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Old 11-27-2006, 04:09 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I was hoping you might have some advice on DVD Recorders in general.
I just picked up a Toshiba D-RW2 recorder for $79 as a Best Buy Black Friday special. I haven't opened it yet though. My VCR is getting close to being on it's last legs, it's a Toshiba as well. And I thought about upgrading to this instead. I've read pretty good reviews on this, and I've always had great luck with Toshiba products. But I was interested in reliability, and picture quality as the top selling points. I was hoping to record in at least the 4hr mode, and maybe 6hr.

I know I've read that DVD RAM discs are possibly the way to go, as they can be re-recorded roughly 100,000 times vs. 1,000 times for DVD-RW. But I'd like to be able to lend a recorded show to a friend or 2 (ie Lost) from time to time, and I don't believe DVD-RAM would play on theirs. I'll include links for both models. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/dvr/product.asp?model=d-rw2

The second one is for the D-R5 model with DVD-RAM capability, it's about $180 though.

http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/dvr/product.asp?model=d-r5
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Hey guys, I was hoping you might have some advice on DVD Recorders in general.

I know I've read that DVD RAM discs are possibly the way to go, as they can be re-recorded roughly 100,000 times vs. 1,000 times for DVD-RW. But I'd like to be able to lend a recorded show to a friend or 2 (ie Lost) from time to time, and I don't believe DVD-RAM would play on theirs. I'll include links for both models. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
You are correct that you can only play DVD-RAM disks on DVD-RAM capable machines. So most likley you couldn't lend it to a friend. However you could burn to a DVD-+R disk and lend that out no problem.

The advantage of the DVD-RAM disk is that you can start copying a TV program/show to disk, wait 5 or 10 mins then start watching the recorded program from the disk while it is still recording the remainder of the program. Then skip through the commercials. This is how I use my Panasonic DVD-RAM recorder. I love this feature. Then simply erase the show when you are finished watching.

Check if the machines you are interested in have this capability. It is worth it.
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I got a DVD Recorder last year for Christmas. I didn't really research the technology and I told my wife I wanted one so we could record our favorite shows like Lost and the Office and have them on DVD. However, after hooking it up, i found that it was a very different product than what I thought it was. It didn't really work like a VCR. I could NOT watch one thing and record another. Also, both the DVD Recorder AND the Cable Box had to be set to the same channel if I wanted to record. That meant that I couldn't schedule a recording at say 9pm and then leave and turn everything off because the Cable Box would not "wake up" for the DVD recorder to record the right channel. The Recorder would start, but it woudl have recorded only a black screen due to the cable box not being on.

I took it back two days after Christmas and we got a DVR from the Cable company and that is the single greatest thing ever.

I did not want the DVD Recorder to transfer old video's to DVD. I wanted to use it like a VCR and that was impossible to do with the cable box. So becarefull what you buy because it may not be the right thing.
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Thanks on the reply's guys! I'll definitely have to look into that issue Vargas brought up. Sometimes I do like watching another program while taping something else. I was kind of hoping to steer clear of the DVR's though based mostly on horror stories I've read of the DVR's stopping recording before the show has ended. Like how shows like Lost and Nip/Tuck regularly run at least 2 to as many as 7 and 8 minutes over the normal 1 hr run times for shows. As well as I don't like how our current digital box affects the sound and picture on our one set. I'm an old Adelphia subscriber now run by Time Warner.
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Thanks on the reply's guys! I'll definitely have to look into that issue Vargas brought up. Sometimes I do like watching another program while taping something else. I was kind of hoping to steer clear of the DVR's though based mostly on horror stories I've read of the DVR's stopping recording before the show has ended. Like how shows like Lost and Nip/Tuck regularly run at least 2 to as many as 7 and 8 minutes over the normal 1 hr run times for shows. As well as I don't like how our current digital box affects the sound and picture on our one set. I'm an old Adelphia subscriber now run by Time Warner.
You can set a DVR to start recording before a show starts, and to continue after a show ends for as many minutes or hours as you like. I do that alot during football season, and for shows that run over like Rescue Me on FX. I love my DVR, the only way you can take it away would be from my cold, dead fingers.
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Thanks for the update on DVR use. My exposure to them has been somewhat limited. But they would come in handy, like last night I forgot to set the VCR to tape Daybreak when I was at work. So I had to call my GF and get her to pop in a tape. I do know with the DVR, you can basically set and forget it for a show you like. So here we go again, decisions, decisions..
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Coming from a guy that has had both, the DVR is a billion times better than a DVD Recorder.
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The *BEST* feature of a DVR is the pause button - especially if you like sports.
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