With digital video recorders, or DVRs, becoming more and more common in homes across the world, their counterparts, DVD recorders, are starting to increase in popularity as well. DVD recorders possess an interesting aspect their digital counterparts do not, and that is the ability to transfer the television show or recording to a DVD. Once transferred to a DVD, the show can be watched on any compatible player over and over again, without sacrificing valuable hard drive space on the recorder. Of course, while this unit offers the ultimate experience in convenience, they also carry with them their share of additional costs and challenges.
First and foremost, blank media, that would be the blank DVDs, are not free. Purchasing these discs is a matter of picking up a stack of fifty when they are on sale, which is easy enough to budget. However, the real challenge is storing fifty DVDs, as well as keeping them sorted. Without some sort of storage system in place, a TV on DVD collection can quickly turn into the ultimate game of hide and seek. Potential buyers of any DVD recorder should take a little bit of time to give these two items some thought prior to completing their purchase.
Once the decision has been made to go with a DVD recorder, evaluating the many different brands available can be something of a chore as well. All the different devices can appear fairly similar on the surface, since they all offer the same basic function. Here is a look at three great DVD recorders with a host of functions designed to make life easier:
LG Multiformat DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW/Ram Recorder/ 4 Head Hi Fi VCR
For anyone that still has a library of VHS tapes, the LG Multiformat DVD Record and Hi Fi VCR model number RC897R may be a perfect unit. This unit retails for $242.99 at Best Buy or bestbuy.com. The RC897R has built in television tuners which allow for recording straight from live TV directly onto DVD. The RC897R features three aspect ratios to get the proper picture onto just about any TV. In addition, the unit allows for two way dubbing, which means just about any VHS tape can be transferred to DVD, which is great news for any home video makers out there that need to make the jump to DVD. The presence of a USB port means quick and easy connections for a variety of video devices, and the multiformat ability means just about any DVD will playback and any type of format will work to record.
Panasonic Multiformat DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW/Ram Recorder
The Panasonic Multiformat DVD Recorder offers the same convenience as the LG, but without the added benefit of a VCR. This Panasonic Multiformat DVD Recorder is model number DMR-EZ28K and retails for $234.99 at Best Buy or bestbuy.com. The gravy on this unit is its’ converting technology. That means the DMR-EZ28K takes standard definition DVD’s and turns them into 1080p pictures provided the unit is used in conjunction with an HDMI cable (sold separately). With a built in TV tuner, the unit also offers the ability to record any television show directly onto just about any DVD, and supports just about every available format of blank media.
Magnavox 160GB HDD & DVD Recorder With Digital Tuner
The Magnavox 160GB HDD & DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner is a bit of a hybrid in the world of DVD recorders. It is model number H2160MW9 and retails for $198.00 from Wal-Mart or walmart.com. This unit features ample inputs and outputs to connect to just about any television and supports high definition programming. The presence of the 160GB hard drive means recording shows is a snap, and users can then burn them to DVD whenever they so choose. The built in television tuners make connecting and recording a breeze, and of course like all the other recorders out there it supports just about every type of media available. The H2160MW9 is as close to a great deal as a buyer can get, as they get a DVR and DVD recorder all in one compact unit.