I bought an LG RC199H June 1st. $299.
After finally sorting out how to connect the unit up I decided to also purchase some +RW discs to experiment. I bought this at Best Buy and got 10 free +R discs but didn't want to waste them until this old fella knew what he was doing.
I have a JVC region free DVD player that I bought to play discs from England as well. Along with a VCR and was tired of taping and storing that way. So time to upgrade to a DVD recorder.
I also have Dish Network with PVR.
So my first attempt was to record from the PVR to the RC199H. Followed the manual and recording was easy.
Took the recorded disc and played it on my desktop and laptop computer and it worked well there. Make sure you finalize a +R disc..
Next step was to use my JVC player and record off of it. After having the cables connected wrong ( used Monster Cable Y Pb Pr
type to the tv and thought just hook up to the "in" on the back of the LG unit. But had to change to the component set up output style on my JVC unit.)
Tried to record a Dvd that was copyright protected first..and got a warning the LG unit would not allow that. So I put in the +R disc that I had previously recorded and it worked. The picture quailty may be not as good. After all I am copying a copy so you can't expect perfection..lol
I am using the HDMI cable connector to my Sony tv which is High Def ready.
( extra..does not come with the unit. So bought a Monster cable Ultra 600 another $100.)
Picture quailty is "enhanced" when playing a Movie DVD. Clearer and crisper. Worth the money.
Now comes the nit picky part.
If you are a serious stereo component person, then my complaint is that the audio connection from the LG unit is just left/right channel set up. It does output play Dolby Pro Logic or Pro Logic II. But it does not have a 5.1 or better output for sound as my old JVC unit did with 5.1. So if your set up at home is for 5.1 or better, this may not be the unit for you if you use it primarily to watch a lot of movies with enhanced sound features.
By using the Pro Logic sound field on my Sony receiver I do get surround sound through my 5 speakers ( 2 front, 2 rear, and center channel). And the sound quality is good to excellent. Haven't tried blasting the sound to hear any distortion, so don't ask. So that I can't say I miss the 5.1 connection....yet.
But if you are buying a DVD recorder, you basically will be recording off your tv or for dubbing. So maybe the higher advanced sound qualities are not needed. And no doubt mean more money.
Have not tried dubbing from the VCR yet. Don't expect any problems when I do. If I do, will pass that along. Nor any of the other features like various memory cards or camcorder ( don't own one).
So far no problems other than those self induced by a rookie.
btw..the LG unit does play my England DVD's with no problems so maybe it is a Region Free unit as well.