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MAGNAVOX H2160MW9 HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, Black

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HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital TunerMore Images ProductDetails - DVD Recorder with 160 GB Hard Drive - Single-Disc Player - It Plays DVDs - ATSC/NTSC/clear QAM - Dolby Digital via digital audio out or HDMI See more technical details "failure to operate" 2010-07-28By Carl G. WoodI
bought 2 of these. Last year i bought the current model and the tuner
failed the 3rd. day. then in July '10 I bought the lastest model. I set
the recorder and the tuner failed. In both cases the recorders froze up
and I had to unplug and replug to get it to function at all. Then when I
went to reprogram the channels it would only program channel three.
I've owned a phillips DVR recorder for 3+yrs and it setup/programming is
very similair to the magnavox so I know problems with magnavox is not
user error.Plus, I did get te to work for a few days. "Works okay, but most people should pass." 2010-07-24By Christopher Galgon (Pittsburgh, PA USA)If
you're in the market for a brand new DVD recorder with a built-in hard
drive, your choice is either Magnavox, or... err, is there anyone else?
HDD recorders are special, since they let you make recordings with
precision-- commercials edited out, chapters added after the fact, home
movies carefully arranged. And modern models can display a good deal of
digital cable content without a digital cable box.
I purchased this recorder to replace my old Toshiba RD-XS32, which
still chugs along at the moment but gets crankier and crankier about
what discs it will read. Technically, the Magnavox sounds great--
160gb, ATSC tuner, FireWire interface and DVD DL support. And the
picture quality from a digital source is quite good.
The trouble is, while powerful, HDD DVD recorders are still a bear
to use. They are counterintuitive, fussy, and long on load times. This
model's remote is rubbish, and any disc you put in the player causes a
huffy, drawn-out pause-- probably because it's testing for every
possible kind of disc there could be. Scanning through ATSC/QAM
channels is also a chore, with 1-2 second pauses between each channel.
Other power-features lack finesse. Adding chapters, for instance, lacks
a dedicated button on the remote and takes a very long time to
complete-- my old Toshiba does this with no noticeable wait. And the
DVR experience on this device couldn't compete with the original TiVo.
You can, with practice, learn to use this device competently, but no one
else in your house will go near it.
My biggest gripe with this recorder, though, is that it won't let
you decide the aspect ratio of a DVD you create. This means that if you
record widescreen video using the classic red, white and yellow cables,
the recorder will squeeze widescreen (16:9) into fullscreen (4:3).
(You won't know this when playing the disc on the recorder itself-- this
will only become clear on other players.) At first I didn't believe
this, since my 5+ year-old recorder lets me do this, but I found it
stated in the manual. Honestly, a complex DVD recorder made in 2010
should really have an aspect ratio selector. Many people have been
making widescreen home movies for years. For this reason I had to
return mine.
In conclusion, this player seems only to indicate that we've reached
the end of the line for HDD DVD recorders. Either the public doesn't
want them or lawyers keep them at bay, but these devices have not
advanced enough in five years to warrant a continued existence. In some
ways, they've even slipped backward. If you want to record widescreen
home movies, use a PC setup or seek out old models online. If you want a
DVR that records DVDs, get a dedicated DVR and plug it into a cheap DVD
recorder. Sorry. "Great DVD DVR recorder!" 2010-07-18By evrhandyman (Goodview, VA USA)I
purchased this item to use as a DVR for both over the air digital TV
and Satellite TV. Although the manual is very long, once I had used the
recorder several times I found it fairly easy to program or record
live. The picture quality through the digital tuner, DVD, and HDD is
great! The digital tuner pulls in a strong signal and the picture on
the HDD looks every bit as good as the received over the air signal. I
would highly recommend this product. "MAGNAVOX H2160MW9 160HDD DVR" 2010-07-14By Dilbert (Charleston, SC USA)Item
works as advertised and is technically the same item as the original
160GB DRV made by Phillips. Design and Menu is good but the Magnavox DVD
drive would not FORMAT blank dvd disks (I tried several makes and
types). However, my original Phillips will still format a blank dvd disk
and then it will work in the newer Magnavox. (That is not acceptable to
me). I have returned the device for replacement because I hope to have a
working 160GB DVR device and Magnavox seems to be the last on the
market. (Phillips can no longer be found except for exceptionally
expensive "refurbished" models.
Magnavox Menus and Features work the same as the Phillips 160GB DVR.
Sadly, the DVD recorder built into the Magnavox device would not FORMAT
any dvd disk I inserted. Technical calls to Magnavox were
unsatisfactory because they indicated I should purchase and use a DVD
cleaner (wet type) to clear my problem on this newly purchased (out of
the box) Magnavox DVR. After years of using DVD recorders by other
manufactures (including Phillips), I have never had a DVD fail to
format, but I have been told several times that use of these DVD
cleaners (some wet and some abrasively dry) would violate the warranty
of a device so I never tried it before I returned the Magnavox.
I hope the replacement works as advertised. "Great standard definition video recorder player" 2010-07-11By H. Beavers (Murphy, TX United States)Recorded
video is good and clear when using S-video input. Reliably does what it
is supposed to do. No issues thus far. Similar to an earlier Philips
model. Made by Funai under the Magnavox name. HDMI output works well as
advertised. Although not an HD unit, the video looks quite good on an HD
television using HDMI. ***MAGNAVOX H2160MW9 HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, Black ***
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