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Good low cost DVD recorder

by HTHMAN / April 8, 2006 2:33 PM PDT

Last time I was at my local Sams Club, I spotted a Magnavox MSR90D6 DVD recorder for 96 dollars. The unit was made by Funai, a Japanese company, and recorded to DVD+/- formats. Thougt I would give it a try. I already owned a Pioneer unit that is DVD- only and wanted to try a DVD+ format. Also wanted a second unit to record from my Dish 811receiver bu did not want to spend a bunch of money.

After playing with the recorder for a week or so, I want to highly recommend it.

This unit records to DVD+/-R and DVD+/-RW. When you put in either type, it formats the disk to DVD+VR mode. Yes, DVD- disks are formtted to DVD+VR format. I have recorded many RW disks on both formats and it works perfectly. I have erased then and reused several times with no problem in either format. The best part is the editing. You can edit either format and they will play in my DVD players. With my Pioneer, when I record in VR mode and edit the disk, it is not compatable with my players. If I record in Video mode, it is compatable, but can not be edited. If you record a DVD-RW in the Magnavox, you still have to finalize it, but if you use a DVD+RW, you do not need to finalize the disk and it is compatable with my players even after editing out commercials.

This unit has 2, 2.5, 3, 4 and 6 hour modes plus it has an Auto mode that fits the recording to the disk like some Panasonic models do. Quality has been excellent at 2 hours and nearly as good in the 2.5 and 3 hour mode. The 4 hour mode gives a less sharp picture, but no pixilation was noticed-have not tried the 6 hour mode.

Playback featues include zoom, angle, commercial skip, faster or slower play WITH sound and all the usual button you would expect.

The fact that I can edit and play both formats makes me a big fan of this machine. I usually stay away fro cheap brands, but this one looks like a good alternative to the Cyberhomes, Lite-Ons and others that we hear so many complaints about.

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Quality for a starter
by lisenga / April 15, 2006 11:40 AM PDT

How would you rate vhs burns to DVD??? I have alot of good quality vhs and 8mm tapes I need to burn to DVD. This is a starter for me.... Thanks for your posted opinion...

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by HTHMAN / April 15, 2006 12:01 PM PDT
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I have never done it with this unit as I also own a Pioneer combo unit that offers one-button dubbing and use it to dub all my tapes.

There is no reason why you could not use the Magnavox to copy your tapes. It has front panel S-video and composite inputs. As long as you have a good quality VHS player your DVDs should look exactly the same as the tape. Just queue up your VHS tape, hit the one touch record button on the DVD recorder and hit play on you VHS. Ditto with the camera.

I have gotten excellent recording up to and including the 4 hour mode. Recordings in the 2 hour mode are virtually identical to the source. Your recordings should be as good as the original tapes

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Try The Panasonic ES40....
by Psych Doc / April 16, 2006 8:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Quality for a starter
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