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TOSHIBA DR20 DVD RECORDER
on 4 September 2011
Delivery from Amazon was superb, as usual.
The recorder was easy to set up, with good quality picture and sound.
The manual was easy to follow and comprehensive covering all aspects.
I previously purchased a combo Toshiba TV and DVD player which was very good and influenced my decision to buy this recorder. However, when I record a DVD on the DR20 and play it back thro' the TV, the top disk menu does not display. You have to guess what is on the disk - not good. Other recorders I have used are not like this.
The DR20 has a new EcoSave feature, on power off which means the front display is blank - no time, no indication of a scheduled recording, no nothing! The customer should have the option to have a display when in power off mode, if required.
The DR20 has no cooling slots, but uses a fan similar to a pc. When the timer is set, the fan stays on when in power off mode. This can be intrusive, especially if the recorder is located in the bedroom. I have had to resort to setting the timer just before the programme starts - not good.
If a disk is formatted and you try to display the top disk menu, nothing displays except a square! It is not until something is recorded that it displays disk content.
There does not appear to be any facility for globally setting the record quality format, e.g. LP, it has to be input each time.
Overall the quality and price were good, let down by poor operating design flaws.