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★★☆☆☆
Panasonic DMR-E55

“I paid what I thought was a lot of money because I...”

Written on: 19/02/2011

I paid what I thought was a lot of money because I thought panasonic was a good make and I would not have any major problems with it. My first Video recorder was very expensive at the time. It cost more than the DVD recorder but it lasted for fourteen years without a problem.
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Panasonic DMR-E55

“Changing over to "digital" broadcast (via American...”

Written on: 16/12/2010

Changing over to "digital" broadcast (via American Comcast) has essentially made my machine obsolete. It no longer records off-air broadcasts (except for some lame analogue programs). Not entirely the machines fault. More a statement of the times. Analogue is gone, and using a DVD recorder like this Panasonic is no longer truly feasible. It was a decent machine, although it did have as many mention, issues with self-diagnostic stuff (in other words, it would simply "crash" from… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“I have these recorder 3 years by now (buyed in Baja, M...”

Written on: 04/12/2008 by ancona1968 (1 review written)

I have these recorder 3 years by now (buyed in Baja, M xico, 2005, made in Malasya in 2004), and recorded many DVDs (may be a hundred or more) and recorded on DVD-RAM almost daily TV programs and never experienced any trouble. I think there are some (or many?) products sold with low control quality, maybe we have to check the date of manufacture, country of origin and look for a pattern. Mine was an old product on store and a little bit expensive ($4600 pesos, $450 dollars), and was modified to… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“If your machine has failed, repeatedly going through...”

Written on: 07/10/2008 by revieski (1 review written)

If your machine has failed, repeatedly going through self check - please do a search for "dvd recorder repairs" on ebay I will fix your recorder for you - Cheaply!!! - Revieski… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“It's not a bad recorder, as long as you know its not...”

Written on: 28/09/2008

It's not a bad recorder, as long as you know its not going to be a recorder after a couple of years… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“I have taken the cover off and blow out all the dust...”

Written on: 23/06/2008 by tucky15 (1 review written)

I have taken the cover off and blow out all the dust and left the cover off and now works fine. Not sure why this is but it just has… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“Panasonic stuff is usually of excellent quality and...”

Written on: 12/06/2008

Panasonic stuff is usually of excellent quality and very reliable. This is the most disappointing AV item I have ever bought. Panasonic can go jump from now on!!!!… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“I bought a Panasonic DMR-E95HEB and after about 2...”

Written on: 26/05/2008 by Chid (1 review written)

I bought a Panasonic DMR-E95HEB and after about 2 years of moderate use guess what. Self check problems like so many other people seem to have. I contacted Panasonic who gave me details of local repairer. Because out of warranty they want £55 just to look at it. When I realised that this is a common problem and hence, I believe, a manufacturing fault, I contacted Panasonic again. I got the brush off and just got told to take it in for repair. If I knew it would cost £55, or even up to £100 I… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“My Panasonic DMR-E55 had a problem reading disks,...”

Written on: 13/05/2008 by oderflaus (1 review written)

My Panasonic DMR-E55 had a problem reading disks, power-off, self-check problems due to defective internal power-supply board. I ordered the board from partstore.com, replaced it myself and it works GREAT!!! No problem reading/recording!… Read Full Review

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Absintheboy's Response to oderflaus's Review

Written on: 11/03/2012

In fact it's just the main voltage regulator in the power supply circuit. You can buy one for about a quid and fit it inside 15 minutes if you're at all handy with a soldering iron.

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“The Panasonic DMR-E55 is a piece of rubbish that I...”

Written on: 18/02/2008 by kevinpc (1 review written)

The Panasonic DMR-E55 is a piece of rubbish that I couldn't recommend. Did research on the web before buying and Panasonic appears to have a reasonable reputation. This machine is painfully slow to power-up (going through all sorts of checks), slightly (not much) faster to switch off and has now (just after 15 months) given up the ghost. Unless I want to spend £99-£160 to get it repaired apparently… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“In my experience it's noisy, slow, and after too short...”

Written on: 14/02/2008

In my experience it's noisy, slow, and after too short a period of time it stops being able to read the discs; I've had it less than a few years and it's now completely useless. This has happened to at least 2 other people I know with the same machine… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆
Panasonic DMR-E55

“Great player/recoder. I bought a second Panasonic...”

Written on: 07/02/2008 by denisdjdss (1 review written)

Great player/recoder. I bought a second Panasonic player so I could play the RAM disk on another TV… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“Good unit as a DVD player, a decent VCR replacement,...”

Written on: 21/01/2008 by amunre5 (2 reviews written)

Good unit as a DVD player, a decent VCR replacement, but not so great in the fact that it only will record to DVD-R or DVD-ram. (and with DVD-R once you record something you don't get the room back on the DVD if you erase it.)… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“Really disappointing”

Written on: 02/01/2008 by moose hoose (1 review written)

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“Had my Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD recorder for 5 years....”

Written on: 26/12/2007

Had my Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD recorder for 5 years. Never a glitch, quality second to none… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“This was a relatively expensive machine and should...”

Written on: 25/11/2007 by AErskine (1 review written)

This was a relatively expensive machine and should have been much more user friendly I will never buy anything from panasonic again… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“I bought this just over three years ago after...”

Written on: 15/10/2007 by patmartin008 (10 reviews written)

I bought this just over three years ago after researching various models. It was one of the most expensive at the time and the solid reputation of previous Panasonic models persuaded me to part with my money.

I haven't used it heavily since (once a month at most) yet only a month after the warranty expired it started to power on then after a few seconds switch itself off.

I've since researched this on the net and found many others with the same fault. Apparently it's due to a faulty resistor… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“Bought machine August 2004 but did not use machine often. ”

Written on: 19/09/2007 by dismayedscot (1 review written)

Bought machine August 2004 but did not use machine often.
Few months ago it starts being unable to read discs it can now not be used because it goes into a cycle - self check - read - switch off - self- and so on. Fault has been diagnosed as needing new RAM drive{repair cost £230). Panasonic think that it should be accepted that components should fail within a 3 year time scale. I disagree and wonder how Panasonic can have a reputation for reliability if they accept this… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“Use my Panasonic DMR-E55 daily and like it.”

Written on: 10/09/2007 by deelee (1 review written)

Use my Panasonic DMR-E55 daily and like it… Read Full Review

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Panasonic DMR-E55

“If you get a good Panasonic DMR-E55 then fine you can...”

Written on: 18/08/2007 by KevinJ (1 review written)

If you get a good Panasonic DMR-E55 then fine you can unsympathetically wonder what all the fuss is about, but if you are one of the many people who seem to have bought a dud then unless you have paid for an extended warranty (mine worked OK for a year although I did lose a couple of discs which I foolishly put down to the discs having a glitch) then you might as well just use it as a player or a door stop. That's if you can get the recordable disc out of it without smashing it (even pulling… Read Full Review

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