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post #1 of 2 Old 04-03-2005, 05:12 PM - Thread Starter
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Guys,
The age of the VHS tape is over. I still use mine quite a bit (almost every day), but its time to get rid of it, and get something better. I need some help choosing. All I really use it for is to record programs while I'm away (or watching another program). I dont archive (keep) any of the shows. I dont have HD cable, just plain-jane comcast basic+. Primary viewing would be on a 27" Panasonic Tau. I would also like the unit to have at least an S-video ouput so that I could connect it to my ECP4500+ projector for occasional "big-screen" viewing of TV programs (I realize the quality would be on the low side). Being able to RECORD two programs at once would be a big plus. I'm also NOT interested in a Tivo type serice. Oh, and the less espensive the better :D

So what would be best? A DVD recorder? Can I use a Tivo recorder like a VCR without the Tivo service? Can any of them record two things simultaneously? How's the recording quality compared to VHS?

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In the old days if you got a tivo and did not pay for service, the only thing you could do was buffer live TV.

None of the stand alone tivo/replays will let you record two things at once, but you could keep you vcr and record two things at once the old way.

DVD recorders have come down in price, and some even have a hard drive! You could buy one of those, and never put anything on DVD unless you wanted to keep it.

Sony makes a dual tuner DVD recorder with a hard drive, meaning it can record two shows at once, but it's $800...

A real PVR is really nice, but all of them have the extra monthly fee or $300 one time fee, unless your cable company offers a box for a cheap montly fee.

Pretty much anything you buy will have s-video.

All should look better than a VHS tape, provided you cable signal is pretty clean, and you don't mind some mpeg artifacts.
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