Toshiba DR430 DVD Recorder
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With the DR430, converting and archiving your favorite home movies to DVD is simple. You can also experience your DVD movie collection in near HD quality with the DR430’s 1080p up conversion via HDMI. Video up conversion up to 1080p resolution via HDMI takes your current DVDs to a new level, for an amazing viewing experience on today’s HDTVs. One Touch Recording makes recording your favorite show simple. Just connect the DR430 to your cable or satellite box and you are set to record with the push of one button . Multi-format recording and playback provides the utmost in recording media convenience with compatibility with the most popular formats (DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW). Auto Finalize simplifies the recording process by automatically finalizing your recording for playback on standard DVD players. HDMI-CEC makes controlling multiple components easy. Just connect your recorder to other compatible devices using an HDMI cable, and then control them using one remote, no additional programming or setup required! Front DV Input makes it easy to save your precious memories from your camcorder to DVD. Simultaneous Playback and Recording: You can play back a recorded title during current recording or the timer recording on the same disc. Battery:Fully recharged battery can last about 2 Hour.Analog : 2x Audio Input, 2x Composite Video, 2x S-Video, 1x Component Video. Digital: 1x HDMI, 1x Digital Coaxial Audio, 1x DV Input and Other 1x USB.
A SOLID BUY, A SOLID DVD RECORDER
I bought this unit to replace a failed 7 year old Sony RDR GX-300 DVD recorder. After reading all the comments, I had mixed feelings. Upon receiving the unit and setting it up, here’s what I found.
Toshiba DR-430 Is An Excellent DVD Recorder/Player
I just bought my second Toshiba DR-430. I got my first about 7 or 8 years ago and it has performed flawlessly.
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This recorder is good for the price; but is not good.
This is money well spent
I have always owned a DVD recorder since they first came out, paid hundreds of dollars for them in the early years. Since then they have come down in price but not in quality. This Toshiba recorder arrived in it’s original box displaying the content, usually Amazon products come inside another box, so I didn’t have to guess the content of this box I signed for. The Toshiba DR430 recorder does not come with a tuner, thus saving me money off the bat, also which it wouldn’t do me any good because nowadays I need a converter box to watch television channels anyways. Don’t buy anything with a tuner, save your money, if you can still watch channels for free with a built in tuner, trust me, that won’t be the case much longer in the U.S., the television people just haven’t gotten to your area yet. For around $100 this is a great product. It can be connect via RCA, S-video, Component, and HDMI. The instructions are easy to follow, the remote control is very easy to use, programming and finalizing is very simple, RCA picture quality is great but HDMI makes it a little better, and can record up to 8 hours, and is very thin so it doesn’t take up much room. I recommend purchasing this DVD recorder without the tuner.
This DVD recorder is a great buy for what it can do.
This DVD recorder is a great buy for what it can do.
Terrific DVD recorder
I don’t know why, but I seem to have overlooked writing a review of this DVD recorder. I bought it to replace a combo VCR/DVD recorder from Panasonic that suddenly stopped working. I had bought the combo unit to transfer my home movie tapes to DVD. It’s a good thing I did, as the oldest one was just about 20 years old, the supposed shelf life of video tape, and was starting to degenerate. So, my transfer was just in time. Turns out the VCR section of that unit wasn’t so hot and I ended up connecting another VCR to it, anyway. Using the Panasonic, I finished the home movie transfer and was just using it to copy movies from Cable TV. Now as to this unit. I was considering giving it 4 stars as it lacked one great feature of the Panasonic. The Panasonic had a variable record mode, which would maximize the quality of any length of movie you wanted to copy. In other words, if a movie were an hour and a half, you would set the variable speed accordingly and get the best quality you could for that time, and not settle for the two hour (LP) speed. This unit doesn’t have that. However, after months of recording with this unit, I have decided to give it the full 5 stars. Granted, I don’t have a flat screen TV (not that I don’t covet them – just no space for one). So I can’t attest to the quality of the upconverting to near-HD. I also have not, as yet, tried reusing DVD+/-RW’s. I’ve just recorded movies from cable that I wanted to keep on DVD-R. But I have to say that this was the best $100 I’ve spent in a long time. First of all, there are very few DVD recorders being made, anymore. The top reviews I’ve read on this are back from 2011 – quite a long time ago. Panasonic has stopped making them. Still, I couldn’t have been happier with my purchase, unless it happened to have the variable speed mode, as well. That said, the quality of the recording is excellent. That includes the XP, SP and LP modes. I believe I copied one long program at the EP (6 hour) mode and found it lacking in quality. But I rarely use that speed, mostly copying movies for my video library. I never bother with the timer, finding the one-touch recording very simple to use. Just press record and it records for 30 minutes. Each additional time you press the record button, it adds another 30 minutes. So press record 3 times and you get an hour and a half. And so on. Very simple. I do have to say that the Panasonic was faster in loading and in finalizing (to play a movie on another machine you always have to finalize the disc – a procedure that is simple to do). This is a bit slower. But that is quibbling. You can set the auto chapter to various time durations, the default being 10 minutes, which is what I prefer. The Panasonic had only 2 to 3 minute chapters – far too short a time interval. I’ve never bothered naming chapters, so I can’t comment on that, but with a little playing around, that shouldn’t be hard to figure out. I just never cared to. Bottom line is for a hundred dollars you can’t go wrong with this unit and I would suggest getting it before DVD recorders stop being made altogether, in favor of DVR’s (unless you’re waiting for Blue-ray recorders).
Just what I needed!
I have 25 years of VHS tape of family events that I was worried might be deteriorating so I needed something to transfer them to DVD format. I read lots of reviews of various machines and finally settled on the Toshiba DR430. The low price was a big incentive. I am so glad I bought it. All I had to do was take it out of the box, connect it to my TV, connect the VCR to the Toshiba and I was on my way. No need to read the manual at all. Well, when it was done, I popped the first copy into another DVD player, I got nothing. No problem-I had not finalized it, which I found out when I called customer support (no manual reading for me!). He was very nice, directed me to the page in the manual, then waited while I followed the instructions to make sure I had no problems. It worked perfectly. The only thing that I would change is I would use DVD+RW discs instead of DVD+R so that I can edit the chapter names. I plan to buy some today. I brought the first copy to Thanksgiving and everyone watched the entire thing. Ha-I told them someday they would be grateful to me for videoing all those years and I was right. Even though then they were always waving me away.
A Deal at the Price, Minimalistic
At refurbished prices, this item is a steal by historical standards, but I am somewhat surprised that this model by Toshiba is practically the only DVD-R being produced today. I still find DVD-Rs very useful for archiving high-quality, portable copies of movies, but machines like this are at the cusp of dinosaur-status due to other technology (the DVR , etc.). This one works well, but its features are minimalistic, and a detailed owner’s manual needs to be downloaded in pdf form (not a big deal, but don’t mistake the paper start-up sheet for a manual). The strangest thing about this machine is how some features are state-of-the art (the upscaling is crisp) and others seem to date from the mid-1990s. I have never seen a DVD-R with such primitive archival menus and tools. There are no thumbnails at the archiving stage at all, and the keypad for labeling the movies is a numerical keypad that one uses, as if texting with an old cell phone. The result is a simple text-only menu on a solid color background: it looks like one is working in DOS in 1985–extraordinarily primitive! I had an old Panasonic DVD-R that went the way of all electronics recently, but it allowed one to create detailed menus with a full-alphabet keypad and the ability to select distinctive thumbnail images from the film for each title (it was nice to have a film’s title card, often, as its identification). It would’ve cost Toshiba .03 cents/ machine to add those features here. The machine has also an aqua-fluorescent digital display, with chunky, visibly segmented digits, that seems to date from 1978–if I study it I wonder if some engineers at Toshiba chuckled over its “retro” effect. The 430KU has no “flexible recording” mode for balancing efficiency of space and image quality–features most machines had years ago. The LP (medium-length) recording mode on this machine is considerably grainier than the one on the Panasonic. Its SP up-scaled looks excellent, though. Bottom line: I am perplexed that there aren’t better choices than this machine, which seems to take more steps backward than forward (in design) in the history of DVD-Rs. But alas and OK: it is cheap, and works well at what it does. Finally: this machine has copy-protection circuits that operate only with the HDMI-out cable installed; if the HDMI cable is removed, this isn’t an issue.
Died out of warranty and can’t be repaired
Well, it lasted a couple months beyond the warranty period and then stopped recognizing discs. This is a problem with nearly all DVD recorders. I know… I’ve owned at least a dozen different ones over the years. It might not be so bad except the manufacturers don;t keep repair parts available so if you send one in for service, you likely will be told it cannot be fixed. The bad side of all that is now most manufacturers, like Toshiba, seem to have stopped making these.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!
I bought this refurbished and it works perfectly! It’s my first DVR and I’m so glad I went with the positive reviews, there were so many reviews for this product that all the people who gave it a great rating couldn’t be wrong! This DVR is VERY easy to use. Being refurbished it didn’t come with a manual. I’ve made a few mistakes with settings but have always been able to see what I did wrong and I haven’t had any problems using the machine at all. I’m a housewife, not an electronics geek, so if you want a reliable easy-to-use machine I recommend it highly! The only “drawback” is that you can’t just change discs to begin a recording at the last minute, the discs take time to load (a couple of minutes). They also take some time to “configure” when you stop recording a show. Finalizing a recording takes about 10 minutes. But the recordings are clear at any speed and I don’t see these things as drawbacks at all, just plan for them when you record! Oh, and the Maxell DVD-R pack I ordered never arrived so I picked some up at Target and they work great, in a pack of 15 I’ve had 1 disc that wouldn’t load.