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Newer models are much better.
on March 10, 2005
UPDATE 2: I replaced my unit under warranty. The VCR picture quality is now excellent. It is as good as any VCR I own. Also, the tape counter now works ok. On the first unit I got, the VCR picture quality was poor.
UPDATE 1: MY UNIT HAS DEVELOPED AN ANNOYING QUIRK.
When playing a tape recorded in SLP speed, the VCR will sometimes play it at the SP mode. It is dependent on where in the tape you start playback. If you rewind the tape, you can find a spot where it plays OK, and then scan forward. This is on old tapes that I have used many times.
For a lower end unit, this is a good deal, with nice features for the price. However, it does not have all the great features of a higher priced unit.
I really like the DVD player on this unit. It works much better than any of my other DVD players (maybe because it is newer). It recognizes the DVD almost immediately. Jumping to different features on the DVD (like the menu, or different scenes) is very quick and without any glitches.
I bought this DVD unit because it plays VCD. It is one of the few remaining DVD's that play VCD's (an old Asian format). It also plays CDR's. I haven't tried the various DVD recordable formats yet. I will report when I do.
The remote control works very well. The system has a very quick response to the remote control. I have had other units, like Panasonic, where the remote control is not so reliable. It has some nice features, like a 30 second commercial skip, and all the usual ones, like flipping to the last channel viewed.
The menus are fairly easy to navigate. Programming the timer recorder is a good and easy as I have seen on any unit. It is certainly easier than on the Go, Pansonic or Zenith models.
The VCR works fine, and has a good mechanism. The picture quality is not that great when recording SLP mode. Playback of tapes recorded in the SLP (sometimes called EP) other players do not look as good when played on the Daewoo. I haven't tried the higher quality setting yet. The scan, and slow motion modes work well, although there isn't a choice in speeds.
The DVD portion has composite video out or S-video outputs. Like all DVD/VCR combos I have seen, the composite video only works with the DVD and does not work with the VCR. If you have a TV with composite video inputs, you hook up the DVD portion to that, and then you hook up the VCR to a different input on your TV. On the TV, you can watch the DVD player from either the composite inputs or the VCR inputs. The S-Video also only works on the DVD player. With many other DVD/VCR combos, the S-Video will also work for the VCR/tuner (especially those VCR's that can play SVHS tapes). I don't know why they can't convert the signal so that everything could go through the composite inputs.
Being a cheap model, here are the features that aren't as good as a more expensive model:
-When you turn it on, it always goes to DVD mode first. I use the TV monitor and VCR more often, so this is a minor inconvenience. It does change modes very quickly.
-The remote control is not universal, so you can't use it to control your TV.
-I could use more audio output jacks, so I could hook it up to both my stereo and my TV, without having to use splitters.
-Will not play SVHS tapes (I actually haven't tried one, so I don't know for sure).
-The display on the unit is very limited. When playing a VCR tape, it only shows "PLAY", and not the time or any other info.
Note, I did a lot of researching on Amazon for DVD/VCR combinations. None of them got good reviews from the readers. They all seemed to have reliability problems. Why is that? It may be that DVD/VCR combinations are so new that they aren't reliable yet, or only the people who have problems with them bother to write reviews.
In many reviews of different VCR's I see people complaining that you can't record in LP mode. LP is the medium quality setting where you get 4 hours on a tape. LP mode is no longer a popular option and is almost nonexistant these days. The improvements of the SLP or EP mode (6 hours per tape)have made the LP mode obsolete.