Originally Posted by jjeff
. . . As others are finding out buying refurbished Magnavox 2160's (that have a hidden feature telling you how many hours it's been used) most of those refurbished DVDRs have less than a couple hours use. Most were probably bought and returned when the user found out it didn't work like their old VCRs
I purchased two of the refurbished 2160 models--the original versions--offered by J&R at $159.99.
At delivery the first one, of December 2008 manufacture, was found to have been powered on for 296 hours. After setup and doing several hard drive recordings, editing and high-speed dubbing I checked the laser usage times finding a total DVD Drive laser writing of 10 minutes and laser reading of 1:50 hour.
At delivery the second one, of May 2008 manufacture, was found to have been powered on for 8 hours (the figure changed to 9 hours while I was in that screen). After setup and before doing any recording I checked the laser usage times finding a total DVD Drive laser writing of zero minutes and laser reading of 14 minutes.
Both these 2160 models have been set up for clear QAM reception. So far there have been no problems. (My first 2160 was purchased new at walmart.com. It is of August 2008 manufacture and is enslaved to a Comcast STB. A few days ago it reported hard drive power on of 516 hours, DVD Drive laser writing of 24:35 hours and DVD Drive reading of 106:47 hours.)
It's said that the next J&R shipments may be the 2160 "A" version of March or May 2009 manufacture. If so, these may be the versions that are unable to write, format or finalize DVDs if there are timer scheduled programs. The original workaround was to delete the timer scheduled programs, write, format or finalize DVDs then re-enter the timer scheduled programs, a minor inconvenience. More recently Wajo has found a more convenient workaround, set the source (input) to L3, write, format or finalize DVDs and then set the source back to the normal setting. Even more recently (late April 2010) Funia has posted a firmware upgrade to correct this problem.
These refurbished 2160 models come with a ninety day Funai warranty. At $159.99 the 2160 is a bargain!