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Toshiba RDXV48 - 160Gb Hard Drive DVD Recorder & VHS Combi With Freeview

by Toshiba

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  • Multi-Drive HDD, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW Recorder
  • Regza Link (HDMI CEC)
  • 1x Digital Tuner
  • 1x Analogue Tuner
  • 8 day EPG
  • Simultaneous Record and Play

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 8 Kg
  • Item model number: RDXV48DT
  • ASIN: B00138FAEE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 July 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,895 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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105 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Roy from St Albans on 8 Sep 2008
This box has proved to be just what I wanted. It copies VCR to DVD with just a push of a button. Alternatively you can copy VCR to HDD and extract the bits you want to record to DVD. Masses of storage on the HDD compared to my old Sky+ box. I use an HDMI cable to connect to my Samsung LCD. I also have a SCART connection between the 2 boxes so that I can view VCRs before recording them. Fast download from HDD to DVD is very useful. Very nice to use and I'm now looking forward to transferring all my VCRs to DVD and junking them! This is a great machine!
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136 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Dobson on 14 Aug 2008
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Arrived less than 24 hours after ordering. Thank you Amazon. Initial set up was painless. Just make sure you have connected the aerial lead first. I particularly like the DV input. Works a treat with my Canon MV960. I have connected my Sky+ via SCART at the moment and the results look OK. In the process of getting Component lead and will try that. Editing is quite easy to cope with. If you wish to edit programmes copy them to the HDD and edit on there before commiting to a DVD. I haven't tried copying protected VHS to the HDD/DVD yet so don't know if it can. The only bad thing I can think of at the moment is the remote control does not allow control of other Toshiba equipment.

19/08/09. Had it for one week now. When editing, copy to HDD first then create a 'playlist' of the file. This allows editing without changing the original recording (do NOT delete the original recording yet). When you are ready to commit to DVD or VHS for that matter use the 'playlist' to dubb across. When this is done and you are satisfied then delete the original.

The unit is connected to a Tosh LCD via HDMI. Any of the inputs (VHS, DTV or Anologue) are viewed on the TV via HDMI the XV48 can upscale to your requirements.

I do not envisage using the XV48 to record any off air TV as I use Sky HD for that.

I think you can tell that I am extremely pleased with this fantastic piece of electronic wizardry!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Wilkie on 17 Oct 2008
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I bought the product last week and looked forward to using it straight away. Being male and a technician I set to and connected everything up but it didn't work like I expected.
Reading the manual (which is not the easiest I have ever read) sorted the problems out and the results are very good. The worst problem was when I came to try to copy and edit some tapes. Unless you are very experienced at video editing you must read and constantly refer to the manual, so have it to hand. At 103 pages it is quite long and the people who wrote it must have assumed that the user is already knowledgeable. That is my only complaint..Could have been written better.
Other than that the picture quality is excellent, and the Tuner produces the best pictures I have seen. Almost glitch free viewing.
Fully recommended.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John Meanwood TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Dec 2008
I bought one of these as a Christmas present for my father, but with 55 buttons on the remote control and very small text, it proved nearly impossible for him to use (he's 91). Subsequently I had to buy him the Panasonic Multi Format DVD Recorder With Freeview which has larger buttons and not as many, plus a supply of Panasonic 3x speed, 4.7GB, 10 pack DVD-RAM Disc as it has no HDD. I am now using the Toshiba.

The Freeview is good, although there is only one tuner. I have the outside aerial plugged into a Humax 160GB Twin Tuner PVR (which has two tuners, Freeview and a 160Gb hard disc), and from there to the Toshiba. This way I can record everything I want to watch on the Humax and everything I want to transfer to DVD on the Toshiba. I can also watch another channel on the Humax while the Toshiba is recording, because with only one tuner on the Toshiba you have to watch what it is recording or watch something it has recorded earlier.

The Freeview EPG is a small box in the middle two thirds of the screen and in extended mode will only show six channels, although it will show eight days worth. It's easy to set the programmes to record; just highlight the program, press OK, press OK again, press return. It sometimes cuts off the first minute of the program if it starts slightly early; I cannot find anything in the manual to change this. You cannot access the EPG if it is recording something.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Bz on 11 Oct 2008
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My reason for buying this product was rather long-winded : my old VCR 'collapsed' and, by pure chance, saw an offer for the RDXV47 (but no freeview ) in Toshiba's Outlet shop at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park. )At £175 it seemed a good buy. I spent a number of days researching and was dismayed by comments describing the interface as 'non-intuitive'( my Pioneer DVD Recorder is so 'sleek and simple' to use ! ). Again, by chance, I found the RDXV48 (with freeview) here on Amazon for an extra £10 ! No brainer !
The Pluses : i) ordered at 1.45 on Friday and it arrived at 10.15am Saturday morning !( OK, I paid for Express Delivery, but it as worth it)ii) a comprehensive manual ( not an easy read, but it's all in there - somewhere!)iii) recording directly from freeview without the need for L1 or L2 to an external box.
Minuses : i)the User Interface is un-intuitive ! I know it has 6-way recording, but there must be a simpler way of presenting options on-screen. ( They tell me the 47 is even worse .... ) ii) The VCR has no timer ! I cannot understand why such a basic function is missing. I rang their (Tosh's )Technical Help and the reason given was along the lines 'well, VCR is on the way out' which wasn't a very convincing reason.iii) The Title Page created on a DVD disk is so boring !
Having said all that ! I'd still give it 5. Editing is slow and laborious, but the end results are worth it, believe me.
A fantastic piece of kit at a super price when compared with similar products.
Grab it while you can !
Edit / Update 16th Oct : Used it for about 10 days now and I'm getting the hang of it! It has taken a while to remember that editing a recording MUST be performed on a copy you create, rather than on the original ...
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