10 out of 14 systems failed standby consumption tests carried out by TÆNK, the National Consumer Agency’s testing organisation
In January 2008, TÆNK tested 14 DVD and hard drive recorders. 10 of them had standby consumption over the 2 watts threshold recommended by the Trust.
Only 7 were rated ‘good’
The other 7 recorders were assessed as average or below average because of their high standby consumption.
Power used by the 14 recorders
|Product||Power consumption||Standby consumption|
|Panasonic DMR-EH57||23,0 W||2,1 W|
|Panasonic DMR-EH67||24,5 W||2,1 W|
|Sony RDR-HX750||25,9 W||2,2 W|
|Grundig GDRH 5625||30,3 W||2,0 W|
|Loewe ViewVision DR+||26,7 W||1,9 W|
|LG RH266||25,1 W||1,3 W|
|Thomsen DTH8677E||32,6 W||1,5 W|
|Pioneer DVR-55OH-S||26,4 W||2,6 W|
|Pioneer DVR-LX60||27,0 W||2,6 W|
|JVC DR-MH22OS||25,0 W||3,8 W|
|Samsung DVD_HR753||26,0 W||2,9 W|
|Samsung DVD-HR750||25,3 W||2,8 W|
|Samsung DVD-HR755||27,4 W||2,9 W|
|Philips DVDR357OH||26,3 W||7,4 W|
DVD players and hard disk recorders have more space
DVD recorders can record far more content on a DVD than a VCR can record on a tape.
Hard disk recorders record content onto a hard disk built into the recorder. The size of the hard disk determines how many hours of programmes you can save.
Hard disk recorders can record and play back simultaneously. In practice this means that you can start the recorder if the telephone rings while you are watching TV. You can then carry on watching the programme from where you left off on your return.
Combination of DVD, hard disk and VCR
Many recorders are a combination of DVD and hard disk recorder or DVD and traditional VCR. There are also TVs with built-in hard disk or DVD on the market.
TV and recorder with media centre
A media centre is a computer which can be used as a TV, DVD and hard disk recorder, CD player, radio and much more. The technology is still new and requires a greater degree of user input.