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1. Gateway AR230 Progressive-Scan
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2. Gateway ADC-320 Connected DVD
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3. Gateway KAS-303 6.1-Channel Home

1. Gateway AR230 Progressive-Scan DVD Player / Recorder
list price: $249.99
our price: $249.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001CVBRI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Gateway
Sales Rank: 1511
Average Customer Review: 3.43 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With the Gateway AR-230 DVD player/recorder, you can play movies and music, record off-air TV broadcasts, and store multimedia content on high-capacity, 4.7 GB DVDs. It's never been easier to share your home videos with friends and family, and the AR-230 even delivers quality home cinema on standard or high-definition televisions. Using the recorder's extensive inputs--including an IEEE 1394 digital video jack--you can transfer and assemble your most treasured camcorder footage, archive all your old videotapes, or burn video from your PC straight to high-capacity DVD--up to six hours per side using either DVD+R or DVD+RW.

The unit's onscreen display (OSD) lets you adjust settings and select options for your DVD recorder, including parental controls.
DVD+RW discs require no finalizing: you can record, eject, and play them with minimal fuss, thanks to background formatting. This feature, which lowers total burning time, is an advantage over the "dash" formats. Other DVD+RW advantages include on-disc content editing and multisession writing. And, through DVD+RW and DVD+R's compatibility with most existing DVD players, they're a great way for you to share your special memories with family and friends.

The recorder offers timer recording (record once, daily, or weekly), as well as disc editing features such as title editing, title deletion (on DVD+RW discs), title overwriting (on DVD+RW discs), and content protection.

The AR-230 is also a first-rate DVD player, featuring progressive-scan video outputs, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound passthrough, MP3 CD playback (CD-R/-RW), and playback compatibility with most DVD media (including video-mode DVD-R and DVD-RW). You can load a disc full of JPEG images for a digital slideshow in the comfort of your living room.

Whether you already own an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the AR-230 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 playback 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 AR-230 DVD player is equipped with high-end video outputs as well as digital-audio outputs for surround-sound passthrough.
Top-of-the-line component-video outputs help minimize digital and line-scan artifacts on compatible advanced televisions, while composite- and S-video outputs bring compatibility with nearly any television monitor. Video inputs include the above-mentioned front-panel IEEE 1394 jack, front and rear composite-video jacks, and a rear-panel S-video input. Audio inputs consist of two-channel analog jacks with up to 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion.

A single set of left/right 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 of RCA coaxial and Toslink optical) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder, remote control, remote batteries, an AC power cord, a 6-foot audio/video interconnect (stereo analog audio/composite-video), a 6-foot RF coaxial AV cable, a blank DVD+RW disc, a setup poster, and a user’s manual. ... Read more

Features

  • DVD player/recorder with camcorder-ready DV, composite-video, RF, and S-video inputs
  • Record from TV, VCR, or camcorder directly to DVD; up to 6 hours video recording per side (either DVD+R or DVD+RW)
  • Progressive-scan output for seamless, flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
  • Plays MP3 CDs, JPEG image CDs, video mode DVD-Rs and DVD-RWs
  • Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound passthrough from coaxial and optical digital-audio outputs

Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good solid product
This is an interesting product. It's a cross between a VHS VCR and a fully functioning digital DVD recorder.

The higher priced digital recorders have hard drives built in to give them Tivo features like the ability to record temporarily for many hours, watch a program from the beginning while the unit is still recording the end, instant replay, pause live TV, etc. The fully loaded recorders also have some sort of Tivo-like program guide.

The AR-230 has none of these things, but it costs a lot less as well. It's an interesting mix of high and low end VCR features plus an adequate DVD+R/RW recorder. The high end is reflected by the number of different inputs and outputs: Composite, S-Video, Component, Firewire, Coax and Optical audio. The low end is reflected by the timer: Only 5 programs, no Mon-Fri mode, no VCR+.

As a simple DVD replacement for a VCR, it fulfills it's function very well. The remote is easy to use. The quality of the DVD image is equal to the quality of the video input. It won't allow you to create you're own chapters, but you can set it to automatically create chapters every 1 - 12 minutes.

There are 4 program modes: 1hr, 2hrs, 4hrs & 6hrs. I've tried the 2 and 4 hour modes and both are fine. Choosing from titles on the disc is much easier than scanning a VCR tape for the start of a new program. Also scanning by chapter and fast forward/reverse work very well - a big improvement over tape.

The AR-230 records only on "Plus" media, but reads/plays just about everything. BEWARE: The DVD recordable industry is borderline insane. They're locked in a betamax/vhs type war of competing incompatible formats called "Plus" and "Minus". Not only are there different recorders that record each format, but the blank media are different for each format. A "Minus" disc won't work in a "Plus" recorder.

If you've got a set top DVD player you may want to check which format it supports. If your DVD player only plays "Minus" discs it won't be able to play DVD's you produce from the AR-230.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's simply a better value
My AR230 was purchased as a replacement for a Panasonic DVD recorder that died on me. I use it mostly for time shifting TV programs. Quality is very good on the 1 and 2 hour settings good on the 4 hour setting and just slightly better than good VCR on the 6 hour setting. It's got a simple menu system that even got my wife recording some of her soaps. I've only recorded camcorder to DVD-R using the firewire port twice but the quality was good and it was easy to do. Be sure to finalize DVD-R's so they will play on other DVD players. I use brand name media and have not had a bad disc yet. This unit doesn't have a hard drive or the bells and whistles of some of the high-end units but at less than $300 it's a way better value than the others I considered. If you need a good replacement for your old VCR this is it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not so bad!
I saw many negative reviews about this product. However, from
my experience, it is not so bad. If you have trouble to record,
I would like to suggest check followings.

1. Check your DVD media (at least 4x and should be +R/RW).
I found some information that LiteOn 4x dvd burner was used
for this product. So, you have to use at leat 4x media.
Right?
2. Check the firmware version (the newest version can be found
at the manufacturer's homepage).
The firmware version is just like OS version. The newer
firmware always has less problems.
3. Don't power off during recording or some ~ing
operation. (Stopping, recording, etc)
4. If you use +R media, you should finalize before play on
other DVDs.

PROS:
1.Low price(^^) but not bad image quality.
2.Built in tuner.
3.Firmware upgradable!

CONS:
1.Not so flexible timer functions and not support the codes.
2.I doesnt support subtitle function when you record
TV programs. (When you play DVD, it is fine.)
3.Too short title. It may be less than 7 characters.

1-0 out of 5 stars Gateway AR230 Progressive-Scan DVD Player/Recorder
I went through two of these and neither worked. The first would record for about a half hour and then stop, showing "write fail" as a message. The second one did even worse - not only did it start off with "write fail", it quickly got to the point where it could not even locate the disc. This experience cost me about $44 in return postage expenses, only to end up with a partcial credit - I had to spend more time on the phone with Amazon to straighten that out. Bad experience all the way around.

1-0 out of 5 stars Returned it, kept my VCR
Had to return it, my old Samsung VCR was much better (and of course more reliable) than this, I didn't want to go for an expensive one (when decided to upgrade to DVD recording), well to save money, but I wasted my valuable time. I don't know if it is the problem with new (DVD) + format or it is the Gateway. Anyways, I don't recommend it if you look for quality. ... Read more


2. Gateway ADC-320 Connected DVD Player with Wireless 802.11g Card
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001Z84G6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Gateway
Sales Rank: 15479
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Gateway's connected DVD player merges plug-and-play networking capabilities with the latest in home-theater technology so you can stream your music, photo, and video files from a Windows-based PC in the study right to your living-room entertainment system. The progressive-scan-capable player is fully compatible with DVD-Video, CD, VCD/SVCD, Kodak Picture CD, and recordable discs full of JPEG, MP3, or WMA (Windows Media Audio) files, so you can still enjoy its authoritative features even if you're not inclined to use the networking feature just yet.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the Gateway player 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.

Gateway's connected DVD player merges plug-and-play networking capabilities with the latest in home-theater technology so you can stream your music, photo, and video files from a Windows-based PC in the study right to your living-room entertainment system. The progressive-scan-capable player is fully compatible with DVD-Video, CD, VCD/SVCD, Kodak Picture CD, and recordable discs full of JPEG, MP3, or WMA (Windows Media Audio) files, so you can still enjoy its authoritative features even if you're not inclined to use the networking feature just yet.


Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the Gateway player 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.

The player's rear panel sports a single PC Card slot (also referred to as PCMCIA) for wired or wireless access to a Windows-based home network. Basic networking requirements consist of a computer with a 700 MHz or faster Pentium processor running Microsoft Windows 98 SE or higher with a network connection, 20 MB free hard-drive space, 128 MB RAM, and Gateway's specially made 802.11g DVD card, which can be used in either a wired or a wireless configuration. The 802.11g DVD card, which comes with the DVD player, uses the 54 Mbps wireless networking standard, making it nearly five times faster than the widely used wireless-B products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country.

Far more convenient but a little more complicated to configure is a wireless setup, which lets you place your hardware in separate rooms without need for lengthy cable runs. This option requires the additional purchase of a wireless networking device (a router if you'll have multiple network users or an access point for a single connection) to relay data between your PC and the DVD player's card.


Access your Windows-based home network wirelessly via the ADC-320's PC Card slot and included 802.11g DVD card.

Once you've established your network, you can put a connected DVD player in every room with a TV or stereo to connect wirelessly to your PC library. In your PC, you can then create a library of music, photo, and digital video to enjoy anywhere you have a connected DVD player and a television and/or audio system.

Front-panel menu buttons grant full operation, even without the supplied remote control. The player lets you import M3U (MusicMatch) or the PLS (WinAmp) playlists and create custom digital slideshows of PC-based JPEG images. The player also supports playback of recorded video from MPEG4 video and Microsoft Media Center computers.

If you're inclined to go in for a little karaoke entertainment, this player's got you covered: the stylish front panel also offers two .25-inch microphone inputs governed by single volume and echo-effect control.

The ADC-320's digital-audio outputs enable connection to a full-featured A/V receiver so you can experience Dolby Digital/DTS 5.1-channel surround sound.

A set of left/right 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 of RCA coaxial and Toslink optical) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver, and if you're using an older surround amp with multichannel analog inputs but no onboard processing, you're in luck: Gateway's model happens to decode both Dolby Digital and surround formats, outputting multichannel analog signals as well as digital.

Top-of-the-line component-video outputs (switchable between progressive and interlaced, depending on your television) help minimize digital and line-scan artifacts on compatible advanced televisions, while composite- and S-video outputs bring compatibility with nearly any television.

What's in the Box
DVD player, 802.11g DVD card, remote control, remote batteries, user's manual, stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable, and an installation CD.

... Read more

Features

  • Karaoke-capable DVD player with PC Card slot for wired or wireless access to a Windows-based home network
  • Fully compatible with DVD, CD, VCD/SVCD, Kodak Picture CD, and MP3/WMA files on recordable CD; Dolby Digital and DTS decoding and output
  • Can stream digital content from your computer to your TV, including MPEG1/MPEG2 video, JPEG photos, and digital audio files
  • Front-panel menu buttons grant full operation, even without the supplied remote control
  • Lets you import M3U (MusicMatch) or the PLS (WinAmp) playlists and create custom digital slideshows of PC-based JPEG images

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars 802.11g on a DVD player - that's cool
This connected dvd player allows you to stream most if not all your media from your PC to your home entertainment system with a great user interface that you can control on your TV.

Gateway offers software upgrades on their website so you can get the latests software packages for this product. Streaming your entire digital music library is very cool - plus it's a solid dvd player as well. ... Read more


3. Gateway KAS-303 6.1-Channel Home Theater System with Progressive-Scan DVD Player/Recorder (Champagne)
list price: $1,099.99
our price: $999.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001Z7X1S
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Gateway
Sales Rank: 30211
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Amazon Product Description

A stylish portal into scintillating home-theater audio and video, the KAS-303 from Gateway is tailor-made for people seeking exacting performance from a compact and unified package. The system includes a leading-edge DVD player/recorder, a high-power 6.1-channel surround receiver, and a 7-speaker surround system with a 150-watt powered subwoofer.

The AR-230 DVD player/recorder is a perfect match with today's flat-panel, high-definition LCD and plasma screens, as its progressive-scan video outputs offer twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

In addition to playing Kodak Picture CDs and recordable CDs filled with JPEG images or MP3 Music files, the AR-230 will record off-air TV broadcasts and store multimedia content from your PC or camcorder on high-capacity, 4.7 GB DVD+R and DVD+RW discs. Using the recorder's extensive inputs--including an IEEE 1394 digital video jack--you can transfer and assemble your most treasured camcorder footage, archive all your old video tapes, or burn video from your PC straight to high-capacity DVD (up to six hours per disc side). And, through DVD+R/DVD+RW's compatibility with most existing home DVD players, they're a great way to share your special memories with family and friends.

The AR-230's onscreen display (OSD) lets you adjust settings and select options for your DVD recorder, including parental controls.

The supplied LN-520 audio/video receiver includes a 6-channel amplifier capable of delivering 100 full-bandwidth watts per channel in stereo (to 8-ohm speakers) and nearly that much in full surround mode. It processes the latest discrete multichannel surround formats, including the 6.1-channel DTS-ES and Matrix, DTS Neo:6, and Dolby Digital EX 6.1. It will process any stereo program into 5.1-channel sound using Dolby Pro Logic II, and the receiver's rear panel even offers direct 6.1-channel inputs for use with an external surround decoder, such as those found in high-resolution multichannel SACD and DVD-Audio players.

The AR-230 DVD player is equipped with high-end video outputs as well as digital-audio outputs for surround-sound passthrough.

All of which furthers the performance of the KAS-303's speaker system, which you can configure for 5.1- or 6.1-channel use, as your living room and listening preferences permit. The system includes a patented Ventriloquist center-channel speaker (with two 4-by-6-inch midbass/midrange drivers and a 2.5-inch midrange/tweeter), 5 satellite speakers for front and rear left/right and rear-center positioning (each with its own 2.5-inch long-throw midrange/tweeter with built-in equalization), and a 10-inch, 150-watts-continuous subwoofer designed by Hsu Research, which is capable of pumping an earth-moving 400 watts on select dynamic peaks.

The subwoofer offers a continuously variable crossover so you can match the upper range of its output to the lower end of your satellites' bass output (both points depend greatly on where in your room you position them), and the satellites all feature built-in mounting brackets to allow for either stand or wall positioning (stands not included). All supplied speakers are video shielded to allow distortion-free placement on or near TVs or video monitors.

To take advantage of the center speaker's Ventriloquist ability, wire the front left/right satellites inline with the center speaker as shown in the detailed manual and flip the "Ventriloquist" switch, whereupon the front satellites will effectively sound like much larger bookshelf speakers. With the Ventriloquist circuit switched off, the front satellites perform as the standard 2.5-inch speakers they are. The metal bracket supplied with each satellite may be removed to accommodate an aftermarket swivel-type mount (the satellites accommodate a number of mounts, including both the Omnimount 10 series and the Sound Gear SATP series mounts).

What's in the Box
KAS-303: LN-520 receiver, remote control, remote batteries, an AM loop antenna, an FM wire antenna, 5 satellite speakers, 1 center speaker, 1 powered subwoofer, a subwoofer AC power cord, all requisite wiring, and a system user's manual; AR-230: DVD recorder, remote control, remote batteries, an AC power cord, a 6-foot audio/video interconnect (stereo analog audio/composite-video), a 6-foot RF coaxial AV cable, a blank DVD+RW disc, a setup poster, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • DVD player/recorder with camcorder-ready DV, composite-video, RF, and S-video inputs; record from TV, VCR, or camcorder directly to DVD
  • 6.1-channel audio/video surround receiver with processing for Dolby Digital/Dolby EX, DTS/DTS-ES, and Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound
  • 7-speaker surround system includes dedicated center-channel speaker and 150-watt powered subwoofer for deep, powerful bass
  • Reads DVD, video mode DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD, CD-R/W, MP3 CD, JPEG image CD, Kodak Picture CD, VCD, and SVCD
  • Progressive-scan output for seamless, flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs

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