46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2012
I purchased this dvd/vcr recorder last year (2011). Within two months, the DV port that I used to connect my camcorder stopped working. I sent it away to Toshiba at my shipping expense. After 3 weeks, it finally was returned, and lasted less than a month before something new broke. This time, the VCR wouldn't read VHS tapes - just a blue screen. Sent it in again at my shipping expense. It worked fine for the next 9 months, but then the exact same thing happened - stopped reading VHS tapes. By the time, I packaged it up and sent it in AGAIN, it was just barely over the 12 month warranty period. It was sent back to me saying there was nothing they could do because it was out of warranty. I spent MANY hours on the phone talking to customer service pleading that Toshiba in some way would stand behind their clearly defective product. They refused at every turn. I have bought many electronic devices over the years and this was, simply put, the worst quality product and the worst customer service that I have ever experienced. I will think twice before ever purchasing a toshiba product again.
91 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2009
I need a recorder to do several things. I want to dub old VHS tapes of the family and edit out the parts that the person doing the taping screwed up. I want to record movies or shows from my Dish DVR and edit out commercials and finally I want to record movies from my Dish DVR that are commercial free.
This is the 3rd recorder I have owned in about 4 years. The quality of all recorders are suspect. My first one was a Go.Video VR3845 which was exceptional. It did all that a person could want. However after about 2 years the DVD drive unit went bad. It cannot be repaired since Go.Video is out of business and there seem to be no parts that I can find to fix it.
My next recorder was a JVC DR-MV100B. I thought this one would be great, but in trying to record to a disc from a TiVo or Dish DVR, you cannot pause the recording to edit out commercials. For recording a movie with no commericals such as one recorded from TCM or Fox, it is great. The Go.Video recorder would allow you to edit commercials using the pause button. In less than a year the DVD drive unit in the JVC went bad. While it was with JVC being replaced, I purchased the Toshiba DVR620 Recorder.
The great thing about the Toshiba is that you can pause to edit out commercials when recording a disc from a program that you have TiVoed. However, on the negative side, if you dubbing a disc from a VHS tape, you can't pause the recording to edit out unwanted items on the tape i.e. commercials or other screw ups that you don't want on the disc. This is really strange because with the Go.Video recorder AND the JVC recorder, when dubbing, you can pause to edit. With the JVC recorder, while dubbing and you press the pause button, you can fast forward, rewind or advance frame by frame either backwards or forward the VHS tape to get to the next spot where you want to resume recording. This is great for old tapes that I have of football games that currently have commericals during the game. With the JVC I can now record the game on disc commercial free. YOU CANNOT DO THIS WITH THE TOSHIBA DVR620.
So now when dubbing I use the JVC recorder. When I want to edit out commercials on something I have TiVoed, I use the Toshiba. Why couldn't they put it all in one package like Go.Video did?
The other negative thing about Toshiba is trying to put titles on the recordings. It seems that tying to put a title on a disc is like text messaging. For those of you who use text messaging, it might be easy. For people like me who don't text, it is really a pain and very time consumming. Both Go.Video and JVC use a common screen that displays the alphabet. You choose a letter and proceed. With the Toshiba, you use your number keys to choose a letter, then have to arrow forward one space and choose the next letter. Totally unacceptable and time consuming.
The last thing is the manual. It seems that all product manuals are created by the engineers that build the product. What needs to happen is that manuals should be written by a consumer who knows nothing about the product. Then it would be understandable. However, it is just not Toshiba that has a poorly written manual.
For the ability of Toshiba to record and allow the editing of commericals, I give it 5 stars. For the inability of being able to pause when dubbing from a VHS tape, I give it zero starts. If it could do both, it would be a 4 or 4 1/2 star unit.
182 of 203 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2009
I purchased this item in March of 2009 by June of 2009 the VCR had quit working. I called Toshiba and was told that because the warranty had run out on the labor I would have to pay $115.00 for the labor (but what they would really do is send a newly refurbished one) and additional $$ for the shipping both ways, which would have brought the cost of this unit to close to $400.00. We used the dvd player all the time but rarely used the vcr player. Now the soapbox........these companies have got to quit producing junk. We spend our hard earned money on high dollar plastic and it works long enough to walk to the garbage can to throw it out. Please reconsider when purchasing this item.
142 of 158 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2009
Received this product in very short time. Almost wish I hadn't. It eats VHS tapes. The VCR makes strange grinding noises, does not play VHS tapes as good as my old Panasonic player. I had to use 4 DVDs and spend over 8 hours to try to preserve one 2 hour tape. The DVD player does not play dual layer DVDs. It hangs, skips, and jumps. I am an experienced computer and electronics technician and I recognize junk when I see it. I just wish I hadn't bought it!
115 of 128 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2009
I received this VCR/DVD combo yesterday. It works but the VHS tape will not eject. I called the company. They are paying for the shipping to get it fixed. My tape, which is one of our favorites, is probably a loss. The lower price is definitely not worth the hassle!
UPDATE: I just received the "repaired" player. It still does not work properly. It ate my tape AGAIN!
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2010
My decision to buy the Toshiba DVR620 did not come lightly. I reviewed all of the major consumer reports for top models, weighed these opinions against those of customers who had purchased those units, and then again with my own expectations for a DVR. I must say that I am pleased with this purchase.
I have had this product for 5 months. In that time, I have created over 30 dvds and 1 vhs. I have backed up old VHS movies, tv shows, and home movies. The directions provided with the unit are clear and easy to follow, though I would recommend keeping the book open in front of you for the first couple times you try something. The unit will up-convert what you are dubbing, which can be great if the source material is already high resolution, but if it isn't then your dub will appear a little over-bright and grainy. You shouldn't expect anything else, especially if you are dubbing old VHS to DVD. The formats are not particularly compatible.
However, I find everything I dub to be perfectly watchable on my HD television. I can play any DVD I make on any player I own. The only problem I have found with playback on other players is that if I make my own chapter marks, these will not work on other players, just on the Toshiba. So save yourself a step and just pre-set the recorder to make automatic chapters. These are compatible.
Finally, playing dvds and tapes in the Toshiba is fine. The only minor annoyance is a long load-time for dvds. Once it is loaded, though, it plays great.
Overall, I would recommend this player to anyone who wishes to do some amateur dubbing in their own home.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Up front, I will grant that I only use this machine for a single purpose. I have no interest in recording from television broadcast media, so I have no idea how it performs in that way.
I have a VHS library of several hundred hours of lectures by various professors. This collection fills three large bookcases. I am in the process of dubbing these tapes into DVDs, So far I have done a bit more than 200 hours and the machine is performing flawlessly.
I was somewhat concerned by other reviews critical of the operating instructions. Perhaps, in other applications there may be questionable instructions, but for what I am doing they were simple, accurate and easy to understand.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2009
I have used the Toshiba DVR620 for about a month. It is easy to record DVDs and the menu is pretty intuitive. I got the recorder to quickly record DVDs of a large number of VHS tapes. The directions for the dubbing mode (copying VHS to DVD or DVD to VHS) leave a bit to be desired, it took a little while to figure out exactly how to accomplish the task but once mastered the process is easy. The older VHS tapes did not track well in the Toshiba instrument. It has the capability to adjust the tracking but this did not help. On the other hand, an older VHS player tracked the tapes perfectly, so this is a flaw. However, it was easy to set the Toshiba to tape from the external VHS. Overall I am very satisfied except for the problem with tracking some of my older tapes well.
2013 update- 3 years later and this recorder is still working fine. You can adjust the image quality to allow you to put more than 2 hours on a single DVD. At the four hour setting, I have not notice much difference from the 2 hours setting on a 32 inch TV screen but, of course, the source was a VHS tape so I was not looking for high def rendition.
49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2012
Nothings perfect.. and I had my doubts on this unit, but it has proven to be a great product. Yes, like anything, it takes a little while to get use to it.. but I have only had this one week, and the 2nd evening I tried to record vcr to dvd.. and did the dubbing. I held my breath wondering if it was working... so finally at the end, I stopped it and played it back. Nothing. Shock! I was down... so I checked other comments and did the setup on the dvd as suggested, and then after finalizing the dvd... there it was!! I was thrilled! No, I'm not good with electronics.. and I admit it. And to finally see my video - crystal clear, and on a disc, it was worth the wait! (let me even further clarify.. my tv is "old" with only one outlet for the cable. I had to get a converter with the 3 outlets for audio/audio & video (you know... white,red,yellow). It even up converted to 1080p!! Talk about thrilled! - - anyway... my unit was refurbished, but looks and even surprised me , and was well worth the little cost of getting a converter - - and have it 1080p. Hey, you can knock it if you want.. but I was pleased. This unit was better than I expected and the clarity on my dvd-r disc was great. Hope you get it (even without a tuner - it was still worth it!) Mine works great!
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2013
I am in the video transfer business. I had bought this by mistake for a client who wanted a Toshiba DVD burner only. I have several transfer units by Panasonic, Sharp & Pioneer so I had no use for this item at first, but eventually one of my other decks crashed and burned. I regret not having used this machine earlier but now that I do, I have found it performs well for video transfers from vhs to DVD. However, it has 2 major features that almost no other players have. (1) it has the ability to finalize DVD's and especially minidv discs that normally only the original recording device can finalize. Multiple clients of mine receive minidv discs from Mexico unfinalized. This machine can finalize them (otherwise I would have to revert to disc recovery software such as CDroller 2). (2) It is the only DVD recorder/player outside of my old Pioneer that can play DVD's recorded in VR mode. If you don't know what that means, you will never have to worry about it. But sometimes people that have certain DVD recorders or cameras accidentally record in VR mode instead of the standard DVD mode. I'm 100% satisfied with this unit.