Originally Posted by relapse71
I guess what I should have asked is: What should I get them for a replacement?
They want to record television, and they want to watch their old VHS movies. Should they get a combo, or two separate units. They own a Samsung 40 inch LED TV. The recorder in the picture in an old Sony DVD/VHS player.
"They want to record television." From cable? From satellite? From ota (over the air)?
does the Samsung tv have?
Does the Sony still work? If it does, keep it and use it as your dvd and vhs player. VHS/DVDR combos are generally not recommended.
If you want to record ota, you definitely want a tuner, unless your tv has a tuner AND A/V OUTPUT that could provide the signal to the recorder.
For a (dvd) Recorder, one with a builtin hard disc drive (hdd) has been and I believe still is HIGHLY recommended in this forum for its reliability, flexibility and convenience. The hdd would allow scheduling for the entire month, 100 or more hours, and you could play back at will. If the program is a "keeper", you can dub it onto a disc in about 10 minutes, give or take. Else, simply DELETE it. While it is possible to record directly to disc, you are limited to the 2 to 4-hour capacity of the disc. If you want to babysit the thing every 2 to 4 hours recording time, forget the dvdr and stay with the vhs recorder.
If the price of the hdd/dvdr seems a bit steep, true, prices have gone up recently and doubtless will continue to soar, but keep in mind the regular dvd is write once; there are the RW versions which are rewritable, and more costly.
Your choice is a simple "Yes" or "No", not "Which" unless you go for used from eBay or ?. A "yes" would be the Magnavox 513 ordered on line from Walmart for $249 (latest price I saw). Or the Magnavox 515 if you can find it. The Magnavox has a tuner, hdd and dvd burner.