DVD Recorder Recommendations
I've been searching for a DVD recorder to purchase for about a week now and from what I've been able to gather they seem to be more trouble than their worth. I've checked reviews for various recorders on sites such as Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, etc and there's an alarming amount of people who say their units were either DOA, ended up going kaput in less than a year of use, or were plagued with problems. Just one horror story after another and the recorders with mostly positive reviews seem like they were written by shills. I'm not asking for much. I just want a basic unit that will last me more than a year and is user friendly. No frills, no VHS combos, and preferably not too pricey.
I've had a few DVD recorders from Samsung, and they've all quit recording within 6 months of purchase (and even when I sent them in for warranty repair, they would come back and six months later I'd be at the same situation with a recorder that would only record about 5 seconds of material before saying the disc was not usuable and completely destroying the disc from being used again, or leaving me with a disc that I could only use to make copies). I checked on a few forums online and found that a lot of people were having the same trouble that I was and that it was a design flaw in Samsung's design. So don't go with anything from Samsung.
Currently I have a model from Sony that is also an upconverting DVD player (although, when you are recording a show, the recorder only sends a 480i picture to your TV, even via HDMI, but during playback it upconverts it to 1080p) that works very well. The only thing that I don't like about it that for the Digital Audio out it only has the Coaxial output, and not the Optical output, but that's a minor point when you've got it hooked up to a TV with HDMI.
Also, in terms of the DVD-R discs, you might want to avoid any discs made by Memorex. Ever since Memorex changed the sticker design and logo on their DVD-R's and CD-R's, it seems like stand-alone DVD- and CD-Recorders don't work with the discs very well, or if they do work, you tend to get a lot of errors (however the Memorex DVD- and CD-RW's work fine with the recorders). Edit: Originally I had typed Maxell, but that was a mistake, since I meant to type Memorex, not Maxell.
Last edited by Trevor; 01-11-2011 at 08:57 PM.
A lot more people complain on the internet than people praise things, so when you find something that works make sure you give it a good review.
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