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LG RC897T Multi-Format DVD Recorder and VCR Combo with Digital Tuner (2009 Model)

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  • Super multi DVD recorder/VCR with digital tuner
  • 1080p up-conversion via HDMI output
  • Digital cable/satellite box controller
  • Digital Camcorder input for convenient recording and editing with DV 1394
  • LG Simplink connectivity of other LG products using HDMI connection
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: LG
  • Model Number: RC897T
  • Parental Lock: Y
  • Surround Sound Effects: Built-In DTS Decoder, Dolby Digital (Digital out only)
  • Form Factor: Tabletop
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Product Description

Product Description

Super Multi 1080p DVD Recorder+VCR Combi, D2A Tuner, LG Simple Link, USB Media Plus, STB Control

From the Manufacturer

LG RC897t If your old entertainment devices are piling up, get ready to clean house. The versatile LG Super-Multi DVD Recorder/VCR with Digital Tuner is the ultimate entertainment multi-tasker. It's a DVD recorder, a VCR, and a digital TV tuner—all in one space-saving unit. Record from DVD to videotape, and videotape to recordable DVD. Enjoy superior image quality with 1080p up-scaling via HDMI output.

Features and Technology

Here's Your Hook up
Want to view photos of your family vacation in the comfort of your living room or to listen to an mp3 file? You can with USB Media Plus. (Learn more)

All in One
Having a hard time keeping track of your remotes? With SimpLink, all your LG devices can be controlled with just one remote. (Learn more)

You're All Set
Don't worry about missing your favorite TV programs or movies. The Digital Cable/Satellite Box Controller has you covered. (Learn more)

It's Flexible
Don't worry about your player's ability to read certain DVDs. This versatile device boasts compatibility with most Standard DVD Formats. (Learn more)

Making Old Just Like New
No need to go out and replace your old DVD collection. Even your standard DVDs look better with 1080p Up-Scaling via HDMI Output. (Learn more)

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USB Media Host
Bring your digital library to life on your television with our USB 2.0 Media Host. View family photos, watch videos and listen to music from USB storage devices.

Are your remote controls taking over the living room? Now with SimpLink, you can easily set up and control all of your HDMI connected LG devices with just one remote.


Digital Cable/Satellite Box Controller
Make the most of your programming and never worry about missing out. The Digital Cable/Satellite Box Controller allows you to record from most digital-cable and digital-satellite boxes.


Compatibility with All Standard Disc Formats
There's nothing more frustrating than realizing that your player won't read a certain DVD format. Because it has compatibility with most Standard DVD Formats, you can record any standard-format DVD with Super Multi-Format Recording: DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD+R Double Layer, and DVD-RAM.

1080p Up-Scaling via HDMI Output
Make your old DVD collection look brand new. 1080p Up-Scaling via HDMI Output offers exceptional image-quality from standard DVDs, delivering nearly full HD picture quality.

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameLG
Item Weight9.3 pounds
Product Dimensions3.1 x 16.9 x 10.2 inches
Item model numberRC897T
Color NameGloss Black
Specification Met#REF!
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #19,017 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableJuly 7, 2004
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Customer Reviews

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125 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Iconophoric on January 4, 2009
As a satisfied owner of an LG HDTV, I bought this DVD/VCR combo recorder fully expecting to be likewise happy with the quality of the images produced by another LG product. Unfortunately, I had to box it up for return the same day I got it. The problem with the product is one that I hadn't anticipated, but which further very specifically-targeted reading online revealed as a known problem with LG's DVD recorders. That problem is what various message-boarders and bloggers call "image over-processing". Translate that as "too much anti-aliasing" (image-smoothing) or "too much blur". And it was not just on the recorded images. For the minute you switch from the LG TV's internal tuner to the LG recorder's internal tuner, there's an instant layer of "smoothing" that is pronounced enough to be distracting. ...I am talking, depending on your threshold of sensitivity to such things, a potential headache-inducing level of fuzziness.

If you purchase this product hoping to use it to archive your family videos, no way it can do them justice. If you plan to use it as a down and dirty digital era VCR, grabbing episodes of shows you intend to record over once you watch them a single time, it is really not quite servicable for that. All this keeps pulling me back to one head-shaker of a question: What were the people at LG thinking? At nearly three hundred bucks, the quality of the LG RC897T is a major disappointment.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Nanswer on January 26, 2009
Not long after purchase, I had to return the unit because the DVD drawer kept popping open on its own. Once I received it back, I kept noticing major problems attempting to record on the DVD side -- the unit would either record for two minutes and turn itself off, or record for over an hour (on a 2 hour show) and then turn itself off. When I phoned LG, I was near the end of the warranty period. They claimed that there was nothing wrong with the recorder. The issue was caused by the fact that the tv stations were now transmitting "copy protection signals" that prevented you from recording. This did not explain why the recording time varied, but if they were correct, this was being done by ALL networks -- from HBO to channel 5 and channel 7. It did not explain the fact that my Panasonic DVD recorder never turned off in the middle of a show. LG's tech sent me on a two-week wild goose chase for DVD-RW's with special markings (CPRM). She claimed that if I ever found these, I would have no further problems. I never found these DVD's and my warranty ran out in the meantime. In addition to all the above, the upscaling takes forever when you insert a VHS tape and you are constantly adjusting the tracking to get a clear picture-especially after fast forwarding. This is an unqualified piece of garbage. Don't waste your money. It's a shame because it is very user friendly and Go-Video (the original manufacturer of this product) used to make excellent products. This $280 product is now being used solely as a VCR.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Walker on November 22, 2008
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LG RC897T Multi-Format DVD Recorder and VCR Combo with Digital Tuner
I bought Re-Furbished,The recorder funnctions well with modest to good results, depending on what you choose for length. I usualy use 4hrs LP mode on the DVD, and VCR slp. This is reasonably OK and quite watchable.
The machine does what I need,and discs are playable in my other machines and my computer.Digital tuner, is what I bought this for and works great.

CONS: Small unfriendly remote, but you get used to it. Timer recording not user friendly,so I dont use it.If you have to pay the full retail price,not good value.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By tim in chicago on February 19, 2009
This is a review of the LG RC897T, it was mistakenly first posted as a review of the LG RC797T in error, I actually like that model]

Do Not buy this product till they release a fix for it's problem with "CPRM protection". Many on air broadcasts are sending out a "copy once" protection signal that the unit honors. In order to be able to record these programs you need to get special "CPRM DVD-RW" disks and format them in "VR" mode.

The biggest problem with this is that the disks are Very Hard to find and Very Expensive. In addition to this the "copy once" protection signal is being sent out randomly by various stations Without Warning!. You have no idea what programs will contain it or not. I was told they might even have it during commercials! When the signal is encountered the recording just STOPS !

I have just got off the phone with LG. The support person, who was very up to date and nice, knew just what I was talking about! There have been many complaints about this. He said that there was basically nothing that could be done. I suggested that at the very least LG should buy a bunch of these special "CPRM DVD-RW" DISKS and make them available at cost. He said he would pass that on, and I really believe he will, but I am not holding my breath that they will do it.

Just so you know, the earlier model, the LG RC797T does not have this "feature" and is a better machine because of it. I would have brought it but it is no longer available.

This is my first review, but I was so pissed I had to say something, this product should not be sold if it can not be trusted to record a simple off air TV program, Period.

Respectfully submitted
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