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Hitachi to introduce HDMI upscaling DVD hard drive recorders

May 19th, 2006 · No Comments

Hitachi will launch two new Memory Master DVD/HDD recorders with HDMI outputs this July. Both are able to upscale standard definition video to 720p or 1080i, via the digital output. The recorders feature multi-format drives, compatible with -R, +R and RAM DVD media.
The difference between the two units is hard drive capacity. The DS163E has a 160GB drive (able to store around 222 hours) and the DS253E has a 250GB drive (338 hours). In addition to TV content the drives can be used to store MP3 audio and jpegs, effectively turning them into multimedia jukeboxes. The brand claims that unlike some rival products, its drives are designed for constant video use, rather than the sporadic use of data drives. Unfortunately, both employ analogue TV tuners rather than Freeview.

Tags: DVD · Home cinema · Trade

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