Rio Go-Video DVR4000

The Good Relatively slim design; clean front panel; one-touch copying of DVD-R content to VHS; full suite of outputs.

The Bad Less than ideal remote; menu system could be better; no MP3 support; slightly overpriced.

The Bottom Line With a higher price and fewer features than what you'll find on competing players, you'd be better off with Samsung's DVD-V1000.

Editors' Rating
5.0 Overall

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Review

Rio Go-Video DVR4000

Sonicblue's Go-Video DVR4000 caters to the masses. If you want just the basics of watching DVDs and videotapes without a hassle, that's exactly what you get. The problem, however, is that you'll be paying a lot and getting few features in return. In fact, there are identical units on the market that cost less and offer more.Sonicblue's Go-Video DVR4000 caters to the masses. If you want just the basics of watching DVDs and videotapes without a hassle, that's exactly what you get. The problem, however, is that you'll be paying a lot and getting few features in return. In fact, there are identical units on the market that cost less and offer more.

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Don't be surprised if you get a strange sense of déjà vu from this review. You see, the DVR4000 is similar in almost every way to ; you'll notice that in the form factor, the button layout, the setup of the jacks in the back, and the onscreen menus. Heck, even the remotes are identical. (For a laugh, we used the Samsung's remote for the Sonicblue unit and vice versa.) The only real differences are that the DVR4000 doesn't offer MP3 playback, doesn't support CD-Rs, and lists for $50 more ($349) than the DVD-V1000.

The DVR4000's front panel is clean and relatively clear of clutter, with some of the less often used buttons and front composite jacks below a flip-down panel. On the back, you'll find a full complement of inputs and outputs, including a set of Dolby Digital- and DTS-compatible optical and coaxial digital audio outputs, as well as component-video outputs for superior picture quality. Its slight, curvy bulge makes it pop out of your home-theater system, but otherwise, it's only a bit larger than your garden-variety, single-disc DVD player.

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  • Brand Go-Video
  • Type DVD player
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