- Brand Name: Magnavox
- Model Number: ZV427MG9
- Item Package Quantity: 1
Magnavox ZV427MG9 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo, HDMI 1080p Up-Conversion, No Tuner
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- DVD Player/Recorder; Video Cassette Recorder
- Four (4) VCR Video Heads; Dolby Digital Recording
- One Touch Recording; Upto 12 Program Recording; Dubbing Mode; Left Channel Stereo Recording
- Progressive Scan System; High Definition Multi-Media Interface (HDMI)
- Theater Surround Sound; Virtual Surround System
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Top Customer Reviews
I was in need of another combo unit when the one I had died and I hadn't transferred all tapes to DVD. I didn't really want to spend that much for a unit, but the "remanufactured" option was within the budget.
I have to say that this was money well spent. Not only to do you get a quality 4-head VHS player/recorder, but you also get a stunningly-versatile DVD player/burner. With 6 months of life left in my old combo unit, the VHS tapes played back with lines through the screen; hardly a quality you want when transferring tapes to DVD. Some of the tapes weren't even played that much, and sure "tape" over time will continue to degrade, but you should still get a decent picture from a tape in good condition. The 4-head VHS player brought the quality of the tape back to life.
Perhaps the best feature I'm crazed about is the DVD chapter editing feature. Of course when you record a program, chapters will automatically be added per your selected setting options (every 5...10...15min) from the menu; however, prior to finalizing your disc, you can review the chapter markers and edit them as you choose (add, move to new location or remove completely); something my old unit didn't do.
Finally, when I purchased this item, shipping was slated for at least 5-7 business days since it was coming from a third-party distributor. I ordered it on 1/25, it was shipped on 1/26 and I received it on 1/27 -- SWEET!! The shipping time enabled me to receive the unit, set it up, review the features and had me recording and dubbing by the weekend.
I bought this after returning a similarly-priced tunerless player-only combo product made by Samsung. That one would only output VHS over the composite line. No component. No HDMI. Apparently some upscaling or signal processing is involved in making the VHS play over those outputs, but the Magnavox outputs VHS over all three types of cables. I don't need to use two inputs on my tv, and I don't need to find my tv remote to switch inputs if I want to watch a tape.
Picture quality is excellent for dvd, VHS, and the cable-box signal I'm running through the player. The VHS picture is not as good as dvd, but I didn't expect it to be. It's still a high quality four head VCR/VHS player that looks tons better than my now dead one from 2001.
I tested the recording functions, which I don't generally use, and they work great, even with cheap dvds. Set-up was easy, and I didn't have any trouble figuring out the remote.
The long and short of it is that I was able to replace my dead vcr at a reasonable price with something that suits my current needs and home entertainment configuration.
Please note that I ordered this model refurbished. The manual that came with it indicates that it is a class A. I recommend that you contact the seller to make sure that you're going to get the A model.
I followed the instruction P.27 using Sony and TDK DVD+R, P41-42 dubbing Process and P.44-45 Finalizing a Disc, but it did not work. After 6 times try and error, called customer service 3 times, they finally told me "We cannot guarantee the disk you copied can be used in other units."
I would definitely not recommend this product.
I admit, it can be a little daunting to use. It can play VHS and DVD and record VHS and DVD and copy a tape to DVD and DVD to tape. With all those features and the portocalls they all require expect the directions to be involved and the remote to have more buttons than a clown suit. There is no other way.
I bought it primarily to record my tapes to DVD. It's a job that it does very well.
But you need to read the instructions and follow them carefully. To those that it may not seem intuitive to when you transfer a TAPE to DVD it is called DUBBING not recording. There is an inportant distinction. If you don't understand this you will wind up ruining your tapes as record over them thinking you are transferring.
Another thing to keep in mind is that DVD's need to be FINALIZED. There is a process in the machine that is outlined in the manual that needs to be done. Otherwise the disc will only play in this machine and not another. Your computer does this automatically when you go to eject a disc that you have burned on your computer but it needs to be manually done, by selecting the menu option with the remote, on this machine.
If people would just read the manual and follow the instructions carefully it would avoid the negative comments that this machine has garnered.
As to how long it will last ... I'll see, but I have no complaints. For the price this is a good deal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used to really like this for recording old games on DVD and VHS, however just recently after recording some footage the VCR started destroying my tape, with the footage slowly... Read morePublished 2 months ago by E Z
Great product for those like myself with lots of old VHS tapes around. First model broke after about two years. Hopefully this one will do better.Published 2 months ago by ZachMillerAuthor
i got one of these a few years ago and it still works, but i remember i had to buy a replacement remote after less than a year because the number buttons randomly stopped working... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cole H.
I have saved all my family videos and made copies for all. Such a nice thing to do for my family. Highly reccommend. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LYNN
Make sure you use a surge protector with these units. It doesn't take much of a surge to knock them out. I have gone through two of them for
not having a surge protector.
This was a totally refurbished by Magnavox DVD sold by another seller on Amazon. It is perfect. Exactly like the one we had. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sami
It was probably an issue of user error, but I've tried several different ways (including reading the manual), but I could not the dubbing feature to work, which it the sole purpose... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bunyan10
POC. 3rd VHS tape I put in this Magnavox ate it.. Of coarse it was a old original version still in the rapper of Easy Rider.. Needless to say I was not a happy camper. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gordon Davis