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Initial post: Aug 25, 2008, 9:31:45 PM PDT
What I want is a dvd recorder that I can record movies from my tv and burn onto the discs and also burn vhs tapes onto a disc. I have found that most vhs tapes have a copyright on them and wont allow this, and that is ok, but the 2 players i have had, I think Panasonic and Emerson, both of them have stopped recording. The Emerson-RW/R recorder that I have became very picky about the brands and then the speeds of blank discs that it would record on and now it wont record and will not play prerecorded ones from the store either. I am tired of wasting my money on these machines. Can anyone help me as to what brand and what model to buy so that I can record anything off the tv that I want to and also play them back and play back prerecorded ones. Thank you!!

Posted on Jul 1, 2009, 1:24:01 PM PDT
Jader88 says:
Have you looked at the Panasonic recorders, such as the DMR-EZ48VK, DMR-EZ485VK and DMR-EA38VK. I believe they have what your looking for. You should buy them while you still can because DVD recorders will be taken of the market pretty soon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2009, 9:25:14 AM PDT
Jader, You say that DVD recorders will be taken off of the market... Please explain.... What was the source of this info... Why... etc, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2009, 2:07:14 PM PDT
Jader88 says:
Look on Best Buy, and you'll see that very few companies are making DVD recorders anymore. They just make blue ray players and regular dvd players now. Unlike before where many different companies made DVD recorders, most simply abandoned the market. Panasonic is one of the few companies that still makes a variety of recorders. Tivo and other hard drive based recorders have been more popular because of ease of use meaning people who cant figure out how to record onto to dvds just buy tivos and thats why they have taken over the market but they are subscription based. Another way you could go is purchase a hard drive recorder that is not subscription based such as moxi or build your own, some computer companies let you build your own hard drive based tv recorders, also know as DVR. There not as convenient as just plugging in a dvd recorder but that's the only alternatives out there.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2009, 9:42:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 16, 2009, 10:40:35 AM PDT
Thanks for the reply. I can see how you think what you do, but I disagree. DVD recorders are becoming harder to find (overall availability is down) and my last Amazon search showed that the prices have gone way up. I personally think the reason for this is because many DVD recorders do not last very long and the warranty repairs are eating companies up. Although I love the FR recording feature of the Panasonic machines (I have four of them, all dead now after just over one year of use each) for doing "high quality" (SP/LP combined speed) movies over two hours long, I think their reliability sucks. I have two dead Sansui combination machines also. I use a Tivo, by the way and have a satellite system with several extra "boxes" for recording personal copies of movies to watch over as I see fit. My recommendation to anyone looking for a long lasting (basic) DVD recorder is to buy (if they are still available) a Sylvania machine. They don't have an FR recording mode or even a three hour mode (they do have 1hr, 2hr, 4hr, and 6hr) and you can only add a title after you record, but all three of the ones I have are still running strong. On the bright side they have come cheap (K-Mart once had them on clearance for about 30 bucks each a few years ago when I bought the last 2) and full price for the first machine was about 100 bucks). They start recording real quick (using the remote in "manual mode") and are great to have connected to your Tivo or DVR (or a VCR for coping tapes) for making a permanent copy of something. They also do not seem to be picky about which media you feed them (I've used Memorex 8X & 16X, HP 8X, Verbatim 16X, and Office Depot 16X, all -R's). I've even had one of the three (the oldest one-around 3 years old) machines in my living room (where I spend 90% of my time controlling the pain in my busted up spine laying on the couch) where I smoke around two packs a day which supposedly kills DVD recorders (the youngest Panasonic was right next to it and died just over a year after I got it). For what it's worth even the Panasonic machines that were kept in other rooms (with the doors closed) died in just over a year.
By any chance do you know if a computer type DVD recorder/drive will swap into my dead Panasonic machines? I did love using them and now I really miss not having a recorder that can make a good quality 2+ hour movie. I really don't have the money to waste on another Panasonic or an "unknown" machine, but computer DVD drives are pretty cheap when on sale.
"Lone Wolf"

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2009, 10:33:55 AM PDT
DVR91DG is the model no of my Sylvania machines.
Besides what I said to Jader in my last post, the Sylvania (and the Panasonic's & the Sansui's) WILL record movies from HBO/MAX, etc. (unlike some brands and the Sony machines-which I have not tried, but heard they will not without a "cheater"/de-scrambler box).
By the way most, but not all, "WB" bought" VHS tapes do not have copy protection. To test them before trying to record, play the tape long enough to check for copy protection THROUGH your recorder's output (look for scenes that are darker than they should be, weird bands of color or dark lines across the screen, "flashing" bright/dark weirdness, etc. which are signs of C.P.).
One other real important note;
Most or many movies recorded from HBO/MAX/STRZ, etc.) will only play one time (on a DVD recorder) because of "one time use" garbage incorporated into the movie's signal (at least with my satellite provider) . Buy yourself a DVD-player-only machine if you want to watch your favorite movies over again (my older (around 10 years old) Sony Player works every time).
"Lone Wolf"
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