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1. Sharp DV-SR45U DVD Recorder
$129.99 list($149.99)
2. Sharp DV-NC150U DVD Player/VCR
Too low to display $79.99 list($99.99)
3. Sharp DV-SL80U Progressive-Scan
$268.99 list($449.99)
4. Sharp DV-SR3U DVD Player / Recorder
$399.99 list($799.99)
5. Sharp DV-RW2U DVD Player/Recorder
$474.90 list($799.99)
6. Sharp DV-HR300U Progressive-Scan

1. Sharp DV-SR45U DVD Recorder
list price: $349.99
our price: $299.99
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Asin: B00068V0BO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 11400
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Amazon.com Product Description

The DV-SR45U is an integrated DVD recorder and DVD player that lets you make simple, one-touch video recordings onto durable, rewriteable DVDs for collecting, sharing, time-shifted viewing, and video archiving of your VHS tapes and camcorder footage. Its built-in TV tuner lets you record your favorite programs live or via timer, and a 30-second skip function makes it a cinch to hop past commercials or other content with ease.

Other features include CD/MP3 playback, DVD+R/+RW playback, and 1-year, 8-event scheduling. Rewriteable DVD-RW media can be recorded more than 1,000 times, holding 60 minutes in XP mode and an amazing 600 minutes (10 hours) of programming in SEP mode. The recorder's editing function will erase sections of recorded scenes easily. Select any image you like to represent a scene's thumbnail image for chapter selection. On rewritable discs, you can add chapter marks, delete parts of titles, and set representative thumbnail images.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DV-SR45U is ready to deliver the full potential of your commercial DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. The DV-SR45U sports one set of progressive-scan component-video outputs and 1 each composite- and S-video outs for use with SD (standard-definition) TVs as well as with VCRs or DVRs.

Inputs consist of 2 each composite- and S-video, with 2 sets of stereo analog (left/right) RCA audio inputs. One set of AV/S inputs is conveniently located on the unit's front panel for ready connection to a camcorder or other device. An RF audio/video input accepts a feed from an older VCR or cable box, or an antenna, while a single RF output passes an NTSC tuner signal to another component.

In the audio department, this unit--like many other DVD recorders--compresses all incoming audio signals with Dolby Digital 2.0, which conserves space but slightly compromises audio quality. A set of left/right RCA analog-audio outputs channel audio to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's coaxial digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

The DV-SR45U simplifies the process of searching for a specific moment on a disc through its high-speed-access thumbnail views and Quick Search functions. In addition, this DVD recorder also features a Block Noise filter that decreases overall noise in the playback picture.

The DV-SR45U is CPRM-compliant. CPRM stands for stands for Content Protection for Recordable Media, a copy-protection system triggered by specific CPRM programs. You can record copy-once broadcast programs, but you cannot then make a copy of those recordings. CPRM recordings can only be made on DVD-RW discs formatted in VR mode, and CPRM recordings can only be played on players that are specifically compatible with CPRM.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder, remote control, remote batteries, an RF coaxial video cable, a composite-video/stereo analog audio cable, a quick-use guide, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Component DVD player/recorder with DVD-RW (VR/video) and DVD-R (video) media recording; records up to 10 hours per 4.7 GB disc (in SEP mode)
  • Plays DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3 CD
  • NTSC tuner with 1-year/8-event advanced recording; progressive-scan output renders seamless images on HD-ready TVs
  • Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround passthrough; disc-editing functions include erase, chapter mark, and thumbnail edit
  • Measures 17.1 x 2.6 x 11.8 inches (W x H x D)

2. Sharp DV-NC150U DVD Player/VCR Combo
list price: $149.99
our price: $129.99
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Asin: B00068V0C8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 5926
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sharp's DV-NC150U combination DVD player and 4-head, hi-fi stereo VCR saves shelf space while enhancing your home theater options. Especially convenient is its ability to record content to a VHS videocassette while simultaneously playing back a crystal-clear DVD, letting you watch a new movie now while taping the news or a favorite program for viewing at a later time. The DV-NC150U is easy to use and was designed with convenience, flexibility, and home-entertainment value in mind. The unit is compatible with a variety of media, including DVD-Video, DVD-RW/R, DVD+RW/R, audio CD, and MP3 music files recorded on CD-R/CD-RW discs.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DV-NC150U stands ready to deliver the full potential of your DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

For simpler setups, a single composite-video jack channels signals from both the DVD player and the VCR, while the DVD player also offers an S-video connection for compatible TVs. Likewise, the DVD player and VCR share a single set of stereo analog (left/right) RCA audio outs, with DVD offering the flexibility of an additional set of stereo analog jacks and a coaxial digital-audio output for routing both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

This model's 4-head design ensures smooth slow-motion play (forward and reverse) and clear still-frame images, and with hi-fi sound the unit's VCR records and plays back stereo audio tracks. If you route the stereo output to an AV receiver, you can even enjoy 4-channel (left, center, right, and monaural surround) Dolby Pro Logic mixes from TV and Dolby-encoded cassettes. Other VCR features include auto rewind, auto repeat (great for trade shows), and auto/manual tracking adjustments.

Rapid Play spins a DVD at slightly faster or slightly slower than normal speed (approximately 1.3x to 0.8x normal speed) while maintaining normal pitch for the soundtrack. This feature works only with Dolby Digital-encoded DVDs. Resume play (DVD/CD) lets you resume playback from the point at which the player last stopped.

What's in the Box
DVD player/VCR combo, a remote control, remote batteries, an RF coaxial audio/video cable, a stereo analog audio/composite-video cable, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Space-saving DVD player/VCR combo with 1-year advance programming and playback support for DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and MP3 CD
  • 4-head, stereo VHS videocassette recording and playback with autorepeat and autorewind
  • Unified composite-video output for DVD/VCR; progressive-scan DVD output option renders seamless images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
  • Coaxial digital-audio output passes Dolby Digital and DTS surround signals to compatible A/V receivers for enveloping surround sound
  • Measures 17.2 x 3.8 x 9.2 inches (W x H x D)

3. Sharp DV-SL80U Progressive-Scan DVD Player
list price: $99.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00068V0CS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 6537
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Amazon.com Product Description

The DV-SL80U progressive-scan DVD player from Sharp is ideal for any home theater, offering Dolby Digital and DTS surround output, MP3 playback, compatibility with DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW, and top-of-the-line progressive-scan video outputs (selectable for standard 480i or progressive 480p).

The DV-SL80U also offers resume play, picture zoom to magnify the current display by 2x or 4x, and direct search to locate the desired title, chapter, and track from either playback or stop mode. DVD-RW playback lets you watch rewritable DVD-RW discs (Video Recording mode), which frees you from the need to use write-once DVD-Rs when you intend to watch a disc on your DVD player.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DV-SL80U is ready to deliver the full potential of your DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. Standard composite- and S-video outputs accommodate most other TVs.

The player sports a single set of stereo analog RCA jacks and a coaxial digital-audio output for routing both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals to a full-featured audio/video receiver and multichannel speaker system for enveloping, state-of-the-art sound from your favorite movies.

A feature called Rapid Play spins a DVD at slightly faster or slightly slower than normal speed (approximately 1.3x to 0.8x normal speed) while maintaining normal pitch for the soundtrack. This feature works only with Dolby Digital-encoded DVDs. Resume play (DVD/CD) lets you resume playback from the point at which the player last stopped.

Other features include custom bookmarking (up to 10), random playback (CD and MP3 CD only), program play, repeat play, dynamic-range control for CD playback (great for making the music heard across the din of a party), a display dimmer, a screen saver, parental controls, and a bit-rate indicator so you can monitor the player's performance during instances of peak demand.

What's in the Box
DVD player, a remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, and a stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable. ... Read more

Features

  • DVD-Video player with playback support for DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and MP3 CD
  • Progressive-scan video output renders seamless, flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
  • Coaxial digital-audio output passes Dolby Digital and DTS surround signals to compatible A/V receivers for enveloping surround sound
  • Offers Rapid Play with Dolby-encoded DVDs so you can speed up or slow down playback while listening to normal-pitch audio
  • Measures 17.1 x 2 x 8.3 inches (W x H x D)

4. Sharp DV-SR3U DVD Player / Recorder
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B00021ZVLK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 11799
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Amazon.com Product Description

You thought the day would never come, but it's here: you can now use recordable DVDs the way you used to use VHS videocassettes. Sharp's cutting-edge DV-SR3US is a full-function DVD recorder and DVD player, offering DVD-RW/DVD-R editing and recording alongside progressive-scan video performance for state-of-the-art home-theater viewing.

Other features include CD/MP3 playback, DVD+R/+RW playback, simultaneous recording/playback, and simple, convenient advanced programming options (including 1-year, 32-event scheduling) using VCR Plus+. Rewriteable DVD-RW media can be recorded on more than 1,000 times, delivering about six hours of programming in EP mode. The recorder's editing function will erase sections of recorded scenes easily. Select any image you like to represent a scene's thumbnail image for chapter selection. On rewritable discs, you can add chapter marks, divide existing chapters, and combine chapters when desired, too.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DV-SR3US stands ready to deliver the full potential of your commercial DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. The DV-SR3US sports one set of progressive-scan component-video outputs and 2 each composite- and S-video outs for use with SD (standard-definition) TVs as well as with VCRs or DVRs.

The DV-SR3US simplifies the process of searching for a specific moment on a disc through its high-speed-access thumbnail views and Quick Search functions. A video enhancement called Digital Gamma Picture will heighten the contrast of the transferred video to give it a more true and vivid image when displayed in bright environments.

Inputs consist of 3 each composite- and S-video, with 3 total sets of stereo analog (left/right) RCA audio inputs. Two sets of left/right RCA analog-audio outputs channel audio to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio outputs (one each RCA coaxial and Toslink optical) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

A tamper-proof feature lets you lock the recorder functions even with the power off, so children or others cannot change or use the timer-record functions. The unit's EZ Setup/auto clock feature detects all air and cable channels from the outset and also sets the clock by your local PBS station. ... Read more

Features

  • Component DVD player/recorder with DVD-RW (VR/video) and DVD-R (video) media recording; records up to 6 hours per 4.7 GB disc (in EP mode)
  • NTSC tuner with 1-year/32-event advanced recording and VCR Plus+ programming assistance
  • Progressive-scan component-video output renders seamless images on HD-ready TVs; offers Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround outputs
  • Disc-editing functions include erase, chapter mark, divide, combine, and thumbnail edit
  • Measures 16.9 x 2.7 x 10.1 inches (W x H x D)

5. Sharp DV-RW2U DVD Player/Recorder
list price: $799.99
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Asin: B00008RUXV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 28126
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Early Adopters Pick: April 2003 Sharp's DV-RW2U is the world's first DVD recorder to incorporate a DV terminal with iLink for direct digital video transfer to a DVD disc, allowing you make simple, one-touch video recordings onto durable, rewriteable DVDs for collecting, sharing, time-shifted viewing, and video archiving.

The DV-RW2U is an integrated DVD recorder and player that lets you make simple, one-touch video recordings onto durable,rewriteable DVDs for collecting, sharing, time-shifted viewing, and video archiving. The DV-RW2U records up to 4.7 gigabytes (GB) ofdata at a spell, making it ideal for preserving and archiving digital photographs, home videos, and presentations with high picture andsound quality.

Unlike VHS tapes, the DV-RW2U offers a main menu for easy searching and chapter replay. DVD-RWs can be re-recorded up to1,000 times. You can also record on standard DVD-R and play back formats like CD-RW, CD-R, and standard CDs. TheDV-RW2U's enhanced disc-navigation system with thumbnail display provides instant scene choice from a disc's table of contents. It'spossible to record up to eight programs with the touch of a button using timer recording. The "Just Recording" feature checks the disccapacity each time you insert a DVD-RW, and not only does it determine how much additional space is left, but it will never record overa disc without first alerting you. The DV-RW2U records up to two hours of video in standard mode (SP) and up to six hours in manualmode (MN). When recording, the DV-RW2U provides helpful features like title option, which makes it easy to edit and rename differentsegments as they're being recorded.

In the audio department, this unit--like other DVD recorders--compresses all incoming audio signals with Dolby Digital 2.0, whichconserves space but slightly compromises audio quality. A set of left/right analog-audio outputs benefit from 96 kHz/24-bitdigital-to-analog converters, channeling DVD and CD sound to audio/video receivers and stereo televisions. Both Dolby Digital and DTS5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's coaxial digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featuredaudio/video receiver. Additional features include a DV terminal with iLink for direct digital video transfer from digital camcorders,four-step fast forward/reverse, and slow four-step forward and two-step reverse. ... Read more

Features

  • Records DVD-R, DVD-RW, plays DVD-Video, CD, CD-R, CD-RW
  • DV terminal with iLink for direct digital video transfer from digital camcorders
  • Edit and rename segments as they're being recorded; stores up to 6 hours per disc
  • Enhanced disc navigation with thumbnail display gives you instant scene choices
  • Digital audio output passes Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel signals to compatible AV receivers for stunning surround sound

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Home video makers dream
Makes perfect DVD copies of home movies recorded on VHS or
8mm. Includes a firewire port for making perfect copies of
mini DV camcorders. I only record in the Fine mode yielding
about 1 hr per 4.7 GB DVD-R. Also records to DVD-RW if you
want to reuse the disc over and over. DVD-R seems to be the most backward-compatible format if you wish to share those home movies with friends. Manual is very informative, but these
machines are fairly complicated compared to VCRs. Excellent
value! ... Read more


6. Sharp DV-HR300U Progressive-Scan DVD Player/Recorder with 80 GB Hard Drive
list price: $799.99
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Asin: B0001ZROQM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 13584
Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sharp's cutting-edge DV-HR300U is a full-function DVD recorder and DVD player, offering conveniences like an i.Link DV (IEEE 1394) input, DVD-RW/DVD-R editing and recording, and progressive-scan video performance for state-of-the-art home theater viewing. Equally as cool, the DV-HR300U's internal hard disk drive (HDD) can record and store up to 109 hours--4.5 solid days--of audio/video programming. That means you can record a full season's worth of TV shows and watch them anytime you wish, or archive your favorites to high-quality recordable DVDs at 2x speed.

Other features include CD/MP3 playback, DVD+R/+RW playback, simultaneous recording/playback, and simple, convenient advanced programming options (including 1-year, 32-event scheduling) using VCR Plus+. Rewriteable DVD-RW media can be recorded on more than 1,000 times, delivering about six hours of programming in EP mode. The recorder's editing function will erase sections of recorded scenes easily, in addition to renaming the displayed titles. Select any image you like to represent a scene's thumbnail image for chapter selection. On rewritable discs, you can add chapter marks, divide existing chapters, and combine chapters when desired, too.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DV-HR300U stands ready to deliver the full potential of your commercial DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. The DV-HR300U sports one set of progressive-scan component-video outputs and 2 each composite- and S-video outs for use with SD (standard-definition) TVs as well as with VCRs or DVRs.

The i.Link-spec'ed DV terminal is perfect for transferring your digital home video footage directly to DVD. The DV-HR300U simplifies the process of searching for a specific moment on a disc through its High Speed Access thumbnail views and Quick Search functions. A video enhancement called Digital Gamma Picture will heighten the contrast of the transferred video to give it a more true and vivid image when displayed in bright environments.

Other inputs consist of a generous 3 each composite- and S-video (with 3 total sets of stereo analog RCA inputs) and an RF coaxial video input for use with either an aerial antenna or a cable box.

Two sets of left/right RCA analog-audio outputs channel audio to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio outputs (one each RCA coaxial and Toslink optical) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

A tamperproof feature lets you lock the recorder functions even with the power off, so children or others cannot change or use the timer-record functions. The unit's EZ Setup/auto clock feature detects all air and cable channels from the outset and also sets the clock by your local PBS station.

What's in the Box
DVD player/recorder, remote control, remote batteries, user's manual, stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable. ... Read more

Features

  • Component DVD player/recorder with built-in 80 GB that stores more than 100 hours of audio/video programming (in EP mode)
  • DVD-RW (VR/video) and DVD-R (video) media recording; records up to 6 hours per 4.7 GB disc (in EP mode)
  • High-speed 2x dubbing, HDD to DVD; NTSC tuner with 1-year/32-event advanced recording and VCR Plus+ programming assistance
  • Progressive-scan component-video output renders seamless images on HD-ready TVs; i.Link (IEEE 1394) video input grants direct hookups with camcorders
  • Measures 16.9 x 2.3 x 12.7 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a keeper
I purchased this recorder to transfer recorded materials on 100s of VHS tapes, and I've already burned 3 DVDs and recorded 5+ hours on HD after I received this gem a couple of days ago. I decided to get this based on the other reviews I read on various sites, they were very positive so I had a good feeling... and these reviewers were right! After returning two other DVD recorders, I finally found what I was looking for. I'm not sure why the previous reviewer is having trouble recording from external source such as VHS tapes, I'm connecting through front input (L3) and specified audio settings as indicated in the manual (select DUAL MONO REC mode instead of STEREO when recording from external source), and successfully recorded directly to DVD as well as to HD. I like recording to HD from VHS first at FINE mode since I can dub selected items from HD to DVD in any order I like after editing these clips without losing quality. So I'm using the HD as my digital video scratch pad. I also recorded from my cable channels, it's great to be able to record stuff when I'm in shower and later edit out the parts I don't need. After I burned two old blank DVD disks that I had, I went out and got 25 more DVD disks and noticed some warning on the label about possible damage to the recorder with this 4X DVD disk format!!! But as it turned out, unlike some Pioneer models, it's compatible with 4X disks so I didn't have to get the firmware updates in order to use these 4X disks. I love this recorder!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great machine
Finally something that can replace your VCR and do more. Easy to use once you figure out all the steps. Be sure to read the manual.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good buy, but a few catches
Overall, I'm very happy with this machine. As a movie buff, it really has increased my intake of moviewatching. There are some great and innovative features that made this a HUGE step up from owning a VCR and DVD player for home entertainment. But there are a few drawbacks I've found not to my liking, so really it's a matter of perspective of what you want out of it.

As far as the hard drive recorder goes - AWESOME! The ability to record and simultaneously playback is a standard option with DVR's, and this one is no exception. You have standard recording speeds (FINE, SP, LP, EP) and you can also manually select from 32 grades in between. I find pretty good results between SP and LP without too much noticable picture loss and likened it to VHS on its best day. Last week I put one of my laserdiscs onto a DVD and then watched it projected on a big screen. The quality was deplorably soft, and this was at one notch below SP. We watched the rest of the film on the TV and it looked fine, just beware.

The ability to dubdown movies from the hard drive onto DVD is another plus, but don't be looking for any fancy menu authoring options on that score - it's very simple and basic stuff at best. Most disappointing to me is the fact that it can't create a thumbnail menu of chapter stops on a DVD, but it can on the hard drive. ON the plus side - High speed dubbing of titles from hard drive to DVD is really sweet. It takes me 15 minutes to dub down a two hour title onto DVD - just note that you have to record that title in High-speed dubbing mode or you can't do it. No matter - we're used to dubbing in real time so it's no biggie.

Another major flaw is the lack of ability to see time remaining during playback. I absolutely don't understand this oversight - you can only view the total time played during playback and total chapters. Weird and annoying for me.

Note that at the best speed (FINE) you can only record one hour onto a DVD-R. Hollywood DVD's are actually twice the size of DVD-R's you can buy in the store as they have two layers of data. So if you want pristine quality on your DVD's, your movie better be under 60 minutes otherwise you'll just have to live with recording at the SP speed, which is good but certainly not flawless. I don't consider this to be a flaw with the recorder - it's just where technology is at and most consumers are unaware of this fact.

The timer recording functions are fine. I have a cable box so I can't record on one channel while viewing another, but the ability to playback elsewhere on the hard drive while recording (as mentioned above) is a huge plus. My cable box does have a built-in timer, so I can program to record on multiple channels if need be.

Couple other notes on speed - the boot time of this machine lags a bit. Often takes 20-30 seconds before I can do anything, which is a little irritating to put up with, but this is a low-end computer so oh well.

I love that there's a 4-pin firewire input. Alas, it's only an input so the fleeting dream of hooking up additional hard drives to maximize the recording space was quick. You know they could easily make these units expandable, but that's probably too much power in the hands of the consumer for their liking. With maximum quality selected (FINE), you will get a max of 20 hours on the 80 GB hard drive.

I don't think DVD recorders have been "dumbed down" to being all that intuitive and user-friendly. I caught on fairly quickly with this machine, but I kept on referring to the manual during those first two weeks trying to figure out how to do certain things (like view remaining time on a DVD title, say).

On the whole, though, I am happy with this machine. I know I've dwelled on the negative, but other than those issues, it has worked as promised. I've been watching a lot of movies as a result and archiving some of my old VHS's and for that it's invaluable. If you have the cash and desire, go for it, otherwise I'd wait until they make them cheaper, faster, more intuitive and bigger hard drive space.

***ADDENDUM ON 7/7/04***
Few things realized since I wrote this that warrant notice. First, you can dub from hard drive to DVD just about anything, but you can only dub from a DVD to the hard drive if the DVD was recorded with this machine and not finalized. Kinda helpful, huh? Even if you have a DVD that you created yourself of your own movies or someone elses, you won't be able to go from DVD to HD.

Also, I was infuriated with creating chapter stops on a DVD with this machine. I could not figure out a way to go from a program on the HD to DVD with chapter stops that I had created using their chapter marker features. Well, turns out that the only way to do it (from my experience of trying just about everything) is that chapter marks will transfer only if the original program is recorded with High Speed Dubbing Priority. You cannot do a DVD dub with preselected chapter stops with Rate Conversion Dubbing - only Hi Speed mode. Why? Who knows, but it's better than nothing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great machine but.....
This Sharp DVD recorder is fairly easy to use and works well with one exception. If you are at all interested in recording channels 56-60,you may be out of luck. On both machines I got, (great service by Amazon getting me a replacement) the channel automatically changes to one of the Line inputs so channels 56-60 will not record. Sharp is aware that "some of their machines" have this issue, but there is not a recall at this time. They suggested that I could send it into them for repair. They do not seem to have nailed down how many bad ones are out there. Since I am 0/2, I have decided to keep shopping.

1-0 out of 5 stars Mine's defective
Edit - I wrote a very negative review of this product. Bottom line is I have a defective unit so I can't really give a solid review. It still gets one star. ... Read more


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