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4.0 out of 5 stars Replacing Sony DVD recorder, 8 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Toshiba DR20 Digital DVD Recorder with Freeview (Old Model) (Electronics)
My Sony DVD recorder had given up the ghost, could not be repaired and Sony don't make them any more but have turned to PVRs. As I copy things I want to keep from HD to DVD, I needed a new machine. The shops didn't have any, so I chose the Toshiba DR20 from Amazon. It arrived freight free a few days later in usual Amazon style, and as I live in Guernsey it was VAT free too - as it should be, but not all UK net shops do it.

The DR20 has so far done what it says on the tin, the only quibble being the lack of a 3-hour mode which means I have to record things that are just over 2 hours on 4-hour format, losing some quality (hence the loss of a star). The optional automatic "Finalise" function is a plus, though. Menus are clear and easy to navigate. Longevity will remain to be seen, but I'm happy enough with this one to have bought a DVR20 for my wife to transfer precious old tapes to DVD.

For playback, HDMI output is an improvement on the Component output of older DVD players, although the DR20 retains Component out to fit "legacy" installations. Nice touch - almost deserves an extra star just that.

In common with other DVD-recorders, the best quality input is S-video (a pity that), but on the DR20 there is only the one socket on the front of the machine. Which makes for a cluttered installation and takes it down to four stars again.
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Initial post: 14 Jan 2012 20:43:23 GMT
Scott P says:
You say it has Component 'Out'. But what about Component 'In'. Does it have that?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 21:25:19 GMT
OleH says:
Sorry, no Component In on the DR20. Not many recorders ever had, and Component connections are a dying breed these days, being replaced by HDMI. But of course there are no HDMI inputs either. Digital is great but it has limited our recording options.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 22:08:48 GMT
Scott P says:
Ok. It's great that the makers don't put HDMI's or Component IN's on Digital DVD Recorders because of Piracy. But it takes the choice away of what you can connect to your DDR.

Thanks for the (very quick!) reply.
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