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1. Philips DVP642 DivX-Certified
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2. Philips 30PF9946D 30" Widescreen
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3. Philips 32PF9966 32" Widescreen
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4. Philips HDRW720 DVD Recorder with
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5. Philips DVDR520H DVD Recorder
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6. Zenith XBV443 Progressive Scan
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7. Panasonic CT-30WX54 30" Widescreen
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8. Philips 30DV693R 30" Real Flat
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9. Philips 23PF8946A 23" Widescreen
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10. Magnavox 20MF200V 20" Flat Panel
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11. Zenith XBV442 Progressive-Scan
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20. Philips DVP620VR Progressive Scan

1. Philips DVP642 DivX-Certified Progressive-Scan DVD Player
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B000204SWE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 2
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Tap into multimedia fun with Philips' broad-format, high-style, and ultra-slim DVP642 DVD player. The DVP642 is not only a high-end progressive-scan DVD player equipped to offer scintillating images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs, it's a tech-savvy player that spins your MP3- and JPEG-encoded recordable CDs (as well as Kodak's and Fuji's variants of the same) and CDs loaded with MPEG-4 and DivX video (3.11, 4.x, and 5.x files), perfect for viewing Internet-sourced content in your home theater. Want more? The player also converts Region 1/All Region PAL-formatted discs (the video standard in Europe) for viewing on standard NTSC televisions (and vice-versa, if only for video CDs).



The DVP642's progressive-scan functionality allows compatible TVs to display the even and odd numbered lines of an image in a single pass. This minimizes screen flicker, which is easier on your eyes.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DVP642 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.

Playback options include five-disc resume, which lets you pick up where you left off on your five most recently viewed DVDs (not applicable for MP3 or JPEG CDs), disc-lock parental controls, and picture zoom for magnification of select images.

The player will play JPEG images one by one automatically, letting you zoom in, rotate, or flip the picture vertically or horizontally. For MP3 playback, the player offers track time display, album and track selection, and repeat (disc/album/track). The DivX media format is MPEG-4 based video compression that lets you save large files like films, movie trailers, and music videos on recordable media.

Philips' 4x video upsampling offers smoother images even when viewing interlaced (nonprogressive) signals through the player's component-video, S-video, or standard composite-video outputs. SmartPicture provides optimum picture settings for color, brightness, saturation, contrast, sharpness, etc., to enhance your overall viewing experience at all times.

The player will play JPEG images one by one automatically, letting you zoom in, rotate, or flip the picture vertically or horizontally. For MP3 playback, the player offers track time display, album and track selection, and repeat (disc/album/track). The DivX media format is MPEG-4 based video compression that lets you save large files like films, movie trailers, and music videos on recordable media.

A set of left/right analog-audio outputs channel audio to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. Dolby Digital 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-Video player, remote control with batteries, a user's manual, and an analog audio/composite-video interconnect. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays DVD-Video, video CD, audio CD, JPEG image CD, and CDs loaded with MP3, MPEG-4, or DivX 3.11/4.x/5.x files
  • Progressive-scan output for seamless, flicker-free images on HD-ready TVs; SmartPicture and 4x video upsampling enhance all outputs
  • Optical and coaxial digital-audio terminals pass Dolby Digital and DTS surround signals
  • PAL-to-NTSC format conversion--great for viewing non-region-encoded European discs
  • Measures 17.1 x 1.7 x 9.3 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (45)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great DVD Player with minor flaws
I recently purchased the Philips DVP642 DVD player and I am quite pleased with it. I have a lot of files in .avi format, and it takes me several hours to encode them in DVD, SVCD, or VCD format to play on a DVD player. Now, with this player, I can just put my .avi files onto CD-Rs, pop them in the DVD player let the machine do the rest.

The quality that AVI, DIVX, and MPEG-4 are displayed in is amazing. The files play much better than they do on my home computer. This is thanks to a "smart" technology that the player uses to enhance compressed video. Many scenes will appear in almost DVD quality.

Many users have complained about the sloppy interface. I tend to disagree. Although other DVD players offer far better interfaces, this one holds up quite well. It will not distract from the overall experience you will have with this product. The remote control feels more like a television remote, though.

This unit is not perfect. It doesn't play Nero Digital MPEG-4s. There isn't any sound on non-VOB structured MPEG-2 files, nor is there any sound when miniDVDs are played (but who uses those anyways). However, a simple file conversion program will solve most of these problems allowing you to keep up to 2 hours of very good quality video on one CD. No DVD players are perfect and the bottom line is for $70 this unit is a steal. If you have a lot of video files laying around on your cpu and a cd burner, this player is a must buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best DVD/DivX Player (for the price!)
The Philips DVP642 is truly superb at its price point. DVD playback is just as good as my older Onkyo DV-SP501 (at more than twice the price) and it can play DivX and XviD files (at almost DVD quality) as well as MP3's JPEG's and VCD's!

Unlike the experience of the reviewer from Erie, PA, my player does resume playing the DVD from the scene where you've pressed the stop button (of course if you press stop TWICE it will take you to the beginning of the DVD).

The unit is ultra thin (1.7" high) and stylish. Colors are vivid at its default setting but you have the option to tweak them if you deem necessary via a system menu, a feature that Philips calls SmartPicture. Video output is available for component video, SVideo or CVBS. For audio you have digital or analog output. You also have an option to set the video for your type of monitor 4:3 P/S, 4:3 Widescreen or 16:9. You may zoom in during playback on both DVD or DivX/XviD files. Resolution

The one weakness I can find is with the remote. It is a bit skimpy, for example, no dedicated open/close tray button, instead one must press the stop key for about 5 seconds which will either open or close the tray. Buttons are small and placed close together. If anyone knows of a universal remote that works with this unit please include it in your review.

Overall this player has far exceeded my expectations. Well done Philips!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best DIVX player sofar
I am an avid anime fan - it does it's job, and well. It processes the divx codecs better than my amd64 and intel systems. I have thrown ALOT at it sofar and takes it all without any hiccups. I have FMAlchemist (26 eps.) on 1 dvd-r and it plays them all. One reservation - it has a slightly clunky interface, but is still very functional.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Performance
I am simply amazed with the quality of this DVD/Divx player. I was skeptical at first, but figured at the price, why not take a chance, at worst I would just have another DVD player. WOW! Once I plugged it into my system it took no time at all and I was up and running all file formats advertised, with no problems whatsoever! I tested it's limits when I burned multiple .avi files onto a DVD-R...it played them flawlessly! There is very little this player can't do and it does it at the fraction of the cost of other "Media" players. Well worth the trip to the store and the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best DVD player I have owned
This thing is great. I have tons of movies and files in the DivX format and this player reads them all. You can burn an entire movie onto one CD-R and play it on the DVP642 with no issues. I have owned this for about 4 months now and it plays EVERYTHING. Types I have tried (with success).... DVD, CD, JPEG CD, VCD, SVCD, MP3 CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R. For $70, it's just insane that the player is this good. My grandmother's old player would not play much anymore, so I got her one of these and she LOVES it too. Can't say enough good stuff about this. Progressive-scan, plays every format out there, slim-line, quiet, works well, lots of options. Awesome DVD player. ... Read more


2. Philips 30PF9946D 30" Widescreen HDTV-Ready Flat-Panel LCD TV
list price: $3,299.99
our price: $3,299.99
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Asin: B00021ZX0E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
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Amazon.com Product Description

Balancing high style and high quality, Philips' 30-inch widescreen, high-definition-ready 30PF9946D will command center stage when needed and blend seamlessly with most decors when not in use. Its high brightness (600 cd/m2) and high contrast (600:1) ensure dynamic images from any source, while an integrated NTSC TV tuner offers cable or broadcast reception of all your favorite programs. Hook the 30PF9946D up to an optional DTV receiver or progressive-scan DVD player and you'll enjoy vivid, detailed pictures from 1080i, 720p, and 480p sources, which render at up to 720p resolution on the set's native 1,024 x 768-pixel screen.

LCD technology allows screens to be thinner and televisions to be lighter and more energy-efficient than ever before. The result is television that not only fits on a wall, but fits in places conventional televisions cannot. And wide (170 x 170 degrees) viewing angles mean it'll look great no matter where you're sitting.

LCD screens offer a number of benefits over CRT monitors and televisions, including general ease of use, freedom from eye strain (no screen flickering or radiation emissions), quiet operation (no high-pitch "flyback" noise, an issue with CRT TVs), accurate image geometry (no curvature distortion or susceptibility to magnetic interference from, say, speakers), and long screen life (with no risk of image burn-in). They also tend to be cheaper and, to some eyes, slightly more natural looking than their plasma flat-panel counterparts, which usually "spec" higher (higher brightness, higher contrast ratio).

The 30PF9946D's comes outfitted with Digital Crystal Clear technology, a suite of picture innovations including Dynamic Contrast, a comb filter, and advanced, 10-bit processing. A feature called Active Control Plus+ continually adjusts picture settings at over 60 times per second for all inputs, correcting both sharpness and noise reduction, even adjusting for changes in ambient viewing light.

The 30PF9946D also performs 3:2 pulldown detection and reversal, a handy feature for watching progressive-scan movie programs in their native 24-frame format. Digital video mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.

Audio/video inputs include a direct-digital HDMI input, a high-definition component-video input, and a VGA computer input, as well as 2 each composite- and S-video inputs. A pair of built-in speakers are drive by 15 watts per channel amplification. Onboard Dolby Virtual Surround simulates enveloping surround sound from any 2 speakers, and a side-panel headphone jack affords private listening.

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link any audio/video source (such as a set-top box, DVD player, or AV receiver). HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multi-channel digital audio--all using a single cable. It transmits all ATSC HDTV standards and supports up to 8-channel digital audio, with bandwidth to spare to accommodate future enhancements and requirements.

What's in the Box
TV, stand, wall mount, VGA to component-video adapter cable, a stereo analog audio "Y" adapter (minijack .125-inch to RCA), a remote control, remote batteries, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 30" LCD TV, HDTV
  • NTSC Tuner
  • 1280X768, 400:1 contrast
  • HD, VGA, YUC-CVBS inputs
  • FM radio

3. Philips 32PF9966 32" Widescreen HD-Ready Flat-Panel LCD TV
list price: $3,999.99
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Asin: B00021ZX0O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 1861
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Amazon.com Product Description

Now you can have a big-screen, high-definition picture with crystal-clear quality and without the bulk associated with rear-projection televisions. Philips' 32PF9966 offers a high-performance, widescreen (16:9) image from a casing little more than 4 inches deep. This set enhances your viewing environment, too, using Philips' revolutionary Ambilight system, which lights the wall behind the television with soft colors designed to enhance your perception of any given scene.

What Is Ambilight?
Ambilight technology is a feature that projects soft light onto the wall behind the TV. You can choose from six preset colors and white tones, or the tones can be personalized using the custom settings. Or simply allow Ambilight to adjust the backlight color based on the action on the screen.

Without ambient light

With ambient light
The 32-inch set offers high brightness (500 cd/m2) and exemplary contrast (800:1), as well as a pair of integrated NTSC TV tuners for cable or broadcast reception of all your favorite programs and stations. Hook it up to an optional DTV receiver or progressive-scan DVD player and you'll enjoy vivid, detailed images from 1080i, 720p, and 480p sources, which render at up to 720p resolution on the set's native 1,366 x 768-pixel screen.

The Ambilight feature throws a soft glow on the wall behind the set to relax your eyes and heighten your perception of image detail, brightness, contrast, and color accuracy. The system offers full multicolor settings, dimming, 6 preset modes, 1 user preset, full operation in stand-by mode, and a low-energy lamp system with a lamp life of more than 60,000 hours.

Philips invented Digital Natural Motion to eliminate the "juddering" effects visible in moving video images. Digital Natural Motion estimates motion and corrects "juddering" in both broadcast and DVD-based movie material, smoothing and sharpening the images you see.

LCD technology allows screens to be thinner and televisions to be lighter and more energy-efficient than ever before. The result is television that not only fits on a wall, but fits in places conventional televisions cannot. The 32PF9966's comes outfitted with Digital Crystal Clear technology, a suite of picture innovations including Dynamic Contrast, a 3D digital comb filter, color-transient improvement (CTI), and green-/blue-stretch color enhancement.

Pixel Plus uses the power of the Pixel Plus processor to enhance every single pixel displayed. The result is razor-sharp pixels with incredible detail and depth. A feature called Active Control Plus continually adjusts picture settings at over 60 times per second for all inputs, correcting both sharpness and noise reduction, even adjusting for changes in ambient viewing light.

The set's full DualScreen PIP comes with 2 integrated NTSC tuners and the ability to watch 2 different channels simultaneously. PIP features include standard picture in picture (3 sizes, free positioning), 3PIP Mosaic, and 8PIP Mosaic.

A built-in audio amplifier pumps 15 watts per channel x 2 RMS, and onboard Dolby Virtual Surround simulates enveloping surround sound from any 2 speakers. The unit's .125-inch headphone jack affords private listening. Audio/video inputs include a direct-digital HDMI input, 1 high-definition component-video, 3 S-video, and 2 composite-video connections, an RF antenna input, as well as a VGA computer input (RCA-type RGB+HV). A convenient side-panel input simplifies spontaneous hookups.

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link any audio/video source (such as a set-top box, DVD player, or AV receiver) with the set. HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multi-channel digital audio--all using a single cable. It transmits all ATSC HDTV standards and supports up to 8-channel digital audio, with bandwidth to spare to accommodate future enhancements and requirements.

What's in the Box
TV, a designer table-top stand, a universal remote control, remote batteries, wall-mount brackets, a DVI-to-HDMI conversion cable, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 32-inch widescreen HD-ready flat-panel LCD TV with 15 watts per channel x 2 and built-in NTSC tuner; 34.5 x 24.1 x 4.2 inches (W x H x D)
  • Ambilight technology throws a soft glow on the wall behind the screen to enhance perceived brightness, contrast, and color accuracy
  • Pixel Plus processor enhances every single pixel displayed, giving you razor-sharp pixels with incredible detail and depth
  • Digital Crystal Clear technology and antireflective coating ensure high (800:1) contrast, high (500 cd/m2) brightness
  • Includes table stand and mounting brackets; offers 2-tuner PIP and a headphone output for private listening

4. Philips HDRW720 DVD Recorder with 120 GB Hard Drive
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B00022PUDI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 600
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips HDRW720 DVD recorder/hard disk combination lets you adjust your TV viewing to suit your everyday life. You'll have the option to record up to a staggering 192 hours--8 straight days--of television directly to the built-in 120 GB hard-disk drive (HDD) to watch and delete programs at your leisure. Or you can save programs to DVD for life. Your choice. The HDRW720 also offers the easy-to-use TV Guide onscreen electronic program guide (EPG) so you can just point and click to record your favorite programs.

Viewed programs are automatically stored on the adjustable 6-hour HDD buffer, from which you can retrieve them, watch them again, transfer them to the hard drive, or simply record them onto a DVD+R/+RW disc. A feature called FlexTime lets you watch the beginning of a program while it's still being recorded. And, with the touch of a button, high-speed archiving will copy a recording from the hard disk to recordable media. Thanks to Instant Replay, you can immediately repeat exciting or memorable TV moments at the press of just one button.

You can also use the HDRW720 like a traditional VCR, burning televised programs directly to disc using helpful VCR Plus+ programming data. A DVD recorder is perfect, of course, for archiving your home videos, and the HDRW720 features a front-panel i.Link digital-video connection for easy DV camcorder hookup, perfect copies, and 2-way camera control.

Recording functions include safe record, one-touch record (OTR), track append, track divide, automatic/manual chapter marker insertion, Smart Chaptering, favorite scene selection, and Selectable Index Pictures.

The HDRW720 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/CD-RW), and compatibility with most DVD media (including video-mode DVD-R and DVD-RW).

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the HDRW720 will 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.

Top-of-the-line component-video inputs and outputs help minimize digital and line-scan artifacts on compatible advanced televisions, while composite-video, S-video, and RF coaxial video inputs and outputs bring compatibility with nearly any video component and television monitor. Audio inputs consist of 2-channel analog jacks.

Two sets 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 (1 each of RCA coaxial and Toslink optical) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder/hard disk, a universal remote control, remote batteries, a channel blaster (IR extender cable), a blank DVD+RW disc, an AC power cable, a composite-video cable, a stereo audio cable, a coaxial RF antenna cable, an S-video cable, a component-video cable, a digital-audio coaxial cable, a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • DVD player/recorder with built-in 120 GB hard-disk drive (HDD) and camcorder-ready DV (i.Link) input; instant replay/pause live TV
  • Record from TV or HDD directly to DVD; up to 8 hours video recording per side (either DVD+R or DVD+RW)
  • Hard disk provides nearly 200 hours of TV recording; FlexTime feature lets you watch the beginning of a show while still recording the end
  • TV Guide onscreen for point-and-click TV recording; offers cable-box control through included IR blaster
  • Measures 17.1 x 3 x 13.2 inches (W x H x D)

5. Philips DVDR520H DVD Recorder with 80 GB Hard Drive
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00062VYQ6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 3471
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips DVDR520H combines all the benefits of DVD recording with the digital convenience of a hard-disk digital video recorder. Archive your priceless camcorder footage to long-lasting, high-quality DVD+RW andDVD+R (4.7GB per disc), or time-shift your viewing by recording TV programs by recording shows directly to the 80 GB hard disk, which gives you up to 100 hours of storage using Philips' ShowView programming system.

Whether recording to DVD or hard disk, programming the DVDR520H is simple using the GUIDE Plus+ electronic program guide (EPG). The EPG is a point-and-click system that lets you specify which programs to record, up to 7 days ahead. Using the model's extensive inputs--including an i.Link 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 an amazing 8 hours per disc side using either DVD+R or rewritable DVD+RW.

The DVDR520H also gives you the ability to pause live TV and instantly replay scenes just missed. If the phone rings or someone comes to the front door, simply pause the show you're watching and resume viewing from that point when you're ready.

The hard disk time shift buffer stores up to 6 hours of programs, giving you the freedom to decide after the fact whether you want to keep something for future viewing. When the buffer is full, the oldest programs are automatically deleted, unless you've marked them for saving. The DVDR520H also features a simple solution for transferring recordings from the hard disk to DVD media: high-speed archiving. With a single command, the device will digitally transfer programs to DVD at up to 20 times the speed of the program duration.

Recording functions include favorite scene selection, automatic/manual chapter marker insertion, selectable index pictures, append, and divide.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 DVDR520H 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/CD-RW), JPEG picture CD/DVD playback, and compatibility with most DVD media (including video-mode DVD-R and DVD-RW).

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DVDR520H 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.

Top-of-the-line interlaced component-video outputs help minimize digital and line-scan artifacts from component-video sources and on compatible advanced televisions, while composite- and S-video inputs and outputs bring compatibility with nearly any video component and television monitor. Audio inputs consist of 2-channel analog jacks with 24-bit/96 kHz analog-to-digital conversion and Dolby Digital 2.0 audio compression (compression is nondefeatable). Video conversion is performed by 9-bit, 27 MHz converters for recording and high-quality 10-bit, 54 MHz converters for playback.

Two sets 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 (1 each coaxial and optical) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder/hard disk combo, a remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, a video cable, a stereo analog audio cable, and an RF coaxial/antenna cable. ... Read more

Features

  • Combination DVD player/recorder and 80 GB hard-disk drive (HDD) with camcorder-ready front-panel DV (i.Link) inputs
  • Record from TV directly to DVD or hard disk; 1 to 6 hours video recording per side (either DVD+R or DVD+RW) depending on quality level
  • Progressive-scan output for seamless, flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs; plays DVD-R/-RW, MP3 CD, JPEG image CD/DVD
  • Favorite scene selection simplifies editing of your home movies; VCR Plus+ simplifies timer programming (6-event, 1-year)
  • Measures 16.9 x 2.6 x 10.1 inches (W x H x D)

6. Zenith XBV443 Progressive Scan DVD / VCR Combo
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00023CFCQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Zenith
Sales Rank: 6666
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Amazon.com Product Description

Saving space while simplifying your entertainment hookups, the XBV443 juggles most forms of entertainment media, from VHS videocassettes (recording and playback) and high-resolution DVD performance to CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 and WMA CD, and JPEG image CD so you can enjoy custom slideshows from your digital photos in the comfort of your living room. The unit's handy front-panel audio/video jacks simplify hookup with camcorders, video game consoles, and other devices.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the XBV443 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. Composite- and S-video outputs bring compatibility with nearly any television.

Other disc features include 4x to 16x moveable zoom, variable high-speed scan (2x, 4x, 16x, and 100x), parental locks, bookmarking, 20-track CD programming, and repeat play.

The VCR section offers 4 heads (for clear slow-motion and stop-action features) and stereo sound. The deck's 19-micron video heads maintain clarity during recording or playback in EP (extended play) mode, auto digital tracking adjusts for optimal picture settings for every tape you load, and auto clock set maintains the correct time and even adjusts for daylight savings. A handy Instant Recording button commences recording with a single touch.

For the simplest hookup with your TV, you can use a single RCA composite-video connection to handle both DVD and VCR outputs. If you want a higher-quality connection from the DVD player, you can use a component- or S-video cable to an additional input on your TV (the VCR image requires a composite-video or RF connection with your TV). You can choose between an optical and a coaxial digital-audio output to feed a surround-sound signal to your Dolby Digital- or DTS-decoding audio/video receiver.

If you don't have a surround receiver or 6-channel speaker setup, you can still make every movie night the ultimate experience: the unit simulates surround sound through 2 speakers (even the stereo speakers on your TV).

What's in the Box
DVD player/VCR, remote control, 2 AAA batteries, a user's manual, a stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable, registration card, warranty info. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays DVD-Video, CD, CD-R/CD-RW, MP3/WMA (CD-R/CD-RW), JPEG CD, and VHS videocassettes
  • Component-video, composite-video, S-video terminals, RF coaxial audio/video output for use with older TVs
  • Hi-fi stereo VHS performance with 19-micron video heads for clear recordings in EP mode
  • Coaxial and optical digital audio outputs route Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround sound to a compatible A/V receiver
  • Measures 16.9 x 3.8 x 11.5 inches (W x H x D)

7. Panasonic CT-30WX54 30" Widescreen Pure Flat HDTV-Ready TV
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B0002472BE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 4226
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Get ready for a night out at the movies--in your own home--with Panasonic's 30-inch widescreen CT-30WX54 HDTV-ready set. You'll get brilliant, high-resolution from the PureFlat screen and enjoy movies the way they were meant to be seen in wide 16:9 aspect ratio. The CT-30WX54 also features an HDMI input, digital velocity scan modulation, picture-in-picture functionality (PIP), a motion-adaptive 3D comb filter, two HD component-video inputs, four A/V inputs (one in front), and three S-video inputs.

Panasonic's PureFlat screen minimizes reflections and distortion, so you can enjoy distraction-free TV viewing no matter where you sit in the room. The fine-pitch screen provides sharp images and excellent detail. To maximize picture quality, Panasonic's LCD TVs incorporate several video enhancement features. The motion-adaptive digital comb filter prevents any two lines with different colors from being processed together in the comb filter at the same time, minimizing any "hanging dots" in the image. With digital velocity scan modulation, advanced circuitry along the neck of the CRT senses shifts from black to white in the video signal. The black and white portions of the signal are sped up and slowed down, respectively, resulting in improved transitions.

The 16:9 aspect ratio, consistent with the shape of cinema screens as well as the HDTV broadcast format, enables viewers to enjoy the full impact of a film as its director originally intended. The screen also accommodates pan and scan or letterbox formats recorded at the 4:3 aspect ratio.

This set has a built-in 181-channel tuner, though you'll need an optional HDTV tuner to receive high-definition broadcasts. The two built-in speakers (15 watts apiece) provide simulated surround sound and BBE high-definition audio enhancement, which helps restore the dynamic range of musical passages to help provide a more natural sound.

The CT-32SL14 has 4 composite A/V inputs (1 front), 3 S-video inputs (1 front), 2 component-video inputs, 1 RF, 1 headphone jack. It adds an HDMI connection, providing high-quality, uncompressed digital audio/video signal transmission.

Tech Talk
Aspect ratio: The aspect ratio refers to the shape of the video image. Traditional television has a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is almost square in appearance. Digital television has either a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio. A 16:9 aspect ratio is widescreen and appears rectangular, which looks more like a movie screen, filling more of the viewer's field of vision for a more lifelike viewing experience.

HDMI-HDCP interface: HDMI is a new standard digital connection between A/V devices, such as a set-top box, DVD player, or A/V receiver, and a digital television. HDMI offers exceptional video and audio quality with a single quick-disconnect connector. It supports multichannel digital audio transmissions and component-video color spacing for true rendering of HD video. HDMI supports the HDCP copy protection standard, allowing transmission of copy-protected digital content to your display.

What's in the Box
Panasonic CT-30WX54 30-inch TV, remote control, 2 AA batteries, and printed operating instructions. ... Read more

Features

  • 30-inch flat HDTV-ready set; measures 32.6 x 22.8 x 21.1 inches (W x H x D)
  • Widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio; PureFlat screen minimizes reflections and distortion no matter where you sit in the room
  • Digital velocity scan modulation improves transitions; accurate color separation from digital comb filter
  • 4 A/V inputs (1 front), 3 S-video (1 front), 2 component video, 1 HDMI, 1 RF, 1 headphone jack
  • Two 15-watt speakers; virtual BBE surround sound

8. Philips 30DV693R 30" Real Flat Widescreen TV
list price: $1,199.99
our price: $767.94
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Asin: B0000AAAWE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 17217
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The Philips 30DV693R TV/DVD combination unit is specially formatted to match as closely as possible the original aspect ratio of your favorite movies. The 30-inch widescreen set also plays DVDs, CDs, and MP3 CDs, letting you enjoy the best movies and music right from one device. Its Real Flat picture tube increases viable viewing angles and reduces reflected ambient light to create a brighter and crisper image, while its digital comb filter removes blurred edges between colors and reduces dot crawl (tiny, moving dots of color along a sharp color separation in a vertical line, as in a depiction of a character's striped T-shirt).

A shadow mask is a thin sheet of perforated metal behind the screen that restricts electron flow, each hole in the sheet corresponding to a single pixel. An Invar mask, such as the one employed in this set, uses an alloy that's especially resistant to the high temperatures generated by the electron beam, allowing in a brighter, clearer picture.

A hallmark of the set, Philips' QuadraSurf remote control, lets you customize your channel surfing and TV viewing by family member or program theme. Simply use each of the 4 colored surf buttons to view up to 10 of your favorite programs by category--that's 40 total movie, sports, news, music, children's, or other programs--or by family member.

A component-video input grants optimum connection with a compatible DVD player, while standard composite-video, S-video, and RF coaxial inputs accommodate all DVD players. You can choose between multiple rear AV inputs and a set of side AV inputs for extra convenience when hooking up a camcorder or a gaming console. A digital-audio output facilitates hookup with an audio/video surround receiver and multichannel speaker system.

Other 30DV693R features include a 240-minute sleep timer, AutoPicture (which optimizes brightness, contrast, color, tint, and sharpness), AutoLock (which uses V-Chip technology for parental control), and AutoSound (which lets you select settings for voice, music, movies, or custom). Incredible Surround simulates surround sound from the set's 2 speakers, while a side-panel headphone jack affords private listening (headphones not included).

What's in the Box
TV/DVD combo, remote control, remote batteries, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 30-inch widescreen flat TV with built-in DVD player; 35 x 23.5 x 21.5 inches (W x H x D)
  • Active Control, AutoSound, and AutoPicture deliver user flexibility
  • Digital comb filter eliminates distortion and delivers razor-sharp pictures
  • 1 S-video input, 1 component-video input, 3 composite A/V inputs and 2 outputs, and 1 coaxial input
  • 20-watt stereo sound system with Incredible Surround

9. Philips 23PF8946A 23" Widescreen EDTV-Ready Flat-Panel LCD TV
list price: $1,799.99
our price: $1,399.99
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Asin: B00021Z8UY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 7842
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Philips' widescreen, 15:9 aspect-ratio 23PF8946A TFT LCD television brings you 23 diagonal inches of PC convenience and home-theater style. Perfect for use just about anywhere--living rooms, dens, offices, bedrooms, kitchens, dorms, you name it--the TV offers high brightness (450 cd/m2) and high contrast (500:1), as well as an integrated TV tuner for cable or broadcast reception of all your favorite programs.

This is an EDTV display, which means it's a step closer to high-definition or HDTV than standard TVs. When used with a progressive-scan DVD player (or 480p-output DTV set-top box) you'll get seamless, razor-sharp images from your favorite movies and concert videos.

LCD technology allows screens to be thinner and televisions to be lighter and more energy-efficient than ever before. The result is television that not only fits on a wall, but fits in places conventional televisions cannot. The 23PF8946A's comes outfitted with Digital Crystal Clear III technology, a suite of picture innovations including Dynamic Contrast, green/blue stretch, and a 3-line digital comb filter. The comb filter removes blurred edges between colors and reduces dot crawl (tiny, moving dots of color along a sharp color separation in a vertical line, as in a depiction of a character's striped T-shirt).

A feature called Active Control continually adjusts picture settings at over 60 times per second for all inputs, correcting both sharpness and noise reduction. Auto Picture lets you change--at the touch of a button--the picture settings (color, tint, contrast, etc.) for various types of programming, including sports, movies, multimedia (games), or weak signals.

Auto Sound allows you to select from 3 factory-set controls and a personal control that you set according to your preferences. Use the factory-set controls (voice, music, and theatre) to enhance appropriate programs. Virtual Dolby surround simulates enveloping surround sound from any 2 speakers.

Inputs include 1 component-video, 1 S-video, and 2 composite-video connections, as well as a VGA computer input, which accepts signals up to WXGA (1,280 x 768, from 60 to 75 Hz). Side-panel AV inputs accommodate a camcorder, gaming device, or VCR hookup, and a headphone output (minijack .125-inch) lets you listen in private.

What's in the Box
TV, stand, remote control, remote batteries, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 23-inch widescreen active-matrix LCD television with built-in NTSC tuner; 27.7 x 14.7 x 3.6 inches (W x H x D)
  • Accepts 480i/480p video inputs and up to 1,280 x 768 pixel resolution
  • Includes auto channel setup, stereo NTSC reception, and 6 widescreen viewing modes
  • Digital Crystal Clear III technology and antireflective coating ensure high (400:1) contrast, high brightness
  • Built-in FM tuner with 40 presets; headphone output affords private listening

10. Magnavox 20MF200V 20" Flat Panel LCD TV with Integrated TV Tuner
list price: $749.99
our price: $699.99
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Asin: B000278KM6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magnavox
Sales Rank: 17491
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The 20MF200V works great as a quality computer monitor or as a compact home-theater screen, providing slender, stylish viewing from a 20-inch LCD television. The high-contrast (450:1) set comes with a built-in TV tuner for easy broadcast reception. Built-in stereo speakers offer 2 watts per channel, and a remote control grants operation of most features from the convenience of your desk or couch.

LCD screens offer a number of benefits over CRT monitors and televisions, including general ease of use, freedom from eye strain (no screen flickering or radiation emissions), quiet operation (no high-pitch "flyback" noise, an issue with CRT TVs), image geometry (no curvature distortion or susceptibility to magnetic interference from, say, speakers), screen life (no risk of image burn-in), space savings, and light weight/easy positioning.

The 20MF200V features 1,024 x 768 native pixel resolution and an RGB PC input for detailed, luminous images from your computer. Other connections include composite-video and S-video inputs for your DVD player, VCR, or gaming console.

What's in the Box
TV, remote control, remote batteries, stand, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Compact, 20-inch LCD television with integrated NTSC tuner; about 20 x 15 x 6 inches (W x H x D) with stand
  • Composite-, S-video, and RGB-VGA PC inputs for home-theater and PC use
  • 1,024 x 768 pixel resolution and 25 ms refresh rate for clear, detailed images
  • 450:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness
  • Stereo sound with 2 watts per channel x 2

11. Zenith XBV442 Progressive-Scan DVD/VCR Combo
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00023CFC6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Zenith
Sales Rank: 163
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From quality VHS cassette recording and playback and high-resolution DVD performance to easy spinning of homemade MP3 CDs, Zenith's XBV442 handles all your movie and music needs. This stylish combo unit saves space while simplifying your entertainment hookups, providing convenient front-panel audio/video jacks simplify hookup with camcorders and video game consoles. The XBV442 plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, MP3 and WMA CDs, JPEG image CDs, and of course standard DVD-Videos.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the XBV442 stands ready to deliver the full potential of your DVDs through its progressive-scan component-video outputs. 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.

Composite- and S-video outputs (select between S-video or component-video outputs) bring compatibility with nearly any television. Other features include 4x and 6x moveable zoom, variable high-speed scan (2x, 4x, 16x, and 100x), parental locks, bookmarking, 20-track CD programming, and repeat and resume play.

The VCR section offers 4 heads (for clear slow-motion and stop-action features) and stereo sound. The deck's 19-micron video heads maintain clarity during recording or playback in EP (extended play) mode, auto digital tracking adjusts for optimal picture settings for every tape you load, and auto clock set maintains the correct time and even adjusts for daylight savings. You can't program the unit to record at specific times, but it does come with a handy Instant Recording button.

For the simplest hookup with your TV, you can use a single RCA composite-video connection to handle both DVD and VCR outputs. If you want a higher-quality connection from the DVD player, you can use a component- or S-video cable to an additional input on your TV (the VCR image requires a composite-video or RF connection with your TV). You can choose between an optical and a coaxial digital-audio output to feed a surround-sound signal to your Dolby Digital- or DTS-decoding audio/video receiver.

If you don't have a surround receiver or 6-channel speaker setup, you can still make every movie night the ultimate experience: the unit simulates surround sound through two speakers (even the stereo speakers on your TV).

What's in the Box
DVD player/VCR, remote control, 2 AAA batteries, a user's manual, a stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable, a registration card, and warranty info. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays DVD-Video, CD, MP3/WMA (CD-R/CD-RW), JPEG CD, and VHS cassettes; onscreen MP3 file and folder navigation simplifies track access
  • Coaxial and optical digital audio outputs route Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround sound to a compatible A/V receiver
  • Component-video, composite-video, S-video terminals and RF output
  • Hi-fi stereo VHS performance with 19-micron video heads for clear recordings in EP mode
  • Measures 16.9 x 3.8 x 11.5 inches (W x H x D)

12. Philips DVDR615 DVD Recorder
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B000204SVU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 1862
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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High on convenience, low on hassles, Philips' DVDR615 progressive-scan DVD player/recorder gives you a simple way to share your home videos with others, relieve your VCR of its regular TV taping duties, and enjoy quality home cinema presentations on standard or high-definition televisions. Using the model's extensive inputs--including an i.Link 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 an amazing 8 hours per disc side using either DVD+R or rewritable DVD+RW.



The DVDR615 features progressive-scan technology, which enables compatible TVs to display images at double the frequency of standard TVs, minimizing flicker and making the picture easier on your eyes.

The DVDR615 also features a disc manager that allows instant viewing of all recorded discs, storing contents details for up to 9,000 titles across up to 999 discs. You can also use the DVDR615 like a VCR, burning televised programs directly to disc using VCR Plus+ simplified programming. Recording functions include favorite scene selection, automatic/manual chapter marker insertion, selectable index pictures, selectable background picture, append, divide, and "fit to space."

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.

But the DVDR615 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/CD-RW), and compatibility with most DVD media (including video-mode DVD-R and DVD-RW).

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DVDR615 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.

Top-of-the-line interlaced component-video inputs and outputs (the output is switchable with the progressive-scan output) help minimize digital and line-scan artifacts from component-video sources and on compatible advanced televisions, while composite- and S-video inputs and outputs bring compatibility with nearly any video component and television monitor. Audio inputs consist of 2-channel analog jacks with 24-bit/96 kHz analog-to-digital conversion and Dolby Digital 2.0 audio compression (compression is non-defeatable). Video conversion, to and from digital, is performed by high-quality 10-bit, 54 MHz converters.

Two sets 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 coaxial digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder, remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual (English/Spanish), a quick-install guide, an AC power cord, a stereo analog audio interconnect, a composite-video cable, and an RF coaxial/antenna cable. ... Read more

Features

  • DVD+R/DVD+RW
  • I-Link digital connection
  • 3.2 Progressive Scan
  • 8 hours record, 4 speeds
  • Index Picture Screen

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do all that it says it does.
I was very disappointed to find that this recorder could not read all the formats consistently. It could read one dvd+ but not another, one dvd-, but not another, one svcd but not another, etc. I had bought it with expectation that it could read all the formats if they were recorded correctly and this was not the case. I had to return it. Otherwise, setup was easy. My old APEX player, which was 1/3 the price, reads everything without a hitch. Glad I didn't part with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good machine
I haven't had any problems with my machine and have been pleased with the quality. The video is good all the way to the 8 hr mode. It is easy to hook up and navigate around with the remote. The onscreen menu is a bit awkward so you need to keep your user manual close by until you get the hang of things. Overall I am glad I chose this machine over the panasonic, as this machine is more compatable with most DVD players on the market. I was considering the panasonic model but the compatability issue was too much of a risk. So far the discs I have made with this machine have played in every other DVD player I've tried them in.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pulled, Despite Horrific Exp w/the 985
For some inexplicable reason, I just decided that I would buy this after multiple rounds of suffering with the 985. So I ordered this and then packed up my 985 and sent it back to the factory for a second time.

Meanwhile, when this was delivered, I had a bit of a hassle with it because I plugged it into my digital receiver and got 'no signal' when trying to monitor the recording. Also, I wanted to have an S connection. Well, finally got it working by moving to EXT2.

Anyway, to my amazement, I have not had a single recording fail, and I've done a ton of them since purchasing a couple months ago. Never once have I seen DISC ERROR or have I had to wipe the disc. So I was surprised to read the other accounts which sound like 985-like behavior. Lots of the online disc ordering places will send you sample packs now so you can try different brands. I got mine from rima.com. One last note: I make all my recordings to RW and then take them to my G5 and make copies onto -Rs, so I can't really speak to the long-standing problems with +Rs.

1-0 out of 5 stars I tried top and bottom Philips DVD Recorders
The DVDR615 was better left in the store I also tried the DVDR80/17, top dog of the Philips line. As stated by other reviewers "when" it would write a disk "maybe and just maybe" it could read it. This goes for both of the machines. I upgraded the firmware three times all together and still no good they offer this online service. If they got it right before the sale maybe they would not have to upgrade so often. I gave up after 5 bad recordings and one good one on the 615. On the 80 I only lost 7 out of 15 DVD recorded. At about $2 per item or more DVDs don't come cheap but the troubles do. I will give Philips an A+ on their customer service, they are really helpful and do a great job they get a lot of practice. I just wish I had not gotten to know them almost by voice. I go to order a different brand because the DVD recorder is in my house to stay just not a Philips.

2-0 out of 5 stars I took it back to the store for a refund
I bought (and returned) a Philips DVDR615/17. (...)

It was a beautiful machine and it has a lot of nice features. It made beautiful disks...when it made disks.

I usually record on DVD+RW and I should have had a clue that things weren't going to go well when there was a preprinted form in the box telling me how to wipe a +RW disk, if the machine suddenly decided it couldn't read it.

Well, it decides that A LOT! You might go back to add an hour at the end of 4 other hours that this same machine already recorded...and suddenly it can't read it.

But, more disgusting, on just about every disk (and I tried several brands), it went "disk error" after a couple of minutes of recording and ruined the disk. If you erased it (using the secret disk wiping procedure) and started over, it usually recorded. But, that's not too practical if you want to timer record. In fact, I NEVER made a successful timer recording. (And, even if you got a non-timer recording, the machine might just forget how to read that same disk a few minutes later.)

I tried contacting Philips support to see if there was a firmware flash or something to correct this, but the only response I got referred me to an 800 number that turned out to be "Out of Warrantee Support", who wanted to charge me (...) just to talk to me, even though I had only had the goofy thing a few days. I think not.

So, back to the store it went.

If that one problem didn't exist, this would've been a great machine, so if they ever fix it, somebody let me know. ... Read more


13. Philips DSR6000R DIRECTV Receiver with TiVo Service
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B000050XL7
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 14537
Average Customer Review: 3.81 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

While you probably have one or more personal computers and may own a personal digital assistant, you might not know about personal digital video recorders, or DVRs. Well, all that's about to change, because DVRs are reshaping TV in a big way.

At their most basic, DVRs are glorified VCRs, but instead of storing audio and video on magnetic tape, they digitally record and store TV programs onto a hard disk drive, like a computer (but with much better resolution than those video clips that people sometimes send as e-mail attachments).The Philips DSR6000 DIRECTV Receiver with TiVo Service represents a new generation of DVR, combining AV recording services with duty as a DIRECTV satellite receiver, delivering up to 225 channels and special pay-per-view programs. It also uses TiVo proprietary software and services, which it downloads over an analog phone line.

The DSR6000 houses a massive, 40 GB hard drive that stores up to 35 hours of audio and video. You'll need a satellite dish to get started, in addition to your TV and the equipment supplied with the DSR6000. The DSR6000 is equipped with two satellite inputs, each compatible with DIRECTV. Only the first input is currently usable, but that's about to change.

If you don't already have a DIRECTV satellite dish (as you would if you were upgrading from an older DIRECTV receiver or buying the DSR6000 for use in another room), we strongly recommend you purchase a DIRECTV satellite dish with dual LNB capability. Dual LNB simply refers to the number of different signals a dish can send to your audio-video equipment. A dual LNB dish has two jacks or connectors inside the arm extending from the dish, while a single LNB, for example, has just one.

If you currently have a single LNB DIRECTV dish and want access to these changes as soon as they become available, an authorized installer can upgrade your dish (please call DIRECTV for more information at 1-800-347-3288 or visit them online at www.directv.com). If you don't know what LNB format you have, we recommend checking with an authorized installer, as you can't determine the LNB format by counting the number of arms pointing back to the dish.

You'll also need an analog phone jack to receive TiVo's services and to transfer data to the DSR6000. A 50-foot RJ-11 phone cord and telephone line splitter are included, so the receiver can share a single wall jack with a phone, if needed.

The DSR6000 automatically makes a daily call to TiVo at no cost to you. This call won't interrupt your phone calls or Internet connection, and the receiver is compatible with Call Waiting, Voice Messaging, and Caller ID. However, it's important to note that the DSR6000 must never be connected to a digital PBX phone system. Doing so may permanently damage the modem. It also voids your warranty.

Out of the box and in your hands, you'll immediately notice the substantial weight of the DSR6000; it's clearly built for performance. A robust "jack pack" lets you connect your TV and a range of audio-video components with this receiver, including a VCR, DVD player, and/or a game center.

Audio-video connections include an S-video output (cable supplied) and an optical digital-audio output (cable not included) for state-of-the-art video and audio. Two analog-audio stereo and composite-video outputs (cables supplied) offer extended connectivity with conventional equipment, while infrared (IR) and serial outputs are offered for future upgrades. An RF (CATV) output with channel switch (cable included) and a VHF/UHF input (for an antenna or an older VCR) complete the package.

Worried that the resolution of the TiVo storage will compromise the quality of your recordings? Don't be. Unlike a VCR, the DSR6000 gives you exactly what you put in. That's because the video signal from DIRECTV is digital, allowing the DSR6000 to write the satellite signal's ones and zeros directly to its hard drive. In addition, the DSR6000--like DIRECTV--is Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic compatible so you can enjoy your TV in surround sound when you route the audio output to your surround receiver.

The Philips DSR6000 also offers software programming and graphical user interfaces (GUIs). It's the first DVR to bring TiVo Version 2.0 software to the public, offering several improvements over previous releases, such as enhanced search features that can do keyword program searches, and an overtime scheduler that lets you add a buffer to the end of your recording--so you don't miss recording the play of the century just because it occurred in overtime.

Installation is a snap; the DSR6000's onscreen menus walk you through the process. Philips includes most of the accessories needed, along with a user-friendly suite of manuals. In addition, we tried out the customer support on three occasions during peak hours. Our wait never exceeded 60 seconds, and the Philips service solutions group on the other end of the phone was informed and helpful.

A DVR like the DSR6000 gives you unparalleled control over your viewing. First off, any time you're watching TV, a 30-minute recording buffer is always in action, letting you pause live TV--the image freezes when you hit pause, but the hard disk keeps recording. When you resume playback, the recording now stored on the hard disk picks up where you left off. So if the phone rings or the kids can't wait, you won't miss a moment of your show. You can pick up right where you left-off, skip the commercials that ran while you were with your family, and you may even end up finishing the program on schedule.

For sports fans, nothing rivals instant replay of live TV. Say you just watched an incredible triple play. With TiVo, you don't have to wait for the network's replay. Just replay it on the DSR6000. You can watch in slow motion or frame-by-frame and still catch up to the network's replay.

Both TiVo and DIRECTV offer several convenient features--status bars, channel banners, programming schedules, Wish Lists, recording archives, and more--that make TV watching easier than ever. And you can toggle between either system's features, using those you like best.

TiVo includes a search feature that lets you find programming based on theme, actor, time, date, etc. A programmable parental lock lets you guide your child's TV viewing. A clever thumbs-up/thumbs-down feature can track your viewing likes and dislikes. TiVo uses this data to search out and recommend new programs that you might enjoy.

You can record a lot of programs on the DSR6000's hard drive. TiVo manages these in a storage cache called Now Playing. You can select a recording from Now Playing and watch it, even if it's recording. You can also opt for the Season Pass feature and record an entire TV series. You can even set TiVo to record first-run shows only, ignoring the repeats. As the DSR6000's disk space fills, TiVo helps you manage it.

DIRECTV delivers a staggering range of program offerings into your home--up to 225 channels including music channels. Its video quality is equally outstanding. DIRECTV displays program schedules 14 days in advance, which is great for planning recording time or if you travel a lot. If an alternative audio track is available, DIRECTV also lets you listen to both TV programs and movies in other languages.

Among the best features of both DIRECTV and TiVo are their special programs. DIRECTV offers DIRECT TICKET, pay-per-view programming that you'll find nowhere else. TiVo offers its own television magazine called Tivolution, featuring one-of-a kind interviews, movie reviews, and special previews, as well as TiVo Takes with tips and programming updates for viewers.

Philips's DSR6000 DIRECTV Receiver with TiVo Service not only reshapes your TV viewing, it rethinks it, ultimately letting you create your own network. --Heidi Wartelle ... Read more

Features

  • Receives DIRECTV's satellite signal to offer up to 225 channels of TV, film, sports, pay-per-view, and commercial-free music programming from DIRECTV
  • TiVo 2.0 software delivers improved performance and expanded features including Overtime Scheduler, Season Pass recording, and more
  • Up to 35-hour recording capacity grants tapeless recording, while 30-minute storage buffer lets you pause and replay live TV
  • Robust "jack pack" connects VCR, DVD player, home theater system, audio-video receiver, and/or game system; S-video and optical digital-audio outputs foster state-of-the-art video and Dolby Digital (AC-3) audio
  • Easy-to-use interfaces and parental lock allow you to manage recorded programming and schedule recordings up to 14 days in advance--great for working parents and frequent travelers

Reviews (96)

3-0 out of 5 stars Largely impressive
I bought this unit because of constant problems with a Sony DirecTV receiver that could not reliably record programs (the Sony units use an "IR blaster", a plastic wand that emulates a remote control, turning on the VCR when it's time to tape a show). I figured that if nothing else, the integrated TiVo would be able to fix that problem.

Obviously, it does, but there's much more. The ability to pause live TV doesn't sound like much until you actually do it. In fact, it's worth joining sports events 15 minutes late so you can blast through the commercials and gradually catch up with real-time.

This particular unit contains two satellite ports, and if properly connected can record two satellite programs at once (almost like having two DirecTV receivers). In fact, the unit can even replay one program from disk while recording two others from the satellite. The hitch is the "properly connected" caveat -- the lines in must either be the two lines from you dish (assuming a one-arm, dual LNB dish), or they must both come from a multi-switch. Depending on your home's wiring and the location of the receiver, dish, and multiswitch, this may not be possible. But if it is, you have a powerful TV organizing device.

While the DirecTV / TiVo integration is generally good, there are some maddening disconnects. When TiVo sees a program it thinks you'd like on a channel you don't get, it attempts to record it anyways. Also, navigation by "favorites" is not nearly as easy with this box as with some other DirecTV units (instead of having a "favorites" button on the remote that takes you to a list of your favorite channels and what's on them, you have to go to the master guide and change its display from "all channels" or "channels you get" to "favorites", and then undo this change when you next want to surf). Also, the unit is very slow to respond to the remote... I've seen channel changes take almost five seconds.

Still, the integration of the DirecTV and TiVo functionality is surely better than if you had separate boxes. If TiVo intrigues you and you have or are getting DirecTV, this is a pretty good way to go.

(four month update: since writing that review, this DirecTiVo has become an indispensible part of our household entertainment. But I am concerned about the unit's quality. In four months, we've had three serious errors. For a day, both receivers were unable to receive programming on even-numbered transponders, wiping out about half our channels (including all local channels). It mysteriously got better. A month ago, receiver 2 cut out entirely... but was revived with a restart of the unit. Last week, while watching a recorded program, the unit abruptly restarted itself and popped up the screen "A SEVERE ERROR HAS OCCURRED", telling us not to touch the unit for 24 hours while it tried to repair itself; the next morning it was fine. So while none of these errors has been sufficiently catasrophic to warrant a return to the factory [heck, they probably wouldn't take it without an obvious defect], I am reducing my original score from 4 to 3 stars because unlike computers, consumer electronics are expected to be rock-solid stable and crash-proof, and this device simply isn't.)

5-0 out of 5 stars A great device.
This is just a great product. I've had directv for a couple years, so I'm going to focus on what tivo added when I replaced my old receiver with this one:

(1) the ability to interrupt live programming without missing anything. Say you're watching a show, and you get a phone call. Just pause (it is always recording what you're watching), complete your call and then resume.

(2) No wrong tape/missing tape/wrong tape speed/over-record problems. A problem with VCR recording is making sure the tape is in and set up properly. It's a nuisance at best, and can cause the recording to mis-fire completely at worst.

(3) Leave town and record. If you need to leave town for a few days or a week, you can still record the shows you want without having to worry about tape capacity.

(4) Record by program rather than time/channel/code.

(5) Multiple search options for locating programs of interest. Title, description, cast names, category are all options. You can locate programs easily, two weeks in advance (no hunting through program grids).

(6) Season pass. Once you find a program of interest, if it is recurring, you can subscribe by "season-pass", which will record all the episodes of a show (and you can choose first-run only if you want) even if it changes time, day, or length.

(7) Watch-while-recording. If you are recording a show, you don't have to wait until it is over before you can start watching it. Suppose there is a show you want to watch that starts at 10:00. Just show up at 10:20, and you can start watching from the beginning, skip the commercials, and still finish at 11:00.

(8) Manage old recordings. If you've got a significant amount of back-logged recording, managing it with tape is a mess: which tapes have what on them, avoiding over-recording, finding the programs, etc. With this device, however, you have 35 hours available by title presented in a simple menu. To be sure, you can't permanently archive this way, but if you want to it will play to VCR for you - without your having to make sure you get clean, labeled tapes set up in real-time.

(9) Quality. Because you're capturing the over-the-air pre-compressed signal, the recorded version is as good as the live version. This is a significant advantage that this has over the standard tivo.

(10) Easy to set-up. I already had my dish set up, so this wasn't difficult - the only thing was that the regular directtv people don't know all the steps on transferring my account from my old receiver over to the tivo box, but they have dedicated support people who know what to do.

Overall, this is just a very wonderfully well thought-through product. There were quite a few times when I first got it when I thought of something that would be convenient if it would do for me, and each time there was a way to do it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best TV Accessory Ever!!
I will make this short & sweet...this thing is amazing! It has truly changed our TV watching for the better.

Thank you, TiVo!!

5-0 out of 5 stars I own 4- They are great!
I don't generally write reviews, but after seeing some of the complaints you have posted, I decided to set things straight. I have owned 4 of these units for over 1 year and the only problems we ever had were caused by incompetent installers. When there is a problem, either your sales person or later, DirectV will replace the unit as long as you purchase a service plan. They all work beautifully, and they have completely spoiled my family. My teenage sons said, " Mom this is the best thing you ever bought". If you are not afraid to read directions, you will easily be able to run the software. No modems ever gave me trouble, nothing ran hot, everything is just as specified.

1-0 out of 5 stars When they work, they're great!
Like many of the other reviewers, I love the Tivo DVR's, the functionality is fantastic.
However, I have owned two DSR6000R machines for about 18 months and have had reliability problems with both. One has just failed, it resets itself every 10 minutes or so. The second one has never worked satisfactorily and been replaced under warranty by Philips with a refurbished machine which loops endlessly through the power up cycle.
When they work they are really great, but I really question the reliability of these Philips machines based on my experience and suggest you look at other models. Hope you have better luck than I have had. ... Read more


14. Magnavox MPD720 7" Portable DVD Player
list price: $279.99
our price: $249.99
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Asin: B000278KLM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magnavox
Sales Rank: 2406
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Watch movies the way they were meant to be viewed with the MPD720 portable DVD player from Magnavox. This lightweight player features a 7-inch LCD display with a theater-like 16:9 aspect ratio. A rechargeable battery can run the player for up to 3 hours, and you can plug it in anywhere for longer viewings. The MPD720 plays DVDs, CDs, MP3s, and more, so you can bring along all your favorite videos and music.

The screen on the MPD720 is a thin-film-transfer (TFT) display that generates clear images without adding unnecessary bulk to the portable player. While you can enjoy movies everywhere you go with the built-in screen, you can connect the player to any television to watch your DVDs on a bigger screen. The MPD720 features both composite and S-ideo connections to link the player to another TV.

The MPD720 plays DVDs and CDs (including discs burned on a computer), as well as VCDs. You can also play MP3s from CD-Rs and CD-RWs, and view digital JPEG photos. The MPD720 features built-in stereo speakers and a headphone jack for private viewing or listening. For even fuller sound, hook the player up to an audio receiver through the digital optical audio connection to experience rich surround sound.

The MPD720 can go anywhere you go. Use it at home by plugging the player into a wall outlet, or run it in the car with the DC power adapter. After watching a movie, the battery can be quickly and easily recharged with the included charger.

What's in the Box
Portable DVD player, remote control, AC/DC power adapter, car power adapter, rechargeable battery pack and charger, audio/video cable, storage bag, owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 7-inch widescreen LCD screen; plays DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, VCD, MP3, and JPEG
  • 3 hours of play with rechargeable battery
  • Headphone jack, built-in stereo speakers
  • Composite, S-video, and digital optical outputs connect to receiver or TV
  • AC/DC power adapter, car power adapter included

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Nearly Perfect Player
In my opinion, this Player (MPD 720) is the very best Portable DVD Player on the market. The 7" screen is crystal clear and can be viewed very comfortably from 5 feet away. The speakers although lacking bass, are the best quality for any 7" player. If you arent satisfied with the speakers buy some portable ones at radio shack for $10-$20 and you'll have more sound than you need for a car, train or airplane ride. The unit seems to be very durable and it has never freezed or skipped while I have used it. It is extremely portable and user friendly. Since it comes with a battery, remote, car adapter and carrying case it is the best deal out there at $275.00. The case is awesome, it easily attatches to a car seat, has room for your unit, battery, charger, adapter wires, remote, headphones (not included) and 5-10 DVD's in sleeves. The case fits all that and still only weighs about 4lbs and is only 12" by 12". A flawless design by magnavox. With a product this perfect you have to look hard for flaws and I found 3. 1)The LCD screen has more resistence than you'd think to open it(not a big deal). 2)The buttons on the unit can't be tapped to work, you have to push down and hold them for a second. 3)When the unit is first loading/stopping a DVD it run's kind of loud but soon disappears once the movie starts. Other than that this unit is perfect. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

5-0 out of 5 stars PLAIN PERFECT
I bought this mainly for my 18 month old son who loves to watch Elmo DVD movies. After doing an extensive research on brand, price, accessories and comments, I decided to go with this DVD Player. NO COMPLAINTS HERE...I always go for branded names - since these companies work hard to get to where they are right now. I am very hard to please but this DVD Player pleases my son and I BIG TIME...

4-0 out of 5 stars Mintek player with a name change
I have compared the 8-inch Magnavox with the 7-inch 1770 model from Mintek and they are very similar. The switches and jacks are all in the same places, and the battery configuration is identical. The power switch is exactly the same. I suspect that Magnavox got their players from Mintek, then put their more recognizable name on them. Since Mintek is a very small company with no track record, you might want to check out their reviews before you buy this player. I've had the Magnavox for 2 weeks, and the Mintek for 2 months, and so far they both work fine. But when you buy a big name brand, you expect that it is more reliable than the unknown maker. In this case, I don't think that assumption is justified. That's the only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5. ... Read more


15. Daewoo DV6T955B DVD / VCR Combo
list price: $149.99
our price: $119.99
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Asin: B0002471YM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Daewoo
Sales Rank: 16473
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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With the DV6T955B DVD/VCR combo from Daewoo, you can enjoy high-quality digital video without having to say goodbye to your videotape library. This versatile component combines a progressive-scan DVD player with a 6-head, hi-fi stereo VCR, and includes a number of audio features as well.

The progressive-scan technology on the DVD player yields amazing picture quality, with vivid colors, clean resolution, and reduced onscreen distortion. The DV6T955B features a 10-bit/27 MHz video digital-to-analog converter that adds realistic warmth to the picture. The adjustable aspect ratio mode lets you resize the video image to the optimal setting: either a 16:9 widescreen or a 4:3 standard ratio. With the zoom feature, you can enlarge or reduce onscreen images. The DV6T955B provides a number of search modes for DVDs. In addition to basic fast forward and reverse options, you can scan through a DVD by individual chapters or by playing time.

In addition to watching movies on the DV6T955B, you can use it as an audio component. The DV6T955B offers a wide variety of playback options, including DVDs, CDs, VCDs, MP3s, and more. Your movies and music will sound great, thanks to the clear, clean sound of Daewoo's 24-bit/96 kHz audio digital-to-analog converter. This converter translates digital audio data into a natural, realistic high-fidelity sound. The DV6T955B features a Dolby Digital and DTS surround-sound system, and includes a coaxial digital audio output that allows you to easily connect the player to a home theater receiver. The DV6T955B also features 3D sound, an audio mode that creates virtual surround sound with just two speakers.

The DV6T955B's VCR is filled with features as well. The 6-head VCR can capture and reproduce a clear picture with stereo sound. Recording shows is simple with a one-touch recording option, as well as a timer mode that lets you program up to 8 shows in advance. You can also watch DVDs while you are recording a program with the VCR.

The DV6T955B features a number of A/V outputs, including component, composite, and S-video connections. An analog audio output is also included on the DV6T955B.

What's in the Box
DVD player/VCR combo, remote control, owner's manual ... Read more

Features

  • Progressive-scan DVD player and 6-head stereo VCR
  • Playback formats include DVD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, VCD, MP3, and VHS
  • Composite, component, and S-video outputs; coaxial digital audio output
  • Dolby Digital, DTS surround sound; high-end digital-to-analog audio converter
  • Measures 17.1 x 3.7 x 10 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars stopped working after 4 months
This dvd player stopped reading discs about four months after I bought it. It will only read a disc about once every 30 tries now and has started eating dvds. Not only does the laser fail to read the discs now, but the belt is also broken and the dvd fell off the tray and was damaged. And the other annoying part is that the VCR still works fine, so it seems a waste to scrap it altogether. You're better off having a separate dvd player, and certainly not a "daewoo" one. It may seem like a bargain, but believe me, it's not. ... Read more


16. Philips DVDR600VR DVD Recorder with VCR
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B00024MI8G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 1191
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Amazon.com Product Description

Now you have a simple way to share your home videos with others, archive your most-treasured VHS tapes, and enjoy quality home cinema presentations on standard or high-definition televisions: Philips' DVDR600VR combination progressive-scan DVD player/recorder with built-in VCR. Schedule your TV recordings for either disc or tape and use the model's extensive inputs--including an i.Link digital video jack--to transfer and assemble camcorder footage or burn video from your PC to high-capacity DVD. The unit records up to 8 hours per disc side using either DVD+R or rewritable DVD+RW.

The DVDR600VR also features a disc manager that allows instant viewing of all recorded discs, storing contents details for up to 9,000 titles across up to 999 discs. You can also use the DVDR600VR like a VCR, burning televised programs directly to disc using VCR Plus+ simplified programming. Recording functions include favorite scene selection, automatic/manual chapter marker insertion, selectable index pictures, selectable background picture, append, divide, and "fit to space."

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.

But the DVDR600VR 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/CD-RW), and compatibility with most DVD media (including video-mode DVD-R and DVD-RW).

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DVDR600VR 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.

Top-of-the-line interlaced component-video inputs and outputs (the output is switchable with the progressive-scan output) help minimize digital and line-scan artifacts from component-video sources and on compatible advanced televisions, while composite- and S-video inputs and outputs bring compatibility with nearly any video component and television monitor. Audio inputs consist of 2-channel analog jacks with 24-bit/96 kHz analog-to-digital conversion for DVD with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio compression (compression is non-defeatable). Video conversion, to and from digital, is performed by high-quality 10-bit, 54 MHz converters.

Two sets 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 coaxial digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder/VCR, a remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual (English/Spanish), a quick-install guide, an AC power cord, a stereo analog audio interconnect, a composite-video cable, and an RF coaxial/antenna cable. ... Read more

Features

  • DVD+RW, HiFI VCR
  • I-Link connection
  • Up to 8 hours, 4 speed record
  • Plays DVD, DVD+R, VHS tape
  • Auto Scene/Chapter marking

17. Magnavox MPD820 8" Portable DVD Player
list price: $379.99
our price: $258.94
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Asin: B000278KLW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magnavox
Sales Rank: 2374
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Watch movies the way they were meant to be viewed with the MPD820 portable DVD player from Magnavox. This lightweight player features an 8-inch LCD display with a theater-like 16:9 aspect ratio. A rechargeable battery can run the player for up to 3 hours, and you can plug it in anywhere for longer viewings. The MPD820 plays DVDs, CDs, MP3s, and more, so you can bring along all your favorite videos and music.

The screen on the MPD820 is a thin-film transfer (TFT) display that generates clear images without adding unnecessary bulk to the portable player. While you can enjoy movies everywhere you go with the built-in screen, you also can connect the player to any television to watch your DVDs on a bigger screen. The MPD820 features both composite and S-video connections to link the player to another TV.

The MPD820 plays DVDs and CDs (including discs burned on a computer), as well as VCDs. You can also play MP3s from CD-Rs and CD-RWs, and view digital JPEG photos. The MPD820 features built-in stereo speakers and dual headphone jacks for either private or shared listening. For even fuller sound, hook the player up to an audio receiver through the digital optical audio connection to experience rich surround sound.

The MPD820 can go anywhere you go. Use it at home by plugging the player into a wall outlet, or run it in the car with the DC power adapter. After watching a movie, the battery can be quickly and easily recharged with the included charger.

What's in the Box
Portable DVD player, remote control, AC/DC power adapter, car power adapter, rechargeable battery pack and charger, audio/video cable, owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 8-inch widescreen LCD screen; plays DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, VCD, MP3, JPEG, MPEG 4, and DivX
  • 3 hours of play with rechargeable battery; car adapter included
  • Composite, S-video, and digital optical outputs connect to receiver or TV
  • Two headphone jacks for shared listening, built-in stereo speakers
  • Measures 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice player
I've had this portable DVD player for only a month and I have been quite pleased with it. The 8" TFT screen is quite nice. It provides excellent picture quality and viewing from just about any angle. Plus, with the larger screen size, two or three people can watch a movie without any problems. Color and brightness controls are easy to access and the factory settings are great as it.

For a portable player, the sound is excellent with out headphones. When I previewed it at Best Buy, I was amazed how loud it can get on its on. With headphones, the sounds is clear and crisp even without expensive noise canceling headphones. Plus, there are two ear phone jacks so two people can plug in and listen. The remote is a nice size, not to small, not too big. So far, battery life is excellent. Another good feature, is that this unit already comes with a car charger (some other brands do not).

So far, only three minor complaints. One, you can only fast forward, reverse or do slow motion with the remote. For some reason they left these buttons out on the player. In addition, there is no S-video output as advertised nor is there an option for input (so you cant plug in your playstation or x-box). Honestly, this doesn't detract from the player because it does exactly what I want...play movies when I'm traveling or on the go. Overall, its a great player with crisp, clear picture and sound. Magnivox makes another winner.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than Average Picture w. Good Viewing Angle
Picture: This is a widescreen unit, which means most widescreen DVDs will play without black bars over and under the image. The TFT LCD display is crisp, with good horizontal (side-to-side) viewing angle, which is a real-life advantage for backseat passengers in a vehicle. Predictably, vertical (up-down) viewing angle is rather less, so you may find yourself tilting the screen occasionally to find the best picture if you change your viewing position (e.g. slouching down or sitting up straight). You can adjust the color and brightness, but the factory settings are subjectively optimal.

Sound: The sound through either of the two headphone jacks is excellent. I had expected the sound from the tiny stereo speakers just below the screen to buzzy, but it is surprisingly clear. Obviously, the laws of physics have not been repealed and they produce nothing approaching bass, but the articulation of dialog is crisp, which is much more important for movies. Another pleasant surprise: There was no buzzing or breakup even at their relatively polite "top volume."

Other observations: The case is aluminum and plastic, with an attractive brushed metal top and a generally solid feel. The screen feels very securely attached via two hinges. The removable battery included attaches to the back of the unit. The power cord is a little over seven feet, so you can't range too far from an outlet when using AC. Thermally, it stays cooler than a laptop, which is a plus for travelers, though the transformer in the AC cord gets quite warm.

A couple of gripes: 1.) The remote is nothing special, with white-on-light gray lettering being harder to read than necessary (the slide out battery drawer for the lithium button cell is a nice ergonomic touch); 2.) While you can change scenes without the remote, you need it to fast-forward or skip back within a scene. Doh! This omission alone costs a full star. Also, the disc handling mechanism is buzzy getting up to speed, then settles down to the barely-audible whirring common to DVD players everywhere. Sound-deadening adds cost, weight and thickness, so this is a logical and defensible design tradeoff.

As another reviewer noted, this unit is clearly sourced from the same manufacturer in China that sells entry-level players under the Mintek brand. One might read Mintek reviews for hints about reliability.

I have enjoyed watching movies on the MPD820 and find this is one entry-level DVD player that doesn't seem cheap at all.

4-0 out of 5 stars a Mintek player with a name change
I have compared the 8-inch Magnavox with the 7-inch 1770 model from Mintek and they are very similar. The switches and jacks are all in the same places, and the battery configuration is identical. The power switch is exactly the same. I suspect that Magnavox got their players from Mintek, then put their more recognizable name on them. Since Mintek is a very small company with no track record, you might want to check out their reviews before you buy this player. I've had the Magnavox for 2 weeks, and the Mintek for 2 months, and so far they both work fine. But when you buy a big name brand, you expect that it is more reliable than the unknown maker. In this case, I don't think that assumption is justified. That's the only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5. If you want this player, BestBuy.com has it for $350, with free shipping, a nice case, and 2 sets of lightweight Sony headphones.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good so far
i bought this about 2 weeks ago, watched 3-4 movies so far, picture is great, even from an angle, snound through the speakers isn't very good, but only because its small compared to the room, so it doesnt really fill it up, but its awsome with headphones, i didn't have to adjust anything volume/picture-wise (base, treble, light, dark etc.) you can't fast-forward/reverse on the unit, only change scenes, but you can from the remote, although the buttons on the unit seem kind of cheep, and it's pretty loud when loading, and kind of loud when playing, but with headphones, not loud enough (when playing) to notice/care. so all in all, im pretty satisfied, but still uncertain as to whether it will last a long time, but it seems like it, so i'll keep it as long as it doesnt brake. ... Read more


18. Philips DVDR72 Progressive-Scan DVD Player / Recorder
list price: $599.99
our price: $279.99
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Asin: B0002GTVHA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 9806
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips DVDR72 DVD recorder gives you full-featured DVD play and record options in a sleek package. Record your favorite TV programs and movies to DVD+R/+RW discs with the touch of a button. Or set it up to record using VCR Plus+ numbers found in local television listings. Plus, you can play almost all formats of digital media: DVD, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, SVCD, VCD, CD, and CD-R/RW. It'll play back discs packed with hours of MP3s, too.

Four record modes give you the option of filling a single DVD+R/+RW with up to 6 hours of VCR-quality video, or one hour with the highest digital quality. Its progressive-scan capabilities allow for the best picture possible when connected to an analog TV, but hook it up to an ED (enhanced-definition) or HD (high-definition) television and you'll get a more filmlike experience with less flicker and sharper images. A motion-compensated noise filter helps improved picture quality by further removing digital artifacts to create sharper, clearer images.

The DVDR72 is loaded with connections for an entry-level player and recorder. On the rear of the unit you get one each of RF, composite video, S-video, stereo audio, and component video inputs, an identical set of outputs, and a coaxial digital audio out. Up front you'll find another set of composite inputs, as well as S-video and i.LINK (FireWire) for connecting to a camcorder, PC, or other device. The component-video inputs and outputs help minimize digital and line-scan artifacts on compatible televisions.

If you just shot some video with your camcorder, use these jacks to connect directly to the DVD recorder to instantly create a DVD of your footage. Two-channel Dolby Digital encoding will give your videos great digital stereo sound. There's even basic editing capabilities for your home movies so you can make your videos perfect before you burn. You can also link up to your VCR to convert your video tapes to longer-lasting DVDs.

What's in the Box
DVDR72 recorder/player, remote control, 2 AA batteries, AC power cable, audio cable, video cable, S-video cable, RF coaxial cable, and user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Combination DVD player/recorder with camcorder-ready DV (i.Link), component-video, composite-video, and S-video inputs
  • Record from TV 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
  • Favorite Scene Selection simplifies editing of your home movies; VCR Plus+ simplifies timer programming
  • Measures 17 x 3 x 13 inches (W x H x D)

19. Philips DVDR75 Progressive-Scan DVD Player/Recorder
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B000093US1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 10948
Average Customer Review: 3.11 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Capture, edit, and preserve precious memories with the Philips DVDR75 DVD player/recorder. Using the model's extensive inputs--including an i.Link digital video jack--you can transfer and assemble your most treasured camcorder footage, archive old video tapes, or burn video from a PC straight to high-capacity DVD (up to 6 hours per disc side using either DVD+R or DVD+RW). The unit's onboard Virtual Time Base Corrector ensures better-than-original copies from old video tapes.

You can also use the DVDR75 like a VCR, burning televised programs directly to disc using helpful VCR Plus+ programming data. Recording functions include safe record, one-touch record (OTR), track append, track divide, track erase, automatic/manual chapter marker insertion, disc write protection, favorite scene selection, index picture screen for instant content overview, and Selectable Index Pictures.

The DVDR75 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/CD-RW), and compatibility with most DVD media (including video-mode DVD-R and DVD-RW).

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DVDR75 stands ready to deliver the full potential of 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.

Top-of-the-line component-video inputs and outputs help minimize digital and line-scan artifacts on compatible advanced televisions, while composite- and S-video inputs and outputs bring compatibility with nearly any video component and television monitor. Audio inputs consist of two-channel analog jacks with 16-bit analog-to-digital conversion and Dolby Digital 2.0 audio compression (compression is non-defeatable).

Two sets 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. If you don't have a surround receiver or six-channel speaker setup, you can still make every movie night the ultimate experience: 3D Surround simulates surround sound through two speakers (even the stereo speakers on a TV).

What's in the Box
DVD recorder, remote control, batteries, user's manual (in English only), one blank DVD+RW disc, an AC power cord, a stereo audio interconnect, a composite-video cable, an S-video cable, and a coaxial RF antenna cable. ... Read more

Features

  • Combination DVD player/recorder with camcorder-ready DV (i.Link), component-video, composite-video, and S-video inputs
  • Record from TV 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
  • Motion-compensated Noise Filter, Virtual Time Base Corrector (for better-than-original copies of old video tapes)
  • Favorite Scene Selection simplifies editing of your home movies; VCR Plus+ simplifies timer programming

Reviews (66)

3-0 out of 5 stars you can do much better for a little more money
OK. I already owned a Sony dvd recorder. But I needed another unit for the bedroom so decided to try the Philips. Took it back after two days and got another Sony.

Problems:

- doesn't read and write many formats
- the menus use strange hieroglyphic symbols - I for one prefer
menus in plain English
- you use the remote for certain things, then have to go up to the unit to read the display for other things
- interesting bugs - for example, half the time, if I wanted to record a two hour show it worked fine. The other half of the time, it would turn off after recording after only 10 seconds. Tech Support said this MIGHT be fixed in their current software upgrade... they'll send it and I should have it in about 10 days.
- the manual was really poor. It was at least in English, but was very vague.

Nope. I dont think so. For just a little more money, you can have a MUCH better unit.

4-0 out of 5 stars I Don't know what all the negative Hoopla is all about!
I just received this unit from Amazon.com a few days ago. After reading all these reviews, I figured this DVD Recorder was going to be a real lemon. So far, I do not have one complaint.

I have recorded two TV shows, and a converted a VHS tape to DVD using DVD+RW Discs. Not one problem to complain about.

One complaint I noticed in other reviews was the owner's manual.
I read the manual from cover to cover. Again, I don't understand the issues others have with this manual.

The recorded DVD's play on two of my three DVD players. The one that it doesn't play on is at least 3 years old.

After using this recorder for a few days, I can't figure out all the bad reviews this device has received.

Don't be afraid to purchase this machine based on all the negative reviews. I normally don't write reviews, but after reading all the bad reviews that this recorder received, I felt the need to write something positive about this product.

This recorder is well worth the price.

1-0 out of 5 stars STOP! DON'T THROW YOUR MONEY OUT THE WINDOW!
I have owned this model for one year. I have had problems from very early on, except past the allowable return time from Best Buy and have contacted Philips customer service countless times, each time they gave me a different possible solution. I could write a whole seperate negative review on their customer service and how hard it is to get through, understand the rep. etc. The machine is worthless, all these features but they don't work. Most of the time it won't even PLAY a Disney DVD movie, let alone record a tv show. I have followed every suggestion, including using only up to 2x speed dvd media, only +R, professional cleaning, setting the unit level, installing software updates...nothing works. This was supposed to be the high end unit to buy at $600 and it is truly a piece of junk.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good So Far!!!
Shortly after purchasing it, the predecessor to this model proved to be a nightmare in every possible manner. After being sent to Phillips for repairs under warranty, no improvements were noticed. So we cajoled the national chain that we purchased from to exchange (we paid the price differential) for the newer Phillips DVDR75.

Several months have passed and countless hours of +R DVDs have been burned from my DirecTV / UltimateTV (similar to TiVo). I put the DVDR75 model through a demanding workout early on to reveal any existing technical glitches right away. What a difference this model has made! No more defects, ruined DVD blanks, or poor dependability. I tend to record on 6 hour mode and have been pleased with the resolution and overall results.

So maybe Phillips got things right this time! I would recommend this model to anyone seeking a proven work horse.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful device...
This is the second DVD recorder by Philips that I have purchased. I was happy with the first generation recorder, but I have been ecstatic about this one. The recorder functions exactly as described, and can record from virtually any source, including VHS, camcorder, TV, satellite, etc. Some reviewers have complained about not being able to record to certain discs, but this is cured by buying the CORRECT discs! The recorder will NOT record to DVD-R, DVD-RW, or DVD-RAM. It will always record to DVD+R and DVD+RW. If you follow the instructions in the manual and buy the correct media, you will be very happy with this recorder. Highly recommended! ... Read more


20. Philips DVP620VR Progressive Scan DVD / VCR Combo
list price: $139.99
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Asin: B00022PUD8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 1069
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Amazon.com Product Description

The snazzy DVP620VR from Philips lets you watch movies from VHS tape or from premium-quality progressive-scan DVD, view digital-image slide shows, listen to audio CDs, or play your homemade MP3 CDs through your living-room speakers--all from one affordable, space-saving device. The Philips DVP620VR also lets you record off-air in hi-fi stereo sound and watch your camcorder or hook up your gaming console through its convenient front-panel audio/video inputs.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DVP620VR 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 VCR's 4-head design ensures smooth slow-motion play (forward and reverse) and clear still-frame images, 19-micron heads deliver the clearest possible picture when recording or viewing in EP (extended-play) mode, and with hi-fi sound the unit records and plays back stereo audio tracks. Other features include 1-touch recording, timer recording, auto head cleaning, and auto repeat playback (great for trade shows and presentations). You can even copy from DVD to VHS tape, providing the DVD is not Macrovision copy-protected--a great idea for sharing your disc-based home videos with friends and family who don't yet have DVD players.

Video connections include front- and rear-panel composite-video inputs and rear-panel RF coaxial video in and out jacks--perfect for either spontaneous hookups (like a camcorder or second VCR) or permanent connections (as with a cable box or DVR). Outputs include a single composite-video output for DVD/VCR video signals and DVD-only outputs for component-video (switchable for 480i and 480p, depending on your TV) and S-video.

A set of left/right analog-audio outputs channel audio from both the DVD player and the VCR 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. If you don't have a surround receiver or six-channel speaker setup, you can still make every movie night the ultimate experience: virtual surround sound simulates surround sound through two speakers (even the stereo speakers on your TV).

Playback options include single-disc resume, which lets you pick-up where you left off on your current DVD (not applicable for MP3 or JPEG CDs), disc-lock parental controls, and picture zoom for magnification of select images.

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

Features

  • Space-saving DVD player/4-head, hi-fi VCR with 1-touch and timer recording
  • Plays DVD-Video, VHS tape, video CD, audio CD, MP3 CD, and JPEG image CDs
  • Progressive-scan output for seamless, flicker-free images on HD-ready TVs
  • Coaxial digital-audio terminal passes Dolby Digital and DTS surround signals to compatible A/V receivers and speaker systems
  • Measures 17.1 x 3.7 x 9.2 inches (W x H x D)

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