Pros You CAN record from your Top Set Box, SAT and the manual explains that some copyright protection may limit the number of copies /protocol settings for the allowed # of recording(s) you can copy for personal use. Read the manual, it addresses this.
Cons None , other than much to learn and set up initially but it well worth taking the time for great end results and settings.
Summary This Unit does take into consideration the many transitions and changes within the last 10 years and solves them. The VCR portion plays and records from input source connected. Also EZ dubbing from tape to DVD. The Unit also takes into consideration the many new DVD formats -Minus, + Plus and RW's etc. This is a versatile DVD Recorder and handles most, if not all media. Stick with Name Brand Media, Verbatim is # 1Unfortunately after using the VHS to DVD dubbing feature (which was not a priorty for many months) it is a total disappointment with the seriously out of synch between picture and sound.. a real bummer!
and keep in mind (the lower speed aka, rate X8 2X ) is better than 16 X discs. Those are primarily for computers. But will work on this unit, but stand alone DVD recorders like the slower speeds for recording. The DVD/VCR DUAL Recorders
also is nice to have, not that you'd be wanting to record much on VHS. The HDMI out to TV improves the quality of the signal with clear, crisp reproduction. This Unit also records clear, crisp images with proper input to the recorder. Example: If you have a HD Cable box with 108i signal to your TV, this unit is able to handle the image and replay is a pleasant surprise. If you are only importing 500 lines of resolution, then of course it will not have as much punch. The key is what source to both your TV and the Recorder will have the clearest picture and sound. It does allow copying from pay cable stations ..but you have to read this section on how to set up and follow protocol for the varying allowable copies . You will be far more disappointed with this Recording System if you don't read up on these improvements and settings to address issues such as Lines of Resolution, Standard and HI Def signals, control of aspect ratio of the playback picture to fit the screen, etc.
This unit does perform but there is much to learn and setup at first but the pay off is excellent picture, sound and compatibility. ! A real winner.
Updated on Jan 23, 2009
"Performs well"on by K-Taray
Pros Great recording at XP and SP speeds
Cons would like better naming options for recorded discs
Summary This player performs great. I record HD content to DVD discs through an S cable connection. And although you lose some signal strength through the S cable, the recorded content looks excellent after recording. Very satisfied and know that I can record movies and content at a high DVD quality which is much better than VHS recordings. Moreover, its easy to use and after finalizing the discs have great playback on other DVD players around the house.
Pros easy to use
Cons Both DVD and VCR died in less than 6 months
Summary Very disappointed! I got this model because it had good reviews. I really liked it because it was easy to use and did a great job; HOWEVER, it totally died in no time. I bought it in Nov 07 and the DVD player died in April. Was going to have the DVD repaired, but now the VCR side is going out a month later. Might as well junk it and start over with something else. You could try it and maybe not have the problems, but under the circumstances, I couldn't recommend it.
Pros None. Not yet anyhow. If I get this working then I might have something better to say.
Cons Main reason for purchase was to record tons of family VHS tape to DVD. After going though initial setups, this feature does no work at all. Will keep trying but I dont have much hope at this point.
Summary Seems to do a lot but the one reason I got it (VHS-DVD) does not work! What can I say?
Pros Easy setup,Very good recording quality, tasks that use to be hard are now made easy.
Cons Thus far, I have not run into any cons!!!
Summary This is the best combo that I have purchased.