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I am a total newbie with all this. I have a magnavox dvd recorder with a hd. I have read the other posts and still cant figure out the answer to this question: i have a hdmi wire hooked up from tv to cable box and a hdmi wire from dvd recorder to tv. i can watch tv in hd but when i go to hit record on the dvd recorder and look to play back it comes out all fuzzy. i have tried to switch wires and channels and i can not get the playback. do i need any red, yellow, white wires hooked up to either tv, cable, or dvd recorder? I dont believe so as thats what the hdmi wires eliminate right? If anyone can help me it would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 10
Do you have a coax cable connected to the "Ant In" connector on the Magnavox recorder? If so, where does it come from?
post #3 of 10
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I do not have the coax cable going into the dvd recorder. I have it going in to the "cable in on the cable box. the only wire hooked up to the back of the magnavox recorder is the hdmi wire going to tv
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I do not have the coax cable going into the dvd recorder. I have it going in to the "cable in on the cable box. the only wire hooked up to the back of the magnavox recorder is the hdmi wire going to tv

To record anything on the Magnavox recorder it needs an input of some kind to record from. This input could be from an antenna or a cable feed connected to the Magnavox recorder "Ant In" connector, or a set of red/white/yellow cables connected to the L1 or L2 inputs on the Magnavox recorder from an external tuner like your cable box.

To view HDD recordings or DVDs from the Magnavox recorder you need to connect an output from the recorder to your TV. Your HDMI cable is a good choice.

You mentioned having a cable box so I assume you have cable service. What cable company do you use?
post #5 of 10
The HDMI on the Maggy is an HDMI output, not an input.

What cable box is it? If it's one that can output over s-video and analog audio along with HDMI, you can get it to record.
post #6 of 10
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I have Time Warner cable. The cable box is a HD samsung box
post #7 of 10
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I think i figured out the setup. now my next question is when im watching a show and recording it looks fine but now when i go to playback i need to put it to a different input where the picture looks grainy and not as clear as when i originally recorded it. how do i fix this? can i set it up where i can watch it hd and when i go to playback i do not need to switch to a different input? Thank you guys for all the help so far.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by cjells View Post

I think i figured out the setup. now my next question is when im watching a show and recording it looks fine but now when i go to playback i need to put it to a different input where the picture looks grainy and not as clear as when i originally recorded it. how do i fix this? can i set it up where i can watch it hd and when i go to playback i do not need to switch to a different input? Thank you guys for all the help so far.

You need to select the input on your TV where the recorder is connected. There isn't any way around avoiding changing the TV input to watch the recorder.

You can't watch "HD" (High Definition) recordings because its a "SD" (Standard Definition) DVD recorder. You can up-convert your original SD recordings or commercial DVDs playback to "HD" resolutions with the HDMI mode button. Press the HDMI button on the remote repeatedly while watching the front panel display to cycle through the HDMI modes that your TV supports.

Your recording quality can be improved by changing the record mode. This is done in the timer record menu or by selecting the recording mode with the "Rec Mode" button on the remote. 1 hour HQ will give the best quality possible, but only allows up to about an hour when recording on a DVD. The SP setting will get you about two hours on a DVD and looks nearly as good as the source you recorded from.
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Originally Posted by cjells View Post

now my next question is when im watching a show and recording it looks fine but now when i go to playback i need to put it to a different input where the picture looks grainy and not as clear as when i originally recorded it. how do i fix this?

So it sounds like you are watching the HD feed from your cable box while you are recording and not the SD output of the Magnavox. Then when you switch TV inputs to watch the SD output of the Magnavox the picture quality disappoints you -- it is grainy. First try the suggestion by Ken.F and record at the highest recording quality setting. The lower recording quality settings will lower the resolution below SD and will make the PQ difference between native HD and the lower resolution Magnavox recording even more noticeable.

If recording with higher quality settings still provides disappointing PQ, then you are seeing the difference between HD and SD. What is the size of your HD display and your viewing distance. If you have a large high-quality display (>50-55") and your sitting distance from the screen is = 1.5-2 x diagonal, there may be no fix for what you see other than buying/renting an HD-DVR or moving your chair back 5-6 feet.
post #10 of 10
I agree with the other replies: you're seeing the big difference between HDTV cable box and SDTV recording on the Magnavox. If it is already bugging you to this to degree, my honest advice is to return the Magnavox to WalMart, suck up, and pay Time Warner the monthly surcharge for the decoder box with built-in HDTV recorder. You simply will not ever be happy with how the Magnavox records: you're spoiled rotten by the pristine quality of the HDTV cable signal, but unfortunately no DVD/HDD recorder can capture that signal: they only record in SDTV, further trashed by the decoder box.

This is an important but easily overlooked point: there is no "free lunch" or bargain in HD-quality cable TV recording. People think the Magnavox is some kind of dirt-cheap miracle cure that lets you avoid paying the monthly charge for a TiVO or cable PVR: that is just plain wrong. All DVD recorders are limited to non-HDTV quality and they suck much worse with cable than they do with off-air broadcasts. If you want HDTV recording quality, you will pay, and it will be a lot more than you want to pay. Reconcile yourself to this fact, or forget about recording altogether and just watch "live" cable.

The Magnavox can make stunning near-HDTV-quality recordings from its built-in off-air 16:9 tuner, but if you have cable instead of an outdoor antenna all bets are off. Cable forces you to use a decoder box and the line inputs of the Magnavox instead of its tuner, limiting recording quality to whatever borderline crap SD quality your cable company delivers thru the non-HDMI output of its decoder boxes. I have the same TWC Samsung box you have, cjells, and its standard-def output is crap. Since that output is all the Magnavox is capable of recording, thats all you will ever see when you play the recordings back. Even if you connect the Magnavox to a second HDMI input on your TV, it doesn't improve much- its still crap, because the decoder box output is much lower quality than what the Magnavox tuner can pull in from off-air broadcasts.

The only possible workaround involves spending another $200 to get a very high quality accessory conversion box that will take the analog triple-wire component RGB widescreen 16:9 signal from your cable box and translate it to a single-wire 16:9 signal the Magnavox would be capable of accepting. This bypasses the crummy standard letterboxed output of the cable box, feeding the Magnavox a signal thats closer to what its tuner can achieve with off-air-broadcasts. The question is, do you really want to sink $400 into this project, when it will net you only a slight improvement? It still won't be "true HDTV," and recordings will still look "grainy" compared to the direct HDMI connection between cable box and TV. Its really only worth going to extremes if you're a hard-core collector who makes a lot of DVDs.

If you don't actually have any interest in making DVDs, and just thought you would save a ton of money using the Magnavox as a PVR instead of paying TWC fees, accept defeat gracefully. Get your money back on the Magnavox and sign up for the TWC PVR. The cablecos have us all by the short hairs when it comes to HDTV, my friend.
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