Toshiba DVR670 DVD/VHS Recorder with Built in Tuner (Black)
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- DVD and VHS Recorder with two way dubbing
- Built In ATSC, QAM, NTSC Tuner
- Playback:MP3, VCD, JPEG, Kodak Pic
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Amazon.ca Product Description
DVD/VHS Recorder with Built in Tuner.
From the Manufacturer
Toshiba's D-VR670 combines the functionality of multiple A/V components into a single, compact unit. The combination of a DVD player and VCR lets you enjoy audio and video from a variety of sources, or transfer video from DVD to VHS (and vice versa). Integrated digital and analog tuners allow you to receive over-the-air television content without a separate converter box, and when combined with DVD-recording capabilities, make it possible to record TV programming to DVD. As an added bonus, the D-VR670's video-upscaling technology enhances standard-definition DVD video to near-HD 1080p levels, for a better HDTV experience.
DVD Recorder/VCR Combo with Built-In Digital Tuner
A built-in ATSC/NTSC/QAM digital/analog tuner allows for tuning of digital channels from over-the-air broadcast or cable, including "cable-in-the-clear" digital channels.
Multi-Format Recording and Playback
The D-VR670 provides serious recording media convenience, with the ability to record to both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW recordable DVD formats and to VHS tape. Program up to 12 TV recordings, or copy DVDs over to VHS tapes (and vice versa). When recording DVDs, enjoy the convenience of automatic chapter markers, title menu/playlist making, and finalizing.
A variety of digital formats are also supported, for those who have a lot of media on their computers and other devices. Enjoy MP3/WMA audio, JPEG images/photos, and DivX format video from CD-R/RW discs. DivX files can also be recorded on DVD-RW/-R and DVD+RW/+R.
Take advantage of modern HDTVs with DVD video upconversion to 1080p resolution, via the D-VR670's HDMI output. Take your current DVDs to a new level, for a more detailed viewing experience.
One-Touch Recording makes recording your favorite show simple. Just connect the D-VR670 to your cable or satellite box, and you're set to record with the push of one button.
Right up front, the D-VR670 boasts a DV input, making it easy to save your precious memories to DVD. Front RCA audio/video input jacks are also provided for connecting additional A/V devices without digging around behind the unit. The rear of the unit also features an S-VHS input and another set of RCA audio/video inputs, and of course an antenna input/output.
For connecting the D-VR670, you'll also have a variety of output options: HDMI for audio and video over a single cable (and DVD upconversion), component and RCA video outputs, S-video output, and both RCA/digital coaxial audio outputs.
Immersive Surround Sound
When connecting the unit to a compatible amplifier or decoder, you can enjoy surround sound from your DVDs in both Dolby Digital and DTS formats. Audio can be transmitted with video over HDMI, and both digital coaxial and standard RCA audio outs are provided, for a variety of connectivity options.
D-VR670 Select Specifications
|Playable Formats:||DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-R/RW, VCD, SVCD; VHS Cassette; MP3/WMA/JPEG/DivX files from CD-R/RW Disc; DivX files from DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW|
|Video D/A Converter:||54MHz/10-Bit|
|Tuner Channels:||ATSC/NTSC/QAM Digital Tuning|
|Front DV Input:||1|
|Front A/V Input:||1|
|Rear S-Video Input/Output:||1/1|
|Rear RCA-Video Input/Output:||1/1|
|Rear Analog Audio Input/Output:||1/1|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Output:||1/1|
|Weight and Dimensions|
|Dimensions (WxHxD):||17.13 x 3.92 x 10.55 Inches (W x H x D)|
What's in the Box
Toshiba DVR670 DVD Recorder, Remote Control with Batteries, RF Coaxial Cable, RCA Audio/Video Cables, Owner's Manual, Quick Setup Guide
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First, if you want to go from your antenna line-in and/or your cable line-in directly to the back of the VRC/DVD unit to record OTA or cable programs while watching other programs on your TV, then you need a VCR/DVD unit with a tuner. Not all units listed have tuners; this one does. A tunerless unit will require a more complicated hookup and you can only record what you are watching.
Next, there is the issue of analog versus digital equipment. Be sure to pay attention to the statements posted about analog equipment. Also, pay attention to the measurements to be sure the unit you purchase will fit wherever you wish to place it. Some combo units are bigger than stand alone VCRs & DVD players.
Finally, you should be aware of the input/output connections on the back of your TV to be sure they will accommodate the input/output connections on the back of the VRC/DVD unit that you purchase. Some web sites ([...]
Except for the complicated Owner's Manual & the noisy opening & closing of the DVD tray, this unit has met or exceeded all my expectations.
The DVR 670 is one of the few VCR/DVD combos on the market that allow you to record Off The Air Digital broadcasts on VHS tape. While the quality of HDTV programs on VHS tape is inferior to DVD, it's a quicker, easier, and cheaper way to make recordings if you just want a temporary recording of a TV program you don't want to miss, plus you save money in not having to pay monthly fees for a DVR service.
The Toshiba DVR 670 VCR/DVD combo has a Digital tuner so you can record Off The Air OTA channels with it. It is a little bit complicated to use but the manual has a lot of information. If you want to make quick recordings of HDTV and don't care about high image quality you can easily use VHS tapes and reuse them to record over and over. If you want high quality HDTV recordings then you need to use the DVD recorder part of the VCR/DVD combo.
The Digital tuner works very well, it produces high quality images from HDTV, however the audio is not as loud as when I watch HDTV through my Digital converter box.
If you have an analog Tube TV and you want to record one OTA channel and watch another OTA channel at the same time you can do it with the DVR 670.
The following are instructions on how to do this:
2 Rabbit ear antennas
1 Digital converter box
1 tube TV with analog tuner only
1 RF Coaxial cable (included with the DVR 670)
1 set of Composite cables (included with the DVR 670)
1 set of Stereo Audio cables colored white and red (included with the DVR670)
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Connect TV antenna into RF IN on converter box.
2. Connect one end of RF Coaxial cable to TV RF OUT on converter box.
3. Connect other end of RF Coaxial cable to RF IN on TV.
4. Connect 2nd antenna into antenna IN on the back of the DVR 670.(You will NOT need to use the antenna OUT on the back of the DVR 670).
5. Connect one end of the composite cable, the yellow one, to OUT on the back of the DVR 670.
6. Connect the other end of the composite cable to the IN on the TV.
7. Connect the Stereo audio cables to OUT on the back of the DVR 670.
8. Connect the other end of the Stereo Audio cables to the IN on the TV.
You are done. Now you will be able to watch one channel and record another channel at the same time.
To watch a channel with your converter box, turn your TV to channel 3 and turn on the converter box and use the CONVERTER REMOTE to switch channels. To check on what you are recording press the VIDEO or GAME button on your TV REMOTE and this will switch you over to the DVR 670 tuner. To go back to watching multiple channels with your converter box while the DVR is recording one channel, press VIDEO or GAME on your TV REMOTE, now you can use your CONVERTER REMOTE to watch multiple channels.
I have to down grade this from 4 to 3 stars because of a couple of minor problems: 1. once in a while it will freeze for a second or two when playing DVDs. It seems to be hypersensitive to dust or light scratches on the DVD, if you clean the DVD well this momentary freezing goes away. 2. when I tune in OTA Digital stations on some it goes out of order when I change channels, for example when using the remote up or down channel button it will go to 2-3 then 2-4 then 2-1 then 2-2 instead of 2-1 then 2-2 then 2-3 then 2-4. It only does this on a couple of channels but it's irritating.
This unit can be noisy too, the exhaust fan turns itself on a lot, even when the unit is turned off it will run.
I would probably still buy this because there is not a lot to choose from on the market, the JVC DVD/VCR combo has a lot of problems(see Amazon reviews) and the Panasonic DVD/VCR combo doesn't record OTA DTV on VHS tape.
I bought a set of 10 Sony DVD-RW disks and they work as expected. I can view recordings on my PC and also create DVDs on my PC (in DVD-VR mode only so far, via NeroVision) which are then viewable on this unit. I have not been successful in creating AVI movies that the unit is happy with but after converting such movies (or WMV files etc.) to DVD-VRs I can view them on this unit just fine. It also played mixed folders of JPGs in slideshow format, although if you have many files in a directory any kind of manual navigation gets a little tedious. I have not tried any of the other myriad supported formats yet other than a CD-R music CD which also played as expected.
I tried VCR->DVD recording ("dubbing", as the manual calls it) and it works as expected but the quality is just so much worse than a HDTV tuner->DVD recording but that is just a limitation of the VHS technology. It did seem that the quality of VCR playback was a little worse than on my old 15 or so year old Mitsubishi but since the latter died I was not able to do side by side comparisons. However, this unit serves its purpose well of digitizing old home movies etc. before the tapes degrade even further.
The only small negatives are the almost impossible to read "gray on black" text on the remote (now who thought that would be cool?), and the slightly noisy VCR motor or fan (?) that is always on when the unit is powered on.
All in all, I am very impressed with this unit's performance and even the manual is quite readable I thought and I have had no issues with what I have tried to use it for so far.
Have been able to use Picture in Picture now since it has the tuner in it so that's been nice.
Only thing I don't like so far as the remote, it's OKAY, but after the poor reviews on the remote for the last model I would have thought Toshiba would have made it better. Not laid out great, and not backlit. If that's my biggest complaint going forward I'll stay happy!