Magnavox HDD DVR and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 500GB

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  • 1080p up-conversion
  • Watch, forward, rewind or freeze live TV while recording
  • 4-way dubbing
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    Record media in high resolution with the Magnavox 500GB HDD DVR and DVD Recorder. This HDD DVR and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner lets you watch, forward, rewind or freeze live TV while recording. With a hard drive capacity of 500 GB, you can put an end to disorganized drawers of VHS tapes by selecting media to watch in-menu. Featuring 1080p up-conversion, the Magnavox HDD DVR DVD Recorder provides faithfully high definition recording of your favorite shows or movies. Unlike TiVo, there is no monthly subscription fee and it functions much like a VCR. With 4-way dubbing and Dolby Digital stream out, the Magnavox 500GB HDD DVR and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner will become an indispensible part of your TV-watching regimen. A DV-input allows you to connect the device to other electronics for storage so that you can keep recording your favorite shows. If you're looking for a smart digital recording solution, consider buying the Magnavox 500GB HDD and DVD Recorder.

    Magnavox 500GB HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner:

    • 1080p up-conversion
    • Watch, forward, rewind or freeze live TV while recording
    • Recording capacity of 500 GB
    • 4-way dubbing
    • Dolby Digital stream out
    • Virtual Surround System
    • DV-Input


    Remote Control Type: Full
    Battery Type: Carbon Zinc
    Primary Color: Black
    Multi Pack Indicator: No
    Model No.: MDR535H/F7
    Shipping Weight (in pounds): 10.2
    Product in Inches (L x W x H): 11.5 x 16.6 x 2.4
    Assembled in Country of Origin: Imported
    Origin of Components: Imported
    Walmart No.: 550485134

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    8th Gen. of Philips/Magnavox HDD/DVD Recorders

    Customer review by wajo2

    5.0 stars by wajo2

    The MDR535H/F7 is one of three in the 53x Series... 533 and 537 are the others. This 535 has a 500GB HDD while the others have 320GB and 1000GB (1TB) 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 hard disk drive (HDD): 320/500/1000GB (1TB). -Easily replaceable DVD burner. -Widescreen (16:9) recording. -Amplified coax and line input. -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 an antenna or cable TV. They can also record from cable boxes and satellite receivers or copy from DVRs. 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 and 513. 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): * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Disclaimer: I have never represented or worked for Funai or Walmart in any capacity… and currently don't work for anyone else! -:)

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    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
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    Loved it so much, I bought two!

    Customer review by OttawaOgdensburgShopper

    5.0 stars by OttawaOgdensburgShopper

    I have an older Toshiba DVR (how old? It has 60 gb hard drive!) So I decided to give the Magnavox a try with its 500 gb HDD. I love it! It's very easy to use and holds a ton of shows. I haven't used the DVD recorder yet, but that's only because I haven't needed to free up any HDD space. One of my favorite features of this device is that it continually records whatever you are watching on TV, sort of like a Tivo, but without the monthly fee. It runs in the background so you don't even know that it's on, but from time to time I do want to rewind and have my very own "instant replay". I highly recommend this product.

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    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Ownership:3 - 4 months
    Age:55 - 64
    Usage:Every day
    My second one

    Customer review by RenegadeTexan

    5.0 stars by RenegadeTexan

    I have owned this for two years now. I have made 100s of DVDs. My first appreciation of this product was the built in tuner. I did not have cable at the time and when I hooked up my mickey mouse antenna to it I was amazed that I got both digital and high definition channels. When I did get cable hooked up it got even better! From time to time you will get an error message when dubbing a DVD. This is because the disc itself is flawed. For whatever reason the manufacturer of the blank DVD is to blame. I bought a second one when I thought my first had died after two years of heavy use. My unit froze up while dubbing a DVD and would do nothing. I unplugged it and when I plugged it back in....dead. No power, nothing. I was sad at first because I had stored so many things on the hard drive. The next day after leaving it unplugged overnight, I decided to plug it in once more. It worked! No problems. It repaired itself. I am very happy and now I have a second one for my other TV!

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    Ownership:Longer than one year
    Age:45 - 54
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    by G-ma
    • If you are talking about recording from 8-9 pm tonight, for example, you can only record one. This only has one tuner. You would need more than one tuner to record more than one program at the same time that way.
      by SciFiAndMustangGuy
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    • One, but you can record one program while watching another on the TV by tuning the tuner in the recorder to the chanel you want to record and then switching your TV input to antenna or cable or whatever you want to watch while the recorder is recording.
      by KCinAR
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    • It has a single tuner. You can only record one program at a time.
      by danb7888
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    • One at a time. You can record one program and watch another TV channel while recording
      by Iget50MPGwithmyPrius
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    • Only one.
      by AZLOC
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      by pcf42
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    • One. The Mag has only one tuner. You can, however, record one channel but watch a diff. channel using your cable box or TV tuner if you run the incoming coax thru the Mag first, then coax out to the box or TV. The Mag has a built-in, amplified/filtered splitter that feeds the tuner but also passes the raw signal, SD or HD, thru to downstream components so they can tune any channel they want indepenjdent from the Mag. Lots of info and help files here:
      by wajo2
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    Does this have a tuner? I don't have cable or dish -- will this unit record shows with and without the tv being on? Thanks!!
    by kckc
    • Yes, this has a digital tuner and can record without the TV being on as long as it can get a signal from an antenna for the channel you want to record.
      by SciFiAndMustangGuy
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    • Yes it has a built in tuner and yes it can record without the tv being turned on.
      by KCinAR
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    • Yes, it does. It has a single built in tuner that will record the new over the air digital as well as the old analog channels. The TV does not need to be on to record.
      by danb7888
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    • Yes it has a tuner. Yes it will record without TV being on
      by Iget50MPGwithmyPrius
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    • Yes the unit has a tuner. If you hook up the unit between your antenna or cable jack and the TV it will record without the TV being on. If your TV has multiple inputs you now have some choices to either watch what you are recording or watch somethings else while recording a different channel.
      by pcf42
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    • yes, it has a tuner and records without the tv being on. i use it for that purpose every day. you have to manually set up the recording times, like with the old VHS recorders, but it is very easy to do and you have the option of setting up every day, every weekday, or every week recording schedules.
      by sillysand
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    • Yes, it has NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuners for both antenna and cable TV. TV does not have to be on. Mag does not have to be on to do timer recordings. An index of info and help files is here:
      by wajo2
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    by ceddo
    • It has one HDMI output on the back to send the signal to your TV,
      by SciFiAndMustangGuy
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    • yes HDMI out to tv
      by danb7888
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    • Yes, it has one HDMI output
      by Iget50MPGwithmyPrius
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    • yes i use the hdmi out for playing dvds
      by intonewelectronics
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    • It has an HDMI output. Input is by simple composite, S-video and/or coax to the tuner.
      by AZLOC
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    • Yes, one is available.
      by Hankeight
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    • Yes, plus other "line outputs:" Component RGB, S-Video+WR Audio, and Composite YWR RCA. Any one will display internal Mag stuff (menus, channels, HDD titles, DVDs) on your TV with compatible input(s). Nothing internal goes thru the Mag's coax like your VCR. The Mag's COAX circuit is a built-in signal splitter that feeds the Mag's tuner and passes the raw incoming signal through, whether SD or HD, to downstream components. It's slightly amplified and filtered to give you max. pic quality on your TV (or cable box), which can tune the passthrough signal on the coax with its own tuner so you can watch one channel with the TV/box's tuner while you record a diff. channel with the Mag's tuner. An index of help files and tips is here for everything, from setup to operation:
      by wajo2
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