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post #1051 of 1062 Old 12-28-2013, 08:49 AM
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I am not sure if this thread is dead or not...? Anyway, I was wondering if the RD-XS32 can make recordings off newer LED TVs? I got a Samsung un40eh5000fxza LED TV for Christmas. I was able to connect the RD-XS to this TV via component video cables. It does play material that was recorded from the hard drive and it also plays from the DVD drive. However, I am not able to get the RD-XS32 to record programs. The Samsung TV has both component inputs as well as HMDI inputs. Has anyone had success recording with the newer TVs? It would be a shame if I cannot get this setup to work as my RD-XS32 has had zero problems since 2004. Thank you for your input.

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What are you recording from ??

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I am trying to record to the hard drive without success. It just records a black screen.

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what inputs are you using ? from a cable box out to the recorder?

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I have antenna tv going into the Toshiba then connected to the TV. I have the Toshiba connected to the TV via component video cables.

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THE tuner in the recorder is not digital cannot use. you need input from sat box or cable co box to line inputs of recorder.

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I do have a Channel Master D2A digital analog converter I was using for my old CRT set. So I should be good if I connect the Toshiba to the D2A and then to the TV?

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It worked that way, but the picture suffers big time with this configuration. It's a shame that the Toshiba is not digital. I will keep it only for that old set (it still works great).

Thanks for your assistance.

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By the way - does anyone know of a good DVR or blu ray burner that has similar recording capabilities (with a hard drive) as the Toshiba RD-XS32?

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If recording from the CM D2A converter box using S-video to your Toshiba you should get quite good picture quality, of course not HD but it should look as good as a commercial DVD.

I have several CMs and was recording this way for quite some time but have now moved onto a Tivo HD DVR and only use my DVDRs to make DVDs off my Tivo(and other sources).

This would also work for you, timeshift with a HD DVR and only offload things you really wanted to keep(using the line output of the DVR). A basic HD DVR with digital tuner can start ~$50 but you'd need to add a USB HDD which also start ~$50 depending on size. The iView 3500 or similar Homeworx DVRs are the cheapest options and have line outputs(unfortunately not S-video) so the DVD quality will be good but not great. Those 2 models are also a bit quirky and aren't as polished as something 2 or 3 times the cost, it's all up to how much you want to spend.

Again using your CM and S-video to your Tosh you should be getting a pretty decent picture, if not you may either have too high of expectations or something else may be wrong. Note LED TVs can look really stunning with good quality HD sources but the same thing that makes HD look razor sharp can also make things like DVDs look not so great. Samsung is a good brand, very cheap LCDs can look much worse with SD.

 

As to your last question, in N. America we have no standalone HD BD recorders, to do that you'd have to build your own with a PC. DVDRs are basically a dead product and very few compared quality wise to your XS Toshiba, sad but true.

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Thanks for all of the responses to my posts. It has been very helpful.

 

This may sound like common knowledge to most (but I'm arriving late to the game) could you give me some more (decent quality) examples of HD DVRs? I am aware of Tivo but want nothing to do with a subscription. I did check out Roku which is appealing, but I'd still like to make HD recordings if I were to get that.

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HD DVRs start as cheap as $40(+ USB HDD) for something like the iView3500(which I have as a backup for my Tivo HD) all the way up to ~$700 for a 4 tuner Tivo Romeo with no monthly fees.

For more talk about HD DVRs check out the HDTV Recorders forum right here at AVS. Each model has it's own thread and on the first page you should see Videobruce's 2014 comparison thread that may be helpful to you.

The newest model is by Channel Master called DVR+. It's dual tuner and has a guide similar to Tivo, like the iView you need to add a USB HDD but unlike the iView the CM is a more polished product, the single tuner iView is more of a project box but works OK as a overflow recorder for me.

http://www.avsforum.com/f/42/hdtv-recorders

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