157 of 159 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does everything
The first recorder I received was faulty - the DVD door did not open but everything else seemed okay. I contacted Amazon that evening by email and then phoned the next morning. They were terrific and despatched a replacement straight away, paid for next day delivery, and arranged collection of the faulty one the day after that. Full marks to Amazon customer...
Published on 28 Aug 2009 by Bazza
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Problems receiving digital channels
Unfortunately this product could not receive all of the digital channels - a problem we have never had with any of our other TVs and digital boxes all of which use the same aerial. This was the case even though the Samsung LCD TV could pick up all of the channels when connected to the same aerial via the Toshiba box itself (ie. the Tosh plugged into the aerial and the TV...
Published on 19 Dec 2009 by kd
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy VHS/DVD/HDD combi recorder,
This review is from: Toshiba RD-XV59DT DVD & VHS Player with Freeview+ 250GB Hard Drive Drive - Black (Electronics)Installation was really easy, replacing a Video recorder, a DVD player and a Free-view box in one simple step, with a bonus of removing all those additional cables that were previously required and this has certainly neatened things up considerably. The recorder set up was also an easy task, with options for digital and/or analogue and the Free-view works like a dream.
My reason for the purchase was that I had loaded wedding photo's and reception photo's onto my PC which I then put into a photo display with music which were then copied out onto disc. These were then copied onto the recorder's HDD. From my camcorder I then copied the video of the marriage ceremony and then the video from the reception onto the HDD. Copying these from the HDD to both DVD (for the Bride and groom, with copies for the Bride's and the Groom's parents) and to Video (for Grandpa) was a doddle.
The first option is the Dubbing direction and this is intelligent with only the options highlighted for what is loaded (ie VHS options are ignored if a Video cassette is not present in the machine etc) so avoiding getting it wrong! There are a number of recoding mode options (eg XP, SP, LP etc) to select. Then as I was copying from HDD, you then use the `Add' facility which allows you to scan the titles you have loaded and insert them into the dubbing list in any order that you choose. Once this has been completed you simply start the dubbing process and leave it to complete - no sitting and watching it and having to get involved with additional steps. After the disc has been completed adding titles and finalising the disc are also easy tasks. And every option is explained quite well in the 84 page Owner's Manual supplied.
The picture quality was brilliantly retained whether to HDD, DVD or VHS and my output has been admired by all.
I can certainly recommend this product.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple,
This review is from: Toshiba RD-XV59DT DVD & VHS Player with Freeview+ 250GB Hard Drive Drive - Black (Electronics)I opened the box, and after reading previous reviews, read the instruction book before even unpacking the machine. THEN I connected it to the TV and power and followed the instructions. Very soon after, I was up and running.
The remote control looks daunting but, as the buttons are separated into function groups, is easy to use after setup.
Even as a dinosaur (this is my first DVD player!) I had no problems with playing and recording onto all 3 formats.
A good, efficient machine.
68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Versatile machine with some careless but minor design flaws,
This review is from: Toshiba RD-XV59DT DVD & VHS Player with Freeview+ 250GB Hard Drive Drive - Black (Electronics)Six way dubbing means this machine will do everything you could want, but the lack of any volume or mute control is disappointing, as it means you still need the TV remote to hand for that one function. The best thing is the hard drive which removes the need to keep swapping and unjamming DVDs and tapes, and makes pausing live TV very easy.
Timer recording by selecting straight from the on-screen programme schedule is a doddle, but the motor runs continuously once the timer is set, which is unnerving and surely unnecessary. However, it is fairly quiet, like a regular VCR running.
The manual is comprehensive, but suffers from the usual tiresome Japanese version of English grammar. For example, "record a title in" invariably means "record a title from". For the sake of half a day's proofreading, the instructions would have been much clearer.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Machine Apart From One Thing!,
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Machine -shame about the Manual,
I would have given this machine 5 stars apart from the terrible manual!This is the only fault with it. it took me ages to connect everything up because the set up instructions were minimal. Also the interface for managing video settings,recording settings, adding and deleting TV programmes to freeview is not intuitive. You really need to ahve previous set up and install programme experience..but saying that it is still a great machine,and once you have mastered the installation it is a breeze to work.Records perfect quality. overall very impressed.
57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not user friendly, not latest tech, but does a good job,
Still being wedded to our extensive and slowly crumbling VCR tape collection meant the Toshiba was right up our street. It's VCR to DVD dubbing ability would allow us to free ourselves of our tapes and the built in DVD meant we could get rid of two boxes under the TV and replace with just one.
And as a bonus, for the price you pay for most DVD/VCR combos you also get a 250GB HDD recording facility! Bargain!
There is little to fault with the general operation of the device. It's not the slimmest or sexiest player you'll have seen - but to get good looks and low profile, you'll be paying a few hundred quid extra to get a Panasonic or Sony with similar specs.
Build quality doesn't give any cause for concern and things like tray operation and tape handling seem solid and robust. The unit is pretty quiet in operation, although sometimes has a bit of a wheeze or a whirr, especially from the pretty large cooling fan on the back.
The manual is next to useless and the user interface is pretty horrendous, so you'll need to be fairly tech savvy and willing to fiddle for a while to get the system up and running at its optimum and work out how all the features operate.
Once you've worked it out, the basics are pretty simple. The remote handles just about everything, the system will autotune when you first plug it in and things like dubbing from VCR to DVD, or VCR to HDD is almost one-touch (once you work out which button to actually press!). Again, useless manual means you'll need to work out things like changing the recording speed yourself, to ensure three hour films actually fit onto a DVD disc (there's no onscreen warning to alert you to these sort of problems, it will just whirr away for two hours and then say the disc is full!)
Other little user-friendly details are also missing - for example, there is no warning that you need to "finalise" discs before using them on other players, so it's easy to forget to do so (there is a setting option which will automatically finalise discs, but this is set to off as default, oddly).
There seems to be some confusion about the twin tuner status of the system. On the plus side, it does have "twin" tuners in that it will happily record from an analogue input as well as from its built in freeview tuner. Which means, unlike some recorders, you can use it with current analogue TVs and also continue to watch analogue channels while you record of the digital channels. However, when the digital switchover happens and analogue is confined to the history books, this will no longer be an option.
And while the system boasts EPG (electronic programme guide) and series recording functions for its freeview tuner, this is the only service these "plus" features work with. Input from a digital source, such as cable or satellite, will not benefit from these options.
This Toshiba isn't the latest, greatest, high tech. It's not blu-ray, although it will upscale to 1080i and comes with a HDMI option. However, for us "late adopters" who just want workhorses which cope with our old fashioned formats and do the job we need, rather than a load of flashy technology we'll never use and don't want to pay for, it's ideal.
70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pause, record & rewind live TV,
This, as I say, suited us fine until the hard drive packed up. It's still fine for watching freeview but the recording side has been lost. So, we wanted a replacement. When we shopped we found all manner of similar gadgets and got to thinking that it would be good for to be able to transfer programs from the HDD to DVD for a more permanent copy of selected items. We then though of getting rid of all our tapes and copy these to DVD for a space saving exercise - hence we came across this. The reviews looked fine and we were ready to expect the difficult manual but it didn't appear to rewind live Tv in the way we were expecting.
We phoned the help line and... to cut a long story short - it doesn't do rewind of live TV!!! What you have to do is press the 'time slip' button on the remote (which starts to record 'live' TV). THEN, and only then can you rewind THE RECORDING!!!!! N O T L I V E T V !!!!
The way Toshiba have marketed this with their cleverly worded Pause, record & rewind is very very naughty! Yes you can pause and record live Tv but YOU CAN NOT REWIND IT!
So, if you buy this remember this point - It's not like Sky+ or Virgin+
B E W A R N E D !!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT HARDWARE BUT MARRED BY POOR INSTRUCTIONS,
However although the machine is 5-star it loses a mark for a pretty tech-turgid set of instructions. They do make sense but only after the third or so reading of the 83 page tome when it finally comes together. And you do need to read the tome as the quick guide does not cover all the important functions. The remote control is a piece of uninspired design - a rectangular brick with lots of very small buttons where it's all too easy to press more than one. Particularly annoying is the fact that the dubbing button which controls the copying functions looks like the same as most of the others. Given copying is a major reason for anyone buying this machine that button should be much more prominent. I've got a Sky box and I know that both these items can and should have been done better.
56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toshiba,a host of facilities.,
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An old man's moan,
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