- Brand Name: Pioneer
- Model Number: DVR-RT300-S
- DVD Type: DVD player
- Audio Output Mode: Stereo
- DVD Media Load Type: Tray
Pioneer DVR-RT300-S DVD Recorder and VCR Combo
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- DVD Video, DVD -R/-RW, CD R/RW, Audio CD, (MP3, WMA, and JPEG playback), VHS tape
- Progressive scan, VHS-to-DVD and DVD-to-VHS recorder, variable bit rate (VBR) recording
- S-Video, component, composite video/audio, and digital audio out
- Dolby digital, virtual surround
- Measures 16.9 x 3.9 x 12.3 inches (W x H x D)
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Perhaps the most distinguishing of its high-end feature set is the unit's recording capabilities. You can record VHS to DVD, or DVD to VHS. This cross-recording offers a flexibility few others do. You can also play WMA and MP3 files; and view JPEGs.
The DVD player features progressive scan output. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.
The tape player sports a HiFi 4-head VCR that delivers high quality video and stereo audio. VCR Plus ensures you see the best picture quality possible.
A host of output choices mean you can use whichever connection is most convenient or highest-quality. There's the standard composite A/V (RCA) jacks in both the front and rear. S-Video and component video output connect higher-end TVs, and digital audio output lets you send audio to most any home theater system.
The DVR-RT300-S is a great hybrid at an even more stellar price. This unit lets you play the old-school tapes and still enjoy the newest DVD technology.
Top Customer Reviews
* Crisp playing, recording, and dubbing, especially at the XP and SP DVD settings: XP is virtually indistinguishable from live broadcast. It does what it is supposed to do, and does it well, as one would expect from a Pioneer product.
* All the plugs on the back are clearly marked, which made for quick installation. All the necessary cables were included, as were batteries for the remote that comes with it. The RT300 integrated easily with our particular TV and cable setup, and I was dubbing VCR tapes to DVDs in about 20 minutes after getting it out of the box.
* Pleasantly surprised that it came with a blank DVD-RW and a blank DVD-R, so that I could start recording with it right away.
* The product manual is poorly laid out, with no table of contents or subject index. You'd do better to download the product manual and search that instead if you're looking for a particular function.
* The remote is relatively "dense" as far as number of buttons crammed into a small space. This is a consequence of having a machine that can do both DVD and VCR functions, but it makes navigating around to find a particular button difficult until you're used to it.
* Entering alphanumeric info for things like DVD chapter titles is a pain, involving using the remote to navigate across an on-screen keyboard to enter letters. I don't know if there's a better way of having users do that, but it seems like there has to be an easier way than this.Read more ›
This unit works great, and does exactly what it's supposed to. I've been very pleased with the video and audio quality (and I'm very picky). The only thing that's bothersome is the amount of time it takes from when you insert a disc to when it's ready to record or perform other operations. Also, you always have to press the "DVD/VCR" button on the remote to get a picture on your screen. If you don't do this, you'll keep getting the regular TV station broadcast. This button is not on the player itself, so it makes me scared that the remote will break and I won't be able to use the DVD player anymore!
All in all a good value and I've been very happy with it.
I am in the process of boxing it up to send back to Pioneer after 7 months. One reason is that has never been able to dub from tape to DVD. The second reason is that it died earlier this weak. The video output is pure static in both DVD and VCR modes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this unit to move my VHS tapes over to DVDs. Needless to say there's never any time and they haven't been done yet but when I have used the unit it's fantastic! Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by LadyKeys
I"ve had this recorder since 1/11/07. First, I dubbed all my vhs tapes to dvd with great results. I've recorded a lot of movies from tv with quality that is equal to the image on... Read morePublished on January 9, 2008 by P. Pirillo
I bought this unit without checking what media it accepts. It only writes to DVD-R/DVD-RW. It just so happen that my house is full of DVD+R...so i had to go purchase it. Read morePublished on August 15, 2005 by M. Pham