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Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
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Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 8 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 8th Generation HDD/DVD Recorder The MDR537H/F7 is one of three in the 53x Series... 533 and 535 are the others. This 537 has a 1000GB (1TB) HDD while the others have 320GB and 500GB HDDs. Primary source of info on these recorders is here: Manual is here: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * The Mag 533/535/537 (53x) Series is the 8th, and possibly final, generation of simple, family-friendly, durable, std def (SD, 480i) analog/digital DVD recorders (DVDR) with hard disk drive (HDD) that are yearly improvements of the same basic design and operating system. They're the ONLY recorders, SD or HD (720/1080), available for daily use in North America with: -NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuners for antenna or cable. -Easily replaceable/upgradeable/expandable HDD. -Easily replaceable DVD burner. -Widescreen (16:9) recording. -Amplified coax passthru w/unit on or off. -Amplified coax and line inputs. -DV input. -Coax digital audio out. -1080p HDMI upconvert. -36 timer-rec programs. -6-hour autorecord buffer. -Pause & rewind live TV. -Chase play. -Skip/replay. -Simultaneous play/record. -Record while watching diff. channel on TV via coax passthru. -Integrated TV/DVDR control via HDMI CEC-link. -1-2 hour power backup, dep. on whether Auto Clock is off or on. -Simple editing for your archive copies or home movies. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * FOR NEWCOMERS TO DVDRs OR THIS BRAND OF DVDR The 53x Series are standalone units that can record from antenna or cable coax. They also have line inputs so they can record from cable boxes and satellite receivers or copy from VCRs, DVRs, cameras and camcorders. They're so easy to use they can be operated by the entire family, from kids to timeshifters to gearheads. Timeshifters can reliably record a bunch of named shows, unattended and with NO tapes or discs. Gearheads can upgrade their HDD or create an "HDD farm" of multiple 2.5" and 3.5" external (E-SATA) HDDs with unlimited storage, <1-min. drive swapout, HDD portability, and external power for less internal heat and stress. The DVD burner is also DIY replaceable with a ~$70 OEM unit. For the past 5 years, this same HDD/DVD recorder design has proven to be a simple and reliable way to record your daily and weekly shows on analog or digital channels, completely unattended, so you can go on a long vacation or business trip and you'll never touch a disc! It's the only device you'll need to copy your family's home movies or your DVR recordings to a stand-alone, no-monthly-fee HDD, where you can edit or not, then high-speed dub to DVDs for a perfect mirror-image of the original. You can also record/copy direct to DVD, if you prefer. If you get your TV signal via OTA antenna, you won't need a digital converter box wherever you've got one of these. Fair warning: The HDD will spoil you rotten! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * FOR OWNERS OF PREVIOUS MODELS If you looked at or have one of the previous models in the Philips or Mag HDD/DVD series, you might only need to know that, with the 53x Series, Funai is basically only satisfying a "Primary Wish": KEEP MAKING THE MDR515!. The 53x Manual reads virtually the same as the 515 manual, except they now show 900 titles possible on the HDD instead of 600. One major disappointment, other than the fact that the MDR53x Series doesn't add any new capabilities, is that the remote still operates the older Mag HDD/DVD recorders, the 2080, 2160, 2160A, 513 and 515. Users of multiple Mag machines will still have to use barriers to operate a single machine. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ERRORS, OMISSIONS AND MISLEADS STILL IN THE MANUAL Be aware that the 53x manual STILL has several important errors, omissions, and misleads. Three of the worst are: 1. WRONG - SETTING THIS DVDR UP BEHIND A CABLE BOX, pg 19. Makes this DVDR a "slave" to the box! It should be 1st on the incoming cable coax unless you order PPV/VOD thru the box… only then do you need a 2-way splitter on the incoming coax. The coax circuit on this DVDR passes the raw signal thru to the box, so this DVDR can "pick off" (record) ANY unscrambled channel in the signal. It should NEVER be behind a cable box where it can only record the channel the box is tuned to… EVEN IF ALL YOUR CABLE CHANNELS ARE SCRAMBLED (makes no diff.). Of course, you must do an Auto Channel Preset > Cable (Analog/Digital) to make sure your DVDR sees and memorizes the unscrambled channels (if any). 2. OMITTED - MAKING FRONT- AND END-CUTS IN EDIT, Pp 93-94. Frustrates many new users! In the Scene Delete menu, only REW stops on 1st frame and only PLAY and FF stop on last frame. 2160, 2160A and 513 also had a totally confusing and unnecessary auto-Preview after an End Cut that should be IGNORED. At least the 53x Series doesn't have the confusing auto-preview! 3. MISLEADING - RECORDING 16:9 WIDESCREEN AS 4:3, pg 45. This half-truth has caused more misunderstanding than almost anything else in the manual. It's a "deep" technical subject that didn't need to be there! It HAS TO record a 4:3 aspect pic FRAME because the DVD Std was built on the old 4:3 VHS Std, but the DVD std allows a combo of square/non-square pixels, variable horiz. rez, compression and decompression within that 4:3 frame. THAT'S what allows your HDTV to stretch the "non-square" (rectangular) pixels of a WS image inside that 4:3 frame to natural 16:9 WS aspect. You just need to set this DVDR's Video > TV Aspect to "16:9 Wide" and your HDTV on its "Wide" aspect setting. However, this DVDR's DEFAULT setting for aspect ratio is "4:3 Letter Box" so you have to change that to 16:9 Wide during setup or none of your recordings will be 16:9 WS! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * IF YOU NEED MORE INFO OR DETAILS ON THE ABOVE, IT'S ALL HERE (same link as at top): 940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Disclaimer: I have never represented or worked for Funai or Walmart in any capacity… and currently don't work for anyone else! -:) 09/19/2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Happy with the new purchase.. We chose to hook this unit up with a splitter and use it and the cable box independent of each other. It's much easier to use the HDD to record whatever we want to record, and use the cable unit to watch live tv - also we found that using AV cables were much more successful and better quality than using an HDMI cable or a coax cable. We did find that the quality of signal was great even after using the splitter on the cable line - much better quality of picture and sound than the TWC cable box unit. Although we are satisfied with the price and service we received from WalMart, we found this unit for a few dollars less at Amazon - but unsure about the shipping policy from Amazon as well as tax rates charged. With Walmart, we satisfied if there should be a problem, we'll be able to take it to the nearest Walmart and get it replaced or refunded. You'll enjoy this unit - worth the money - and of course, Walmart's no hassle policy should give peace of mind to purchasers. 10/19/2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great mutlifunction recording device My reason for purchasing the 1TB design was to be able to record in HQ without space limitations and to secure a unit that had a tuner capable of accessing the new digital format. It appears to be very easy to replace the HD if required. The only drawback is the lack of a scheduling feature that uses the cable system's TV Guide. However, it's very easy to program and the quality is exceptional. This unit replaced my old SONY HD unit that did not have the digital tuner. It also had a smaller 160GB HD. 10/19/2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Magnavox MDR537h 1TB HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner is an extremely versatile device. Because it has so many recording and video capabilities, it probably should be used by individuals who have experience with home DVR recording. The digital tuner allows TV signals to be received over the air. With its 1TB HDD, the MDR537h provides high-capacity storage when recording to the HDD. The MDR537h allows also recording directly to the DVD drive and allows copying between the HDD and the DVD drive. The recorded-picture quality is quite good, and the disc menu structure is acceptable. In my opinion, the Magnavox MDR537h is an excellent DVR. 10/23/2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great DVR without the monthly charge Works like a VCR or a DVD recorder. Program the times and it records. Has built in digital tuner so you can record analog or digital. If you are watching a show through the recorder, you can pause live TV and catch back up later. It also lets you burn your recorded shows with the built in dvd burner. It takes a bit of time to get used to but easy after the first few uses. I will say that the instructions, though correct, could have been made a little easier to follow. I found that playing with the features of the unit made it easier to understand....... 10/21/2012
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