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please recommend a replacement for my Sony RDR-GX257

post #1 of 8
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I use this DVD recorder for cleaning up my Directv DVR when it starts getting full. Recently, it has started failing.

Now I've gone to Walmart, Target, and Best Buy looking at DVD recorders and I see there are only a few models to choose from. After buying three different ones, I found that none of them have this basic feature that I need:

On my Sony, I can set a timed recording and then leave the tv on and the DVD recorder on, and then the recorder puts up a 5-second warning on screen when it is about to start recording. That allows me to have the recording start at the point where I want it to, and additionally, I don't have to have the tv screen dark up to the second it starts recording (as happens with the Magnavox and Toshiba models I bought that have to be in "Standby" to record).

I've also been to the Sony website and several others, but I can't find a DVD recorder that functions as stated above. Does anybody know of one on the market or at least available online?

Not interested in refurbished models.

thanks
post #2 of 8
I'll sound like Citibear with this statement but in this day and age your choices are one(if not interested in a refurb or used) and that would be the Magnavoxes in Wajos sticky thread. You won't be able to find them B&M and mail order(or shipped to store) will be your only choice. I don't believe the Maggys give you a 5 second warning prior to recording but I'm pretty sure they don't need to be OFF to initiate a recording like the tunerless Maggys(but it would be best for a real Maggy user to verify this).
Since you already have a DVR you might not think that you need a DVDR with a HDD but trust me it really comes in handy. I offload my DVR to my HDD DVDR and only burn a DVD when I want to. Something like the 515 Maggy has a 500GB HDD and can hold lots of programs even in the better quality SP recording mode.
post #3 of 8
Here's a Mag 513/515 help file on timer recording with info on on/off conditions, "2-minute warning," etc.
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by wengang1 View Post

I've also been to the Sony website and several others, but I can't find a DVD recorder that functions as stated above. Does anybody know of one on the market or at least available online?

Not interested in refurbished models.

thanks

If you are in the States, the Magnavox 513 is your only choice. Or a good Home Theater PC.
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They way I'm reading this file on the Magnavox, it's the same as the Walmart models. You can't set a timed recording and then get a warning just before it starts to record so you can be sure the program coming off the DVR is at the precise starting point.

Since I already have the DVR, i just need to be able to have the tv on while I'm waiting for the recording to start and have a warning so I can press play on the DVR program and make sure the program records at the correct starting point. But it should still be a timed recording so I can walk away from it and even turn off the tv.

It seems like a no-brainer to me that people would want to control the precise start and stop points of the recording without babysitting the recorder. Have I misunderstood how these newer models work?
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by wengang1 View Post

They way I'm reading this file on the Magnavox, it's the same as the Walmart models. You can't set a timed recording and then get a warning just before it starts to record so you can be sure the program coming off the DVR is at the precise starting point.

Since I already have the DVR, i just need to be able to have the tv on while I'm waiting for the recording to start and have a warning so I can press play on the DVR program and make sure the program records at the correct starting point. But it should still be a timed recording so I can walk away from it and even turn off the tv.

It seems like a no-brainer to me that people would want to control the precise start and stop points of the recording without babysitting the recorder. Have I misunderstood how these newer models work?

With you watching live TV on a Mag channel, you WILL see a message that the Mag will be changing channels for a timer recording. However, a timer rec on the Mag will start at whatever time you set so no need to be there for ANY part of the timer rec. Trim front, end and commercials (as desired), then dub to DVD... no special "preciseness" or even your presence reqd in any of it (except the editing...it can't edit itself. ).

Here's a help file on copying from a DVR.
post #7 of 8
As Wajo said the Maggys do give a OSD warning shortly before a recording is scheduled to take place. Another option with a HDD DVDR is to use the OTR(one touch record) option. How I would do it would be to get your DVR ready to play, push REC on the Maggy and immediately PLAY on your DVR. If your DVR title is divisible by 1/2 hr. just push REC for the amount of time your DVR title is(eg. 1/2 hr, 1hr, 1 1/2 hr. etc.). If your DVR title is a odd number(for example 1hr 05 minutes) you have a couple choices. One would be to wait 5 minutes into the recording(after pushing REC) and then push REC unitl 1hr. displays. After 1hr(plus the original 5 minutes) the recording will stop. The other option is to push REC until 1hr 30 minutes displays and after the recording stops simply delete the last 25 minutes of your title(takes less than a minute). Doing such a end cut is simple and quick and is similar to how you'd delete commercials out of a title. Unlike a non HDD model it's easy to delete portions from the beginning, middle or end of a title. Once you've got the title the way you want it, simply HS(high speed) burn it to DVD.
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Originally Posted by wengang1 View Post


It seems like a no-brainer to me that people would want to control the precise start and stop points of the recording without babysitting the recorder. Have I misunderstood how these newer models work?

With a HDD model, you normally record to the HDD. You set the recording to start a minute or two early, and end a minute or two late. Then, if you wish to burn to disc, you edit off the extra on the head and tail of the recording, and any commercials. Then, you burn it to disc, just the parts you want. No babysitting required.
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