39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2003
I was looking for a better mousetrap than the VCR. This DVD Recorder makes great quality recordings and fills that requirement quite nicely. I decided to hook the Samsung R4000 up to my Tivo (my all-time favorite electronic device) and copy shows that interest me onto DVD. So far I haven't made any "coasters" and all of my recordings work in my other DVD players as well as my Honda Odyssey van DVD. The only negative is the initial setup. I am fairly savvy with respect to electronics and I read the DVD manual cover to cover but, I used some profanity trying to get the DVD recorder setup via the onscreen menu. The actual cable hookup was no problem but the DVD recorder insists that you have a signal going to the unit such as cable TV so that the DVD can preprogram the channels. If you try to skip this process, then everytime you turn the unit on, it will start its setup process until you successfully complete it. After I finally got past that issue, I have been very happy with the unit.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2003
This recorder will turn your VCR into a door stop or boat anchor, you pick, it is GREAT!!! Records on DVD-RAM and DVD-R (NOT DVD-RW like the review below states) and the quality is GREAT! Has 4 speeds XP 1 hour, SP 2 hour, LP 4 hour and EP 6 hours. I have tried out most speeds and find XP and SP great for recordings you want to keep and LP for everyday recording. (have not tried EP yet) No more searching where things on tape each recording can be titled like a chapter in a book and accessed by a computer like menu on your TV, very slick. Can delete shows very easily that way. Remote has a lot of buttons but gets the job done, I especially like the one touch record, press once to start, then each time you press will record in 30 minute increments, sweet! I have mine hooked up to direcTV and the recording quality is great as I understand quality depends on the signal it receives. (makes sense) Also like the fact that you can watch a recorded program while recording another. Other great features - up to 100x fast forward, can easily edit out commercials on RAM media, or you can commercial skip by pressing a button, gets you back to the show fast. Time slip record (start watching the program while if finishes recording) try that on your vcr and it will probably explode...
* ONE YEAR PARTS AND LABOR WARRANTY TOO!!!
Main drawback is that DVD-RAM disks are not playable on most other DVD players (some Panasonic and Toshiba will) but DVD-R are more compatible but have limited editing options.
Go out and buy this, you will love the quality and versatility it offers.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2004
I bought a Samsung DVD-R4000 recorder in Oct. 2003. The unit worked fine for a while. After having recorded a few DVD's successfully it said "finalizing has failed". I notified the Sansung warranty repair in N.J. and Amazon. Amazon said to send the defective unit back and they would replace it. I received the new unit in short order. I recorded one DVD with it, before this unit showed the following, "finalizing is failing." I should point out that I bought Sansung DVD-r's as it burped on other manufacturers DVD's. I talked with Amazon and warranty service in N.J. for Samsung. Amazon said to send it back and they would reimburse me. The conversation with Samsung's warranty repair service was bizarre and after that I wouldn't purchase another Samsung product. It appears that this is a contract service to Samsung and in my estimation not customer oriented. I tried via a Public Relations service to contact Samsung to no avail. They have insulated themselves from customer contact in my opinion. If you go to the Samsung web site you will see that their motto is, "Limitless Support and Uncommon Customer Care." In my opinion that truly has to be a joke. Samsung appears to have isolated itself from any constructive or any kind of criticism of their product from the customer. You can however feel confident buying through Amazon however. I would give Amazon 5 stars for cystomer care and help and actually no stars based on experience for Samsung. It still is "caveat emptor" in the marketplace and Panasonic or Sony will get my business in the future. Update on 7 April 2009. I purchased a Samsung T260 Monitor. As always Amazon was most helpful when I had problems with the rebate. The big surprise though is that I note a change for the better in Samsung's customer service, which I'm very pleased to report. Had questions on the warranty and registration and they were most helpful.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2003
Although Initial Setup was Fairly Easy for some reason I couldn't get a signal off the RF Connector It Latter Resolved Itself, Pay Attention to the formats You Can And Can't Use. I Made the Mistake of Buying DVD+RW Wrong, DVD-RW Are Supported. It say's That it will not Support VCD But Does. Picture Quility Recording off Air is Great, S-video Even Better, Over all It is a good Buy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2008
We bought this player to record shows to DVD & also to transfer VCR tapes to DVD (which we were told by the sales clerk @ Best Buy we could do) for our portable DVD player in our vehicle... well, we have tried several different brands of DVD's only to get an error message that they don't work!!! THAT is annoying & EXPENSIVE, let me tell you.. we have a huge box of useless blank DVD's & a few spindles of them too... GRRR!!! We have found that DVD's recorded on this player (when you can get them to record) do not play back on most other DVD players, & the volume is so inaudible on our portable DVD player this machine is pretty much useless to us as a DVD recorder... too many issues!
Thank God we bought an extended warranty from BB for this DVD recorder because we just returned it. Originally they said they were going to send it out for repair, but we just got a phone call that they are going to swap this player for a new one in their store (they don't have the parts to repair this one anymore.. YAY!!)... NOW to figure out which one to choose to replace this one with... UGGHHH, back to the drawing board!
But on the bright side, at least we are done with this tempermental recorder!!!
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2004
I picked this up mainly to archieve videos, and it is wonderful. Menu creation is especially easy-if the disk is not playing it will title the disk, and if it is playing, the individual chapters. The automatic setup is a pain, though, as above, and if you have to move equipment to teach classes, etc. it is a huge headache.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2005
One of the other reviewers here hit the nail right on the head when he mentioned how poor the customer support is, and how Samsung has "insulated" themselves from any customer complaints. It's all too true. I actually have an earlier model Samsung DVD player, and it, along with other Samsung models at the time, had a horrible skipping problem on many DVDs. Samsung's support was almost non-existant -- I found out there was a firmware upgrade for the player, but not through their website (where I couldn't find any help whatsoever), but through a friend with the same problem. HOWEVER, the firmware upgrade did not resolve the problem, and the last I heard, there was a class action suit filed here in Pennsylvania (which I received an invitiation to be a part of, but could not participate in, I think because I no longer had the receipt). Considering their lackluster customer support, I would advise anyone against buying any DVD player from this company. Players are much cheaper nowadays anyway, and you can get an excellent Sony or Toshiba for a modest price.
on January 26, 2004
I had first gotten a Philips player (see my 1 star review on that page) and traded it for the Samsung.
I should start by saying that the reason I got a DVD recorder was to simply "save" things from my TiVo to DVD. Nothing too fancy.
Setup: a snap. Got it going in 10 minutes out of the box.
Interface: a heck of a lot better than the Philips. The menus are easy to understand. Everything is where you figure it would be. I recommend reading the manual to learn about the more advanced features, but even that's written well. The "keyboard" on-screen is great for doing your titles.
So far, I've already burned an episode of Angel for a friend who forgot to set his TiVo and have unloaded 7+ hours off my TiVo onto discs. It's rather nice to be able to burn discs for friends of mine.
Oh, and check your local paper for ads for Office Depot, Office Max, Best Buy, Staples, Fry's, etc...they usually run some good deals on DVD-R stacks (saw one for 50 discs for $55 this morning).
This was a positive consumer experience and I'd buy from Samsung again.
on April 26, 2007
I have owned my machine for 3+ years now, and have had no real complaints. I have burned nearly 1000 dvds with it, and it still works great! I would like to have an option to build my own disk menus, but this is a feature I have not seen on any model. If this DVD Recorder had an internal hard drive, I would have given it 5 stars.
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2004
this product uses dvd -r not +r but thats ok it's a great product, but if you don't havecable and you don't have satelite just a regular tv you will need to get a RF modulator from radio shack or another store there only a few dollars and then once it hooks up it's easy to use and works like a charm and will play all of your dvds as well you can easly hook up a vcr to the dvd recrder as well aand put your vhs tapes on dvd. If you find it to hard to hokup call the technical support department in the ook they are very helpful and will have you set this thing up in a few minutes.