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After reading rave reviews on the V711UK I bought one. After 14 months it would not retain the recording set times and lost it at apparently randomly times. It would then only be suitable for playing tapes. Shortly after this the recorder would shut down after again random times and then finally would not work at all. Even failing to eject tapes. Having been lucky with TVs and VCRs (Philips and Sony) in that they lasted for years would not now buy another Toshiba product.
WHAT THE HELL DOES IT DO? I DON'T KNOW. I HAVE NEVER USED IT ACTUALLY. TRUTH BE TOLD I HAVE NEVER TOUCHED THIS THING OR READ OTHER OPINIONS ON IT. BUT I DO KNOW HOW TO USE IT AND THUS CAN REVIEW IT. MY OPINION IS THAT IT SUCKS. HONESTLY, THIS THING SUCKS. I'VE NEVER SEEN SOMETHING SUCK MORE THAN THIS SUCKS. THIS IS THE EPITOME OF SUCK, THE PEAK OF SUCKAGE, THE VERY DEFINITION OF THE TERM 'SUCK'. 75 WORDS MAKE BABY JESUS CRY.
For those of you who have read the article then this is the latest addition - for those who haven't read the article READ IT!! (then it will all make sense). I have just received another email from Toshiba (couldn't some other companies learn from their efficiency). The NexTViewLink is not applicable to the TV and VCR as they come with automatic tuning features which lets them sink-in to each other. In other words when you switch over to view the channel you have set to see your vcr staions on then you should get the tv channels NOT a blue screen like I did! That is indeed true, however what they fail to tell you is to see this at work you have to set the vcr channel number (in most cases to 36) this is something it does not do automatically, so you have to do it manually. I have now got it working properly and it is great to see what you are recording rather than hoping who have set it to the right channel like before. Whilst I am updating I thought I would say a little more about recording satellite programmes. If you have the numbers for the videoplus routine its easy and simple as long as you do three things I didn't firstly switch on the tv as the number input appears on this not on the vcr,secondly press the correct two recording buttons, thirdly switch on the satellite receiver! There I was trying to input numbers and all I got on the vcr was the time. Then having switched the tv on I pressed the wrong two buttons. There are three record buttons next to each other the far left one is for instant record and the far right one is for timer recording with the middle one being used in each case (how confusing). After all that I forgot to swich on the receiver - what a wally. However waht impresses me with this is the fact that you do not have to switch the satellite receiver on to the correct station. If you videoplus it, it will put in the correct code for the station, if you don't do this then you have to look up the code in the m
anual. There is something almost godlike about watching the tv and seeing the satellite receiver tune into the correct station. Anyway enough of an update the rest is the original article, for those that have read it. There I was waiting for dooyoo to add this little title to their repertoire when lo and behold Wdaijock beat me to it, just goes to show you've got to be on the ball. Anyway saves me writing about all the technical details just view Wdaijock’s op. although he didn't mention the extended videoplus facilities that not only allow you to use all those little numbers that come next to TV programs in the schedules, but it also has two extra bits. Firstly you can set all your videoplus programmes so as they start and finish up to 60 miuntes before or after as appropriate. Secondly using PDC (Programme Delivery Control) you set the videoplus and if the programme is delayed or overruns it automatically will start and finish at the correct times and as they say in the blurb even if it's two hours later! I have already written about the Toshiba 46WHOB television and the Toshiba sd210e DVD player and thought I did not need a new vcr when would you believe it just after Christmas my Hitachi vcr started doing peculiar things to my brand new tapes, like eating them up and spitting out rubbish! So I thought well DVD recordables are very expensive and not up to much at the moment, vcr’s are dirt cheap why not go for the full set? So trawled the web for info and also magazines, found that this vcr by Toshiba had won great praise from What HI-Fi mag. so decided to order it over the web. They got in touch and said it was a discontinued line and that a new one was coming out at the end of this month, did I want to cancel the order or wait. Decided to cancel order and check availability. So got in touch with Toshiba who were slow in replying, meanwhile bought one from comet online as they were doing a deal (£120 fre
e del.). It duly arrived and I can justifiably agree with Wdaijock and What Hi-fi it is a great video, does nearly everything you want just short on editing facilities but then those appear in the more expensive 851. Just getting used to it when Toshiba get in touch. It seems I was informed somewhat correctly (despite this model only being out some 6 months). It is not being replaced but a new model is due out the v752 which as they say will be an improvement on the 711 but how they could not say - now that's what I call useful. Since this is coming out soon they do not expect a great demand for the 711 and hence its scarcity, now why can't they be truthful - we've come up with a better one that we can charge more for. As for the 711 itself as I said it is a great little machine, however I do have a few niggles with it and these come about from write ups you will see about it in different places. Firstly it does look a bit naff (well the silver one does), it looks fairly chunky although it is not heavy, in other words it's not slinky looking like the SD210E DVD player, which was a bit of a come down, perhaps I should have bought them the other way round. Secondly the write up said an easy to use and understand manual, well I'm sorry I don't agree with that, this manual is huge in comparison to what you get for the TV and the DVD player in fact it is nearly as big as both put together at some 60 pages. Worse still there are some glaring errors in the diagrams that it uses and if you are not technically minded you would soon be in trouble. One particular point is that it has an automatic setup once you switch it on; however if it fails (as mine did) to install correctly you have to do it manually, unlike other machines where you just switch off and start again. This is not made obvious in the manual especially since some things are loaded and others are not and it is these that you need to do manually.
One final point this machine has a NexTViewLink function which it says will work if you have an Easy Link/NexTViewLink/AV-Link function, i.e. whatever stations that are stored on your TV it can memorize these on the vcr, so where does it say in the Toshiba glossy brochure that its TV’s have this function - you guessed it nowhere. As such I have tried this and it does not do what it says it will do, so of course I only have one recourse to phone their help line which I've got a sneaking suspicion is going to be expensive, but then again I could try the email address I have first!
It is hard for me to recommend a video recorder in the age of DVD but lets face it recordable DVD is not here yet and when it does arrive it will probably cost the earth so a good reliable video is a must have for the time being The Toshiba vt-711uk has all the features you will ever need (and then some) the most eye catching feature is satellite control and unlike a lot of other satellite control vcr’s the Toshiba can also control digital satellite as well as ondigital and cable, you simply have to tell the vcr what type of set top box you have and that’s it, then all you have to do is simply enter the videoplus code of any program and the vcr will automatically switch your set top box to the appropriate channel(via a remote sensor located on the top of the machine) The remote control is very stylish and well designed it has large play/rew/ff/stop/pause/and slow buttons to make them easy to find, the remote also has a feature that I have never seen from other manufacturers, if you are sitting in the dark watching a movie the remote will glow thus saving you from fumbling for the buttons it will also control almost any other brand of TV in fact you can use it to switch channels on on your digi-box too so you will only need to have the tosh remote to operate TV/VCR/ and digi-box Installation and routine operations are very straight forward thanks to well designed on screen displays, picture quality is about as good as it gets on VHS,there is plenty of detail to be seen on dark scenes, something a lot of other vcr’s cant handle,LP recording offers almost the same qulity as SP it is hard to notice the diffrence,it will also record/playback in widescreen, a must for those with widescreen tv,and its ability to sense if its running out of tape and switch from SP to LP is very usefull. when you hit the pause button the picture is rock solid thanks to the 4 heads employed the sound is also superb there is virtually no hiss(or
audio drop outs)to be heard, which helps bring out the more subtle sound and background effects,i have owned many nicam/hi-fi machines and in the sound department this one will out perform them all The machine itself can be found in 3 colours black/grey or the more stylish silver, the only thing I could find to fault this excellent vcr is the layout at the rear, this vcr has (unusually) 3 scart sockets which have been clumsily positioned around the audio phono out sockets so if you were using chunky scart leads you may find it difficult to access the phono sockets(though this shouldnt prove a problem if you are using it with a sky digi box with 2 scart sockets as you will only need to connect 1 scart lead to the vcr) apart from that minor fault I challenge anyone to find a fault with this machine and at just £130 it is very affordable, one problem you might come across is availability, I had to travel 20 miles to get my hands on one all my local stores had sold out they are selling like hot cakes(which is no suprise) Features . Digital set top box contol . 6 head(4 video/2 audio) · 60 Second Rewind (E180) · Multi-brand Luminous Remote · Front A/V Inputs . Audio dub · Auto Set Up . Auto head cleaning · Auto Clock Checking · Index Search · NexTView Link . Tape remaining indicator . Auto-Seeking RF Output . Intelligent Long Play · Icon On-Screen Display · 3 x SCART · Programme Delivery Control · Scart Lead Included · On Screen Programming · One Touch Record · NTSC Playback on PAL TV · 6 Event Timer . VideoPlus Deluxe with Programme Delivery Control (PDC) . auto power off option · Eco mode (3W power consumption) SPECIFICATIONS (for those interested) Dimensions:(w)430 x (h)95.5 x (d)299mm weight: 3.4kg (approx) signal-to noise ratio: more than 45db(video) signal-to noise ratio: more t
han 43db(audio) frequency range: 20hz to 20 khz dynamic range: more than 90db power consumption: 17w(3w in Eco mode)