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DVD/VCR recorder advice

by professorbc / May 31, 2007 1:25 PM PDT

I just purchased a JVC DR-MV78B DVD/VCR Recorder from a shopping network. What few reviews I have found on it makes it sound like a pretty good one. However, my concern is that it does not have a tuner. I assumed it would have. Is that a good or a bad feature? Any pros or cons would be helpful.

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well...
by masterying01 / May 31, 2007 2:34 PM PDT

ask yourself this question...

if it had a tuner, would you use it? if yes, then return it and grab a LG or panasonic which is more money...but has a tuner.

if your answer is no, then it is nothing to worry about.

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Tuner free dvd/vcr recorder
by professorbc / June 1, 2007 3:50 PM PDT
In reply to: well...

I guess that sounds pretty simple. I have just been used to a VCR for the last 25 years, and I assumed the recorder would have a tuner built in. Since it didn't have one I thought maybe there was an advantage to not having a tuner on the recorder, but I couldn't figure out what it was. (It sounds like it just keeps the cost down.)

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Digital tuners
by HTHMAN / June 2, 2007 4:08 AM PDT

The problem is, all new DVD recorders that are manufactured must either include a digital tuner(expensive) or no tuner at all. Older models had analog tuners like VCRs and some of those may still be available. I have an onder Pioneer combo model and never use the tuner anyhow. I use it for transferring VHS to DVDs and to record off my Dish PVR using the S-video input. I am sure you still have a timer-recording setup to record from either S-vid or composite inputs, you just can not record off the air signals.

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Tuner Absence No Problem...
by Greg Sparkman / June 4, 2007 11:16 AM PDT

if you have a cable or satellite box. The DR-MV78B has inputs for direct connection and recording from these tuner boxes. I think that these days a tuner in a VHS machine is superfluous for most people.

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