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Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder

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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
  • HDD Recording
  • DVD Recording
  • 1080p Upconversion with HDMI
  • USB Port
  • SD/SDHC Card Slot
  • Viera Link Compatibility
  • Music Jukebox with Gracenote Database
  • JPEG Slideshow with Music
  • High Speed Data Archiving

For media mavens who want to play, record, and archive their music, photos, and videos across a variety of storage formats, the Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder offers a dizzying array of choices that will satisfy the most demanding requirements. We've imported this European version specifically so you can enjoy more options than you'll usually find on North American models.

The multi-system device includes a 320GB hard disk drive, a DVD recorder that works with single- or dual-layer discs, a USB port, and an SD memory card slot. Content can be recorded from one format to another, depending on file type and size. The DMR-EH69GA-K has a PAL tuner, and can also record SECAM programming. This model also plays NTSC region 1 (USA) discs via HDMI or A/V inputs but cannot receive over-the-air US TV signals.

If you've got video or audio devices that you'd like to hook up to the DMR-EH69GA-K for additional recording options, you're in luck. The Panasonic recorder includes an assortment of inputs that will meet your needs. For playback, the DMR-EH69GA-K provides digital and analog outputs including HDMI, optical, component, and composite jacks.

The DMR-EH69GA-K is also chock full of features that once you try, you won't be able to do without. For example, if the machine should run out of room when recording a TV program to DVD, it records the overflow onto HDD. During recording, the Auto Scene Chapter function inserts chapter marks between scenes for easy review. And when playing a CD or recording it to HDD, the DMR-EH69GA-K taps into the embedded Gracenote Database to supply information about the music and the artist.

Almost needless to say, the Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K is a superb DVD/CD player. The unit includes 1080p upconversion, Dolby Digital, and Linear PCM for brilliant video and audio. The recorder also offers high-speed data archiving, Viera Link compatibility for convenient control of compatible HDTVs, and a simplified graphical user interface for easy function selection, among its other attributes.

If you do a lot of recording and need to work with multiple content formats and storage media, the Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder is your audio-visual dream machine.

Note: This unit may require a multi-system TV or system converter to view PAL DVDs in the US. 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.

Note! This unit may require a multi-system TV or system converter to view PAL DVDs in the US

Hard Disk Drive Recording
The versatile DMR-EH69GA-K lets you record TV programs on the hard disk drive (HDD), as well as copy music, movies, and photos to it. Recording time using the HDD ranges from 71 hours in XP Mode to 567 hours in EP Mode.

DVD Recording
You also have the ability to record on DVD discs at several quality settings. Recording time using 4.7GB single-sided discs ranges from 1 hour in XP Mode to 8 hours in EP Mode. For 8.5GB dual-layer discs, recording time ranges from 1 hour 45 minutes in XP Mode to 14 hours 20 minutes in EP Mode. (Recording to dual layer discs is only available from the hard drive).

1080p Upconversion with HDMI
By interpolating video data using proprietary algorithms, SD format data is up-converted to 1080 x 1920p HD format video data. This conversion to HD format increases the richness of the original data by approximately six fold, and produces the highest possible image quality when viewing content on a large-screen HDTV.

USB Port
The convenient USB port lets you connect devices such as flash drives and digital cameras to the DMR-EH69GA-K to play music, view photos, and watch videos.

SD Memory Card Slot
The DMR-EH69GA-K makes it easy to view JPEG files and transfer JPEG and MPEG2 files to the HDD or to a DVD disc. The recorder accepts SD/SDHC/MultiMedia cards and, with an optional adapter, miniSD and microSD cards.

Viera Link Compatibility
Have too many remote controls to keep track of? The unit's Viera Link HDAVI Control is a convenient function that offers linked operations of this unit and a Panasonic Viera TV or receiver under HDAVI Control. You can use this function by connecting the equipment with an HDMI cable.

Music Jukebox with Gracenote Database
You can use the DMR-EH69GA-K as a versatile music jukebox in conjunction with the Gracenote Database, which is used to search and retrieve CD title information. When a CD is inserted or recording from a CD begins, the unit will automatically search for and obtain information about the inserted CD. The Gracenote Database comes pre-installed on this unit, so titles and artist information can be obtained.

384 Kbps Audio Recording in SP Mode
In the SP recording mode, 384 Kbps high sound quality recording provides audio quality approaching that of commercially available movie software. Even with music containing a wide range of tones, such as orchestral performances, the sound of individual instruments is faithfully reproduced.

HDD Damper & Fan Control Technology
The Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K recorder incorporates technology that ensures quiet operation. Locating the HDD damper closer to the hard disk drive than in conventional hard disk drive mounting configurations effectively improves absorption of hard disk drive vibrations. Similarly, the unit features an advanced control system that automatically adjusts fan speed based on information received from an internal heat sensor. When the recorder's internal temperature rises, the fan turns on to prevent overheating. Conversely, when the temperature is low, the fan shuts off entirely, providing whisper-quiet operation.

Improved Graphical User Interface (GUI)
With the Panasonic's streamlined and easy-to-navigate GUI, it's a snap to find and choose the settings that you want. Choices are clearly indicated and confirmed at the touch of a button.

Auto Scene Chapter Function
When recording a TV program, this function determines where new scenes begin (by "listening" to the voices in the program) and automatically inserts chapter marks at those places. This makes it easy to skip over scenes and start playback from a particular point.

JPEG Slideshow with Music
Turn your digital photos into a fun slideshow by recording musical accompaniment and playing it all back on the DMR-EH69GA-K. Your friends and family will enjoy the added touch of sound for your memories.

Multi-Format Playback
With the DMR-EH69GA-K, you have a wide variety of file formats that you can play. The DVD recorder can handle virtually all DVD/CD disc formats, while the built-in USB port can play files recorded in the MP3, DivX, JPEG, and WMA formats.

High Speed Data Archiving
The DMR-EH69GA-K recorder enables you to quickly archive MPEG2, JPEG, MP3, and WMA files from USB to HDD. You need only choose source and destination and the unit simplifies the process to back up your music and photos.

Environment-Friendly
With environmentally aware power-saving features such as Intelligent Auto Standby and Standby Power Save, the Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone DVD Recorder can truly be considered a green machine.
Imported European Version
We've imported this European version to offer you options that are not commonly available in models aimed at the North American market.
Video
System NTSC/PAL/SECAM
Region 1-6
Hard Disk Drive 320GB
Progressive Scan Output Yes
HD Upconversion 1080p
Format Compatibility
DVD Recording Media DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW
DVD Playback Media DVD, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW
CD-R/CD-RW Playback CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Dolby Digital/DTS Yes
MP3 Playback Yes
WMA Playback Yes
Picture CD/JPEG Yes
SACD/DVD-Audio Playback No
Audio
Built-in Decoder Not Specified by Manufacturer
HDCD Decoding Not Specified by Manufacturer
Audio D/A Converter Not Specified by Manufacturer
Virtual Surround Not Specified by Manufacturer
Bass Management No
Convenience
Digital Media Slot SD/SDHC
TV Tuner PAL
TiVo No
VCR Plus+ No
Slow Motion Playback Yes
Frame-by-Frame Playback Yes
Bookmarking Not Specified by Manufacturer
Playback Zoom Yes
Connectors
Inputs RF x 1
S-Video x 2
Composite Video x 1
Audio L/R x 2
Outputs HDMI x 1
RF x 1
S-Video x 1
Component Video x 1
Composite Video x 1
A/V (21-Pin) x 2
Digital Audio (Optical) x 1
Audio L/R x 1
Other Ports USB x 1
General
Remote Control Yes
Power Requirements 110 – 220 V AC 50/60 Hz
Note: Packaging may state that this unit is 220 V AC only. The product has been modified to also run on 110 V AC.
Dimensions (WxHxD) 16.93 x 2.32 x 12.83" (430 x 59 x 326mm)
Weight 9.26 lbs (4.2 kg)
Color Black
Warranty Note: This unit may require a multi-system TV or system converter to view PAL DVDs in the US. 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.
Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder
  • AC Power Cord
  • A/V Cable
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Operating Instructions
  • 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®

    by PowerReviews
    PanasonicDMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder
     
    4.2

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (13)
    • Reliable (13)
    • Attractive (10)
    • Easy to set up (10)
    • Great picture quality (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home (9)
      • Home theater (9)
      • Bedroom (4)
      • Dorm room (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (8), Power user (6), Casual user (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (17)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      THE DMR EH69 IS OUTSTANDING

      THE DMR EH69 IS OUTSTANDING IF YOU WANT A DVR with DVD/HDD.

      I had the DMR-HS2, build date 2002, which has a smaller HDD and DVD recorder. It has...Read complete review

      THE DMR EH69 IS OUTSTANDING IF YOU WANT A DVR with DVD/HDD.

      I had the DMR-HS2, build date 2002, which has a smaller HDD and DVD recorder. It has been a great DVR. But today, not the HDD but the DVD drive is Acting up. I have been assured that parts will be a problem, particulary the DVD drive which is known for problems.
      Today, the DVR industry is not making DVRs with the HDD/DVD for the American market, only overseas. SO if you want to keep the extreme ease of editing your recordings on HDD, you need to find one made for another country.

      I recommend you take a serious look at the DMR EH69. There are two models, one has a smaller hard drive, about 250GB HDD, the other with 320GB HDD, both offered at B&H Photo-Video and as of this date, 10/16/13, I could not find a lower price.

      I will tell you right off if you have a DMR-HS2 or similar Panasonic recorder, the control and windows are very much the same. Most may find it very easy to make the change to this unit.

      Timer recordings are easy to set up but you need to leave your receiver turned on and on the channel of the movie you want to see. The RF channel tunner will not be available for USA use because it uses the PAL system which is not common in the USA.

      You may have to change the unit over from PAL to NTSC, look it up or look in the reviews, it is not that difficult to do.

      You will get an adapter with your unit for USA 120vac power. My particular unit did not say it had been adapted for USA power but the reviews stated that they had been changed for our power use.

      I never used the tuner on my DMR-HS2 so there was no concern there. I use the HDD for recording shows and movies. I do it both manually by pressing RECORD and by TIMER. Either way is a piece of cake.
      EDITING out commercials is easy on the hardrive with simple intuitive windows. If you are new to PANASONIC screens, you will be looking in the manual for awhile but it will become second nature to you.
      Adding the movie TITLE is also an easy thing to do. Adding a title to your home movies will help when you record several home recording to one DVD.
      I'd recommend recording your DVD from the HDD as soon as you are ready. You can collect an awful lot of recordings and the HDD is very large.

      For input, Set up to AV4 and you can input video from Satelite receiver, S video and HDMI. The clock is set at 24 hour mode only. If you must record from a TV station, you can use a tuner from your old VCR to feed to the DMR EH69 through the RCA jacks. ( If you are using a converter for the new TV frequencies, you will have to use that to record from ).

      Both units have the USB port that you will find incredibly handy for playing music through your system, movies DivX.
      Only the unit with the larger drive has the SD Memory slot which can also display pictures and will display pictures from your camera. If you get into the SD memory and/or USB memory for your entertainment, you will find it to be very convenient. Put in a USB with some relaxing music and sit back and enjoy.
      The USB and SD Memory ports are for play only, not record.

      The HDD's are huge on this unit. It would be easy to store and get lost in all the recorded programs. Another added benefit is hi speed recording from HDD to DVD which was not available on my DMR-HS2.

      There had been comments about the color being off on playback, such as the Blacks on the TV screen being a greyish color. If this is so, I can't notice it. I did notice that my large flatscreen had a problem with black color and it would be lighter but my older tube style tv was perfect black color rendition. I also tried viewing on my 30" flat screen and color was perfect so this color problem may be settings on the TV itself.

      Set up is not that difficult and as I said, if you have had a Panasonic brand DVR, the operation and menus will be very familiar to you. TV can be connected VIA RCA composite on L1, L2, S video or HDMI. If you do your recording from a receiver and connect to the DVR on RCA jacks and not require the use of a tuner, you are in for some great recording sessions. Editing recordings on the HDD is simple and convenient.

      I have no hesitation to recommend this unit to anyone who has a former Panasonic DVR that may have seen better days and you want to keep the ability to record and edit on a Hard drive.

      What you can't do.
      You can't use the tuner, you will need an outside tuner.
      You can't change channel during timed recordings automatically.
      If there are anymore can'ts, I must not use them for this unit does everything I need it to do.

      Be sure to read ALL the reviews and compare the SPECS so you are well informed about this great unit.

      131016

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not for USA use with cable systems

      Unfortunately I ordered this product after I was misinformed about the capability to use in the US. After I received the unit, I had to purchase a plug adapter because it does not come...Read complete review

      Unfortunately I ordered this product after I was misinformed about the capability to use in the US. After I received the unit, I had to purchase a plug adapter because it does not come with one that fits US outlets. Then I discovered that the manual says it is 220V. So I had to "chat" to see if I needed an upconverter for the voltage. No, it has been reworked. Then I went to hook it to my cable. The cable outlets on the unit are also not for US use so I went and purchased adapters for those. Finally I got it hooked up. I could set the clock and that was it. It would not play any channels..whether I tried automatic set-up or manual. So after all of this, I contacted B & H Photo who allowed me to return the unit.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Do not be afraid to buy this

      By Ron

      from Spencer Wis.

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Consistent Performance
      • High Quality Picture
      • Optical Output

      Cons

      • Limited Warranty
      • Relatively Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Copying Home Video
      • Home Theater

      Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

      I bought this DVD recorder to replace my older DMR-ES20 Panasonic that died. I have to admit I was hesitent to buy this unit as it was not meant for the U.S. market and was only backed by a 90 day warranty. (still a concern) For what I use it for it's perfect. I do not need a tuner as I as I have cable T.V. and use their DVR/tuner. I use it to copy video from my camcorders and for that it works well. The only thing negative is it will not read the SD card from my JVC video camera. If you have a Panasonic unit that should not be a problem.The operating system was similar enough to my old unit that getting the basic functions to operate was fairly simple. I would definately choose either of the recorders with the hard drive. Putting the video on the hard drive first makes copying much quicker if you are going to make more than one copy. The first copy takes whatever amount of time the recording is if your using the analog RCA inputs but after that a 2 hour DVD can be burned in 3 to 5 minutes off of the hard drive. The playback is great, it will play U.S. market zone 1 DVDs and the picture and sound are excellent. CD's sound great also. I gave it 4 stars only because of the limited warranty, it is relatively expensive and for some, the lack of a NTSC tuner. Having said that I do recomend it and would buy it again.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Good Machine. Customer Service Sucks

      By Marciofgc

      from Brazil

      Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

      Works excellent, well featured and a good value.
      Recomended

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By Alin

      from Calgary, AB

      About Me Power User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Compact
      • Consistent Performance
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

        Can record non digital input

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        • No

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        5.0

        THE DMR EH69 IS OUTSTANDING

        By Sprite

        from CHICAGO, Illinois

        About Me Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Consistent Performance
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use
        • High Quality Picture
        • Usb And Sd Ports

        Cons

        • Pal Tuner

        Best Uses

        • Anywhere
        • Bedroom
        • Dorm Room
        • Home
        • Home Theater

        Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

        THE DMR EH69 IS OUTSTANDING IF YOU WANT A DVR with DVD/HDD.

        I had the DMR-HS2, build date 2002, which has a smaller HDD and DVD recorder. It has been a great DVR. But today, not the HDD but the DVD drive is Acting up. I have been assured that parts will be a problem, particulary the DVD drive which is known for problems.
        Today, the DVR industry is not making DVRs with the HDD/DVD for the American market, only overseas. SO if you want to keep the extreme ease of editing your recordings on HDD, you need to find one made for another country.

        I recommend you take a serious look at the DMR EH69. There are two models, one has a smaller hard drive, about 250GB HDD, the other with 320GB HDD, both offered at B&H Photo-Video and as of this date, 10/16/13, I could not find a lower price.

        I will tell you right off if you have a DMR-HS2 or similar Panasonic recorder, the control and windows are very much the same. Most may find it very easy to make the change to this unit.

        Timer recordings are easy to set up but you need to leave your receiver turned on and on the channel of the movie you want to see. The RF channel tunner will not be available for USA use because it uses the PAL system which is not common in the USA.

        You may have to change the unit over from PAL to NTSC, look it up or look in the reviews, it is not that difficult to do.

        You will get an adapter with your unit for USA 120vac power. My particular unit did not say it had been adapted for USA power but the reviews stated that they had been changed for our power use.

        I never used the tuner on my DMR-HS2 so there was no concern there. I use the HDD for recording shows and movies. I do it both manually by pressing RECORD and by TIMER. Either way is a piece of cake.
        EDITING out commercials is easy on the hardrive with simple intuitive windows. If you are new to PANASONIC screens, you will be looking in the manual for awhile but it will become second nature to you.
        Adding the movie TITLE is also an easy thing to do. Adding a title to your home movies will help when you record several home recording to one DVD.
        I'd recommend recording your DVD from the HDD as soon as you are ready. You can collect an awful lot of recordings and the HDD is very large.

        For input, Set up to AV4 and you can input video from Satelite receiver, S video and HDMI. The clock is set at 24 hour mode only. If you must record from a TV station, you can use a tuner from your old VCR to feed to the DMR EH69 through the RCA jacks. ( If you are using a converter for the new TV frequencies, you will have to use that to record from ).

        Both units have the USB port that you will find incredibly handy for playing music through your system, movies DivX.
        Only the unit with the larger drive has the SD Memory slot which can also display pictures and will display pictures from your camera. If you get into the SD memory and/or USB memory for your entertainment, you will find it to be very convenient. Put in a USB with some relaxing music and sit back and enjoy.
        The USB and SD Memory ports are for play only, not record.

        The HDD's are huge on this unit. It would be easy to store and get lost in all the recorded programs. Another added benefit is hi speed recording from HDD to DVD which was not available on my DMR-HS2.

        There had been comments about the color being off on playback, such as the Blacks on the TV screen being a greyish color. If this is so, I can't notice it. I did notice that my large flatscreen had a problem with black color and it would be lighter but my older tube style tv was perfect black color rendition. I also tried viewing on my 30" flat screen and color was perfect so this color problem may be settings on the TV itself.

        Set up is not that difficult and as I said, if you have had a Panasonic brand DVR, the operation and menus will be very familiar to you. TV can be connected VIA RCA composite on L1, L2, S video or HDMI. If you do your recording from a receiver and connect to the DVR on RCA jacks and not require the use of a tuner, you are in for some great recording sessions. Editing recordings on the HDD is simple and convenient.

        I have no hesitation to recommend this unit to anyone who has a former Panasonic DVR that may have seen better days and you want to keep the ability to record and edit on a Hard drive.

        What you can't do.
        You can't use the tuner, you will need an outside tuner.
        You can't change channel during timed recordings automatically.
        If there are anymore can'ts, I must not use them for this unit does everything I need it to do.

        Be sure to read ALL the reviews and compare the SPECS so you are well informed about this great unit.

        131016

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        4.0

        Only Panasonic HDD/DVDR with NTSC

        By BalzacRancher

        from Deep Fringe West Central Texas

        About Me Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Consistent Performance
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use
        • High Quality Picture

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Home Theater

          Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

          Owned for Four Months . Very satisfied with purchase. Change over from PAL to NTSC took only five minutes. I am able to record programs and edit out commercials. The EH-69 is Multi-Standard (PAL/NTSC ) the unit does NOT record NTSC Closed Captions. I can make recordings that are finalized for play on other DVD players in minutes rather than hours. Long time Panasonic DVDR owner, this is my sixth DVDR.

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          4.0

          Nice clear picture

          By 24/4

          from Moncton , Canada

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • Consistent Performance
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy To Use
          • High Quality Picture

          Cons

          • Can't Mix The Burn Select
          • Only Has 2 Inputs
          • Tuner Doesn't Work

          Best Uses

          • Bedroom
          • Dorm Room
          • Home
          • Home Theater
          • Home Video Archiving

          Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

          My wife has had a sony hdd recorder for years now. It's a shame they don't make it anymore. when she comes to transfer the hdd to dvd disk it won't let you burn in the order that you want. It burns from the first to the last video that you put on the hdd within a 4.7g. It won't let you mix it up. Other than that it works great, can't find any around anymore, she'll have to get use to it. On a good note, live in Canada, ordered on a Sunday, in my wifes hands on Thursday morning. Thanks B&H.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          Buy two

          By Jim the Walker

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Power User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

              We use these in a professional venue for quick & dirty archival recordings, and also for crestron driven automated recordings. I'm pretty sure this will be the last run of cheap hdd/dvd recorders, so if you do go to the trouble of programming a crestron/extron/amx to rock with it, you should probably buy two. Every HDD recorder I've ever had has reliably croaked after 2 years.

              Also note that USB connectivity DOES NOT mean you can get data off the HDD via USB. It's only for viewing pictures & media. Sad trombone.

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              4.0

              Great purchase, glad I bought it.

              By Tom Junior

              from Waukesha, WI

              About Me Casual User

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Compact
              • Consistent Performance
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Difficult To Set Up
              • Slow To Load

              Best Uses

              • Bedroom
              • Home
              • Home Theater

              Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

              I was used to the ease of use and luxury that my old DMR-HS2 system, until it recently died. Where I could be gone and record my favorite shows to watch later and even put my favorite shows and series on disk if I wanted to keep them. So I jumped at upgraded this when I found it.
              When it first arrived, I first thought I might of made a mistake, because I read some guy had problems with recording off of cable tv, and I couldn't get any signal to set it up. Then after talking with the cutomer service people it sounded like I could only watch what was already recorded.
              Thankfully after playing around I found and AV1-AV4 selection that after going through each one, I found one that gave me viewing of everything I set my cable box to. So I could watch a show while recording it and if I had to take a break or answer a phone I could pause it while it continued recording and I could come back to watch later. So it's just as easy and enjoyable to use as my old system, but with so much more storage room. Best thing I purchased was this system.

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              • No
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              4.0

              I would buy this brand and model again

              By none

              from Antioch,ca

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use
              • High Quality Picture

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Theater

                Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

                The editing software is great. and the help screen is intuiative. it great to have USB port and chip memory port on one peace of equipment.

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                5.0

                Just right for us home enthusiasts!!

                By mike

                from South Jersey

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Consistent Performance
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use
                • High Quality Picture

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Home Theater

                  Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

                  PANASONIC DMREH69 Review
                  There were several pleasant surprises for me as I explored this product.
                  Due to many years of enjoying my PANASONIC DMREH-EH75 (80GB hard drive with VCR) most of the product was familiar to me. That is why I feel comfortable writing a five star review for the DMREH69 after only a few weeks of use.
                  The audio is fuller and richer across the spectrum unlike many other digital devices.
                  When I opened the box B&H included a slip of paper with a phone number to provide help with setup should I need it. Due to some differences between my old USA model and this Australian model, I spoke with them twice they were helpful and courteous both times. The tuner does not work for US channels.
                  my friend had me edit several of her home videos and she was very plesed with the result.
                  The video editing is great for us home users. Sometimes when I create a chapter I am one second off where I need to be. Selecting combine chapters allows me to return to old splice location and adjust to eliminate any part of any commercials.
                  There are many two to five minute parts of TV shows that have clogged my
                  old system. True happiness is the hard drive 320GB four times the space
                  of my old unit.
                  There have been no problems with US plug voltage adapter included.

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                  5.0

                  Best HDD DVR-Recordr NotGenrlyAvail.InUS

                  By aFanOfThePan(asonics)

                  from Woodstock, Maryland

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Consistent Performance
                  • High Quality Picture

                  Cons

                  • No digital TV tuner forUS

                  Best Uses

                  • Near any DVR FIOSDish
                  • TV Hobby room

                  Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

                  For standard definition DVD recording not dependent upon having a digital TV tuner for North America (NTSC), the Panasonic DMR-EH59 or EH69 is the best DVD-Recorder having a hard disc drive (HDD) available in the USA. You can't buy these babies at most electronics stores. A few select stores in the biggest cities are the only places they are offered, and B&H has the best price. Better to buy a new unit from B&H than a used Panasonic unit on an online auction site with limited use left on it. I record to its HDD via S-Video and audio cables from my satellite receiver or my FIOS DVR, and make copies of my favorite PBS/documentary programs, and of soccer games, which I distribute free to the players of my local pro teams. These units retain the best editing and Top Menu features of the earlier Panny units and seem to be built to a higher standard internally than the problem-prone DMR-EH75 units (HDD/VHS/DVD) which command a high price on a major online auction site for its puny HDD of 80GB. The EH59/69 are a much better value new with 250/320 GB HDD. Best value is at B&H. These are complex/capable machines, but if you have ever had a Panasonic HDD/DVD recorder before, you'll want to make this transition!

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                  5.0

                  I ordered for another one after the 1st

                  By Shilex

                  from Lagos Nigeria

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Performance
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Church
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

                    The product is a good one for us. It enable us record live programme and make it available for sale immediately after finalising it.

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                    5.0

                    Works as promised.

                    By Aaa-tommy

                    from San Diego, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Quality Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Upgrade

                      Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

                      Panasonic has always come through for me.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
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                      4.0

                      No Problem Encountered

                      By classygent

                      from Seattle,WA

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                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact
                      • Consistent Performance
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home

                        Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

                        I have been using Panasonic DMR EH 55 for years, it is a very good HDD recorder and it is a shame that Panasonic does not carry newer HDD recorders in the US market. This EH69 model, I can connect to Comcast tuner's component output and HDMI cable between EH69 and TV. Since I am familiar with EH55, transition (actually add on) was simple. Instruction book is not very clear about how to set the clock though I finally figured out without the book. Recorded Comcast HD picture quality is not as good as watching the flat panel TV with over-the-airantenna reception, but acceptable.[...]I have been playing nothing but Region 0 DVDs, so far, I had no problems.The thing I like most: clean video editing capablities.

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                        2.0

                        I am using them commercially

                        By mc

                        from greenwich ct

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up

                        Cons

                        • Inconsistent

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Theater

                        Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

                        I have bought so far 10 units and 4 were not working out of the box, [...] a lot to do with the manufacturer. The 4 units not working were not purchased through B&H. These units apparently are sourced through indirect channels, I have no idea why Panasonic makes units available but not really...

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                        4.0

                        Best HDD Recorder available in market

                        By Rizwan-Ur-Rahman

                        from Calgary, AB, Canada

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Consistent Performance
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Slow To Load

                        Best Uses

                        • Home

                        Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

                        [...]Set up was easy and my family is enjoying the recordings that they usually make from out standard definition satellite & FTA box.

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                        1.0

                        Not for USA use with cable systems

                        By DivingDawg

                        from Rockledge, FL

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                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • No way to use

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

                            Unfortunately I ordered this product after I was misinformed about the capability to use in the US. After I received the unit, I had to purchase a plug adapter because it does not come with one that fits US outlets. Then I discovered that the manual says it is 220V. So I had to "chat" to see if I needed an upconverter for the voltage. No, it has been reworked. Then I went to hook it to my cable. The cable outlets on the unit are also not for US use so I went and purchased adapters for those. Finally I got it hooked up. I could set the clock and that was it. It would not play any channels..whether I tried automatic set-up or manual. So after all of this, I contacted B & H Photo who allowed me to return the unit.

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                            4.0

                            Another Excellent DVR from Panasonic

                            By Geilcourt

                            from Monmouth County, New Jersey

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Compact
                            • Consistent Performance
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy To Use
                            • High Quality Picture

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Bedroom
                              • Copy camcorder to DVD
                              • Dorm Room
                              • Home
                              • Home Theater

                              Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

                              I bought this DVR as a replacement for my DMR-EH55 which broke. I also have a DMR-EH50 which is excellent, and after 5 years, still worth more than it cost me (check on a certain auction site and you'll see).

                              The down side, of course, is that the tuner is PAL, therefore you can't automate channel changes, or use RF input. But who cares? I only record using composite cables anyhow.

                              I was nervous about plugging a 240 machine into 110 volts, but not nearly as worried as I would have been about the reverse! It works fine on 110... it must be auto-switching. Clock is 24 hour, which I'm fine with, and programming is a bit clunky, like the DMR-E50 and DMR-EZ48VK (both non-HDD).

                              For what is available in terms of hard drive DVRs now, this is a bargain. I'm very happy with it. I record NTSC cable shows and I copy home videos to DVD.

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                              5.0

                              Great Machine!

                              By Tess

                              from Minnesota

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Performance
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy To Use
                              • High Quality Picture

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

                                  I use this product to make multiple DVD copies of concert and recital filmings.

                                  It's fast and easy to use, once you get the hang of the menu functions.

                                  This is actually the 3rd generation of this type of Panasonic product that I have purchased. I'm very happy with the large HDD storage space on this unit, since I need to archive programs for a long period of time.

                                  Though designed for the overseas market, this unit comes with the proper AC adaptor.

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                                  5.0

                                  Hard to beat a hard disc

                                  By EduTech

                                  from Cincinnati, OH

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • All features are great
                                  • Wouldn't use anythng else

                                  Cons

                                  • Difficult to find

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Live prentationspost-pro

                                  Comments about Panasonic DMR-EH69GA-K Multi-Zone 320GB HDD/DVD Recorder:

                                  Panasonic really knew what they were doing and knew what I needed when they created this deck. They are reliable and fast and are ready to record without notice. The hard drive capability is a life saver.

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