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Toshiba RD-XS52 DVD Player/Recorder with HDMI

by Toshiba
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  • DVD player with built-in 160 GB hard-disk drive (HDD) with DVR functionality--up to 135 hours of recording (in LP mode)
  • Performs DVD-R and DVD-RAM recording; 32x transfer from HDD to DVD-R, 24x transfer from HDD to DVD-RAM
  • Offers HDMI direct digital connection with an HD-ready TV, as well as ColorStream component-video, S-video, and composite-video outputs
  • Plays DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, music CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs; offers scalable digital-audio recording (Dolby Digital or linear PCM)
  • Measures 16.9 x 3 x 12.6 inches
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Toshiba
  • Parental Lock: N
  • Audio Output Mode: Stereo
  • Surround Sound Effects: Dolby Digital output, DTS digital output, Virtual Surround
  • Form Factor: Tabletop
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Product Description

Product Description

TOSHIBA RD-XS52 Multi-Drive DVD Recorder -- This versatile, cutting edge entertainment module gives you the option of either recording on a DVD disc or storing over 200 hours of video on its hard drive. Features an 160GB built-in hard disk drive, the unit allows users to record and play back their favorite TV broadcasts, and to compile personal movie libraries for archiving and preserving family videos. If that weren't enough, the RD-XS52 offers high speed copying from the HDD to recordable disc -- at 12x speed for transferring to DVD-RAM, and 24x for DVD-R 3 - 2 Pulldown - Digital Cinema Progressive Up to 540 Lines Resolution 181-Channel Tuner 3-D Y/C Comb Filter Black Level Expansion 3D-DNR Digital Video Noise Reduction Recording Block and Mosquito DNR Digital Video Noise Reduction Playback Time Slip Recording / Playback Pause Live TV / Channel Playback TIme Base Correction Instant Replay -- Instant Skip VCR Plus+ Inputs - S-Video, Composite, IEEE-1394 (FireWire), RF Outputs - Component, S-Video, Composite, Optical, RF (Tuner Pass-Through) Offers HDMI direct digital connection with an HD-ready TV


Taking DVD and home-video entertainment to new heights, the Toshiba RD-XS52 combines a topnotch DVD player with a DVD-R/DVD-RAM optical-media recorder and a hard-disk drive (HDD) with a stunning storage capacity of 160 GB. Whether you're watching the latest DVD movie releases in your home theater, recording your favorite TV programming, or archiving home movies and other videos to long-lasting DVD, the RD-XS52 is your ticket to world-class entertainment. And did we mention that the unit spins your homemade CDs filled with JPEG image files or MP3 and WMA music tracks?

The RD-XS52's HDD lets you store around 135 hours of audio/video programming, ample room for time-shifting your viewing and keeping a fair amount of "must-watch-soon" content at the ready. Imagine the contents of a fleet of 30 VHS tapes, all recorded in 6-hour/EP mode, available at once and with easy navigation, no fast-forwarding or rewinding, and in much higher resolution.

When you have programs you decide you want to keep, just offload them to DVD. Archiving is lickety-split: 24x normal speed when transferring from the HDD to a write-once DVD-R and 12x when burning to DVD-RAM. Time Slip recording/playback lets you begin watching a recording that's already in progress or pause a live recording and return to it later.

The EASY NAVI menu's user-friendly preview screen instantly gives you access to the recorder's key features and can be used to preview and access your content.
The RD-XS52 is also one of the first DVD recorders to offer an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) with upconversion capability from standard 480i resolution to high-definition 720p or 1080i--perfect for viewing your DVDs, camcorder footage, and television programs on a high-definition-equipped TV, now or in the future. HDMI provides a single-cable digital connection for the highest-quality interface between the DVD player and a compatible television, maintaining the digital audio and video signals until they reach the monitor. Other picture enhancements include 3D digital noise reduction (DNR), mosquito DNR, and block DNR.

Front-panel inputs accommodate VCRs and camcorders, including digital camcorders through an IEEE 1394/DV input. The digital-video input even includes controls for your camcorder to simplify the process of selecting and transferring the scenes you want. Other inputs include 3 each of composite- and S-video (1 each on the front panel) and an RF/antenna input on the rear panel.

For DVD recordings, you can create virtual titles on the hard drive--including menus and chapters with thumbnail images--then burn your programming to DVDs with high-quality MPEG-2 encoding (the DVD-Video standard). A convenient library function maintains an inventory of all your recorded content by disc or title so you can sort by date, time, or genre.

The RD-XS52 offers broad flexibility, with both a hard drive that holds up to 135 hours of programming and the ability to record to DVD-RAM and DVD-R.
The RD-XS52 offers the flexibility of recording on DVD-RAM--perfect for instant chapter access and for multiple rerecordings--as well as on DVD-R, one of the most widely compatible DVD formats (great for sharing camcorder footage with loved ones). DVD-RAM offers double-sided recording (9.4 GB total storage), and the format is rewriteable, too.

Advanced timer programming lets you use the unit like you would a VCR, specifying a time and channel for recording, and built-in Gemstar VCR+ C3 greatly simplifies this. Significantly, this model gives you the option of recording audio in higher resolution than the MP3-like Dolby Digital 2.0. Choose from 3 separate formats, depending upon your desired quality and available disc space: Dolby Digital 1 (192 kbps), Dolby Digital 2 (384 kbps), and linear PCM (1,546 kbps).

For playback, ColorStream Pro progressive-scan component-video outputs (switchable between 480p and standard 480i) provide great color detail and high purity when connected to compatible televisions. The unit also has standard composite- and S-video outputs, with an RF coaxial output for passing tuner signals to an external device such as a VCR (the RF output does not pass a DVD or HDD signal). Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio output (Toslink optical) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

The RD-XS52 records to two DVD types:

The most flexible of the recordable DVD formats when it comes to recording, editing, and playback. Even more, you can rerecord content approximately 100,000 times.
A write-once format perfect for sharing treasured video moments with virtually anyone who has a DVD-Video player.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder, DVD-RAM, audio/video interconnects, a universal remote control with television control capability, remote batteries, a user's manual, and warranty information.

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameToshiba
Item Weight13.5 pounds
Product Dimensions17 x 13.3 x 3.1 inches
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
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Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #416,854 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight14.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableSeptember 3, 2004
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mens Sana on August 24, 2005
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While this unit does everything it claims to do, and does it well, it has two problems for the potential buyer.

The editing program that assembles file units for transfer to DVD-R or DVD-RAM is not particularly intuitive and will require a major learning curve.

And the major problem for me: you will NOT be able to transfer your recordings of premium channel programs (HBO, etc.) to DVD-R/RAM. The built-in copyright protection means that if you want to keep the programs, they will have to remain on the hard drive!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Steven Schwartz on September 24, 2005
it was extremely easy to connect to the dish and tv and also very easy to use. For the basic recording, timer recording, and transferring to dvd you don't even need to read the manual. The only drawback to this machine is the dvd only records on -r and -ram and you can not re record on -r dvd's and ram dvd's are too expensive. It would have been 5 stars if it recorded on rw-dvd's. There is no reason to buy a tivo machine and pay for their service
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Witte on September 17, 2005
Hello Folks,

I purchased this DVD recorder from another internet provider, BuyDig.com, who I do not recommend. I also don't recommend this DVD recorder itself for several reasons. I have a Sony 30 inch widescreen HDTV ready TV and I thought the HDMI connection would keep the picture clearer. Well, the Toshiba RD-XS52 has a tuning problem of some kind that results in a halo effect around high contrast video. This effectively reduces a high quality signal to one that is similar to a non-HDTV or worse. It is a subtle problem that gets more annoying every time you watch TV.

The second problem is that I too am having difficulty getting the recorder to operate my set top box, a Cox San Diego area box built by Scientific Atlanta. I called the Toshiba tech support and told a helpful woman technician about the difficulty and that I suspected the IR blaster wasn't working at all. She described a method whereby I could inspect the IR blaster using a camcorder or digital camera to verify that it was at least transmitting something. I did this and determined that nothing was coming out of the IR blaster at all! (I could clearly see signals from all the remote controls I owned, but nothing from their IR blaster) So she offered to send a replacement IR blaster. This came and the same result. I felt a little brave and annoyed, so I actually removed the DVD recorder sheet metal cover just to have a look and see if I could reconnect something that might have broken loose inside the unit. What I found is that mechanically, the IR blaster connecter is soldered onto the circuit board with what appears to be a broken connection. Hence, the unit is defective. I then called Toshiba to schedule a repair and had to argue with their technician, a man this time.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Hubbard on February 21, 2005
Got mine a couple days ago. I bought a Fuji 10 pack of DVD-R disks to test with. The first one recorded. The second one started to copy but never left 0 % and gave an error asking for another disk. The next 7 disks I tried gave errors they weren't recognized or process can't be completed. I went out and bought a spindle of 25 Memorex DVD-R disks. Made 4 disks so far with no trouble at all. I'm not sure what the difference is but the Memorex disks I bought cost almost twice what TDK do. They just say DVD-R on the package (8x) same as the TDK. I'm not sure why but it was still under $1 per disk so I shrugged it of - at least it works.

The only rerecordable media this can write to is DVD-RAM. These disks seem to be about $5-6 dollars a piece. This is about 5x the cost of a DVD-RW disk. I went to a few local stores and found the selection almost non-existant. I didn't find a single DVD-RAM disk for sale that was in cartridge format - only loose disks in a jewel case. I'm not real keen on DVD recorder technology but this is starting to smell like VHS and Beta all over. There were dozens of DVD-RW disks for sale.

The manual has some grammar problems and made it difficult to understand. This is a very high end recorder with many fantastic features but has been time consuming to learn. When I burned my first disk I was pleased to see they had 8 or so different menu/title screens you could choose from. They had their own color schemes and were easy to choose from since a preview was available before committing to the copy.

The remote is a pain. The bottom half flips open to reveal about 20 more buttons. It's awkward to hold while open I might add. My biggest complaint is regarding the onscreen menu's.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Best on July 11, 2005
The is my first product review I have posted on a website. Since this is an expensive a/v unit, I wanted share my thoughts. Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase. The video quality of the lowest "LP" settings is good enough for replaying of TV shows. I can understand why some are frustrated with the menus. However, this is a very sophisticated piece of a/v equipment. With that, you should expect it to be more complicated than a VCR. The important thing is that it does what it is supposed to do.

The one major thing I learned after purchase is that the coaxial connection is pass thru only. You can only view content from the unit by the other video outputs.

If you are looking for a DVR without the whole Tivo thing or a something to help manage and copy home movies, I think this is a great product.
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