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Pioneer DVR-RT300-S DVD Recorder and VCR Combo

by Pioneer

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  • DVD Video, DVD -R/-RW, CD R/RW, Audio CD, (MP3, WMA, and JPEG playback), VHS tape
  • Progressive scan, VHS-to-DVD and DVD-to-VHS recorder, variable bit rate (VBR) recording
  • S-Video, component, composite video/audio, and digital audio out
  • Dolby digital, virtual surround
  • Measures 16.9 x 3.9 x 12.3 inches (W x H x D)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Pioneer
  • Model: DVR-RT300-S
  • DVD Type: DVD player
  • Audio Output Mode: Stereo
  • DVD Media Load Type: Tray
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Product Details

Product Manual [8.12mb PDF]
  • Item Weight: 12 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 15 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0007TET4W
  • Item model number: DVR-RT300-S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,807 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 19, 2005
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Product Description

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The Pioneer DVR-RT300-S DVD Recorder and VCR Combo offers a space-saving combination of equally well-endowed technologies. This unit lets you enjoy your existing collection of VHS tapes and still move into the world of DVDs and DVRs.

Perhaps the most distinguishing of its high-end feature set is the unit's recording capabilities. You can record VHS to DVD, or DVD to VHS. This cross-recording offers a flexibility few others do. You can also play WMA and MP3 files; and view JPEGs.

The DVD player features progressive scan output. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

The tape player sports a HiFi 4-head VCR that delivers high quality video and stereo audio. VCR Plus ensures you see the best picture quality possible.

A host of output choices mean you can use whichever connection is most convenient or highest-quality. There's the standard composite A/V (RCA) jacks in both the front and rear. S-Video and component video output connect higher-end TVs, and digital audio output lets you send audio to most any home theater system.

The DVR-RT300-S is a great hybrid at an even more stellar price. This unit lets you play the old-school tapes and still enjoy the newest DVD technology.


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181 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Gryn on July 28, 2005
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I've had the RT-300 for a few days now, wanted to put up a quick review for folks thinking about buying it.

Good:
* Crisp playing, recording, and dubbing, especially at the XP and SP DVD settings: XP is virtually indistinguishable from live broadcast. It does what it is supposed to do, and does it well, as one would expect from a Pioneer product.

* All the plugs on the back are clearly marked, which made for quick installation. All the necessary cables were included, as were batteries for the remote that comes with it. The RT300 integrated easily with our particular TV and cable setup, and I was dubbing VCR tapes to DVDs in about 20 minutes after getting it out of the box.

* Pleasantly surprised that it came with a blank DVD-RW and a blank DVD-R, so that I could start recording with it right away.

Bad:
* The product manual is poorly laid out, with no table of contents or subject index. You'd do better to download the product manual and search that instead if you're looking for a particular function.

* The remote is relatively "dense" as far as number of buttons crammed into a small space. This is a consequence of having a machine that can do both DVD and VCR functions, but it makes navigating around to find a particular button difficult until you're used to it.

* Entering alphanumeric info for things like DVD chapter titles is a pain, involving using the remote to navigate across an on-screen keyboard to enter letters. I don't know if there's a better way of having users do that, but it seems like there has to be an easier way than this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Reid on March 14, 2006
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This is the only DVD recorder I've ever owned, so I have nothing to compare it to. However, I'm an stereo equipment guru and a recording studio engineer, so I have a good grasp of electronics.

This unit works great, and does exactly what it's supposed to. I've been very pleased with the video and audio quality (and I'm very picky). The only thing that's bothersome is the amount of time it takes from when you insert a disc to when it's ready to record or perform other operations. Also, you always have to press the "DVD/VCR" button on the remote to get a picture on your screen. If you don't do this, you'll keep getting the regular TV station broadcast. This button is not on the player itself, so it makes me scared that the remote will break and I won't be able to use the DVD player anymore!

All in all a good value and I've been very happy with it.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Earl W. Mullins Jr. on September 29, 2005
I'm still new at using this item but so far i'm happy with it.It is what i expected from a Pioneer brand.It has a good picture,but my Pioneer dvd 343 player in my opinion has a better picture quality.Otherwise im happy with this DVR RT 300s combo.I'm pretty much set in my ways i use only Pioneer brand equipment.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Newman on August 5, 2006
This item has been nothing but trouble. The operation is overly complex. To use the recorder you must constantly refer to the manual. The manual is poorly written, if you follow the manual's procedure for VCR timer recording it will not work, as they left out a critical extra step.

I am in the process of boxing it up to send back to Pioneer after 7 months. One reason is that has never been able to dub from tape to DVD. The second reason is that it died earlier this weak. The video output is pure static in both DVD and VCR modes.
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