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551 of 560 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2008
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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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 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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184 of 188 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2008
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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2009
I was looking for a basic DVD recorder to replace a VCR which had finally "given up the ghost". After reading several opinions on basic players I bought the LG-DRT389H.

It was easy(ish) to set up although there is room for a lot of improvement in the supplied manual. I've recorded just using the record button, also from the Freeview guide menu and also used the timed recording menu to set a recording from my Sky Box and once I figured out which sequence of buttons to press it worked just fine.

On my (none HD) TV the LP mode gives a level of quality which is OK for me and is not far below the SP mode. Using this I get 4hrs 19mins recording on a DVD+ (not yet tried DVD-). I find the DVD+ disks can be watched on the other 2 DVD players I have in the house but the manual does warn that some players might not be able to read the disks recorded on the LG.

There is normally what seems to be quite a lag between pressing remote button for disk actions eg closing disk and opening DVD tray but I suppose this is normal as a menu has to be created and the disk finalised etc - just don't press the buttons and expect instant results.

I might seem to have rated this product highly but have taken into account the price and what you get for that price...withing those constraints would I buy another? Yes.
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124 of 127 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2011
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. Unfortunately, this experience caused me to lose faith in the LG brand, so I ended up exchanging this LG recorder for a more expensive Toshiba model. Perversely, I think the Toshiba model I ended up with isn't such a good machine in terms of features or recording quality, but it does at least work reliably, and doesn't sound like it's grinding my disk to a pulp whilst recording.
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216 of 222 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2010
I bought this item purely to record from my video camera to disk and watch the occasional dvd. I am not interested in the freeview so I can't comment on how well this works.

When my dvd player arrived I set it up with ease, without even the need to use the manual and connected my camera no problem. However, I was unable to get it to record to disc. I read through the manual for recording and tried different discs. In the end I rang LG to ask advice and they told me it was faulty.

I got on the phone to Amazon and without any hesitation they sent me a new one out first class and sent me all the details I needed to return the faulty dvd player hassle free and with no cost to myself.

The new dvd player works perfect and I have now managed to record all my camera videos onto disc. I am not going to mark this recorder down due to having one faulty one as these things happen and I could not have recieved better customer service from Amazon.

The recorder is perfect for my needs and an affordable price and I would definately recommend it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2012
This is a good machine but it stopped working properly on digital switchover (March 2012) - 14 months after we bought it. It was freezing, not playing discs, and generally unresponsive. I was about to bin it but some Googling revealed I wasn't the only one. I then found out that a firmware upgrade was needed. I downloaded this from the LG site and eventually managed to install despite the fact the instructions did not appear properly on the LG website. The trick turned out to be to remove the aerial cable, then search for stations (of course it found none) and then install the upgrade from DVD. A lot of hassle but I got there. Apparently after switchover the signal strength is too high for this player using the old firmware.

I wonder how many people have given up on this model because of this?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2011
I purchased the LG-DRT389H DVD recorder to record the odd tv program and, so far, it has only recorded the "odd" tv program! Despite selecting the program, as per the instructions, I have yet to record anything that resembles the program I wanted. In an attempt to record a program I wanted, I set the timer mode which, for reasons I cannot understand, decided to stop half way through. It is incredible slow to do anything and seems to have mind of it's own. It has escaped from sharing my garden pond by the skin of its teeth!
Save your money and seek an alterntve product,
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