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I'm looking for inexpensive, but dependable.


At $248 this is hard to pass up.


Any opinions?


Read about it here .


Does it sound like junk?
 

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I can only comment on this model with about 2 days of experience. I got mine setup yesterday. I'll say it does everything it claims to so far. I'm very impressed. Before this, the only way to get a program from my TiVo to DVD was to capture it to my computer and burn it there, which took several hours. With this thing, I just hit "play" on TiVo and "record" on the recorder...when the program is done the disk is ready to play elsewhere (+RW's are, +R's need to be "finalized"). Picture quality I think is great in 1 or 2 hour modes....longer modes deteriorate quickly, especially if the source video isn't top-notch. Anyone else with any experience on this thing?


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Picked up one these from Wal-Mart @ $248 a bargain.


Have dumped to +R & +RW from TiVo, NTSC VCR & PAL VCR with no problems.


Have played the DVD's on my Sampo DVE-612(N) with no problems.


For $248 very pleased.:D
 

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To those of you who have one of these:


I have a Toshiba SD 1600 stand alone DVD player that I bought about 3-4 years ago. I'm concerned that DVD+RW disks may not play in it. Do you know if the following trick works with the CyberHome?


This trick is supposed to work with "Philips based" DVD recorders according to dvdplusrw.org.


Make DVD+RW readable on most Players

The web site dvdplusrw.org says:


1. Put the DVD+RW disk in the tray

2. Leave tray open

3. Press 2(if this doesn't work, then press 3)


The tray will close and format the DVD+RW disk as a DVD-ROM disk which makes it readable on "most" stand alone DVD players.


Thanks for the recommendations.
 

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DJBradster,


Since you only have a few days experience with this recorder, could you please post a reply in the next day or two and tell me if you've discovered any bugs, or if you're still happy with it?


Thanks.
 

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I was going to buy that at my local Walmart until I read of many, many problems with the unit. Also if you go to cyberhome's website, this thing has MANY problems. They have already released a firmware fix that isn't included with shipping models!


Also this unit's analog circuits are very questionable. Go to the Q&A section of their site and it has an impedance mismatch with MANY televisions creating a scrambled looking picture on bright flashing scenes. I had this problem with an old JVC Television. It was bad and going out. It was the exact problem. On flashing bright scenes, the picture scrambled. What was funny the mismatch wasn't observed when switching through my Technics receiver but when using a Yamaha receiver's switching, it came to life. Yamaha was great trying to replicate the problem at their company when all along it was a defective television.:rolleyes:


IMO, just another no name player that has already been proven to be quite problematic by the manufacturer. IMO, stay away.


Expat, I only hope the best for you. Hopefully you have the means to do the firmware upgrade on your machine. Obviously your not having the impedance mismatch problem or you would had noticed it.


Have a good one.
 

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How does one do a firmware upgrade? Does that involve actually taking the recorder apart?


Eventually, wouldn't new shipments from CyberHome to Walmart have the new firmware update, since they know of the problem now? If so, how can I tell if mine has the newest firmware?
 

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Disregard my questions above. That info is at the CyberHome web site.


I noticed though that the link explaining the "bright scenes" problem is a dead link. Seems kind of fishy to me.

Click here and it's the 3rd one down under "I need help with".
 

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Doesn't appear that any units have been updated with the new firmware requiring you to do it yourself. Firmware download. You can really see all the problems listed in the fix list, that this unit is shipped having. I wouldn't have it, no way.


Here's the knowledge base reporting the distortion on the bright scenes but for some reason, they deleted the page it references with a picture describing the distortion or scrambled picture. Very interesting!:rolleyes: Heres the link.


Also, here are some knowledge base links stating all the problems relating to this recorder. #1 #2


Buy this recorder at your own risk.:eek:


Have a good one.
 

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Mike Up,


Thanks for your help. You're right, we were replying at the same time.


Since it seems you've done a lot of homework on the subject, what do you think of the Pioneer DVS-310-S? I'm considering that one too. I can get it for $312 after rebate.


My main use will be to transfer TV shows from my Ultimate TV hard drive to DVD and watch the DVD's on my stand alone Toshiba SD 1600 DVD player.
 

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After a few more days of use I still stand by this recorder. It hasn't failed me yet. Takes a little getting used to if you're doing any "editing" on a DVD, though. But for $248 I'll put up with that. The +RW disks don't play in my older Sony or my Toshiba 2109, but again those came out before the +RW specs did so I'm not surprised. I don't have the Toshiba 1600 to try it on.


Video playback quality is good to excellent -- IF the source video is good to excellent. If you're recording from TiVo on basic quality to DVD on 6 hour mode, it'll look like crap -- garbage in/garbage out in action. Off the air or from a "Best Quality" TiVo recording in 1 or 2 hour mode looks great. Even does Dolby Digital! (apparently 2-0, but haven't tried using a 3-2-L source yet).


All in all, I haven't experienced any of the problems mentioned here or on thier site. I haven't applied the firmware upgrade yet, but probably will - I like to be up-to-date. I'm seriously considering adding a 2nd of these to my bedroom setup.


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Brad,


Please check out the compatibility list at dvdrwplus.org.


For your player, there's a (cs) next to the DVD+RW compatibility.


The trick they suggest to fix this is here .


Also, trying different brand DVD's sometimes helps. Check this out too.


Lastly, one of the firmware updates on the CyberHome site says it improves disk compatibility.


Please let me know how things go. Thanks.
 

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The compatibility fix may be for 4X media. When I bought my 4X DVD+Rs for my PC, a warning label was attached saying most DVD+RW drives and home recorders will need a firmware update to use these 4X discs. It's fact as my buddy's new cheapo drive wouldn't use these discs and had no available updated firmware. He exchanged it for a better brand that actually works correctly with 4X DVD+Rs.;)


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Brad,


Is it true that the CyberHome recorder came with 3 blank DVD+RW discs?


If so, what brand are they?


Also, Ive been reading more about disk compatibility and found the following:


1. A post I read said that Philips DVD+RW disks work on my Toshiba SD1600 if I change the bit settings when I record the DVD. I think it said to change the bit setting to 2. Does the CyberHome recorder allow you to do this?


2. You should check the Toshiba SD 2109 feedback.
 

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Brad,


Is it true that the CyberHome recorder came with 3 blank DVD+RW discs?


If so, what brand are they?
What else? Cyberhome discs, and a nice wallet to keep several in, too! A nice surprise for the $227 I paid at Frys the day after Xmas.


Only problem for me so far is the audio seems low. Tech support seems non-existant, as I emailed but never heard from them.
 

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To fix the audio problem just connect via Video 1 or S-Video 1. Picture quality will also improve with these inputs (especially S-Video).


If want a machine that will record compatible discs then the CH-DVR1500 is not for you. However, if you want a replacement VCR then it will work great with DVD+RW discs.


For the occasional disc you want to archive if you have a PC with DVD burner just copy it to the hard drive and reauthor with TMPGEnc DVD Author or ULead DVD MovieFactory. That way you can add nice chapter menus etc (cos lets face it the Cyberhome menus suck!). You can then burn to DVD-R (which is much more compatible in my opinion) or even a DVD+R from a PC burner is much more reliable.


For more user feedback check out the yahoo group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cyberhome-dvdr/


The Nerd-Out forum:

http://www.nerd-out.com/forum/viewfo...8e0385eba5e34d


And finally the dvdrhelp forum (has alot of Cyberhome posts)
http://www.dvdrhelp.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=28


I have this recorder since November last year and have been happy with its performance. Only flaws appear to be minor such as 16X FF not working on recorded discs and constant "no disc" messages after replacing a disc (which can be easily fixed by pressing setup twice).
 

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I picked up one of these on Sunday.


The picture quality is fine if you have something connected to input s-video 1 *OR* to s-video 2. But if you have cables connected to s-video 1 and s-video 2 at the same time, they both look like crap - over saturation, scrolling lines, etc. The picture becomes fine as soon as you pull the plug on the other one. This doesn't seem to happen if you use composite video in, but I haven't fully played around with that.


Otherwise, I like it. I'm debating whether to exchange it due to the s-video problem, but am wondering if it's a common problem and it will have this problem in other units as well?
 

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I purchased this unit at Wmart about a week ago. I primarily will be using it to archive my old vacation, wedding, etc. videos. Heck, I've already made $60 burning weddings of some of my friends. At a purchase price of $248 I'll be able to get my money back quickly....


Anyway, before using the unit I downloaded the 2 current updates off of the mfg's website and applied them to the recorder. Overall, I am pleased with the performance. The picture quality on the 1hr and 2hr settings is fabulous, I have not tried the other 3 settings. Setup was fairly easy and straight forward, except for the fact that it defaults to a video output setting for Composite hookup. I first hooked it up to my HDTV Toshiba with my Componant cables and did not receive a picture. After reading the manual, I hooked it up with my old cables and received an OK picture, changed the video setting to Componant and all was good.


When watching DVD movie's in progressive mode the picture is very good, but I have to say my 1.5yr old progressive Toshiba player produces a much better picture. The Cyberhome's picture was not as crisp or vibrant in color, but I probably would not know any differance if I didn't have another player to compare it to....


A few other minor issues are the 24 Hr time clock, I can't image why they would not have the option for both, I don't have a major problem with it, but my wife is still trying to understand it. The other issue is that I wish it had a Firewire port for downloading from the newer digital camcorders. I also looked at LiteOn and Gateway's 230 (rebadged LiteOn) which had this feature for about $50 more, but based on the reviews I've found on problems with those models, I settled with CyberHome/Walmart combination.


Again, I would recommend this model for folks wanting to archive old vhs tapes and to occasionally tape Survivor. Dang, I wish Rudy would have one.


Randy
 
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