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4.0 out of 5 stars A machine that does what it promises, 16 Aug 2010
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This was a replacement for an earlier model bought from Amazon which broke down within five months but was replaced with remarkable efficiency, courtesy and speed. (Let's hope the new one doesn't go the same way.) I need it as a temporary recorder for TV progammes, and as a means of dubbing those programmes and an old library of tapes to DVD. To date it has done all these things very well. The massive hard drive should suffice to record as many and as much as I could possibly need. Its only drawbacks are that the dubbing from VCR has to be done in real time (e.g. a two-hour programme will take two hours to dub) and, peculiarly, once you have programmed the recording of a TV show, the drive goes into a rather noisy standby state until the recording is done. All the same, dubbing from HDD to DVD can be done at 'High' speed, taking about one-eighth of full running time, and works very smoothly.
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Initial post: 7 Sep 2012 17:11:35 BDT
Most devices of this type will only record from VHS to DVD at 1x. VHS players only have a single speed they "play" at. Anything else is usually a FFWD / RWD mode which reduces the quality of the picture on the screen, and the audio isn't sampled either. VHS is an analogue medium, and so you need to do it at it's native speed to preserve as much of the quality from the original recording as possible.

Posted on 14 May 2013 22:17:22 BDT
P says:
I intend to buy this device to copy precious VHS tapes to DVD/HDD format and my priority is to minimise the loss in audio/video quality when converting from analogue to digital (I'm aware that most- if not all - digital conversions involve a loss in quality due to sampling). Would you recommend this player for this purpose, or are there better options out there? These VHS are very precious as they contain events such as weddings, birthdays and graduations.

Many thanks,
Sam

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2013 21:21:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Aug 2013 21:23:48 BDT
SunKat says:
I would highly recomment this product for this purpose (to backup VHS tapes to DVD/HDD format). This is exactly what I bought this machine for, and it does it very very well! I am amazed at the quality of sound and picture when playing a video cassette through it. I dub to HDD, then I have the option to edit the video (handy for removing the lengthy black screen at beginning and end of a video tape), and then I can burn to DVD for permanent keeping.

VHS tapes deteriate over time, both image and sound quality. This machine will preserve the quality of your video, and possibly improve it. The device is HD compatible, and does upscale the quality of an ordinary DVD to HD resolution. I don't know for certain, but it looks like it upscales the VHS too - it certainly looks very close to digital quality video once you put it on your HDD or DVD.

I recorded a programme on my old VCR a year before, and recorded the same program on HDD on this machine, as the same programme was repeated this year. I recorded it on my HDD through Digital Freeview TV. On the HDD, I edited both the old VCR recording dubbed on HDD, with the new HDD recording on this device. You could not tell the difference of what came from the Video tape or digital TV HDD recording. It was that good!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2014 18:13:40 GMT
StormSworder says:
This DVD/VHS machine is rubbish. Two I've bought in the past month have failed to work.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2014 00:59:49 GMT
just got one of these machines it works well but what the hell were toshiba thinking about with the remote having no volume controls,ive never come across a remote with no volume function its just such a basic function
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