Originally Posted by Lee Harvey Oswald
I need a DVD recorder with the following. I'd like to spend no more than $250 on one DVD recorder. Here's what I'm looking for:
1. Ability to transfer VHS to DVD. (Do I need a dual VHS/DVD Recorder for this? Or can I wire a VCR to a standalone DVD recorder?)
2. Record one program and watch another one live.
3. Mostly what I tape is sports so I need whatever to record for 4-5 hours.
4. Be able to program recordings.
5. Can I get two DVD Recorders and hook them up to one tv so I can start watching one DVD and finish recording in the other? (When I get a house I'll have two tv setups so I'd move the other dvd player to the bedroom. But for now all I got is one tv).*
6. Upscales to near HD.
I would prefer either a Sony or Panasonic. Any good ones on the market that will do what I'm looking for?
*Or should I just go for Tivo? I'd rather not since I don't want to pay for the monthly service.
1. You Can plug an external vcr into a dvd recorder.
2. Not if using a cable box or sat receiver, otherwise yes.
3.You can fit 4-5 hours on a blank DVDR. The high compression may cause artifacting.
4. Yes you can program recordings.
5. Instead of buying two spend money and get one with a built in hard drive. Can record up to 28 hours in sp mode and 118 in xp mode. can edit and then dub/burn directly to dvdr disc. can watch program from beginning even while still recording the program.
6. My panasonic has HDMI connection. Don't know if it upconverts.
In my opinion Pioneer and Panasonic are the brands to stick with. I've had three Panasonics and they are great. The one I have now is the one with built in VCR and 80gb hard drive.Has HDMI. You will be able to do everything you are asking about except maybe watch one channel while recording another because if you are using a box/receiver how can you watch a channel other than the one the box/receiver is set to? If not using a box than set tv to channel you want to watch and recorder to channel you want to record.