Are there any DVD recorders that will pass S-video on to TV? - AVS Forum
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...when the DVDR is off?

Trying to use the best signal available from my DirecTV DVR.

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I believe one of the older Polaroids would pass signal even when off but I've never owned one so I can't say which one for sure.
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My older panasonic dvd recorder used to pass the audio when it was off, so it's probable that the video went along for the ride --and they did have s-video ports. I just used it for headphones though, so don't take this as confirmation of s-video passthrough, just a suggestion that you might do well looking for a "classic". Very handy feature that was discontinued in more recent/cheaply made models...
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Just so you know, the signal passes through my Polaroid DVD recorder with the power off, but not if it's unplugged. This means that part of the recorder, clock, timer, and input signal processing (maybe more) stays on, even when the rest of the recorder is off.

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In Canada, almost the last DVR in the big box stores for sale is the Toshiba DR-7. I rbought one two months ago, since it is the only DVR left for sale in the big chain stores in Canada.

I really like it! It passes thru S-video, and has several other advantages:

1) The DR-7 has no trouble with copy protection on Bell in Canada

2) It upconverts 480i sources like a standard cable box to 720p/1080p !! Most recorders just upconvert DVDs, not other sources.

3) If you use DVD-R or -RW, the DR-7 records letterbox using the full frame in the 480i recording (if you record on other recorders or use DVD+R then most recorders and the DR-7 record the big black bars on the top & bottom and just record black in the top and bottom areas...)
So when you playback this recorded DV, it will upconvert from 480i and give you the best quality.

4) The DR-7 records DTS, PCM, and Dolby surround audio tracks at the same time.
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