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Pioneer DVR-640H-S DVD Recorder with 160GB DVR

by Pioneer
62 customer reviews
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  • One-Touch Recording
  • VCR Plus+Â System
  • Up to 10 hours of DVD recording/17.9 hours of DVD-R DL recording time (SEP Mode) on a single DVD
  • Built-in 160GB Hard Disk Drive with up to 340 hours recording capacity in lowest quality mode
  • Plays all versions of DivXÂ video (including DivXÂ 6) with standard playback of DivXÂ media files
  • Plays all versions of DivX® video (including DivX® 6) with standard playback of DivX® media files
  • VCR Plus+® System
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Pioneer
  • Model Number: DVR-640H-S
  • Audio Output Mode: AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
  • DVD Media Load Type: Tray

Product Description

You can record and store up to 340 hours of your favorite programming on the DVR-640's 160GB hard drive. Then you can burn up to 10 hours of the shows and movies you want to save directly to a single DVD. And, maybe best of all, Commercial Skip lets you jump past the ads, 30 seconds at a time. Just press the CM Skip button on the remote.

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NamePioneer
Item Weight12.4 pounds
Product Dimensions6.3 x 20.1 x 15.8 inches
Item model numberDVR-640H-S
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #175,440 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableApril 18, 2005
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CONSUMER ALERT: This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009 to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the U.S.'s transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322), or visit the commission’s digital-television Web site at:

Customer Reviews

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169 of 175 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Gross on July 12, 2006
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We bought this unit to supplement our TIVO which, because of its single tuner and inflexible program guide, has difficulty recording both cable-scrambled and unscrambled channels. The 640H is directly replacing a VCR that we used to record scrambled channels and, for the moment, will give us a second DVD player.

This is our first experience with a DVD recorder and I suspect that, since we don't do home video or want the jukebox, we do not need many of the included features.

One of the reasons we chose this particular unit is that it DOES NOT depend on either the TV Guide video input or a TIVO-like service but rather, has its own programming options very much like a VCR. Note, though, that for scrambled channels, both the cable box AND the unit timer need to be set.

For us the DVR-640-H-S does the following:

-Records cable-box scrambled channels directly into the unit's channel 3 and then onto the hard drive (HDD) or a DVD. Again, the individual channel must be set on the cable box, either manually or using the cable box timer and the recording time must be set on the unit. If a blank DVD is used as the recording media, several settings must be made to accomodate the specific type of DVD. The HDD is more forgiving.

-Records cable non scrambled channels without going thru the cable box using the unit's built-in tuner and the recording timer. Same settings as for scrambled channel recordings cited above. Note that on the Pioneer web site (but NOT in the manual) there is a footnote stating that the unit's tuner is analog and may need a converter starting in the year 2009.

-Records from the HDD onto a DVD for permanent storage. Depending on the media selected, this can be done at high speed rather than real time.
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93 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Hans R. Frey on July 11, 2006
I dont think the previous rating can be taken seriously, because shipping problems should not affect the product rating.

Having owned 3 previous DVD recorders (Philips, Panasonic 100 and Pioneer 320), i was anxious to check out this product. To make a long story pretty short. This recorder is just about perfect, but missing 2 things.... if you need them.

1) believe it or not.... this recorder does NOT have a DV in. Every cheap 90 dollar DVD recorder has it now, for some strange reason, Pioneer does not include it in this year's model.

2) An HDMI out, if you need it. For a 400 Dollar model, you would assume, this is included for the 2006 model year.

Now the good thing. This year, for the first time. Pioneer recorders finally do record on ANY media, even DVD+RW and DVD-RAM and Dual-Layers.

Whats very unique on this recorder and not available anywhere else is the jukebox function, which lets you store several CD's on the harddrive, an alternative to an IPOD.

The Pioneer quality is the best next to Panasonic. So if you miss the DV and the HDMI, i suggest you purchase the Panasonic 55 model (just coming out now in july 2006). The Panasonic runs about 100 bucks more, but would miss the jukebox.

Those two models are clearly the best for the calendar year 2006.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Carlson on November 4, 2006
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I purchased this DVR a couple of months ago to replace my Sony DVR that could not be relied upon to time record. My purposes are pretty simple, just recording TV programs directly off the analog portion of my cable so I can't say that my usage has been anything involved. I haven't even recorded to the DVD yet, only to the HDD. But, my experience is that it's very easy to set the time recording, the time and counter display is easy to read, playback is simple, deleting is simple, and I like the fact that it fast forwards much easier than my Sony. It also has a nice large hard drive so I don't have to worry about running out of room. I love it so much that I'm even putting it on my Christmas list in hopes Santa will bring me a second one since I often like to record more than one program at a time. Good-bye VCR!

There is a disclaimer on the Frontier website that this unit does not have a digital tuner so in 2009 when everything goes digital, it may not be able to record without going through a digital cable box. But, I feel that for the money it's still worth it even if I can't use it without a cable box in 2009. I suspect there will be significant changes in these devices in the next few years to accomodate the upcoming changes ordered by the FCC.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By C. Spencer on November 1, 2006
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I have owned two other dvr units that only record to dvd from Samsung and Toshiba. In terms of features, quality and ease of use, this Pioneer dvr-640 trumps them both. In addition, this unit comes with a nice sized hard drive, meaning there can be weeks of programming on the unit before you are forced to watch or burn your recorded programs to dvd as with the other units.

My own quest was to find a device that had time slip, dvd recording, and vcr plus. All three are found here. If you are like me and see no reason to pay Tivo a monthly fee to program your dvr like me, then this is the unit you have been looking for,
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Sajan on November 1, 2006
Just received my unit after a bad experience with a Toshiba model that had a loud fan that never stopped running. So far it seems good. I like that it plays all DVD formats including dual layer. I even tested to make sure it plays DVD DL burned from my computer--no problem.

I would have given it 5 stars but the one short fall is the remote. Although I like that it is simple(something the Toshibas was not) it is not programable to control my TV. My past DVR and DVD players always had a remote that is programable to control at least the power and volume of my TV. I tried to purchase a universal remote but none of them will support the ability to change the controls of the remote from controlling the HDD to the DVD player. So for now I am going to use the universal remote I purchased so that the only time I have to use a second remote is to flip it over from HDD to DVD or vice versa. If you don't want to purchase a universal then you will have to keep two remotes handy-- one for your tv volume and power and the other to control the DVR.
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