Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 30
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Mark I have had this for about a year!
I bought my Toshiba DVR620 because I was tired of the Magnavox units breaking down. I have had about 5 of them in about 10 years counting two TV's. I bought the Toshiba because I have had good luck with Toshiba products in the past and I still needed a machine that I could use to convert VHS tapes to DVD's. I have had trouble with tracking the tapes in SP. It tracks other speeds but not in SP which most of my tapes are recorded in. Tonight I was playing a disc and it jammed then I had to take the front of the case off just to get the disc out. I probably will buy another Toshiba or Magnavox because I don't know of any other combo units available, but I would not recommend either brand.
December 20, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jim Unable to Dub VHS to DVD
Con: Tried to copy VHS tape of (1994) 20th high school reunion to DVD. Followed all steps including those written by other reviewers here. When I press "Dubbing" in Step 8, the only thing displayed on the TV is a red circle with an arrow through it. I have tried multiple brands of DVD's (DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, etc.) without success. Very disappointing.
Pro: It does "play" VHS tapes and DVD's very well.
November 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jim VHS to DVD - Recording solved
I had written a previous review of this product and expressed the difficulty in recording VHS to DVD. After reading entries on the community forum, I discovered, that I had to press "Input Select" and choose L1. That information was left out of the "steps to follow" in the user manual. But now, VHS to DVD recording is working great!
November 12, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Jimbo Solution to dvd simple
I had an issue with the dvr being "stuck" in vcr mode after timer recording a television show. I could not get the dvr to respond to any remote command and it was stuck in vcr mode. I finally figured out that I had to press the "timer set" button once and then press the "dvr" button. The dvr then worked as intended.
September 22, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tibbar problem with different channels
This DOES NOT have a tuner, external tuner required IE cable/satelite reciever using the V/A ports L1/L2.
August 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JerryV Performs exactly as advertised
I've been using the VHS tape/DVD player/recorder for two months now and wanted to exercise the majority of the features before reviewing, including re-recording from my cable DVR. What I discovered is recording material while it's being broadcast or from a DVR recorded program is equally as easy as long as the video source is the same resolution as the DVD's resolution (standard broadcast). Attempting to record high definition source will generate an error not described in the owner's manual.
Overall, a good product that plays prerecorded tapes and DVD's with good quality and will attempt to upconvert the image quality through the HDMI output when used. Recording quality is selectable and easy to choose through the controller. Also, the option of taking partially recorded DVD's from other recorders and converting them to be compatible with this recorder is a nice addition.
February 16, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Joseph won't accept dual layer DVD+R
Tried to record using DVD+R, the machine went through the formating process, then gave me an error message. On another forum, I saw where someone stated that it won't accept dual layer DVD's. IF THIS IS THE CASE, IT SHOULD STATE SO IN THE MANUAL. If it weren't for the fact I can't find another similar machine anywhere it would go back. I will try single layer DVD+RW--if it doesn't work it goes back regardless. I remember when Toshiba stood for quality!
February 6, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Brooklyn User UNfriendly
I purchased this VCR/DVD recorder in the hopes of transferring my VHS tapes to DVD. The 109 page manual does not have any instructions on how to simply transfer VHS to DVD. Not to mention that there are no "simple" instructions in the entire manual. I even attempted to copy video camera tapes to the DVD and spent 2 hours trying. Do Not even attempt to use this device unless you have a degree in technology. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON. IT IS GOING BACK TO THE STORE!
December 27, 2013