RCA DRC8052N DVD Recorder DVD Players

3.5/5 (2 Reviews)

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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by moonwatcher a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2007

Bottom Line:   
My review is for the RCA DRC8052NC. I've had this unit for about 30 days now. I like it just fine. Much better than a previous low end "no name" brand I previously had, especially on the video coding so the picture is much smoother and has more detail.

Some caveats, which may apply to all inexpensive DVD recorders perhaps, is their "clunkyness" in operation. When you load a CD or DVD it seems to take many seconds to figure out what kind of disc you've inserted. This should be quicker, but I guess it is trying to figure out what medium you have inserted in case you wish to record on it. I wish they had a mode or button you could push to tell it up front that you are trying to merely PLAY a disc for quicker access.

Mine started being slow to respond to the remote control, then it started displaying an error code of 101 on the unit's display after inserting a disc. I called tech support which informed me I need to go to their web site and download a file, burn it to a CD, making sure to finalize it, then to put it in the DVD recorder and let it update the firmware. So far this seems to have fixed the problem (knock on wood).

I would recommend this unit to anyone who plans on sticking with standard definition TV for the next 15 months, and wants an easy to use, VCR-like DVD recorder to archive TV shows or for time shifting them. The front panel A/V inputs should allow easy connection of a VCR in case you have old tapes that need to be preserved on DVD.

To novices out there, remember, you must finalize any DVD you record if you wish to play it in a different player. This is an easy process, but one that could cause some grief when you let your girlfriend borrow last night's LOST episode and it won't play in her player.

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Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $98.00

Purchased At:   Walmart

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Wenrich a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Records from your TV, camcorder, or other video device, using DVD+R/+RW or DVD-R/-RW Discs.
HDMI™ w/HD Upconversion.
DV-Input w/Camcorder Control.
DivX® certified player will playback DivX® formatted discs with all the features intended by the author.
Front Audio/Video Input Jacks allows convenient hook-up of camcorders, mp3 players and other devices
Fast interactive user interface.

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Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $129.00

Purchased At:   Wal-Mart

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