Toshiba DR20 Digital DVD Recorder with Freeview (Old Model)
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- Freeview- Built-in Freeview is the easiest way to enjoy digital for free, upto 50 channels
- HDMI- easy way to connect your DVD recorder to your HD TV, upscale to 1080p
- Divx Playback-Burn Divx movie downloads to disc for high quality playback
- MP3- Use your DVD player for more than watching DVD's, listen to your MP3 music files
- Jpeg-Enjoy photo's on the big screen by viewing them on your TV via your DVD
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Toshiba DR20 DVD Recorder
Enjoy digital TV and record your favourite shows to DVD
The DR20 is a digital ready DVD recorder with an integrated Freeview tuner for easy access to up to 50 digital channels and 24 radio stations without subscription. HDMI connectivity makes it easy to connect to your HD TV as well as upscaling standard definition DVDs to near high definition. A wide range of DVD and CD formats are supported and you can also watch DivX movie downloads, view digital photos and listen to MP3s.
Freeview Digital Tuner
With a built-in Freeview tuner, you'll be able to experience the easiest way to enjoy digital TV for free. There are to up to 50 digital TV channels and 24 radio stations. No subscription, no contract, no fuss - with a Freeview tuner you can be sure you are ready for the digital switchover, allowing you to enjoy your favourite shows in digital quality for years to come.
HDMI connectivity provides an easy way to connect your DVD recorder to your HD TV. With just a single cable, you'll be able to transfer HD-quality video and audio to your screen. HDMI is the standard for high definition connections, and you'll widely used in a number of home entertainment and computing devices, allowing you to connect the DR20 in the most convenient way for you.
The DVD technology converts a standard 480p signal on a standard DVD to 1080p signal for optimum picture quality on a High Definition Screen, enhancing your viewing experience. If you have a HD-Ready TV, you can also view at 720p or 1080i resolutions.
Many of us enjoy films and TV via digital formats, so why limit your digital videos to just your computer? With the Toshiba DR20 you can enjoy digital films in the comfort of your living room with the rest of your family. Simply burn DivX movie downloads to a recordable or rewriteable CD or DVD for high-quality playback. With DivX you can fit up to six standard definition movies onto a single DVD, making it easily to store your movie collection in a compact space.
You can also use your DVD recorder for more than watching films. The Toshiba DR20 allows you to listen to your MP3 music files via CD-R and CD-RW. By burning MP3 encoded tracks to these discs, your music can be played back over your TV or home entertainment system. Now you have the freedom to use your DVD recorder as a multi-purpose system - not only does it offer the perfect viewing experience, it's great for playing back your favourite songs.
Enjoy JPEG Photos
Tired of having to view your digital photos on a cramped computer screen? With the Toshiba DR20, you'll be able to enjoy photos on the big screen by viewing them on your TV via your DVD recorder. By simply burning your photos to a recordable or rewriteable CD or DVD in JPEG format, you'll be able to easily scroll through your photos via the remote control. Now it's easy to enjoy all of your captured memories in true resolution, from the comfort of your living room.
REGZA Link Single Remote Operation
Fewer remotes, less fuss - the convenient and easy REGZA link technology allows you to use a single remote to operate connected Toshiba TVs and DVD or Blu-ray players.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
But, thats the nicely nicely parts for a moment.
ONE input port. ONE!!!
Outputs, there is HDMI, SCART, RCA AV ports, Component Output ports...
But just one lousy input!!
When will manufactures realise that actually, people sometimes have more than one device they'd like to hook into a recorder. This is a modern age, where attention is supposed to be paid to what customers are saying and asking for, yet still making products with half a million ways to output, but only ONE way to input!
I don't have 4 tellies i want to hook into at once, so why so many outs and only one in?!
Picture quality-wise. If you select XP, its stunning. Near broadcast-quality. Cannot fault it, although you can only get around an hour of content at that setting but quality is worth it.
The fan on the back is silent, cannot hear it at all.
If you're after a quality recorder, here it is, but if you want to attach more than one device, you're screwed unless you have a splitting device also!
The instructions, when I got round to reading them are detailed and very easy to understand, there is also a 'phone line and website. I had previously tried the LG recorder and this is everything that the LG is not.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still doing as expected after 2 years, and at a good price.Published 18 months ago by Anthony Jones
Arrived promptly. Not really up to what I really needed. Could never get to grips with the manual or how to work it successfully for recording programs etc when not at home. Read morePublished 23 months ago by David Barton Smith
This is a more than adequate recorder. Bought it to keep certain classic films on DVD and to view at home with relatives and friends. Read morePublished on 23 May 2014 by Brian Last
This thing worked fine at first then decided to have a mind of its own, then started working again, then went stupid again and so on and so forth, In the end I became so fed up... Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2014 by Denwalt
FIRST ONE HAD TO BE REPLACED. ONE OF THEM NOW IS PLAYING UP. SOMETIMES IT WORKS SOMETIMES IT DOESN'T I GET SOME ERRORS WHICH ARE NOT DOCUMENTED IN THE GUIDEPublished on 15 Nov. 2013 by Roy Mann