Originally Posted by jomc
I don't understand why dvd recorders never really caught on the way the vcr recorders did. It's perplexing.
It's a long story, but basically those cable DVRs you and the rest of us here despise were embraced by most of America. They have limitations, but most of those limitations are seen by us who use and appreciate DVD recorders, and aren't even on the radar for your average Joe who just wants to set the recording, watch it, and delete it.
Yeah, average Joe could have used a TVGOS DVD recorder, but he didn't. DVD recorders, while not that complicated, were incrementally more complex than VCRs (which were the only way to record when it was king.) DVRs were seen as "good enough" and DVD recorders were "HOW DO I WORK THIS BLASTED THING!?"
Although I was wondering if I bought a non-coax recorder couldn't I just use the fritzy dvd recorder's coax in then rca out to the new recorder?
That might work. If you get video from it to a TV, a DVD recorder will also see it.
I'm extremely reluctant to purchase another refurbished anything (like I did from J&R) because . . . two years? really? or am I expecting too much in thinking these things will last any longer than that?
Two years is pretty much the norm for most electronics in this miserable age of planned obsolescence, with a couple of (expensive) exceptions. But most of the refurbed 513s and such aren't actually refurbs, they're just returns from people who couldn't figure them out. Lots of reports of new or near new units from J&R, who couldn't sell them as new since they were opened.
And in two years . . . will dvd players, let alone recorders, even exist?
Yes, probably as Blu-ray players, but those have always played DVDs. Discs aren't going anywhere anytime soon, just the ability to record.