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Polaroid DVD Recorder

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Thread Starter 
Polaroid DVD Recorder Model# DRM-2001G. With a 80 gig hard drive, LSI chipset
$219.88. Comming to Walmart ?
Joe
post #2 of 2859
This might help. Maybe it will be a winner, who knows.

http://www.polaroid.com/global/detai...bmLocale=en_US

http://www.pr-inside.com/new-polaroi...gies-r3177.htm

http://www.techknowcafe.com/content/view/132/42/

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=4891345

http://reviews.mobilewhack.com/polar..._recorder.html
post #3 of 2859
Great links Gratefull11! I added this to the list of 2006 HDD-models.
post #4 of 2859
I'm definitely up to being a "guinea pig" for this one. I'm going to start checking WalMarts when one is nearby wherever I might be. Now if I could just find a .pdf Manual for this thing.

You're welcome for the links.
post #5 of 2859
Great for anyone who wants to see their video develop instantly on paper before their very eyes. That's what that slot on the bottom front of the recorder is for...

...now we return to our regularly scheduled program.
post #6 of 2859
Thanks for clearing that up vferrari Yeah, I did happen to see this strange device appear at my local Walmart,,, very curious as to the quality, 80gig HD for $219!
post #7 of 2859
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Originally Posted by MikDee View Post

Thanks for clearing that up vferrari Yeah, I did happen to see this strange device appear at my local Walmart,,, very curious as to the quality, 80gig HD for $219!

Did they have it out of the box? Curious as to know if it felt like it was anything substantial
or more like a Cyberhome or Durabrand junker?
post #8 of 2859
The price makes it an intriguing prospect. It may not be a candidate as the main recorder for some, but it could be a part of a virtual multi-tuner system!
post #9 of 2859
Brand new to the Forum. Thanks to all for making it available.

Polaroid has posted the User Manual on their website. Some VERY interesting features.

... 2.5 hour record mode
... Component In (yes, both in and out)
... +/- R/RW
.... NTSC/PAL
... Lots of other fun stuff

All-In-All, not bad for a couple hundred bucks. As soon as they show up at my Wal-Mart, one is coming home with me.
post #10 of 2859
On page 20 of the manual it DOES NOT list COMPONENT INPUT as one of the selectable inputs to record from.

This may mean nothing, couldjust be a typo error.

Until people begin to use this unit, we won't know for sure though.
post #11 of 2859
Here it is from the manual:

Recording modes:
There are various external signal inputs in the unit, including S-Video, composite video, TV tuning, DV input and
stereo audio input. You can select any group of audio and video signals from these inputs for recording.
There are six available recording modes of different qualities, including SLP (6 hours), EP (4 hours), LP (3 hours),
SP+ (2.5hours), SP (2 hours) and HQ (1 hour).
The unit has a function of timer recording. You can set up a recording schedule in advance. The unit will record
the programs that you select automatically.
Entering the recoding mode and menu description:
To enter the recording mode:
1. In the disc mode, press the INPUT button to enter the Monitoring Mode. The Monitoring Mode can be regarded
as a sub-mode of the Recording Mode.
2. The system will automatically enter the Recording Mode when the setup time is reached. For details about timer
recording, see Timer Recording for reference.
3. In the Recording Mode, press the DISPLAY button to show or hide the recording control bar menu.
Manual Recording:
Recording Source: You can select which video input the unit should record from. The following options are available: Rear
Composite, Rear S-Video, Tuner, Front Composite, DV, and YPbPr Input
Press the INPUT button (repeatedly) to change the video source and select one of the above.
Note: If you are recording from a rear source, make sure your audio connections are connected to the rear audio inputs.
If you are recording from a front source, make sure your audio connections are connected to the front audio inputs.
post #12 of 2859
OOOPSSS!!!!


JUST noticed the YPbPr input towards the bottom.

DOH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DOH!!!!!!!!!!! DOH!!!!!!!!!!!

Ignore the above 2 posts.

Sorry.
post #13 of 2859
Very intriguiging product. I have a Panasonic e80h that is still going strong and love the PVR functions for time shifting and making dvd's of my favorites. Another unit that may actually be able to take a larger HD would make life even better....HMMMM!
post #14 of 2859
I have browsed through the manual, I have not read it cover-to-cover. Here are some observations:

* Pages 18 and 34 seem to indicate that this model has a live time-shifting buffer and you have the option of keeping the buffer contents when you change channels. You can save all or part of the buffer. Buffer is 60 minutes long.

* The "TVGuardian" feature is Orwellean-scary!

* The manual is not perfect (I'm trying to be nice)

* Creates a YesDVD on +R/+RW with chapter picture creation and other bells and whistles including a DVD cover case sheet (!) - page 23

* It has Volume Control

* No mention of whether it supports -RW(VR) mode. This seems to be a + leaning recorder so that makes some sense. But it would get bonus points for -RW(VR) mode! Join the VRade!!!

* The manual is 48 pages but only 700K, mainly because it has very few and low-res pictures.


Quote:


The Screen Saver function means that when the unit is idle (or without monitored output) for some time, some interesting
pictures will appear automatically on the screen as a screen saver.

This is my favorite line in the manual so far. Some "Interesting pictures" :-)
post #15 of 2859
Fortunately, TV Guardian is by subscription. If you don't buy it, it isn't available and won't interfere with anything.
post #16 of 2859
Any idea on when this is going to be available at the B&M Walmart?

I think I would go with the new Pioneer with 80gHD for $80 more, but since Walmart has a generous return policy, this may be a viable alternative if the Pioneers don't make it to market. Also the component input makes it very attractive.
post #17 of 2859
Polaroid had the user manual for this model on their site, and sure enough, on page 4 outlining that back of the unit, #11 says component input.

http://www.polaroid.com/media/com/te...2001g_fa37.pdf

gotta check out this baby at my local Walmart this week, if available
post #18 of 2859
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Originally Posted by m1_too View Post

Fortunately, TV Guardian is by subscription. If you don't buy it, it isn't available and won't interfere with anything.

Are you sure of that? The Sanyo VCR's and DVD players that Walmart has sold over the years have had that feature, and it never mentioned anything about a subscription on the display cards. I think I even looked in one of the DVD/VCR's manual there once and it didn't mention that. I think it just told how it works and how to turn it on or off. I remember Radio Shack used to sell a standalone unit that had that in their catalog too, and it didn't mention needing any subscription. I could be wrong, though.
post #19 of 2859
From looking at the specs in the manual, it looks like a Philips designed product or at least using the Philips designed chipsets.

The component inputs, recording speeds, media and even the YESDVD software are all common in Philips/Magnavox units.
post #20 of 2859
Some Polaroid DRM-2001G clones from asia.

Search for Napol HDR228 and Hanil DRW-9000 recorders (i can´t post URLs...only after 5 posts...)


Roberto
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Originally Posted by Robertoy View Post

Some Polaroid DRM-2001G clones from asia.

Search for Napol HDR228 and Hanil DRW-9000 recorders (i can´t post URLs...only after 5 posts...)


Roberto

You can post the urls without the http. They won't show as links but people can cut/paste the url name in their browser. And welcome to the board :-)
post #22 of 2859
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post

Are you sure of that? The Sanyo VCR's and DVD players that Walmart has sold over the years have had that feature, and it never mentioned anything about a subscription on the display cards. I think I even looked in one of the DVD/VCR's manual there once and it didn't mention that. I think it just told how it works and how to turn it on or off. I remember Radio Shack used to sell a standalone unit that had that in their catalog too, and it didn't mention needing any subscription. I could be wrong, though.

The user manual has a whole page on this feature. You have to pay $20 and activate the feature either online or via phone by getting a special code that unlocks it. That's what the user manual says. I have no idea what happens in practice since this has not been released yet
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post #24 of 2859
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Originally Posted by Chris Ruhl View Post

Any idea on when this is going to be available at the B&M Walmart?

I think I would go with the new Pioneer with 80gHD for $80 more, but since Walmart has a generous return policy, this may be a viable alternative if the Pioneers don't make it to market. Also the component input makes it very attractive.

What the item # of the upcoming Pioneer? The only one that seems to be getting talked
about has a an MSRP of $399, Pioneer DVR-640H-S.
post #25 of 2859
I guess it doesn't much matter. They arrived at my local Wal-Mart. I took it to the checkout.
They wouldn't let me buy it. Electronics manager was in the process of removing them from the shelf. Would only say they had been recalled, but didn't know why.

Think I will call Polaroid to see if I can get more info.

Knew it was too good to be true.
post #26 of 2859
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Originally Posted by m1_too View Post

I guess it doesn't much matter. They arrived at my local Wal-Mart. I took it to the checkout.
They wouldn't let me buy it. Electronics manager was in the process of removing them from the shelf. Would only say they had been recalled, but didn't know why.

Think I will call Polaroid to see if I can get more info.

Knew it was too good to be true.

Probably bypasses the encryption or something they forgot to enable. If I find one I'm
going see if I can get by them anyway, of course I'm going to pay for it.
post #27 of 2859
Went just now tonight to a 24 hour one and they had a spot, supposedly had some coming in, then he checked with another 24 hour one and was told the same thing, recalled
Think I'll do the same and call all the local ones and see if anybody missed pulling theirs. He was also told they had a bunch at the other store 2 days ago.
post #28 of 2859
Just got off the phone with Polaroid support.

The recall only affected specific stores. Seems a large shipment was sent with the wrong user's manual. If your store was not affected, it should still be available. When the affected units are repackaged, they will be sent back to market.

There is still hope!
post #29 of 2859
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Originally Posted by Grateful11 View Post

What the item # of the upcoming Pioneer? The only one that seems to be getting talked
about has a an MSRP of $399, Pioneer DVR-640H-S.

Check the 2006 Pioneer thread. Everybody is talking about the 160GB HD for $399, but there is supposed to be an 80GB HD model available (model 540 I think) for $299. I've always been partial to Pioneers, but the Polaroid certainly is tempting.

If anybody scores one these, please let us know ASAP.
post #30 of 2859
I called almost all of the stores remotely close to me, 1 has 2 in stock but can't sell me one because of the recall, registers wont take the SKU even if I could have talked her into it and I tried...
I think they all are going back and hopefully in a week or 2 we'll have some available. They are even now listed as out of stock when you go to the online ordering page, last night it wasn't, but was in the new product part.
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