What you should expect to pay for a quality digital video recorder
The prices will vary from $100-3000 for different styles, with different options and benefits. It is a good idea to look up a few different digital recorders to find out what the different ones offer. Here is what you will be looking at that will cause some variance in price.
When you are looking at the different DVD formats, the prices will vary with these formats. Here are some options to look at. DVD+R, DVD+RDL, DVDR, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD R-RW, DVD+R/RW.
There are also two different types of DVD recorders, ones that only record onto DVDs, and then the others that record on both DVDs and a hard drive. The larger the hard drive is, the more recording you can do. You can figure it this way, for each 1GB of hard drive space, you can record one hour of video. Depending on the video mode you record in, you may be able to record 1.5 hours. The larger the hard drive, the price of the digital video recorder goes up.
PC based digital video recorders cost a bit more. However, the do offer a great deal of user ability and many different options. These systems can take video from several different cameras. Some of these systems can convert up to 16 cameras video at once.
There are also high definition DVD recorders. Sony has an awesome HD digital video recorder with a 500 GB hard drive. The price for this system is around $890.
For around $350, you can find the dual tuner system that makes it possible to record on one channel, and watch a different channel. This system has the 180 GB hard drives. So with this system you can record a great deal, in addition to let you enjoy your movies at the same time. You can also pause and create instant playback.
When you are looking at the different prices, you will find that different options are available. The most expensive price does not always mean the best choice. There are many good quality DVD format video recorders available at affordable prices. As time and technology has gone by, just as with any other technology, the price goes down and the product improves.
Some things that will help you use your digital recorder are as follows:
Ease of use: Some of these digital video recorders can take a bit of reading to learn to function. However, you will find that there is adequate help and support available. Remember that if you go through your cable or satellite company, they will likely explain many of the functions to you.
Look for the maximum amount of hours for record ability, or for the largest hard drive you can afford. Even if you do not think you will use it, it may become useful to have the larger storage capacity.
Find out what the connectivity options are. These options will be like composite-video, and component and S-video. There is also fire-wire, which is what is used for the standard camcorders.
Each variation can create a higher price. It will just take some looking around for the best price. This is what you can expect to pay for a quality digital video recorder, however you will need to judge what is the right price for you.