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On DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW or VHS for multiple format options.
Bidirectional dubbing feature
Allows you to transfer home videos and VHS tapes to DVDs. Also lets you transfer DVDs to VHS format.
Include DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW, VHS, CD-R/-RW, CD-DA, VCD, and SVCD.
For simple operation.
Lets you program the device to record your favorite shows automatically.
With options for playlist, rename title and chapter creation let you customize your recordings.
Include DV, A/V, S-video, RCA-video and analog audio.
Include component, HDMI, RCA-video, S-video and coaxial.
4-head hi-fi VCR
Provides stereo sound and outstanding picture quality.
Upconversion up to 1080p
For an arresting viewing experience (requires an HDTV or HD monitor with an HDCP-capable HDMI or DVI input).
Scan, fast-forward, rewind, instant replay and instant skip
Provide easy access to chapters and scenes.
Best Buy Customer Reviews
amazing for digitizing old footage
Posted by: danthemjfan23 from: on
if you're willing to put in the work, this machine will pay for itself many times over... just one minute at a time. everybody has seen electronics stores or even groupons for transferring old VHS tapes to DVD. $20 per VHS tape? please. if you need 10 done, this machine would be the same cost. it's a no-brainer.
the only catch is you have to transfer everything in real time. this isn't like burning a dvd where you pop it in and have a finished copy within 4 minutes. no no. if your VHS is 2 hours and 48 minutes, you have to wait the entire 2 hours and 48 minutes for it to "record" into the machine's memory, but then the actual burning of the dvd is super quick. that's the nature of the beast when it comes to analog formats, though.
if you're patient, and would rather sacrifice a few hours of your time reliving the old memories you're trying to preserve anyway, i couldn't recommend this machine any more enthusiastically. enjoy!
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Average DVD/VCR combo
Posted by: VADVDNut from: Virginia on
This player/recorder is easy to set up.
I dubbed some VHS content to DVD. I hate the fact that it dubs in "real time",i.e.,a 2hr VHS movie will take 2hrs to dub. Wish there was some method for high-speed dubbing without loss of picture quality.
Picture quality is very good on DVD at SLP speed. (8 hrs of disk space.)
Unfortunately,I couldn't get my satellite tv remote (Dish Network) to work
this DVD player/recorder. Tried ALL codes listed in satellite manual;no go. Toshiba needs to issue new codes for this player. Wonder if subscribers with other satellite services have the same problem.
Playback is noisy! Machine has quite an undertone;maybe it's the fan.
I find that annoying, myself being hard-of-hearing.
Another disadvantage is that the time doesn't change automatically for
EST/DST like some other recorders/players.
Like the "resume on" feature which lets me go back to the last watched
portion of a DVD,unless I eject said disc or set up a timer recording.
Overall,it's an adequate DVD/VCR combo that does its job.
44 out of 45 found this review helpful.
Don't Know If It's Any Good Or Not
Posted by: sheigdr from: on
Bought this player based on good reviews. But, I could not get it to work on my TV. In the box I found Toshiba's "Please contact us for help . ." , so called them. Number was no longer used, but they gave me another. That number referred me to their online support. Once there, I clicked into everything that sounded like it might help. Went 'round and 'round in circles. Finally did find a number and got a real person. Unfortunately, English was not the techs forte and I didn't get much out of the conversation. The phone kept cutting out and I was relieved to hang up, drop the player in a box and make plans to return it to Best Buy.
I'm too old to suffer these hassles patiently, although I'd guess that the fix was probably simple.
Lousy customer service does not surprise me. It's the norm sadly. Can't figure out why a company spends millions each year to get a paying customer and then makes the most minimal of efforts to keep that customer.
I guess this player could be a decent product. Sadly, I won't ever find out.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Useful for dubbing VHS to DVD
Posted by: DoctorG from: York, PA on
This system is one of the very few VCR-DVR combos still available, and it does an adequate job of recording in both formats, but I got it mainly to convert my old VHS collection to DVDs. The process is relatively simple, but I do need to keep the manual handy. The system lacks a tuner, so it needs to be attached to one; I use my cable tuner. Durability is a concern; the VHS drive has failed on two previous versions of this combo I've used, and because of that experience I purchased the Geek Squad service for this unit. Because combos like this are hard to find, I decided to go with this unit, which other than the durability issue satisfactorily did the job I wanted it to.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Dead after a week.
Posted by: BSEE from: Ohio on
First off, I am NOT pleased at all that my DVR620 failed to turn on less than a week after purchasing it. Toshiba Tech Support has proved to be not any better than the product at this point.
I called Toshiba, and after being put on hold for over 20 minutes, I was told an e-mail would be sent to me within 24 hours with further directions for my return. 48 hours later, and no e-mail, I called Tech Support again, and yet again was put on hold (Only 10 minutes this time - Still not impressed). I have given my information (name, product model number, serial number, phone number, e-mail address, etc...) at LEAST four different times. Isn't your customer database smarter than that? The amount of times that I had to repeat myself is beyond ridiculous.
I just spent $39.75 to return my brand new DVR620 for an infant failure repair. I would have thought that a Pre-Paid service could have been provided for such a failure. I certainly hope that the machine works as expected upon its return. I also hope that the DVD (Captian America) that was stuck in the machine when it died is returned in usable condition as well.
73 out of 77 found this review helpful.
Save your money!
Posted by: Katluvr from: on
Absolutely the worst dvd recorder that I have ever tried to use. Set-up and connection went fine, user manual easy to follow, but could not get it to record on disk. Kept getting disk error "cannot record on this disk". It says it is a multi-format player, recorder...but that is absolutely not true. I tried both +R and -R disks, a variety of name brands including the ones recommended in the manual, and disk speeds from 4x to 16x without any success. The only disk I could get to record a movie on was a -RW, which even after finalizing would not play in any other dvd player. I returned it after 2 weeks of frustration. Very dissatisfied with this machine! Best Buy was wonderful about the return, however. After the return further research online turned up lots of people having this same issue with this machine, so I would definitely say to steer clear of this one.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Fourwins from: Jacksonville, AR on
Once you set it up and if you read the instructions for the conversion from vcr tape to dvd the process is easy but you must check to make sure that you have movies under 2 hrs you can buy dvd's that are longer than 2hrs but they way more and its not worth it if your only talking about another 10 mins. of movie. the quality of vcr tape to dvd has been really good and some of our tapes are from the 1980;s over all it is easy to use and produces good quality dvd's price was ok
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Converted over 200 VHS tapes in the last 2 weeks
Posted by: Itejeh from: on
Product works as described. I cleaned the heads after every 30 or so hours of film. Virtually no problems.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Very Good Product, but with limitations!
Posted by: Copperhead from: on
Everything about this product performs as advertised. The performance and quality of the DVD recorder are very good. Those reviews that complain about the documentation are either too lazy to read the manual or think that all they should have to do is push a button and it will magically know what they want it to do. This is a very sophisticated device, with many capabilities, that requires careful attention to detail, and close reading of the manual in order to make full use of all that it can provide. The manual is very thorough and detailed, but it is not a quick read and requires one to spend the time and effort to gain a good understanding of how everything works.
The one very noticeable shortcoming that it has is that the DVD recorder will not record on blank dual layer DVD's. Nor is there any mention about this limitation in the documentation or on the Toshiba WEB site. In fact, you would never know that there is such a thing as dual layer DVD's from the documentation. I had to actually try one to find out that you can't record to one. For most people, this is probably not a problem, but it is worth mentioning, and there should definitely be a disclaimer about it by Toshiba in the documentation.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Very easy to use. Simple instructions.
Posted by: toshipro81 from: on
I have boxes of family videos.My daughter planned our first family reunion.My Toshiba combo was just what I needed to convert my vhs tapes to dvd discs. I had so many to transfer, I had dreams that I was transferring in my sleep. This was the perfect purchase for me. If you want an excellent piece of equipment, my recommendation would be buy a Toshiba multiformat converter.