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Newbie looking for DVD Recorder with HDD recommendation.

post #1 of 7
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I am totally new to this DVD Recording technology and I am looking at getting a DVD recorder. I have gone through the forums, read lots and lots of threads and I think I have pretty much settled down on getting a DVDR with HDD. Couple of things that I would like to have are:

1. DVD Recorder with HDD (size not a big deal, can survive even on a 80GB HDD).
2. NTSC and ATSC tuner.
3. QAM tuner not mandatory. If it is there then its well and good. If not, I can survive.

After reading so many posts, and after lots of googling, I have finally come down to this list of DVDR...

1. Philips DVDR3575H - Excellent features. Has everything that I need, but $300!!!!
2. Magnavox H2080MW8 - Good DVDR, has everything that I need, but I can't seem to find it in my local Walmart or online.
3. Polaroid DRA-01601A - Specs looked good to me, but it seems to have got quite some bad reviews in this fourm as well as other places.
4. Polaroid DRM-2001G - Good DVDR, the greatest plus point is that I can upgrade HDD, but no ATSC tuner :-(


Couple of questions I had are:
1. Is there any other DVDR with HDD that's good and that I am missing?

2. I know that in Philips 3575 I can copy from a DVD to HDD, provided the copyright police is satisfied. Is it true for all DVDR or are there some kind of exceptions in it?

3. Can I copy VHS tapes from my VCR into the HDD, edit it and then transfer over to DVD?

4. I have a regular Dish Satellite system. Can I watch one cable channel through the satellite box on TV and record another cable channel on the HDD?

5. Does all DVDR come with automatic "commercial advance" on HDD recording? Not just the 30-second skip commercial thingy.

6. I suppose I can record a show on HDD, then edit to remove all commercials and then copy over the final show to DVD, right? And this can normally be done on DVD Recorder, right?


Thanks for all the inputs.
post #2 of 7
For some info on the Philips 3575, see this post.

It does most, if not all, the things you mentioned, except no new/current DVDR has "auto-skip"...on the 3575, you can set the SKIP button to move in 5 increments per button-press, from 5 sec to 5 minutes.

It's also one of the few that allows auto-chapter marking on the HDD (5 increments, 5-60 minutes), a real help in editing stuff on the HDD (can make big moves with one button while searching for edit spots).

It also has one of the largest timer record program slots/events...36.
post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by CdSlc View Post

1. Is there any other DVDR with HDD that's good and that I am missing?

The first three items in your list are the only HDD/DVDRs currently available in the USA. All units with only NTSC tuners were discontinued in March because of the FCC's ATSC tuner mandate, and only those three units with ATSC tuners have appeared since then.

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3. Can I copy VHS tapes from my VCR into the HDD, edit it and then transfer over to DVD?

Yes, by connecting the VCR to the DVDR via composite video or S-video, plus analog stereo cables, provided that the tapes aren't commercial tapes that have Macrovision protection. In that case you need to find a device that defeats Macrovision and insert it into the video connection.

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6. I suppose I can record a show on HDD, then edit to remove all commercials and then copy over the final show to DVD, right? And this can normally be done on DVD Recorder, right?

Correct. To me, this is one of the biggest advantages of a DVD recorder with HDD.
post #4 of 7
Thanks to CdSlc for asking the questions that I've been wrestling with.

I have DirecTV and want a hard disk DVD recorder. All I really want to do is use it like the old type VCR and tape a show that I'm going to miss. I have an LG that records to disk, but since it is now rejecting almost all the disks I put in and I'm at about a 5% success rate in actually recording shows on the off chance it does accept the disk, I'm gun shy about regular DVDRs.

My only addition to the OP's question is the ability to record Premium Programming like HBO. Will the Philips or the others do it?

Thanks.
post #5 of 7
Might or might not. If the copy protection is being applied, the recorders will sense it. Pretty much all of the newest ones do.

I do seem to remember someone here having the problem using the Philips. But I don't recall what provider they had.

You could always get a "video enhancer", like the ATX-500 or DP-5000 to remedy the situation. Seems to work for everyone here who's tried one for that purpose.
post #6 of 7
Can anyone confirm???
post #7 of 7
FWIW, I picked up a Polaroid DRA01601A on Woot with a 160GB Hard Drive. It does record HBO via DirecTV to the hard drive, which is all I really want it for.

I paid $104 delivered.
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