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Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder/Player - Black (2009 Model)

4.2 out of 5 stars 338 customer reviews
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  • Built In ATSC, QAM, NTSC Tuner
  • Records -R or -RW, +R or +RW Formats.
  • Playback , MP3, VCD, JPEG, Kodak Pic.
  • It has DV Input
  • 1080P Upconversion
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Toshiba
  • Model Number: DR570
  • Color: Black
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 year manufacturer's warranty

Product Description

Product Description

Enjoy the freedom of recording directly to DVD with the DR570. Convenient and versatile, this unit offers a built-in digital tuner and 1080p up conversion via HDMI. Built-in ATSC/NTSC/QAM digital/analog tuner allows for tuning of analog or digital channels from over the air, or cable, including “cable-in-the-clear” digital channels. Multi-format recording and playback provides the utmost in recording media convenience with compatibility with the most popular formats (DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW). Video up conversion up to 1080p resolution via HDMITM takes your current DVDs to a new level, for an amazing viewing experience on today’s HDTVs. One Touch Recording makes recording your favorite show simple. Just connect the DR570 to your cable or satellite box and you are set to record with the push of one button! Front DV Input makes it easy to save your precious memories to DVD. Auto Finalize with Undo simplifies the recording process by automatically finalizing your recording for playback on standard DVD players. REGZA-LINK (HDMITM-CEC) makes controlling multiple components easy. Just connect your recorder to other compatible devices using an HDMITM cable, and then control them using one remote, no additional programming or setup required!

From the Manufacturer

Enjoy the freedom of recording directly to DVD with the DR570. Convenient and versatile, this unit offers a built-in digital tuner and 1080p up conversion via HDMI. Built-in ATSC or NTSC or QAM digital or analog tuner allows for tuning of analog or digital channels from over the air, or cable, including “cable-in-the-clear” digital channels. Multi-format recording and playback provides the utmost in recording media convenience with compatibility with the most popular formats (DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW). Video up conversion up to 1080p resolution via HDMITM takes your current DVDs to a new level, for an amazing viewing experience on today’s HDTVs. One Touch Recording makes recording your favorite show simple. Just connect the DR570 to your cable or satellite box and you are set to record with the push of one button! Front DV Input makes it easy to save your precious memories to DVD. Auto Finalize with Undo simplifies the recording process by automatically finalizing your recording for playback on standard DVD players. REGZA-LINK (HDMITM-CEC) makes controlling multiple components easy. Just connect your recorder to other compatible devices using an HDMITM cable, and then control them using one remote, no additional programming or setup required!

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Toshiba
Item Weight 6 pounds
Product Dimensions 16.9 x 1.6 x 8.2 inches
Item model number DR570
Color Name Black
Specification Met Energy Star

Additional Information

ASIN B001TOD3KK
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 338 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #34,526 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#81 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > DVD Players & Recorders > DVD Players
Shipping Weight 7.5 pounds
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Date First Available April 30, 2009

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I'm writing this review after a month of use and the majority of the reviews are spot on. I evaluated recorders from several different manufacturers and decided to go with the Toshiba. I have a Toshiba VHS/DVD player combo as well as a no-frills Toshiba 14" CRT style TV which have been reliable for a few years now so I was confident this unit would at least meet those standards (I was not disappointed). The metal cabinet feels solid and the DVD tray isn't flimsy. A flip down door reveals the basic controls (play, stop , forward/reverse, record) as well as front inputs for S-Video, composite video/audio, and a 4-pin IEEE1394 Firewire DV port which you can connect a digital camcorder to.

I first did a test setup by connecting the CATV coax cable to the antenna in and then connecting the DR570 directly to a Sony Bravia LCD via HDMI. Initial setup was straightforward and I let the unit do an autoscan for channels. Scanning for "in the clear" digital channels took awhile (common issue with most QAM tuners) and unsurprisingly, it picked up some channels but not others (the Sony Bravia TV is no different in this regard). My actual setup just uses S-video and audio connections from my digital cable box (I don't use the built-in tuner).

I used a DVD+RW disc to try some test records with the different quality settings. These settings determine the bit rate (variable bit rate) of the MPEG-2 video stream and what I found is the LP mode (4 hours of recording) offering pretty good overall quality. The only exception is anything with fast action where you will notice a substantial degradation in the clarity during those particular recorded scenes. Both the XP (1 hour) and SP (2 hour) mode will take care of this issue at the expense of being able to record less content on a disc.
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I purchased this DVD recorder two weeks ago due to a need to replace an aging VCR that had provided many years of excellent service. Since I currently own a Toshiba DVD player and the VCR was a Toshiba,I decided to purchase the DR570, a newer version of the DR670 which was overwhelmingly positively reviewed.

The setup was extremely simple. The built in tuner has made recording easy and the picture quality is amazingly clear. I have not had any problems with the machine locking up or losing settings. I have played DVDs of both TV programs I have recorded as well as feature films. True, the remote does not feature a volume control-- however, neither does my Toshiba DVD player purchased back when video rental stores switched from VHS to DVD.

My only complaint is that loading is a little slow, but all in all I am extremely delighted with my purchase.
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I purchased 2 Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder to replace by VHS. What a difference. I record on it daily because I hate watching tv with all the commercials, and I can watch the shows when I want. It is like watching a live broadcast with the bonus of fast forwarding through the commercials. At times, I have taken the disks out of the Toshiba and play them in a DVD player that is several years old. No Problems. I did set up the Toshiba to do automatic finalization of the disk when I finish recording after reading the review that some people have problems with playing back in older DVD players.

I do record on Memorex 4x DVD+RW. It says I can record on them 1,000 times. So far, no problems with re-recording on the same disk. I do have to remember to Format each time I want to tape over something - which you need to get use to after having only VHS. The Toshiba does tell you how much record time you have left. So if you have a problem when you record, I have found it is usually the "operator" or "me" setting the times.

So, Great Product. Yes, I would buy again!
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The Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder is better than I expected for this value. I've only had it for about three days but here is my evaluation so far.

Pros: It has coaxial in and out jacks so that allows me to send a signal from my cable box through to my old VHS recorder and then to my TV. According to the manual it has copy protection but so far that hasn't interfered with my ability to record anything from cable. (I don't have any of the premium channels like HBO however, so I don't know if it can record from those.) In the "top menu" it allows you to preview the videos you have recorded with icons that display motion and sound when you select them. When you program a timer recording, the recorder powers off when it's done. The picture quality of the recordings I've made seem fine to me but I'm not a stickler for HD level quality. I won't spring for a Blu-ray player because the difference between that and regular DVD quality, for me, doesn't justify the expense. So, if you're like me, you'll be happy with the picture quality.

Cons: The remote is black and the buttons are labeled with dull gray lettering which can make it difficult to read in certain lighting. It takes its time loading and revising whatever changes you make, like changing titles on a video file, but if you're not in a hurry, it's a small quibble compared to the pros.

I've only commented on the features that I have actually tested at this point. Next, I'll try dubbing old VHS recordings onto DVD and let you know how it goes.

UPDATE August 19, 2009: In regards to dubbing from old VHS tapes, this model Toshiba does well with homemade tapes but would not dub from a tape that has copy protection.

A con I might mention, though minor, is that programming the titles is ponderous.
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