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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   rick bie

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Posted January 31 2007 - 04:34 AM

Hi everyone,
Does anyone know of a Combo DVD/VCR Recorder which can also record HD signals over the air(via bowtie antenna & coax). My TV has a HD receiverand I capture the HD channels OTA.

Thank you,
Rick

#2 of 5 OFFLINE   Stephen Tu

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Posted January 31 2007 - 11:14 AM

http://www.engadgeth....rder-from-rca/

You'll have to wait a few months, some devices like the above were announced at CES. Also the key here is that for the announced DVD recorders I'm aware of, although they receive in HD, they don't actually record in HD; they have to downconvert to SD first. (Not enough space on DVD for practical HD recording lengths)

If you want to actually record & play back in HD, you'll have to stick with DVR (hard drive recorders, which I strongly prefer over anything), D-VHS decks (requires IEEE1394 output from TV's digital tuner), or PC based solutions.

#3 of 5 OFFLINE   Phil Iturralde

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Posted February 28 2007 - 04:55 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by rick bie
Hi everyone,
Does anyone know of a Combo DVD/VCR Recorder which can also record HD signals over the air(via bowtie antenna & coax). My TV has a HD receiverand I capture the HD channels OTA.

Thank you,
Rick

I'm doing that, but with the following combination of units ...

1) RJTech RJ-1000ATSC HDTV w/QAM Tuner Box
2) Samsung DVD-VR330 DVD / VHS Combo (refurb)


Cable Service: Comcast Limited Basic ($14 a month)
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Here's my setup connection ...

HDTV Tuner: RJTech RJ-1000ATSC
.... Output: S-Video @ 480i
DVD-Recorder: Samsung DVD-VR330
.... Input: S-Video @ 480i
.... Output: Component @ 480p
HDTV Display: Toshiba 62HM196
.... Input: Component @ 480p
.... Native Resolution: 1080p

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1) Media: Imation -RW Discs / Memorex +RW Discs (25-pack purch. over 2-yrs ago)
Recording Speed: LP
HDTV Shows: (HD Channels)
.... 1) CH. 117-1 = 2007 Oscars
.... 2) CH. 5-1 = NCIS, The UNIT, CSI-Las Vegas, Shark, etc.
.... 3) CH. 2-1 = 24, Bones, etc.
Picture Quality: Very good to great! Not quite near HD, but it was very clear and overall superior vs. the analog 4x3 somewhat fuzzy video signal TV broadcast (compared vs. Samsung VR330 analog tuner)
.... a) Definitely beats VHS SP and SLP (only VHS speed choices with the Samsung VR330) recorded PQ!!!

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2) Media: Imation -RW Discs / Memorex +RW Discs (25-pack purch. over 2-yrs ago)
Recording Speed: SP
HDTV Shows:
.... 1) CH. 5-1
= Close to Home & Numb3rs; NCIS & The UNIT, etc.
Picture Quality: Great!!! Near HD PQ @ 11' distances - very clear and vastly superior vs. the analog 4x3 video signal TV broadcast (compared vs. Samsung VR330 analog tuner)

NOTES: Like the upconverted SD DVDs (Toshiba HD-A1), the upconverted ( RJTech & Samsung VR330 > Component 480p) HDTV video signal is up scaled very nicely by my Toshiba 62HM196. At times, my wife and friends think that we're watching live HD TV broadcast. Posted Image Posted Image
.... a) Definitely beats VHS SP recorded PQ!!!

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3) Media: GQ DVD+R Discs (50-pack from Fry's)
Recording Speed: LP or SLP speeds
VHS Tapes:
.... 1) My 49er's 5 Superbowl Years
(Playoff, Championship & Superbowl - req's 15 DVDs)
.... 2) 20 year old Family Video tapes (DVD+R Recording Speed = SP)
Picture Quality:
.... 1) LP speed quality = Good to Very Good!!!
Can't complain since the DVD+R of my "1982 - 49er's vs. Cowboy" Championship is as good as the 25 year old VHS original tape!!!
.... 2) EP (SLP - 6 hour) = Again, Good to Very Good!!! No worst vs. my "1985 - 49er's vs. Dolphins" Superbowl 22 year old VHS original tape!!! Posted Image Posted Image
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Overall impression: My RJTech HDTV Tuner & Samsung DVD-VR330 combination is excellent, with smooth TV > DVD/VHS or VHS > DVD recordings. The surprise is how clear and detailed my DVD (Imation -RW / Memorex +RW) recordings of HDTV 16x9 widescreen video (downcoverted to 480i) signals is, ... using the SP recording speed during playback - it's like watching live!!!

NOTED QUIRKS:

1) RJTech RJ-1000ATSC HDTV Tuner* (NEW - received 1-31-07):

.... a) Remote control response slow
........ 1. Changing channels using # key's
........ 2. Selecting items in the Setup Menu
.... b) Remote line-of-sight transmission very narrow - requires pointing directly @ the unit
........ 1. Manual states bright environment can effect remote response

2) Samsung DVD-VR330 (ReFurb - received 2-13-07):
.... a) When the unit locks-up - requires unplugging the device to clear the lockup!
........ 1. Lock-ups caused by initializing or formatting previously used Memorex +RW discs
........ 2. Brand-new, unused Memorex +RW discs did initialize after the unit accepted it
.... b) Remote does not have a "Reset Counter" button

*NOTES:
1) No heat issues
- I've left it on for 7-days while I was @ Australia to record my favorite HDTV 16x9 widescreen shows on tape (didn't have the Samsung VR330 yet)

IMHO: For $178 ($79 +SH = RJTech RJ-1000ATSC HDTV w/QAM Tuner Box; Refurb Samsung VR330 for $79 w/FREE SH), I'm extremely satisfied with this combination. It fulfills my expectation of clear recorded HDTV 16x9 widescreen recordings of our favorite shows (NCIS, The Unit, CSI-Las Vegas, Numb3rs, etc.) , especially @ the SP recorded speeds!

Also, archiving / digitizing my 12 - 25 year old VHS family & 49er's Superbowl analog tapes is a one-button easy affair - just choose which DVD+R recording speed I want and then press the "RED" button! Posted Image

Phil
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#4 of 5 OFFLINE   Bill Will

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Posted March 04 2007 - 01:46 PM

Phil, The "Cancel" Button on your Samsung VR330 Remote Control should also Reset the Counter to 00:00:00 if that's what you were looking for.

#5 of 5 OFFLINE   Phil Iturralde

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Posted March 05 2007 - 09:08 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill Will
Phil, The "Cancel" Button on your Samsung VR330 Remote Control should also Reset the Counter to 00:00:00 if that's what you were looking for.
Thanks Bill!!! Posted Image I'll try it out tonight!

Phil
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