Pros Upconverting, burned disk work ecen in a first generatopn desktop player
Cons IF you want to do much editing perhaps not the system for you.
Summary I got this recorder early last week at Best Buy $200-12% discount and a $50 rebate so final cost will be $125. I've burned about 20 disk so far mainly from some old VHS and Super-8 tapes no costers so far. I have used both DVD-R and +R disk with good luck. The disk even play in my oldest Toshiba table top player a first generation DVD player. Few disk burned in my computer would play on that set. I haven't tried to do much editing so far. Wanting to see what the upconverting would do and having been looking for a good excuse to get a nice LCD TV I went to a black Friday sale and got a Samsung 32" LCD TV. The upconverted DVD's look great. So far the half dozen or so DVDs I've tried have all played with no problem. As far as expensive HDMI cables I can find many in the $30 range but also found an 8 foot RCA on on sale at Target on Friday for $33. Sure beat the $100 the store I purchased my TV from wanted for their one meter monster cable HDMI cable and the siginal looks just fine. I've used four different brand disk so far and the only problem was one time the system for some reason thought there was copy protection on an old VHS tape I had made a number of years ago. There was about a ten second spot where the recorder falsely thought the tape (dubed from a video camera) was copy portected. I was able to record fine on a second try. I generally like to use a device longer than this before posting but with many people looking for Christmast gifts I wanted to post my so far positive experiences. Oh if you want to show a DVD disk in an upconverted mode I found you have to unplug the video inpput cable if you have another device connected, at least when using the front s-video cable input. To copy VHS tapes I'm using a JVC super-VHS player that I had used with my computer. I had planned on converting some old VHS tapes using my computer but the hours it took to render these into the mpg format made it something I never got very far on. With this recorder things are done within minutes of finishing playing the VHS tapes.
Pros Records on tons of media, media card slots, plays back anything.
Cons Could use more inputs / outputs
Summary I have had this recorder for a couple of weeks, and have thrown everything at it. Recorded on several types of different DVD's, no problem. Played back every type of media I have given it. Recorded from DSS, vcr, and tv (get a switch since there is only one input). DVD playback looks great. Upconverts signals, but only if you have tv capable of it. Looked at a Panasonic, but the guy at BB told me about the new LG, and with all the features, I had to give it a try. Overall, I love this machine, old vcr tapes look great when recorded directly. One great solution in my opinion. The only reason I gave it a 9 instead of a 10 is because of the lack of inputs, but I think that is a problem with most electronics these days.Updated
Well, it was great while it lasted, but it did what all the others say. Audio dropped (during ICE AGE as well, hmmmm), dvd's lock up, sometimes will play, sometimes won't, I could go on and on. I will say that fighting with LG isn't hard, but I am getting tired of sending it back and forth, and every time it comes back with either the same problems, or worse. This will be my third, and supposedly if it doesn't work this time they will replace it. Really in all honesty I just want my $$$ back so I can buy a different machine. Steer clear, this unit will fail after time, and that's too bad because of all the features on it.
Pros This unit plays AVI files and Divx encoded files. It also is built to record on any DVD format. It has 1080i upscaled video and optical digital output.
Cons The unit does not output any higher than 480p through the component out video connections on the rear. The 1080i output can only be used through expensive HDMI output cables.
Summary After the first few times of recording on different media (DVD-RW, DVD-RAM...) the unit systematically begins to fail to recognize the disks. This great idea is still a ways away from the reliability required of any home appliance. If you are happy being a Beta tester for new unreliable technology run out an buy one of these.
Pros sleek look
Cons Recording is useless. Playback is iffy.
Summary I purchased the DR1F9H, July 25, 2006. Unfortunately I allowed too much time to pass before fully testing this product, so I cannot return it (90 labor, 1 year parts). I don't think the issue is one of being "broken," so part changes will do no good even though it is still within parts warranty period. The problem is the entire design is ill conceived and ill-executed.
I bought the DVD player/recorder to use in place of my VCR to make off-air dvds to play while we traveled. Within months of purchase, Dish network began copy protecting broadcasts so that I could put them on my old VCR, but not the "new" DVD recorder. Hence, I lost all use I had for a TV DVD recorder (my computer is more versatile for general DVD recording purposes). We dropped satellite over the copy protection issue and joined Blockbuster in December. Membership is cheaper than satellite, and we did have an expensive new DVD player that fed directly into the HDMI port of our TV.
However, the DR1F9H does not play DVDs as well as my old $50 unit. The unit often fails to recognize the commerical DVDs and issues a disk error message. Sometimes I can overcome this by opening and closing and reseating the disk, usually I can not. When it does play, the unit often jams on a scene in the middle of the disk, then I must turn off the unit (if I can - I had to unplug it once to get it off), turn the unit back on and then fast forward to the jam spot and hope it doesn't jam again. When it jammed today (4th time in the past week) it started back up on its own after 3 minutes although without sound. Then it stopped and started several times on its own before resuming normal play. I tried the same disk on my cheap unit and it plays with no problem. Bottom line, when the LG unit fails to play, my "cheap $50 unit" delivers the picture.
I bought this player because it looked innovative and because I had good luck with an LG microwave ovens. My mistake.
I see no point in handing the machine back for parts replacement or repair. Even if the parts are bad and can be repaired, the internal software is most certainly flakey. Besides the associated labor cost will be high and the resulting unit will still be flawed in design and usefulness.
All that is left for me to do is complain about the product, and to thank LG for a $200 lesson in consummer awareness.
Pros Records and plays well... when working.
Cons Slow access of media. Unit fails after time. Buttons on top?
Summary Purchased from BestBuy in July 2006. Unit was always slow at reading media. HDMI sometimes would not recognize, and a reboot of the player was needed. After a time, it had trouble reading normal CD's. By Nov 2006 CD's could not be played at all. DVD's finally suffered the same fate in late December 2006. LG customer support is US based, friendly and helpful, but could not rectify the problem. Had purchased the BestBuy warranty, and they replaced it with a new unit (warning: BestBuy's warranty does not carry over to the replacement units!). Presently, new unit is working better than the old one. Will see how it lasts.
Why are the buttons ON TOP of the unit? This makes it impossible to put in a media enclosure.
Menus could use "help" features so that you don't have to get out the manual every time you need to set some features.
To record from my Cable/DVR box, have to use standard video/audio rca connections -- HDMI will not work as the "copy protect" feature diables the connection!