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Magnavox ZV457MG9 Dual Deck DVD/VCR Recorder

3.8 out of 5 stars 196 customer reviews
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  • ATSC Tuner
  • 1080P Up conversion output
  • HDMI output
  • R/F in and out
  • Dolby Digital 6 hour recoding on DVD
  • comes with remote control
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Magnavox
  • Model Number: ZV457MG9
  • Color: Black
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 90 days labor 1 year parts

Product Description

Dual Deck recorder with ATSC digital tuner. Record home movies on to DVD from Tape. HDMI up conversion out put for HD type picture quality on DVD

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Magnavox
Item Weight 9.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 10.4 x 17.2 x 4 inches
Item model number ZV457MG9
Color Name Black
Specification Met Energy Star

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 196 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #76,261 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#71 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > DVD-VCR Combos
#593 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > DVD Players & Recorders
Shipping Weight 12.8 pounds
Date First Available September 14, 2004

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I've only had this product for a week, so I can't address reliability--only design and function.

Overall, this is a good unit that does what it needs to do at a reasonable price. It does take some time to learn how to use this unit, and some things are not intuitive, so be sure to sit down and actually read the manual as you do things.

This unit has a DVD recorder and a VCR--which is handy for transferring old videos to DVD. However, if you have commercial VHS tapes, it will not let you dub those to DVD (due to copyright restrictions--if you try, it says this program is not allowed to be recorded.) The process for dubbing from VHS to DVD is pretty straightforward--set up the parameters and press a button and let it go until you tell it to stop or it senses that you have come to the end of the recording on the tape.

The editing process is a little more challenging. If you want to input title names, you have to use the remote like you are text messaging (eg press 1 three times to get the letter C). Also, the manual does not tell you this, but if you are not using RW discs, any chapter marks that you add will not be read by any other machines. (When you press skip during playback, you advance to the next chapter mark.) You can add manual chapter marks that are read by this machine, but when another DVD player is reading the finalized disc, it only recognizes the chapters that were auto-generated. On RW discs, manual chapter marks do show up. You can set the frequency of the auto-chapters--I used 5 minutes.

I tested this machine with +R, -R, +RW, and -RW and it worked as advertised with all of them. Both the +R and -R worked with my two other DVD players. The RW discs were not recognized by my older (2002) Sony DVD/VCR combo.
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Purchased unit to play back older VHS Movies through S-Video Cable.(Clearer Picture)
Also to record TV programs with DVD Recorder..
Was VERY HAPPY & AMAZED to find that all signals (VHS, DVD & TV Tuner) are able to be played back through the HDMI cable to TV. Makes VHS playback sharpest picture you can get. I have 1 cable running to my TV from this machine.
(No Need for the S-Video cable)
This allows hook up to be very easy, very fast and makes for nice neat appearance. (1 cable vs 3,4 or 5)
DVD recording play back is very SHARP and CHRISP. Sound is perfect too.
Having the DTV tuner lets me record DTV chanels too.

Only feature I found that was a little problem, was the Auto Clock setting.
Clock did not keep correct time when in Auto Mode.
Changed Clock setting to Manual Mode and clock keeps perfect time now..
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I bought this because it can tune HD off the air, play VHS tapes, will output both without any issues,* and will record DVD. I already have an old ILO DVD recorder with internal HD, but it does not tune digital channels and the DVD burner had quit on it some time ago. So at this point all it's good for is recording to the Hard Drive from another source. I also needed a replacement for my old Sony VCR for the few remaining VHS tapes I still have. The Magnavox ZV457MG9 fits the bill for exactly what I need.

The HD tuner is above average in quality of picture resolution on my Sony HDTV, with image quality on par with the TV's internal digital tuner and slightly better at resolving weak signals. Down sampling to NTSC to record shows on my ILO is very clean, with the only real loss in the compression I use to save HD space.

DVD playback is good quality, up sampling well through component or HDMI output. The only major downside I have found is when you put a DVD of any type (including blank disks) into the player it can take up to 30 seconds before the disk is recognized. Layer transition is usually very smooth, with very few artifacts or frame skips. Damaged DVDs still play rather well, so long as the damage is not severe. It even played a DVD that had been heat damaged that play in very few players with only a few artifacts.

For burning DVDs, I have only done a few, but in all cases the drive works as advertised. Recording to DVD is as easy as recording to an old VHS tape... just insert a blank disk, press the [RECORD] button, and you're recording about 3 seconds later. The DVD menu creation is a bit simplistic, but gets the job done. If you want high-quality DVD menus, this won't cut it, but if that's what you need you should be authoring on a PC, not a console.
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I really like the bang-for-the-buck with this machine so far (especially since I bought a refurbished model for half price on Amazon.com, though I'd have bought it for this excellent price otherwise). My own experience is too short to give a complete review, but there is such an unusually high amount of inaccurate info in reviews here I feel compelled to set the record straight because they confused me and I took a "chance" buying this machine, only to learn all my fears were groundless. After I've put the machine through all it's paces, I'll update this review.

The wrong information is clearly often from people who've had the machine for a short time and comment on things for which they haven't yet realized they've made a mistake, haven't found a solution in the poorly written -but extensive- manual, or even about things they haven't even tried.

For example, this machine copies VHS tapes directly to DVD and -in my brief experience- makes a decent recording directly from VHS to DVD-R on the 2-hr setting (I haven't tried slower), yet a commenter wrote: "...Though I have not tried it yet, im fairly sure it also wont allow for you to burn your old VHS tapes to DVD..." Amazing that someone would make such a comment without checking! Of course you can burn VHS tapes directly to DVDs on this machine - unless they're copy protected (more on that later).

Another false claim, for antenna broadcast TV use, is that you need a separate antenna for this machine and another for the TV! You can do it that way if you really need to point indoor antennas in two different directions, but you can run a single antenna (or cable TV) lead into this machine's "in" connection then "out" to the TV's in-connector just like VCR's have always done.
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