Join Date: May 2005
Location: Queens, New York City
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Ebay HDTV recorder throw-aways
Seems like I'm one of the few people who.... scour Ebay for "throw-away" deals. My first HD recorder purchase was a "non-working" LG LST-3410A, for $89. That was over 5 yrs ago, and although it took some doing to get it to work and keep working, I still have it and it still works to this day. Great for recording Sunday football games.
Although I already owned one, last year I picked up a Sony RDR-HX715 DVD/HDD recorder for $160. Another good deal. Similarly, got a Sony DHG-HDD500 for $80. So it's a "brick" without the TV Guide, but still useable as a spare HD recorder.
This year, I picked up two..... Channel Master CM7400s on Ebay, one for $65, the other for $63 shipped. Both sellers claimed they either weren't working, or, the most recent one, "for parts or repair only". Both of them work just fine. Was I ever considering buying the newest Channel Master DVR+ for $299 ?? Absolutely not.
Apparently people would rather pay top dollar for Tivo's and such, and owners of past-history
DVR's would rather sell them than attempt any type of repair.
The Channel Master CM7400 has such a bad rep, for me it wasn't much of an effort to figure out how to get it to work properly and keep it working. I use laptop coolers on both of them, during the summer I keep a common box fan blowing air for additional cooling. Case closed.
Also, during the summer, I disconnect my two DTV PAL DVR's, leave them off until September. Both have been going strong for 4 & 1/2 years with no problems.