hey...I have 3 DVD recorders, two Toshibas r 560 , R410 and a JVC Combo unit(I know people aren't crazy about them, but I love 90 minute XP mode, and after two crapped out, got this one without remote cheap on ebay a year or so ago) knock wood, the Toshibas have been darned reliable(I am trying to remember how old they are, probably 2 years for one, 3 for the other?) But the JVC has them beat in one important(to me) area. The increments of time you can record in. Toshibas you can only go in 30 min increments, the JVC in 10 minute increments. If I record in the 4 hour mode, that works great to put say 3 1:20 movies on a disc. Or a 2:15 and an 1:45 minute movie on a disc. well, I have to wait 5 minutes, then I am good to go.
That's my complaint about the 30 minute only increments of the JVC. If I'm leaving the house, and have some films backed up on the DVR from TCM, well, if the movie is 1:17, I either have to wait 17 minutes to then set it up to record an hour more, or set it for 1:30 and "waste" 13 minutes, and now I might not be able to put three films on a disc.
I know, not the biggest problem in the world, but I have to wonder why there is a difference in the two recorders. Is that 10 minute ability unusual for the JVC, or is 10 minutes per typical, and its the Toshiba machines that are in the minority?
Can any DVD recorders be set to say the minute of the length of a movie????