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before i go on can i please just say many people have told me i need to write longer reviews, i have trouble writing what i do, i cant use my hands, and rely on a helmet with a stick on with which i type. so i do try my best to type for as long as i can. I got one of thes from argos. hubby plugged it in, took him 2 hours to tune it etc, but then he is useless at this it records, and if you got the right sort of discs you can erase and record over again. It's good, lower end of the amrket mind you, but doe sit'sjob. i paid £125 in argos last year, but I know theyre even cheaper now. I do find it really does need regular cleaning, once a month i domine, or it gets tempremntal i love the fact that i can plug either the kids karoke maching or the video camera in the front no fiddling behind it) and record whats on there. It's soeasy, literally plug in, press play on cam corder,and record on dvd playes and off you go. havent figured out how to use most of it's features. setting up the programming function to tape a programme is dead simple to do, got on screen instructions that are simple to follow. it'sa good quality little bit of machinery that i wouldnt be without now, and i am in process of taping my video's to dvd's.
I recently bought a LiteOn LVW 5006 DVD recorder from Watford Electronics for around the £150.00 mark and here is my review of it. The recorder was very well packed in its box when it arrived and was easily unpacked and set up. -------------------------------------------------------- The Recorder has the following inputs and outputs RGB Scart x 2 Optical and co-axial out puts to DTS / DD encoder. Component out RF in / Out Line out DV-Link for digital camcorders. the LiteOn come with a large manual, remote control, Scart Lead, RF Cable, power lead and Batteries. -------------------------------------------------------- This DVD Recorder come with a TV tuner so you can record straight from your ariel socket like VCR'S. The Recording of DVD's is straightforward enough with either a one touch record button or using the easy guider function BUT the Recorder is only compatible with certain blank dvd's, A list is available on the LiteOn website, I found that Datawrite 8x Red dvd-r and verbatim 4x dvd+rw worked with no problems. You have to remember to finalise any discs that you want to play on other DVD players other wise you will only beable to play them on the LiteOn. The easy guider is fantastic and very simple to follow so all your recordings will be sucsessful. It shows you how to start recording and lets you set items such as Chapters at either 5,10 or 15 mins intervals and how long you need to record for as the longer you record on a dvd the poorer the quality of the recording. I would say 3 hours is the most you want to put on a disc but you can put upto 6 hours video on one dvd. The remote has all the usual funtions plus the ability to change the set up, Source of what you are recording and edit names of the dvd's you are recording. the LiteOn also comes with a timer funtion so you can record your favorite tv programs when you are out by usin VideoPlus. The playback of DVD's comes with an excellent picture and the sound is amazing when you have a suitable decoder with digital input from the LiteOn. It is best to visit the LiteOn website to update the firmware but it is simple to do and will keep your DVD Recorder upto date with software tweaks etc. if your old videos are getting worn out just transfer them to DVD via the scart input. The LiteOn will also record from Sky and freeview boxes in fact anthing that can be connected to the lite on will record. The LiteOn will also play music CD's jpeg images and MP3's. The fan can sometimes be a bit loud when recording/playing DVD's but that is the only downer on the machine. My conclusion is that the LiteOn LVW 5006 is an excellent peice of audio visual hardware and although at the lower end of the market is built like and has features like those from the upper range. Would I reccomend this item? YES
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