Pros Superb quality; versatile record settings
Cons Users manual could be better organized
Summary I've used this for over six months and have made well over 300 recordings. It is important to run a DVD lens cleaner periodically. (When the machine tells you the blank DVD is dirty or damaged, you know it's past time to clean your player.) I have used Fuji, Sony, HP and Panasonic media with complete success.
Copy protection is not a flaw in the Toshiba, but a legal standard for the industry. I must use DVD-RAM for HBO and Cinemax (and, more recently, some programs on the Encore channel). All other other satellite or cable channels record on DVD-R.
I particularly love the Hard Drive and its ability to create a playlist for dubbing onto a DVD. Record a program with commercials onto the hard drive, add chapter stops at each end of the commercials and create a playlist that is commerical free. Works beautifully.
Bottom line: my DVDs of satellite programs look as good as the original broadcast. This is a great machine.Updated
After just over 12 months of use, this machine has given up the ghost. Recording quality was excellent while it lasted. Repair estimate exceeds purchase price. I cannot recommend this product.
Pros Hard drive with timeslip feature, some advanced editing capabilites
Cons Will not record "copy once allowed" to dvd-r or dvd-rw making it virtually useless for recording HBO, Cinemax and other cable channels, incompatible with about 90% of brands of blank disks, inadequate/poorly translated documentation. I was seriously disap
Pros Nice features
Cons This product will not record on any type of DVD-R consistently! I have tried a variety of Discs and they all say the same thing, will not record may need cleaning. I have had it 5 months and now I can't get my money back or any service from Toshiba. This
Pros Has all the features you'd expect.
Cons Has a very short life span!
Summary I loved it to start with, but just before the warranty ran out it started failing to read half the discs in my collection - including ones it had burned itself! Took it to the nearest Toshiba agent and he replaced the main circuit board (or so he said).
Then a couple of weeks later, when the warrantee had expired, all the audio failed; it wouldn't record audio, wouldn't play audio, everything was silent! This time the agent took about a month to fix it, and charged me more than half of what i paid for the machine in the first place.
A couple of months after that, it started failing to read discs again, and yes, this included most of the ones it had made itself. This time when I took it into the agent's shop he told me that these recorders are such rubbish, they just aren't worth spending the money on. He suggested I throw it away!! I'm now using it as a door-stop.
And as for Toshiba support - forget it! They live on Mars; why should they worry about what happens down here on Earth?
Pros Nice feature set, easy to use and edit
Cons Very slow write speed, sometimes hard to find disks that work with it, started to malfunction after 1 year
Summary I've always tended to like Toshiba products, and this was no exception for the first year. During this time, I recorded tons of hours onto virtually any brand of blank DVD-RW media without any problems. Eventually, however, my DVR got 'Panasonicitis' - uncanny failure right after the warranty expired. It didn't fail completely, but it suddenly started requiring many attempts to successfully record a DVD or to even format a new blank DVD - of any brand. Cleaning the lens didn't seem to help much. Now I'm careful not to accumulate too much 'good stuff' on the hard disk because who know when or if total failure will occur.
My main complaint about it from the start has been its very slow write speed for DVD-RW - only 2x. It is often hard to find disks that are not 4x, which will not work on this unit. Also, often the DVDs I create will not play on other peoples' DVD players, even though they are supposed to play DVD-RW disks.
Otherwise, it has a lot of nice features and the user manual is a bit better written than those of many consumer electronics.