Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder
High quality recordings, sleek black chasis, reasonable pricing, writes to most DVD disk.
Remote, remote, remote
The Bottom Line:
Solid recorder, loads of ports, standard and HD, built-in tuner, good price. Perfect for first purchase or replacement unit. Record up to 8 Hours on a single disc.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
I was extremely happy and very comfortable with my Liteon DVD recorder but lately every DVD disk I inserted created an issue. Didn’t matter what brand of DVD recordable or whether it was a write once or a rewritable plus or minus the issues continued.
The unit would start recording and abruptly stop for no apparent reason or it would record until the disk was full and claim write failed loosing the recording. That was the good problems, the worst was when a disk would format or erase for a ready state to record and then the program comes on and the DVD recorder says disk is INVALID. Copyright issues were not the problems.
After my frustration got the best of me and hours were spent recovering data from some DVDs that I deemed important I kept searching for DVD recorders. They are more difficult to obtain these days and I have not plans of reverting to VHS again.
This is why I found myself needing to squire a new DVD recorder since the laser pickup appears to be failing. At this point it is a simpler election to replace than to investigate or repair. DVD disk have changed somewhat and technology has improved leaps and bounds.
Since there have not been a wealth of choices in this arena I weighted my options based solely on what the market has available. I did peruse epinions.com to check out reviews too.
Finally I elected to purchase the Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder. I have own this brand in the past (a 32” CRT TV and two of their high end VCRs etc) all of which held up well over the years and merely replaced to make things current with the world.
A number of online retails offered the product but with most the item was out of stock and no mention of when inventory would be available. Luckily I stopped by amazon.com and the Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder was in stock and ready for shipment. This was a Saturday and they guaranteed delivery by Tuesday. FREE shipping was an option and though they were $14 dollars higher than their competitors – amazon.com’s was in stock ready to ship and no restocking fee if issues arised. I rather spend an extra $14 than $50 later trying to return – I’m sure you’ve been there too.
IT ARRIVE WITHN A FEW DAYS
Tuesday came and prior to noon I had my new Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder. It was cold as is most of the United States so I permitted it to acclimate to the room temperature. In the meantime I began dismantling the old DVD recorder connections and the ATSC tuner . . . because the Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder has one built-in.
There was not a lot of packing to discard which is earth friendly. The Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder was held inside its box with four Styrofoam corner blocks with a plastic bag around the DVD recorder itself taped sealed. The contents additionally included a manual and a quick guide sheet, two “AA” batteries, one RCA Red, White Yellow cable and a coaxial cable.
INSTALLATION DOES NOT REQUIRE AN ENGINEERING DEGREE
It is child’s play to make simple connections of this type so the manual was picked up at this point.
Ten minutes if that long to setup the Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder and make all the connections between the satellite receiver, HD Antenna for locals when satellite fails, and the television.
On power I followed the on-screen instructions for scanning channels, setting time and date, and entering the main menu to set wide screen mode and progressive scanning. Plus a few other tweaks to accommodate my particular arrangement.
I checked out the antenna channel scan. The Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder built-in tuner performed better than the Samsung dedicated tuner ever did and it was a great tuner. But built-in tuner of the Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder picks up more stations and they are all super clear, crisp and vivid.
Then it was time for the true test. Will it recognize my DVD recordables. Yeah! I’m in Heaven once more.
Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder
What I like best thus far is the large on-screen information screen. When you are recording it displays a large red dot showing its in record mode on the bottom left side and at the bottom right the speed of recording and amount of time remaining on the disc. On the Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder display the red dot stays steady when recording and flashes when in pause. Once you depress the button to pause a recording it displays on-screen momentarily large enough to see well.
The disc tray is slow to open and close but provides a smooth stable action. Load time takes a few seconds but does not deter me in any way from the quality built into this unit.
May biggest concern as with most people is the remote. It will take some time to become familiar with the buttons locations. The buttons are not well visually marked. Printing for the buttons is a little dark and when watching or recording television it’s best to operate the remote in the dark. The key layout could be drastically improved. I’ll learn it and it’ll be second nature but in the meantime a tad inconvenient. There is indeed a learning curve with the remote.
There are a number of inputs and outputs on the front and rear of the Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder. If you have and older television or the latest high definition available this recorder has you covered with HDMI, Coaxial, Component, and Composite, S-Video, and DV ports, in additional to a Digital audio out.
I have merely dealed with this recorder for a day so there is much to investigate and discover. As I uncover more I’ll be sure to update and share my experience with the Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder. I know it allows you to watch what you are recording concurrently but only with a DVD –RW disc. Have not a –RW on hand will have to try that feature out later.
FINAL THOUGHTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
What is not to love about the Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder, it records on DVD -+R/RW, built-in ATSC tuner, sports High Definition ports as well as standard. It allows you to record in 4:3 and 16:9, you can record HD programs but they will be down converted to standard definition on the disc then when you play it back the video will be up converted to HD or near HD again. As with most players and recorders not all disc will play or record in all players or recorders but there should be no issue with major brand names in general. For the price of $170 the Toshiba DR570 DVD Recorder is a quality recorder that should offer years of enjoyment. It appears to be solidly built and regardless of what speed you record at the image quality is very good. With five recording speeds you are sure to find a setting you are happy with. You can record of up 8 hours on one DVD disc. Great recorder as a first purchase or to replace a VHS or DVD player/recorder.
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