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I started having problems with this unit about 2 months after I bought it. It kept freezeing up on playback, and I would have to tun off the the unit and restart the disk to play again.
I would take too long for the unit to read a disc and determine that there even was one in the tray. Eventually I started having trouble with the tray opening. I would have to turn the unit off/on many times before I could get the tray to open up to insert a disc. As it stands now the tray is totally hung up in the closed position and the unit is totally useless.
There tech support is no help at all, and since the unit is out of the 90 day warranty, they won't even accept it back for a paid repair. They told me to take it to an independent repair shop. I will never buy another product from Mustek again
Yes, this DVD recorder was cheap. At least relatively in comparison with other like units. I wanted a DVD recorder and didn't want to spend a half a grand to get one. So this was the choice. I'm sorry that I made it. Indeed it was slow in turning on, reading a disc, and had a very lousy response time to the remote (if the remote worked at all). But for the price, it still was recording DVD's, and that was the goal. But not more than 6 months into use it began to become even slower. The normal start up times dragged on and on. Sometimes it would just freeze and you'd power it off and try again. Later that became the tip of the iceberg as the DVD case wouldn't open. The DVD was just locked in the case. Even at this very moment, though no DVD is in the unit, the machine (after 20 minutes of start-up) will say "No Disc" and then refuse to open to allow input of a disc. If you have an interest in buying a DVD Recorder, this unit is obviously not for you. If you see one at a garage sale and are thinking it is a bargin and you've always wanted one, this unit is obviously not for you. If a long lost friend passes away and bequeths this DVD recorder model to you, they obviously weren't that good of friend. If you hear the name Mustek and haven't either ran in the other direction screaming bloody murder or at the very least have jolted the person back into reality, you are making a big mistake. I've learned from my mistake. I hope you will too.
This player is a cheapo Device that I got from a Store from the dixonx group for Only £179.99. And you can tell why as soon as you get the machine powered up. The drive tray drags across the case of the machine when you open and close the drawer. once the disk does get in the machine. It takes what seems a life-time to read the disk. Once the disk is ready you have to mess about selecting the input source just to get the Built in tv channel tuner to work. It does not remember the last mode. There is no real tv recording feature like Video plus ( maybe to keeps cost to a min ) you have to tell the recorder what time the program starts and then how long you want the dvd to record for.. If you use the recorder just to record from what ever device you want. Once you start to record when you press the stop button its takes ages to finish the DVD. a few times it has locked up on me.. Runs warm too even in stand by mode Keep well clear of this pile of poo. pay and extra £70.00 and get a better model from another maker.