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$99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: GeneL
Date: January 11, 2006 11:31AM
Just saw the Fry's ad for this progressive scan DVD recorder and wondered if it would be the "perfect" alternative to my S-VHS VCR to record shows from my Cox Cable Motorola DCT4612 PVR?
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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: January 11, 2006 11:41AM
is it the cyberhome/ILO one? If so, I have it and it does okay. The FW interface is buggy, so I've been using the S-VHS some. But, it'll get the job done.
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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: January 11, 2006 11:41AM
Model Number?
They make a couple of them GeneL.

BGnR
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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: January 11, 2006 11:57AM
just noticed you said samsung. should be fine.
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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 11, 2006 12:01PM
Target has one on sale this week $77.77 for a dvd/vcr combo (not dvd recorder just player)




[weeklyad.target.com]


The reviews @ amazon are mediocre at best:

[www.amazon.com]




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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/11/2006 12:37PM by NewtonMP2100.
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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: January 11, 2006 12:03PM
That's not a recorder, though is it?



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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: GeneL
Date: January 11, 2006 12:09PM
Unfortunately, Fry's ad didn't specify.

I'm going to give them a call. I'd like to know what media it uses i.e. speed, R/W etc?

It did say "progressive scan."

I'd also like to know what connectivity, both input and output.

This could be a real solution for me.
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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: GeneL
Date: January 11, 2006 12:40PM
Just checked and found that it's Samsung Model R120.

Amazon user reviews gave it mixed reports.

I like the price but I hate to short change myself to save a few dollars.

I might buy to try, knowing I can return it.

Anyone familiar with this model?
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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 11, 2006 12:49PM
It has a region free hack:

[www.videohelp.com]


and more reviews to read here:

[www.videohelp.com]


the Lite-On 5006 deal is still on @ radioshack stores.

$99 after $50 rebate.

it can be hacked to be region free and free from Macrovision too (download a file and put it on a disc).

[www.radioshack.com]

you have to search for radioshack store in your area that will have it in stock.

Here are the 2 hacks:

[www.videohelp.com]


more reviews.

[www.videohelp.com]


As i recall, quite a few people in the forum got it. . .



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/11/2006 12:54PM by NewtonMP2100.
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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: GeneL
Date: January 11, 2006 01:05PM
Thanks Newt!

I'm going to get one so I can see for myself whether this is a worthwhile unit.

30 day return policy at Fry's helps to alleviate worry smiling smiley



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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 11, 2006 02:42PM
Newt.... how about a shot of the undies you REALLY wear?

(without the unsightly stains)
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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: samintx
Date: January 11, 2006 04:37PM
sEARS SOLD THEM a while back but I took mine back. Was not too happy with it. Mainly because I like my old Toshiba that records in any increment and not just 1-2-3-4-5-6- hours.

My toshiba will record for 159 minutes or 135 minutes 143 minutes which may not mean anything to anyone but me but it means I don't have to set the record speed at 3 hours for a 2 1/2 hour movie or a movie over 2 hrs.

It is the only one I know that does that. The new Toshibas don't do this....but the Samsung a year ago was so so. I didn't think the fidelity of the recording was a good as the Philips or Toshiba.
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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: GeneL
Date: January 11, 2006 04:48PM
Oh no!

They were all gone when my SO stopped by Fry's o pick one up.

Any suggestions for a much better one at not too much more $$?
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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: GeneL
Date: January 11, 2006 05:50PM
The good news is that my local Best Buy has them in stock and I know they price match, so off I go.

I will have to consider the negs Samintx mentioned in checking it out but at least I'll have one to try.

I'm wondering if I can go from the FW out on my Motorola PVR to the Samsung's FW input to record?

Back in a while smiling smiley
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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: GeneL
Date: January 12, 2006 02:05AM
Got the price match at Best Buy after a pitched battle with a middle mgr who has gotten me price matches before on my Canon 20D, lenses and flash without any hassle. Go figure?

Anyway, I prevailed and after another pitched battle with my semi-built-in set up I finally got the damn thing operating.

I missed the point about setting it up when first turning it on so I had to spend a bit of time figuring out the configurations.

Most of the set up didn't apply since I'm running it exclusively off my Motorola PVR and there's no direct cable or antenna input.

Well, I put a T-Y 8x -R disk in and started recording before I got to the "initializing" set up info. Oh well! I'm going to let it run through (I'm recording the 1922 Prisoner of Zenda - I hope) and then I'll "finalize it and see if I got anything.

NewtonMP2100, I checked the links you posted and found only Windoz firmware updates? Do I need to do this and is there a work around? do you know?

Thanks for all the help.

GeneL
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Re: $99 Samsung DVD recorder at Fry's, any good?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 13, 2006 12:08AM
The samsung only has a region free hack which is done with the remote control.


No macrovision hack (that I could find) which usually involved downloading, ripping to media and then running on the machine.

the other links were for the Lite-on.


Here is the link for the region free hack for the samsung.

[www.videohelp.com]

congrats by the way on the purchase.



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