This product is definately the best buy you can find, especially since I got it on sale. The 320GB HDD is quiet and holds as many hours of video as specified.
Mine has worked flawlessly. It records and plays everything I throw at it.
The HDMI 1080p upconversion is awsome, at least on my 1080P 42 in Vizio LCD TV.
The recordings are crisp, clear, and sharp on digital channels and not so bad on analog channels. Surround Sound is awsome on surround sound system.
The TV Tuner on this DVR is great.
Timer settings record accurately.
It has a lot of neat stuff, like recording a timer setting whether on or off. You can do about any type of editing you want, erase sections, hide chapters, etc. Now, lets address some issues. It doesn't record on DL dvds (dual layer - 8.7 gb vs std 4.7 gb discs). But it doesn't claim to and you are not paying for a High End DVR. Maybe you could replace the recorder with a dual layer recorder, but the software probably wouldn't support it. But you can split a 2 hour high quality movie between two STD dvds. One hour on each disc. It doesn't have a usb port for copying or playing usb drives or usb hd drives, but it doesn't claim to have one. Yes, the remote is hard to read in dim lighting, but it is not bad. So are a lot of other remotes. At least it is a good solid remote. Buttons are of various shapes, sizes and positions. Critical buttons are different colors, Red for recording, dubbing and power on/off. At least the layout is nice and buttons are not tiny, but medium sized for easy use. Directions are a little complex, but setup on screen is pretty much menu driven and user friendly. Just go though each option. But I had a Magnavox DVD recorder before, which is basically this machine without a HDD. Even the remotes work with the other machine. It can only record one channel at a time and only view that channel. But you can watch another recording or a DVD while it is recording. It only records in a 4:3 format, not a 16:9 widescreen format. Which is okay for me. It records analog channels fine, digital channels fine, and it records Hi Def channels as digital channels. But they are pretty sharp and at least it pulls them in. It does a fine job of converting analog and digital. It can be a digital converter or you can watch analog channels clearer on a digital LCD screen. Note: For best results watch DVDs through HDMI cable on HDMI Aux channel on LCD TV and watch analog and digital channels through component cables on Component Aux channel on LCD screen. The formatting is better and quality is better. Also, buying this new is a lot better buy than buying something used and cheaper, or used and over the internet. Used electronics, older than 3 or 4 years , are usually a waste of money because they break down or most of the life span is gone. Summary: All in all, even though this is not a state of the art, expensive machine, it is very good quality at a decent price. If taken care of properly (not abused) it should last a long time. But typically, electronics probably have roughly, a 3-5 year good life span if used a lot. I would recommend it to anybody in a heartbeat. I have no regrets buying mine. I am a computer programmer, computer technician, and computer geek and I approve of this message.
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