My 640 came on Thursday, and I've spent as much happy time playing with it as I could, but have much more to try, and learn. Still, I have a lot of thoughts on it that I'd like to share, in no particular order. This is my first DVD recorder, and so far, I like it a lot.
I've only cut two DVDs, both real time, from the DVR of my HD Motorola cable box, via S-Vid connections. They both look great! I did them in -R, video mode.
Putting titles on them by moving the cursor and clicking on letters seems a waste of time. They included two USB ports, so why not let us hook up a key board to enter all this stuff quickly? Or, did I just miss that in the manual so far? Also, I wish you could enter the title while watching/recording the program.
The displays can be confusing, since there are four or five different display buttons. Some are faint overlays, with white on grey, hard to read. The channel display is a long, thin, dark blue bar, with faint yellow, small numbers, that is on and off rather quickly, and hard to read. I can't find the numbers in the DVD rec time counter when the DVD is stopped, only while it is recording, and only to the nearest minute, no seconds, when rec is complete.
I love having two sets of S-Vid outs. One goes to the A/V receiver, and the other goes to the TV. That lets me use the PIP to monitor both source, and recording, at the same time.
My biggest confusion, so far, is some conflicting info in the manual. In the specs on page 133, it says that all +R formats can only be used in VR mode, not Video mode, my prefered mode. But, on pages 49 and 50, it indicates that after finalizing in VIDEO Mode, these discs WILL play on other players. Does anyone know which is true? They do have a tech support number, so maybe I'll call them, after I see if I have any more questions.
I haven't bought any DL discs yet, since they are expensive, and I haven't been able to find any -R DLs locally. +R DLs are easier to find, and a bit cheaper. Would those work as well, and be playable on standard DVD players?
I'm so glad it will support inputting photo j-pegs to the HD, and then copying them to disc! I didn't think it would let me do that.
P.S., I have programmed it to HDD rec various news programs, and The Daily Show. I couldn't set weekly recordings of the Daily Show on the cable DVR, because 3 or 4 showings of each ep come up as "first showing." I like the 640 NOT being linked to an outside schedule. I like the several versions of "weekly" recordings, too. Especially the Tuesday - Saturday, which lets you record a 5 day weekly program that starts after midnight.