Originally Posted by Dragonfly
Thanks everyone, this sound like it will do all I need if for and the price is right, in fact Big Lots has refurbished ones selling for $59.99 so I might pick one up just in case I do need it or as another toy to play with.
Has anyone picked up one of these reburbs from Big Lot or know if they still have them? I'm thinking about getting one but not sure if I should just get a new one from Sam's. TIA
EDIT: I stopped by a local Big Lots and it didn't have any so I bought one from Sam's Club. A little more money but I have had problems with some reburbs in the past so not a big loss
So far I only tried one recording. It was for 2:01 long and I set the quality to Auto to see how it would handle it for a blank +RW disk. It used SPP and about 3.3 GBs. Not sure about the recording quality but it was pretty close to the original TV signal I think--hard to say because the original signal wasn't that great to start with (and a little softer than the picture from the TV's own tuner). I agree the remote is a weak point with this recorder, the button are small and even though I have small fingers I had to be careful I hit the right botton and that I press it down far enough. And it's the only device I have that doesn't have a wide enough IR receive angle to detect the remote's signals from where I sit, because I have my equipment facing a 90 degree angle from where I sit, so I have to get up closer to point the remote for a more direct shot. Just tested for range head-on, it's only about eight to ten feet on the new batteries it came with.
I have to read the manual to figure how this thing really works, I've already read through this helpful thread. So far seems like a very good value if it can last a few years.
Edit Again: I returned this one after I noticed the SV2000 at Walmart (another thread on that in AVS) unit has the same basic internals as the Magnavox, with the benefit of a better remote with good range. Got it at the Seekonk MA Walmart for $50 new, must be a clearance price though they have a lot of them and not marked as clearance. Besides the front panel button layout being not as nice as the Magnavox, the three status LEDs are all red color so it's hard to tell what they indicate at a distance. Besides being a lot more powerful, the SV2000 remote uses AA batteries which I prefer a lot more to the AAAs used by the Magnavox. The back panel and inputs, as well as the DVD drive itself, is identical in these recorders.