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Life's Good with this LG,
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This review is from: LG - DRT389H Digital TV DVD Recorder with USB 2.0 Interface (Electronics)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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Initial post: 26 Jul 2009 10:25:34 BDT
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2009 20:25:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Nov 2009 22:31:27 GMT
C. Nation says:
Posted on 26 Dec 2009 19:55:42 GMT
Ms Grant says:
i thought this was a very good review , and they even were helpful enough to give very relevant points about the machine and were noble enough to say they hoped the review helped you in your choice - thank you!
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2010 08:40:00 BDT
Molly Brown says:
I've had this DVD recorder for over two years now, and it's never let me down once. I eventually came to getting the LG, after having to return firstly a Philips which was useless, then a Panasonic which also seemed to have a mind of its own. I love LG products, I have two of their TV's, also for around 2 years, and the picture quality is fantastic!!! My 32" TV is not Hi-Def, but if I watch or record through this recorder, player, the picture is 1080p and excellent. So Life is not only Good with LG, but much easier and reliable too!!!!!
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2010 08:55:49 BDT
It's nice to see that you like the LG too. It's one of those products that just does the job very well without any fuss. One of the uses I put mine to now is to record films from either my Foxsat HDR box or my V+ box. I have run the Scart leads from each device into a Scart automatic switching box & then into the LG's single input. This works very well & allows me to save films onto DVD.
Past history with Sky, Virgin & Foxsat boxes fills me with trepidation about saving films for too long on their hard drives !!
Posted on 14 Jan 2012 21:06:17 GMT
A customer says:
Does the DVD Recorder have Component 'IN'?
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2012 08:52:48 GMT
The front panel has USB, DV & AV-in sockets. The rear sockts are Component out (Y, PB & PR), plus the usual Scarts & S-Video. Does this help?
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2012 19:51:09 GMT
A customer says:
Yes, listing them helps, thanks. I don't know why Amazon havn't listed them though?
I thought the LGDRT389H would have at least had HDMI 'Out' but you have not listed it.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012 08:52:24 GMT
My apologies. It does have the 'HDMI out' socket too.
Posted on 15 Feb 2012 02:41:29 GMT
F. Lane says:
Would like to ask all you knowledgeable people couple of questions - better set out my situation first:
I don't watch, TV, so I don't need to tune a player or know how to record on timer.
I only have a TV and DVD player to play my bought DVDs - would like to play my home-made ones too, but current one is a bit stroppy on that - I can manage to load them on to the PC, but when I burn them to disc the DVD player don't seem to care too much. (I had a DVD recorder but that stopped playing even discs that I recorded on it!)
What I'm looking for:
1 - a DVD player that would play from a USB or SD card, so I could watch my stuff on the larger screen - would this machine let me do that?
2 - better, a DVD recorder that would let me record those programmes to disc while I was watching them. (that's how I put my bought and home videos on to DVD, recording and watching at the same time)
3 - even better, a way of connecting the external hard drive that has my stuff on to the machine to watch (maybe record) that way - then I wouldn't need USB or SD card at all.
I'm something of a techno-dodo, so simple answers, please! I've seen some