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Old January 23rd, 2005, 02:05 PM   #1
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Dvd Recorder Quality

Does anyone know if the quality of a recording done by a dvd recorder for the television is all the same regardless of the recorder? I want to get a lite on recorder for $200, which has component cables, but am not sure if the resolution and color will be as good compared to a more expensive dvd recorder.

Also is there a way to record a dvd to a dvd recorder that has a hard drive that is hooked up to a tv without losing quality?

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Old January 23rd, 2005, 02:19 PM   #2
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$200 sounds pretty cheap, although I know prices are dropping. If you want a recorder with Firewire input I think you'll need to pay more. I have a Sony RDR-GX7 and have been very happy with it. When you record at highest quality you get 1 hour per disk and the results are very hard to distinguish from the original DV tape. However I have never tried recording from analog sources if that's what you're asking.

What is a "lite on recorder?" Is that a brand name? Most of the recorders I've seen only offer component video output, not input. Input is via s-video or composite RCA, or firewire on the better ones. I think it's like anything else, you pretty much get what you pay for. The cheaper models might record at comparable quality but won't be as well designed, will be made from cheaper parts, and won't last as long.

I don't understand your last question. Do you want to make a copy of a DVD? You can't record from copy protected DVD's using standalone DVD recorders.
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Old January 24th, 2005, 06:34 AM   #3
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As we all know quality can vary greatly between manufacturers,
but even product (lines) from the same manufacturer. Price is
usually an indication, but not always. So yes, the quality could
be worse, it could be the same or even better. Who knows.

I assume you can bring the device back if the quality is not good
enough (discuss it with the store) and if this is true, just bring it

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