Originally Posted by BBJay
...Any recommendations for a replacement unit? This one belonged to my neighbor and I need to replace it soon.
I was looking at the following;
The Toshiba and Magnavox are both tunerless
models built by Funai. These would be satisfactory for line in use with a cable company converter box, satellite receiver, or ATSC converter box. The fragile VHS mechanism is satisfactory for light use but heavy use leads to early failure.
Panasonic is full of bugs and design flaws, most of which are part the operating system. There are some workarounds to make scheduled recording more reliable but freeze ups and clear QAM tuner performance are common problems. While the Panasonic VHS mechanism is of robust design, dubbing videotaped material from the VHS mechanism directly to DVD produces crude results, a new title at VHS index marks, occasional abrupt scene changes or commercials.
If dubbing videotaped material to DVD will be a primary use of the DVD Recorder better results will be had by connecting a VCR to a DVD Recorder input and recording from that input while the VCR plays the videotape. This basic tunerless
DVD Recorder would be satisfactory for such use:http://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnavox-Z...rding/17337718
The "refurbished" earlier version of that model is bargain priced:http://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnavox-ZC320MW8/17281655
The best common wisdom is to use a VCR connected to an input of a HDD/DVD Recorder, record the material to the internal hard drive, edit/divide the material (if desired) and high-speed dub the material to DVD(s). There are still a few Magnavox HDD/DVD recorders to be found in the marketplace:http://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnavox-M...order/14291489
The top of the line model is currently sold out:http://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnavox-M...tlyViewedItems
The first post in Wajo's sticky thread is the gateway to a wealth of information concerning these outstanding Magnavox HDD/DVD Recorders:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...6#post12244086