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Magnavox Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

Record media in high resolution with the Magnavox 320GB HDD DVR and DVD Recorder. This HDD DVR and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner lets you watch, forward, rewind or freeze live TV while recording. With a hard drive capacity of 320 GB, you can put an end to disorganized drawers of VHS tapes by selecting media to watch in-menu. Featuring 1080p up-conversion, the Magnavox HDD DVR DVD Recorder provides faithfully high definition recording of your favorite shows or movies. Unlike TiVo, there is no monthly subscription fee and it functions much like a VCR. With 4-way dubbing and Dolby Digital stream out, the Magnavox 320GB HDD DVR and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner will become an indispensible part of your TV-watching regimen. A DV-input allows you to connect the device to other electronics for storage so that you can keep recording your favorite shows. If you're looking for a smart digital recording solution, consider buying the Magnavox 320GB HDD DVR and DVD Recorder.
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Customer Reviews
Review 1 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

8th Generation of Philips/Magnavox HDD/DVD Recorde

09/05/2012
By
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
8th Generation of Philips/Magnavox HDD/DVD Recorders:
MDR533H/F7, MDR535H/F7, MDR537H/F7 (53x Series)
Primary source of info on these recorders is here:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
Manual is here:
http://www.m4c.magnavox.com/files/m/mdr535h_f7/mdr535h_f7_dfu_aen.pdf
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The Mag 533/535/537 (53x) Series is the 8th, and possibly final, generation of simple, family-friendly, durable, std def (SD, 480i) analog/digital DVD recorders (DVDR) with hard disk drive (HDD) that are yearly improvements of the same basic design and operating system.
They're the ONLY recorders, SD or HD (720/1080), available for daily use in North America with:
-NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuners for antenna or cable.
-Easily replaceable hard disk drive (HDD): 320/500/1000GB (1TB).
-Easily replaceable DVD burner.
-Widescreen (16:9) recording.
-Amplified coax and line input.
-DV input.
-Coax digital audio out.
-1080p HDMI upconvert.
-36 timer-rec programs.
-6-hour autorecord buffer.
-Pause & rewind live TV.
-Chase play.
-Skip/replay.
-Simultaneous play/record.
-Record while watching diff. channel on TV via coax passthru.
-Integrated TV/DVDR control via HDMI CEC-link.
-1-2 hour power backup, dep. on whether Auto Clock is off or on.
-Simple editing for your archive copies or home movies.
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FOR NEWCOMERS TO DVDRs OR THIS BRAND OF DVDR
The 53x Series are standalone units that can record from an antenna or cable TV. They can also record from cable boxes and satellite receivers or copy from DVRs.
They're so easy to use they can be operated by the entire family, from kids to timeshifters to gearheads.
Timeshifters can reliably record a bunch of named shows, unattended and with NO tapes or discs.
Gearheads can upgrade their HDD or create an "HDD farm" of multiple 2.5" and 3.5" external (E-SATA) HDDs with unlimited storage, <1-min. drive swapout, HDD portability, and external power for less internal heat and stress.
The DVD burner is also DIY replaceable with a ~$70 OEM unit.
For the past 5 years, this same HDD/DVD recorder design has proven to be a simple and reliable way to record your daily and weekly shows on analog or digital channels, completely unattended, so you can go on a long vacation or business trip and you'll never touch a disc!
It's the only device you'll need to copy your family's home movies or your DVR recordings to a stand-alone, no-monthly-fee HDD, where you can edit or not, then high-speed dub to DVDs for a perfect mirror-image of the original. You can also record/copy direct to DVD, if you prefer.
If you get your TV signal via OTA antenna, you won't need a digital converter box wherever you've got one of these.
Fair warning: The HDD will spoil you rotten!
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FOR OWNERS OF PREVIOUS MODELS
If you looked at or have one of the previous models in the Philips or Mag HDD/DVD series, you might only need to know that, with the 53x Series, Funai is basically only satisfying a "Primary Wish": KEEP MAKING THE MDR515!.
The 53x Manual reads virtually the same as the 515 manual, except they now show 900 titles possible on the HDD instead of 600.
One major disappointment, other than the fact that the MDR53x Series doesn't add any new capabilities, is that the remote still operates the older Mag HDD/DVD recorders, the 2080, 2160, 2160A and 513. Users of multiple Mag machines will still have to use barriers to operate a single machine.
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ERRORS, OMISSIONS AND MISLEADS STILL IN THE MANUAL
Be aware that the 53x manual STILL has several important errors, omissions, and misleads.
Three of the worst are:
1. WRONG - SETTING THIS DVDR UP BEHIND A CABLE BOX, pg 19.
Makes this DVDR a "slave" to the box! It should be 1st on the incoming cable coax unless you order PPV/VOD thru the box… only then do you need a 2-way splitter on the incoming coax. The coax circuit on this DVDR passes the raw signal thru to the box, so this DVDR can "pick off" (record) ANY unscrambled channel in the signal. It should NEVER be behind a cable box where it can only record the channel the box is tuned to… EVEN IF ALL YOUR CABLE CHANNELS ARE SCRAMBLED (makes no diff.). Of course, you must do an Auto Channel Preset > Cable (Analog/Digital) to make sure your DVDR sees and memorizes the unscrambled channels (if any).
2. OMITTED - MAKING FRONT- AND END-CUTS IN EDIT, Pp 93-94.
Frustrates many new users! In the Scene Delete menu, only REW stops on 1st frame and only PLAY and FF stop on last frame. 2160, 2160A and 513 also had a totally confusing and unnecessary auto-Preview after an End Cut that should be IGNORED. At least the 53x Series doesn't have the confusing auto-preview!
3. MISLEADING - RECORDING 16:9 WIDESCREEN AS 4:3, pg 45.
This half-truth has caused more misunderstanding than almost anything else in the manual. It's a "deep" technical subject that didn't need to be there! It HAS TO record a 4:3 aspect pic FRAME because the DVD Std was built on the old 4:3 VHS Std, but the DVD std allows a combo of square/non-square pixels, variable horiz. rez, compression and decompression within that 4:3 frame. THAT'S what allows your HDTV to stretch the "non-square" (rectangular) pixels of a WS image inside that 4:3 frame to natural 16:9 WS aspect. You just need to set this DVDR's Video > TV Aspect to "16:9 Wide" and your HDTV on its "Wide" aspect setting. However, this DVDR's DEFAULT setting for aspect ratio is "4:3 Letter Box" so you have to change that to 16:9 Wide during setup or none of your recordings will be 16:9 WS!
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IF YOU NEED MORE INFO OR DETAILS ON THE ABOVE, IT'S ALL HERE (same link as at top):
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
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Disclaimer: I have never represented or worked for Funai or Walmart in any capacity… and currently don't work for anyone else! -:)
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Gender:Male
+502points
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Coax in, coax out to TV
Posted 05/14/2013
Just connect indoor antenna coax on the top coax connector on back of the Mag (ANT IN) and coax out (ANT OUT) to TV. See Sketch 1 and text here... copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298409
More help files here:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
+2points
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Baltimore,MD
Newbie at connecting electronics
Posted 05/14/2013
Greetings I read your comment, will this recorder work with a digital tv set that use an indoor antenna and how do I hook the antenna up? thanks for your help and a very need comment...
+1point
Attach a rabbit ears or other antenna
Posted 05/01/2013
Steve, you can also attach an indoor or outdoor antenna and possibly get MANY local broadcast channels, dep. on where you live. Those OTA channels will all be digital/HD and outstanding quality, AND you'll be able to record them independently.
Many people have switched to OTA reception and eliminated cable bills altogether. Many of them use either a good rabbit ears or an attic antenna.
I record ONLY the major network channels, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and I can get ~24 local digital/HD channels.
Another way to "re-purpose" the Mag when circumstances demand!
+3points
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Ft. lauderdale
Thinking Outside the Box
Posted 04/29/2013
I purchased the Magnavox 320 GB HDD/DVD Recorder for the purpose of time shifting my favorite daily programs. However, my cable co.-Comcast, went to all digital broadcasting
on 4/16. The only way to hookup the "Maggie" was after the cable box, therefore making me a "slave" to the cable box. I wound up having to rent a DVR from Comcast, one with a dual tuner. I was about to return the Magnavox when I thought outside the box, i.e. why
not install it alongside my old Samsung VCR And convert over 40 old VCR tapes to DVD?
Plus I can still record on HDD any program I am watching or preset on the cable box. I am glad I didn't get too anxious to return the Magnavox. Turns out to be a wise investment.
+2points
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Austin, Texas
wajo2 Review of Phillips/Magnavox Recorder
Posted 04/06/2013
I have never in all my life, read such an intelligent, savvy, informative review in all my life. This reviewer states he does not work for anybody?? I'm sure he has his own business with this kind of expertise. Maybe Philips/Magnavox needs to hire him to write their manuals. It would be a very astute business move on their part.
Thank you so very much for the wonderful review, wajo2!
+2points
Works with FIOS
Posted 10/14/2012
Here's a "TIPS" section of a help file with info posted by FIOS users (#2 in list):
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#user_RecHDD8a
A clickable index of other info and help files is here:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
+1point
The Mag 53X is Std Def (SD)
Posted 10/01/2012
The DVD Std requires the Mags to convert incoming signals to 480i. so they are NOT High Def (HD) machines.
They upconvert to 1080p via HDMI, but the original signal started as 480i inside the machines.
They do pass HD thru the coax circuit to downstream components , like a cable box or TV, so you can VIEW HD thru the coax if your signal is HD.
+4points
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MAg 53x
Posted 09/29/2012
In your nice review, you mention that this is a Standard Def...I want to be sure that I am buying a HD. Can you please reiterate?
Thanks,
+4points
Thanks!
Posted 09/10/2012
Jack, thanks for taking the time to comment. I sincerely appreciate it! -:)
+2points
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Minnesota
Jack
Posted 09/08/2012
I think it is wonderful that such an intelligent individual takes the time to explain technical information to the layman in such a manner that it is understandable to a reasonable degree!! Thank you so much!!
+6points
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Review 2 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

Best device for TV since..the VCR

09/18/2012
By ,
Indiana
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
The previous review pretty much sums up this awesome device. I have owned a Philips DVD3575 (purchased at Walmart in-store) for about 5 years and wanted to get a second for those times when I want to record 2 shows, and in case my Philips ever fails. I was very happy to find that the Magnavox & Philips are essentially the same units, however I can tell there have been a few nice tweaks to the Magnavox.
It takes a little getting used to, to take advantage of all of its features, but once you do, you are in complete control of what you watch and when you watch it.
It does all analog/digital (unscrambled) channels via cable or over the air, I currently use it for OTA only, and it seems to have a very strong tuner, better than my OTA box.
Menus are fairly intuitive, and the response of the unit is quick- changing channels is average, but skip/replay or skipping tracks on the HDD is very quick, especially if you record in SLP (lowest quality) mode, which is fine for SD DTV. Also, if you want to burn a show/movie to DVD, it can burn at high speed, again an SLP-recorded show takes about 7-8 minutes to burn an hour of show. Not bad.
Based on the almost identical (and still in daily use) Philips unit, I am expecting many years of reliable use.
For each scheduled program you can choose from analog channels, DTV, Line1, or Line2 inputs. This comes into play if your local cable company no longer offers any unscrambled analog or digital TV. So you can use your cable box to receive the channel and set this DVR to record from the line input from your cable box. And you can also record another program later from local OTA broadcast if you can receive OTA. The fact that it does receive scrambled cable is not this unit's fault, but the cable company's.
And finally, if you're reading this review, do not hesitate to click "buy", after a week of use, you won't know how you lived without it! I never watch live TV anymore, it's always timeshifted to skip commercials.
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:35 - 44
Gender:Male
Ownership:1 week or less
Usage:Every day
+179points
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Chapel Hill, NC
Question
Posted 06/10/2013
Can this VCR be used with Basic Cable? I don't have a cable box. I hook up directly from the cable coming out of the floor.
Also, can I watch another show while taping on this machine?
Thanks so much!
0points
Help files available!
Posted 10/06/2012
An index of help files and tips is here for everything, from setup to operation:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
+1point
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Review 3 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

My second purchased of a Magnavox DVR. Love it !!

09/19/2012
By ,
Northeast Wisconsin
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Back in February of 2011 I purchased my first Magnavox MDR513H DVR from Wal-Mart and loved it. I contemplated purchasing a second unit since I still had basic cable service for analog VCR recording on nights with conflicting viewing schedules. Unfortunately I waited too long and out of stock they went. When I saw Wal-Mart offering them again there was no hesitation with this purchase. What I will save on canceling cable will pay for this purchase in less than a year.
Over the last year and a half my MDR513H model performed flawlessly. Time shift recording is a blessing on busy nights. Hard drive storage puts an end to drawers of VCR tapes that wear out and it allows for easy selection on playback. The hard drive capacity puts an end to worrying about tapes running out while you're away. The ability to hook up a VCR and dub your VHS tapes to disc is an added plus. Unlike TiVo there is no monthly subscription fee since this machine is programmed to record just like a VCR. If you are a frequent VCR user, you'll love these DVRs.
Compared to the MDR513H, this model has the same features. Some of the menuing was approved on, but basically it is the same machine. Like my older model, this one comes with a well documented user guide for installation and use. There is no loss of signal when daisy chaining both DVRs to my outdoor antenna. I have found my older DVR to be a reliable and valued addition to my entertainment center and have no doubt the MDR533H model will perform just as well.
The only thing that could be improved on is the remote control for multiple machine ownership. Both DVRs can be controlled from the same remote so when programming or using each DVR individually you must cover the remote receiver on the other unit. A two channel remote would be a benefit for multiple owners. Then again, I now have a spare remote if I wear the first one out.
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Gender:Male
Ownership:1 week or less
Usage:Every few days
 
My Product Recommendations
 
+161points
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Help files available
Posted 10/03/2012
Here's an index of help files available for everything from setup to operation:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
0points
SuperFW Update for 2160A and 513
Posted 09/20/2012
People withe the previous models, 2160A and 513, might be interested in a SuperFW Update available that will make those older units operate the same way as the 515 and new 53x Series.
This FW Update adds pre-titling of timer rec programs so recorded titles have NAMES, day-of-week on recorded titles (great for M-F shows), Skip one or more timer programs, single Yes/No dialogs, etc.
Here's the help file for the "SuperFW 727V" Update:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575/6900#user_727
+3points
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Review 4 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

Two years of use and no problems

09/24/2012
By ,
Colorado Springs, CO
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I own a previous generation of this model (MDR 513H) that I purchased in Aug 2010 and I simply love this machine! I normally use mine about 3-5 hours a day (between recording and viewing) and haven't had a single problem with the device. The HDD drive is capable of recording in 1080p and reproduces an excellent image when viewed through an HDMI cable. If you purchase one, I would highly recommend utilizing the auto clock feature as the internal clock doesn't keep accurate time (at least mine don't#. I've found that Fox network's digital channel or PBS's analog channel keep very accurate time for your auto setting. I was so happy with the first device that I purchased a second one in Feb to keep up with all the shows I record.
I also recommend reading the review by Wajo2 for a more detailed account of this device and want to thank him for all the information he has posted concerning these devices. He has tons of info posted concerning how to operate these devices and problem solving #e.g. clock issues, soft resets, etc.)
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Gender:Male
Ownership:Longer than one year
Usage:Every day
+89points
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Help files available
Posted 10/03/2012
Here's an index of help files available for everything from setup to operation:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
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Review 5 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

Simple to record on built in hard drive or DVD.

09/28/2012
By ,
msp, MN
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
It arrived 3-4days later and works just like the 1st reviewer says. Pretty simple and sweet with no tapes or disc needed for recording. Great tip about setting the video to wide screen. Nice to know I could switch to a bigger hard drive if needed. Thanks for that tip too. About the only thing I don't like is the 4 watt power consumption when turned off in standby. Not Energy Star compliant.
The recorded picture is not quite as sharp as the original but still very good.
Product Attributes:
Value
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Gender:Male
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Usage:Once per week
+5points
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Help files available
Posted 10/04/2012
An index of help files and tips is here for everything, from setup to operation:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
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Review 6 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

Fast delivery

10/02/2012
By ,
Harwood Hts,IL
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
We love it Thank you Walmart,and Funai excellent product,We are very happy with our 2 Magnavox DVR
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:65 or older
Gender:Male
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Usage:Every day
+2points
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Help files available
Posted 10/03/2012
Here's an index of help files available for everything from setup to operation:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
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Review 7 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

Great recorder but complicated to operate

10/02/2012
By ,
Glasgow, KY
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Great DVR for the price. The instructions are difficult to follow and a lot of the features I have not attempted to understand yet. It does what it needs to do and the shows look great that you record.
Product Attributes:
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Gender:Male
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Usage:Every day
0points
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Help files are available
Posted 10/03/2012
Here's an index of help files available for everything from setup to operation:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
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Review 8 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

GREAT RECORDER FOR MONEY

10/03/2012
By ,
LAKE MILLS, WI
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
THIS UNIT IS AWESOME, VERY EASY TO SET UP AND USE. VERY PERFECT FOR THE MONEY. RECORDS ON DVD OR ON HARD DRIVE WITHIN UNIT RIGHT FROM YOUR TV CHANNELS. NO CABLE BOX NEEDED. DUBBING FROM HARD DRIVE TO DVD VERY EASY AND FAST. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Gender:Female
Ownership:5 - 6 months
Usage:Every day
+7points
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Help files available
Posted 10/04/2012
An index of help files and tips is here for everything, from setup to operation:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
+1point
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Review 9 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB
10/05/2012
By ,
Newnan, Ga.
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
This is my first HDD recorder and I love it. No more having to remember to change tapes so there's enough room to record my favorite shows. No paying $20/mo. for a cable DVR, either. I might have to buy a spare, just in case.
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Gender:Male
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Usage:Every few days
+2points
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Help files available!
Posted 10/06/2012
An index of help files and tips is here for everything, from setup to operation:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
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Review 10 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB
10/05/2012
By ,
Irvine, CA
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
baught this one to replace broken DVD recorder of same brand. so be able to play those unfinalized DVD from previous recorder. timer recording are excellent. dubbing functions are nice but too easy to trigger it by mistake of pressing wrong button.
CON: tunner is not as strong as TV tunner.
Product Attributes:
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Usage:Every day
+2points
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Help files available!
Posted 10/06/2012
An index of help files and tips is here for everything, from setup to operation:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
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Review 11 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

The HDD recorder...my Tivo replacement

10/07/2012
By ,
Brea, CA
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I have had this recorder for a month and I love it. It seems everything has a monthly fee now days and I hate that, so I bought this HDD recorder. I record TV shows to the HDD recorder using a standard over-the-air antenna and it works great. No cable or satellite for me. Now I record all my favorite shows for free, and build my own archive on the 320GB hard disk, for free. I used to record to CD, but had to remove shows or change the CD after about 10 shows, and that got to be a hassle. Well, no more with the HDD. I think this is a great value since it also has a DVD recorder.
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Gender:Male
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Usage:Every day
+10points
Review 12 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

LOVE LOVE LOVE!

10/07/2012
By ,
Georgia
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
My DVD recorder was hit by lightening recently, and I searched high and low for a replacement. I finally found this one, and I am soooo happy! I am a cable television subscriber, but I don't subscribe to extended cable, therefore I don't have a cable box. I needed a DVR with a built-in tuner that would allow me to record my favorite television shows without a cable box - this Magnavox 320GB does just that! I highly recommend this product to those of you who do not have cable or satellite boxes.
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Value
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Gender:Female
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Usage:Every day
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Posted 10/08/2012
An index of help files and tips is here for everything, from setup to operation:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
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Review 13 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

Great choice for DVD plus DVR type recording.

10/07/2012
By ,
Hot Springs, AR
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
This is an excellent product. I purchased an earlier version of the same unit a couple years ago and ordered this so I could have one in my RV as well. It allows you to view TV and to backup to replay items you missed as well as to record to an internal hard dist drive, or to record DVDs for viewing later. Programming is manual, but it works well. This model has a redesigned remote control but it is otherwise similar to my older unit.
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:65 or older
Gender:Male
Ownership:2 - 3 months
Usage:Every few days
+6points
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An index of help files and tips is here for everything, from setup to operation:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
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Review 14 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

Love this recorder!

10/08/2012
By ,
Cincinnati
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Since digital television came along, I've missed my VCR. When I finally found this digital recorder, I was excited to be able to record programs again. After reading the instructions, I found this easy to use, and even intuitive. It's a slick little toy that does what it says it will and is better than my old VCR.
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Usage:Every day
+2points
Review 15 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB
10/09/2012
By ,
Rochester, NY
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I already have the Magnavox 160GB recorder and needed a second one to be able to record 2 TV shows that are opposite each other. It works great and would highly recommend it .
Product Attributes:
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Meets Expectations
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Gender:Female
Ownership:2 - 3 months
Usage:Every day
+1point
Review 16 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

Good for recording and replay

10/09/2012
By ,
Shirley,IN.
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I use this everyday for recording tv shows and replay next day.
I only have regular tv and I can watch tv shows when I want.
I would recommend it .
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Gender:Male
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Usage:Every day
+2points
Review 17 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

GREAT DVD RECORDER WITH BUILT IN HARD DRIVE!

10/09/2012
By ,
San Gabriel, CA
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
This is the only remaining dvd recorder with a built in hard drive still available in North American. Better than a cable dvr any day of the week since you can burn your programs on to a blank dvd unlike the cable dvr's. The Magnavox was unavailable for the past several months with sellers online trying to rip people off by charging over $1000 each. I was so happy when I saw it was available again. This my 3rd Magnavox hdd recorder since 2008. For anyone who records a lot and wants to permanently save certain recordings I highly recommend this Magnavox dvd recorder. One great feature is as long as you have the recorder turned on; you can go back and record anything that’s been on up to the past six hours and you can easily edit out commercials. I've read that the motion picture industry wants to keep these types of recorders off the market and that may happen. The Magnavox comes in 320 GB, 500 GB and now a 1 TB. They start at only $228. I’ve been very happy with mine and I'll probably buy another one in the near future.
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Gender:Male
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Usage:Every day
+137points
Review 18 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

Very easy to use

10/09/2012
By ,
Des Moines, Ia
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Have the Magnavox DVD Recorder/VHS recorder too. This unit has the tuner as well. Fantastic and easy to use & set up. Would highly recommend.
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Gender:Male
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Usage:Every few days
+2points
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Posted 10/14/2012
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Review 19 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

Does its job well.

10/10/2012
By ,
Pine Bluff, AR
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Magnavox 320GB HDD and DVD Recorder (DVR) was easy to set up and use. The limited editing function works fairly easily. Only problem seems to be getting the unit to sync to the standard time channel. Not having much luck with that function, but still really like and enjoy using this DVR.
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Gender:Male
Ownership:2 - 3 months
Usage:Every day
+1point
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Posted 10/14/2012
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
See "11:57 Procedure" for syncing clock to local time signal.
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Review 20 for Magnavox HDD, DVR, and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 320GB

Great HDD/DVD Recorder

10/11/2012
By ,
Maryland
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I now have 3 Magnavox HDD & DVD Recorders (a 160GB HD, a 500GB HD, and this 320GB HD) and I am totally pleased with every one of them. Setup and recording are a snap, and picture quality is fantastic on all speeds down to LP. Below that, the picture can get a little grainy. I have all three set up in the same location, which can be a problem since the each remote control will also control all 3 units. I found a good hint online that solves this problem. Use one of those old, black plastic VCR boxes; cut them so that you can place one end under the unit above and the rest of the box will hang down and cover the front of the one below it. Don't make them too wide or they'll prevent your DVD tray from opening. Several others have posted fantastic technical information reviews, so I won't duplicate their very detailed and accurate posts. I highly recommend this product!
Product Attributes:
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:65 or older
Gender:Female
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Usage:Every day
+2points
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Posted 10/14/2012
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