-Video
DVD-R/W
DVD-R DL
DVD+R/W
DVD+R DL
DVD-RAM
CD-R/CD-RW Playback Yes/Yes
MP3 Playback Yes
WMA Playback No
Picture CD/JPEG No/Yes
SACD/DVD-Audio Playback No
Audio
Built-in Decoder Yes
Dolby Digital/DTS Yes/Yes
HDCD Decoding No
Audio D/A Converter Yes, 96KHz/24-bit
Virtual Surround No
Bass Management No
Convenience
Digital Media Slot No
TV Tuner Yes, PAL-DK, PAL-BGH, PAL-I, PAL-D and SECAM-DK1, SECAM-BG
TiVo No
VCR Plus+ No
Slow Motion Playback Yes
Frame-by-Frame Playback Yes
Bookmarking No
Playback Zoom Yes
Connectors
Inputs DV (IEEE 1394): x1
S-Video: x1
A/V Composite: x1 (RCA)
Outputs Optical Digital Audio: x1
S-Video: x1
Component Video: x1 (RCA)
A/V Composite: x1 (RCA)
Other Ports RF input/output x1
General
Remote Control Yes
Power Requirements AC 220-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption 22 W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 16.9 x 2.3 x 12.8" (430 x 59 x 326mm)
Weight 7.7 lbs (3.5kg)
Color Black
Panasonic DMR-ES18 Multi-System, Multi-Zone DVD Recorder
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Power Cord
  • A/V Cable (RCA)
  • Instruction Manual
  • 90-Day B&H Warranty
  • Note: This item is imported and it is not supported by a MFR warranty.
    To support this product B&H Photo provides a 90 day warranty.

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PanasonicDMR-ES18 Multi-System, Multi-Zone DVD Recorder
     
    4.3

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

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      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to setup (5)
    • Fast recording (5)
    • Simple controls (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Archiving TV shows (4)
      • Professional (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

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      4.0

      I would buy this product again.

      By Rebel

      from Brandon, MS

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Fast Setup
      • Simple Controls

      Cons

      • Not A Enough Room For Cha
      • Not Enough Room For Chapt

      Best Uses

        Comments about Panasonic DMR-ES18 Multi-System, Multi-Zone DVD Recorder:

        Works great. Clean burns. Great picture.
        Not enough room for chapter titling.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good unit with caveats

        By Techno Dog

        from Las Vegas, NV

        About Me Power User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Dvd-ram
        • Fast Recording
        • Fast Setup
        • Simple Controls

        Cons

        • Pal Tuner

        Best Uses

        • Archiving TV Shows
        • Dvd Editing
        • Dvd Ram Editing
        • Movies

        Comments about Panasonic DMR-ES18 Multi-System, Multi-Zone DVD Recorder:

        I've been using Panasonic DVD-RAM recorders like this for 8-years or more. This is a European unit with a PAL tuner and NTSC recording. I use the SVHS and DV inputs only because the PAL tuner would require a converter which would probably compromise picture quality. I use it to record TV shows from cable by presetting the cable channel to record via AV4 SVHS input.

        This DMR-18 has fewer features than the DMR-15 it replaces, but they're minor. For me, the DVD-RAM technology, albeit obsolete, still works for me because I can easily edit out TV commercials and the rewriteable RAM discs are high quality. The flexible record feature allows odd record times to fill the disc for highest quality. One hour XP recording is rarely necessary except for clear pause stills but 4-hour LP is nearly as good.

        DVD-RAM discs are getting harder to find, so I recommend you stock up from B&H (of course!).

        Using an external tuner, such as cable, is a pain but it works for me and I would recommend this unit if you can live with the limitations. And thank you, B&H, for importing this unit.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Great unit, one design flaw

        By Scoop

        from Nelson BC

        About Me Power User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Recording

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Archiving TV Shows
          • Professional

          Comments about Panasonic DMR-ES18 Multi-System, Multi-Zone DVD Recorder:

          We have several of these units + different models and they work flawlessly. Just bought this new one to replace the older version but has a design issue. The power button is above the loading tray making you think that is the load/inload disc button (and you know what happens when you push that) Also NO BUTTONS for pause play FF/RW on the unit (record only). Must always use the remote. Sometimes a hassle if you have several machines going at once.

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          • No

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WONDERFUL

          By Jessie

          from Santa Ana, CA

          About Me Power User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast Recording
          • Fast Setup
          • Simple Controls

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional

            Comments about Panasonic DMR-ES18 Multi-System, Multi-Zone DVD Recorder:

            I am in the Video industry, I have tried several different recordables, but I find the Panasonic products are the best. I wish they stocked them in stores, so I can grab whenever the old one dies, which is usually 2 to 3 years, and in the video world,that is unheard of... Thanks B&H

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            • No

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            5.0

            works OK

            By scorpio149

            from new jersey

            About Me Power User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Recording
            • Fast Setup
            • Simple Controls

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Archiving TV Shows
              • Movies

              Comments about Panasonic DMR-ES18 Multi-System, Multi-Zone DVD Recorder:

              very fast delivery time,great product,excellent seller

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              DVD recorder

              By Handyman

              from Granite City

              About Me Power User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Fast Recording
              • Fast Setup
              • Simple Controls

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Archiving TV Shows
                • Home
                • Office
                • Professional
                • Storage

                Comments about Panasonic DMR-ES18 Multi-System, Multi-Zone DVD Recorder:

                Have purchased junk from the local department stores and was tired of replacing it every year. Expect this to last for many years

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                • No

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                (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                panasonic dvd recorder dmr-es18

                By no nickname

                from huntsville, alabama

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Panasonic DMR-ES18 Multi-System, Multi-Zone DVD Recorder:

                      i have only used this product once since i have received it.it arrived in excellent condition and so far it has functioned very well.i will give a more detailed review after it has been more fuuly tested.

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                      • No

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