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LG - DRT389H Digital TV DVD Recorder with USB 2.0 Interface

by LG Electronics
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)

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  • 8 day programme guide
  • Super multi DVD recorder - records onto all types of DVD discs
  • Play DVD's and upscale them to 1080P for improved picture quality
  • DV and USB input - connect camcorders, digital cameras and MP3 players
  • Simplink - use the same remote control as your compatible LG TV

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Region Two Playback Only

Blu-ray players and DVD players sold by Amazon.co.uk play UK (Region Two) Blu-ray discs and DVDs only. Discs from other regions will not play on these products.

Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 5 Kg
  • Item model number: DRT389H
  • ASIN: B0018BTP7O
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 April 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,381 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Only with the LG DRT389H can you bring all your home entertainment to one place plus make sure you're ready for digital TV. With the LG DRT389H digital TV recorder can you receive over 40 digital channels and record 21 hours worth of TV at the touch of a button direct to a DVD;simple and easy. If you love music, photos or making your own videos, this compact unit allows you to edit [video] and play them all in one place.

Box Contains

  • DRT389H
  • Remote control
  • Battery
  • RF cable
  • AV cable
  • Setup guide

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    542 of 551 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Life's Good with this LG 13 Oct 2008
    By G. Mackey TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Verified Purchase
    I bought the DRT389H to replace my faulty Hitachi DVD/HDD recorder. The specification for the LG was good without being spectacular. I bought it primarily for making DVD's from a Freesat PVR (WHEN they decide to launch one!), so all I needed was a good, basic unit that was comfortable with a wide range of discs.

    The LG comes with Freeview as standard, which is a great feature on such a low-cost unit. It's quite easy to programme, & the remote is fairly user-friendly. The upscaling output gives good definition & is a useful feature. It comes programmed at the lowest setting, so you need to set it up for 1080i. As it's a simple one-button operation, it shouldn't catch you out.

    Single-layer discs can be set to give 14 hours playback, & dual layer discs can give 22 hours. Why, oh why doesn't someone make a dual-layer re-recordable disc? This would be a great step forward in data storage. Using the discs on the 14 hour setting gives a very low picture quality & should only be used as a last option. The high resolution settings are excellent.

    The LG plays DivX & AVI files too, & plays them extremely well. The menu is a big help & points the user to the correct options every time. I haven't found the limit for USB sticks, but I have tried an 8Gb stick without any problems. Recognition times are good, too.

    In these days of PVR's with dual tuners, we are becoming blase about recording one (or two) programmes, whilst simultaneously watching another. The LG has only one tuner, & if you set it to record a programme, you lose the option of watching another. Be aware of this!!

    In the greater scheme of things, the LG has performance equal to many more expensive units. In fact, the Amazon price was some 38.00 cheaper than Curry's, & has just been reduced even further. I hope this review helps you to make an informed choice.
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    37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job 5 Oct 2009
    After a nightmare with Comet I turned to Amazon for something in my price range and I ended up with this. Apart from the instruction book, which is pants, it's not a bad recorder. It does the job, it's not as slow as the Samsung I had before and I would recomend it to those on a budget looking for simplicity.
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    182 of 186 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great, considering 13 Dec 2008
    By F. Ward
    Went from a Samsung to this model and this is a giant leap in comparison.
    Clear pictures, easy recording, freeview no problems, lets me plug in a usb stick (!!!!!!!!!!!!!). Great stuff for the price. I found the negative reviews here slightly fair - it's not for advanced users. Cheap but very cheerful. It's simple to set up and has a quick boot up time. Really, really like this machine.
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    216 of 222 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I'd recommend this DVD recorder 6 Nov 2009
    I purchased this DVD recorder purely to download programmes I want to keep from my Sky+ box and it's doing a fantastic job. It accepts any disc format I throw at it and with the DVD+RW discs I've been using so far, I am able to fit 6.5 hours of programmes on a single disc with no sacrifice in picture quality. On standard speed the discs will play on other DVD players (although I haven't yet tried the long play programmes on another unit). The only problem so far is copyright protection signals which are preventing me from recording programmes from Sky 1. I plan to also use it to transfer old VHS films on to DVD and the up-scaling feature promises a good result. In short, a good quailty machine with a lot of useful features.
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    119 of 122 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Could be a good machine - if it worked 5 Sep 2011
    By Fletch
    I bought this item after reading some favourable reviews. My initial impression was that it was a good machine, easy to set up and packed with features. The quality of the pictures from the freeview tuner was as good as anything I have seen. However, my first problem came when I tried recording a programme. I inserted a RW+ disk and the whining noise the machine made spinning the disk seemed excessively loud (it was so loud, I was having trouble hearing the television over it). Whilst I found it hard to accept this level of noise was normal, I had previously read some reviews that said the unit was very noisy. Since it had formatted the disk without problem, I decided to carry on regardless. Despite the noisy drive, the unit recorded the programme without problem. Since the quality of the recording was very good, I decided to overlook the noise and accept that it was just a very noisy machine. About a week after purchase, the unit started developing some problems initialising properly. Sometimes it would start up normally, but fail to pass any picture to the TV; other times it would be totally unresponsive to either the remote control or the front panel buttons. The only way to cure this was to switch the power off and restart. Things quickly went downhill from there, and the initialisation problems became increasingly common. Then about two weeks after purchase, I left it to record a programme overnight and when I returned in the morning the unit had completely locked up. Despite powering off and and back on numerous times, it remained completely unresponsive to the remote control, and the only button that would work on the front panel was the power off button (very useful). Fundamentally, I think this is a good machine, but given the problems I have had, I can only give it one star. Read more ›
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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars very good recorder, not such a good player 12 Aug 2010
    Recordings made on this machine are of excellent quality. I use it mostly to store programmes recorded on my Sky+ box, not to keep but because I rarely have time to watch them before I need to make space on the Sky+ box for the next programme. I have had good results with DVD-R, DVD+R and DVD+RW disks. The machine can edit on RW disks. There is so little difference between the highest quality and standard quality that I now always use standard so as to get 120 minutes on a single disk. For the money this really is an excellent recorder and I would recommend it highly.

    Other reviewers have commented on the poor quality Freeview tuner in this machine and I would agree with those comments. Watching any programme off air or satellite through the recorder gives an inferior picture. I haven't tried recording any Freeview programmes off air as the reception through Sky is much better.

    My only criticism of this machine is the quality of playback from commercial DVDs. Movement is very jerky, possibly due to the upscaling, but I can't find a way of turning the upscaling off (other than abandoning the HDMI lead for a SCART). Certainly the same DVDs were much smoother when I watched them on a standard definition TV through a SCART lead. This doesn't happen with movies but with DVDs from an original video source such as opera broadcasts. I also have an LG DVD player and that shows exactly the same problem. Has anyone else found this? I also have an LG TV so I have to be very careful with the remote controls: any control operates all three devices!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good value
    Published 7 days ago by Mr. Barry K. Webster
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
    Very good but struggled with instructions - more to do with me than the instructions.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Good unit but has its moments
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    Published 2 months ago by Mr Shaun G Tiddeman
    5.0 out of 5 stars perfect product for people who don't want to complicate life
    I know this product I used to have the same brand before – it is simple, still does everything I need.
    Published 2 months ago by Agota Barton
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
    I bought four and they have been in constant use for over four years. I would like to buy some more but they must now be obsolete. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Stanley S.
    4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Recorder works well.
    Works well as it should a good price and I have had no trouble with it. Works well and found it easy to use.
    Published 3 months ago by STEPHEN L TAYLOR
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good recorder
    Does exactly what it says I record a lot of films and concerts for my own entertainment,especially over Christmas period. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by RONALD LEONARD
    4.0 out of 5 stars LG - DRT389H Digital TV DVD Recorder
    Bought as refurbished, as good as new and works excellently. Compliments one I already own perfectly. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by dekazel
    2.0 out of 5 stars LG-DRT389H DIGITAL TV DVD RECORDER.
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