Nope no Sams card but do have a Costco. But the stores are over 50-miles away...
Today I made it to Walmart and picked up both -RW's & -R Maxells, 14.99 a spindle. Along with those I grabed some different cheap Memorex -R's. Reason for wanting to use -RW or -R's is all my recording will be 16.9 stuff, NO 4.3. According to the manual these are the only ones you can record 16.9 on too.
I can't justify driving 100-miles round trip to pick up some Verbatim DVD-RW or R's. The d*amn
thing should have worked with one of these disc I have to assume.
I will call Toshiba tomorrow as every single disc is reconized, will load and in the the case of RW's format also, but will NOT record. Red record dot comes up and about 2-4 seconds later I get the screen with,,, can not record to this disc
. I either have somthing set wrong, not likely as the manual is burnt into my mind and also have been in to audio for 35-years, or I just plain got a D-R400 with a recording bug problem
I have 2 days left to get confirmation from Toshiba's Tech Help that my unit has a real problem or I'm screwed into likely having to send it to Toshiba for repair.
The Ebay seller will replace it (according to his add), if defective with in 7-days and he might not want to repalce it as it is not totally defective in his eyes, and might/could as I mentioned, tell me I'll have to send it to Toshiba for repair. The seller is an authorized Toshiba seller of Toshi new & refurbs and it dose have/carry a 90-day warranty.
He has also sold like 30+ of these refurbed D-R400's in the last 45-days with those posting feedback having nothing bad to say about him or the D-R400 they bought. He's a power seller & has over 18000 sales with a 99.9% rating.
Another Power seller has been selling these also but, he's had a couple bad units go out and he's authorized also. His rating was lower at 98% with fewer total items sold, so obviously I chose to buy from the one selling the most and not having anyone posting negative feedback that they got a defective or messed up one.
Just a bit frustrated right now as I'm about 99.9% sure it's the unit and not something I set up wrong inside the player. The cheap 100 page paper manual is about trashed, well not really but thats how much time I spent with it due to me trying to make absolute sure I did not set up or do something wrong when trying to record...
As far as it's up-convert abilitys I'm really not to impressed on (my) XVT47" anyway, my cheap Sony up-convert NS700 kicks it's butt in this area. Get the best/cleanest picture out of the Toshiba at 720P & 1080i compared to the Sony's best picture coming from 1080p. Mileage will vary with differnt HDTV sets & up-convert players, so this is just my experience with these two up-convert players. The Sony player not a DVR, looks so good only excellent BlueRay discs look better. I'm still in shock (even months later) how good this cheap ass Sony looks on (my) 1080p HDTV set...
I don't know, maybe I should just wait a spend more for the new 420, or buy a Toshiba 560 with the Digi/Qam/Analog tuner built in from Amazon. It's down to like 180.00 I belive. Maybe less at other places, did not look around. Or just go to a different brand all together, those Pannys are not so cheap..
I'm sure true 5.1/7.1 HD recorders are not that far away if not already here some where.. The many different copy right issues is likely the hold up not the ability to record true HD. Ok now I'm speaking to stuff I know little to nothing about so better cap this post here...
Thanks for letting me know what you use Media wise and what is considered the best for most units. Also the Media link/thread been their already checking it out but appreciate it anyway.
Originally Posted by jjeff
My first spindle of DVDs was a 15 pack of Maxell -RWs from Walmart(sometime in '05). I think they were $12.99. I still have all but one which started skipping last year so I threw it away. I think they're currently about the same price.
If you belong and have a Sams club near you they sell a larger (I think 30) spindle of Verbatims for ~$25. Verbs are generally considered among the best RW discs.
Since you have a Funai made DVDR you may also want to check into the + format, I have Panasonics so I've kind of settled on the - format. Since you've never used a DVDR before you probably want to start out with RW discs. You can do test recordings and then all you have to do is reformat the discs and they'll be like new. Once you record to R discs you cannot record over what you've already recorded.
Unfortunately one of the most common discs, Memorex, is generally considered the poorest quality and most inconsistent. Before blaming your recorder I'd try another more reliable brand and hopefully they'll work for you.
I don't buy discs online but there is a thread at AVS called "media deals this week" that occasionally mentions online deals although mainly on R discs, not as much on RWs.