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Toshiba D-VR4X

Combination DVD recorder + HiFi VCR

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Record your favorite TV shows and home movies to durable DVD discs or VHS tapes with Toshiba's D-VR4X. This combination DVD recorder/VCR gives you easy recording options plus convenient playback for your whole collection of DVDs and videotapes.

Setup is simple. Features like auto clock and channel set make getting started a snap. The D-VR4X sports some useful recording features, too. With two-way dubbing, you can quickly copy valuable VHS home videos to DVD, or save non-copy-protected DVDs to VHS. Front-panel audio/video inputs make it a cinch to back up camcorder footage. Plus, when you record to rewritable (erasable) DVDs, you can insert chapter markers and erase unwanted material for videos that are more fun to watch.

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Highlights:

    DVD recorder/player:
    • two-way dubbing of non-copy-protected material (DVD-to-VHS and VHS-to-DVD)
    • basic editing features with use of rewritable discs (DVD-RW or DVD-RAM) including playlist editing and chapter creation
    • Chase Play (DVD-RAM only)
    • 4 recording quality settings (XP, SP, LP, SLP)
    • auto clock and channel set
    • 1-month/12-event program timer
    • selectable progressive-scan mode for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs (via the component video output)
    • optical and coaxial digital audio outputs for Dolby® Digital/DTS®/PCM (can carry both DVD and VHS audio)
    • composite video output for DVD/VCR; S-video and component video outputs for DVD only
    • front-panel audio/video input (including S-video)
    • RF input/output
    • records to the following types of discs:
      • write-once DVD-Rs, for making permanent recordings
      • rewritable DVD-RWs and DVD-RAM discs, for making recordings you can watch and then erase
    • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM
    • plays music CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
    • plays digital photo CDs (JPEG)
    • designed to play "Region 1" pre-recorded DVDs
    VCR:
    • HiFi stereo with MTS decoding
    • 4 video heads
    • 2 recording speeds (SP and SLP)
    General:
    • standard TV tuner
    • remote control
    • 16-15/16"W x 3-9/16"H x 14"D
    • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • Note: Internal dubbing of copy protected DVDs and VHS tapes is not possible

    Shipping Note: Sorry, we can only ship Toshiba products to the 49 continental United States and Washington D.C.; we can't ship them to Hawaii or U.S. Territories. (Solamente es posible enviar productos de la Toshiba dentro los 49 estados unidos continentales y Washington D.C.)

    Consumer Alert: This component has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the Nation's transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322) or visit the Commission's digital television website at: www.dtv.gov

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    Features and Specs
    General
    Number of Discs
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    Hard Drive Recorder
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    Hard Drive Capacity
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    N/A
    Multibrand Remote
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    90 Days
    Compatibility
    CD-R Capable
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    Yes
    CD-R/W Capable
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    Yes
    MP3 Playback
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    WMA Playback
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    SACD Playback
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    DVD-Audio Playback
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    Inputs
    RCA Audio Inputs
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    2 pr Stereo
    Composite Video Inputs
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    2
    S-Video Inputs
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    Component Video Inputs
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    Outputs
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    S-Video Outputs
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    Component Video Outputs
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    RS-232C Port
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    What's in the box?

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    • Video cassette recorder/DVD recorder
    • Wireless remote control (SE-R0180)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 36" RF coax cable (with slip-on "F" connectors on each end)
    • 47" A/V cable (with composite video and stereo RCA audio plugs on each end)
    • Owner's Manual
    • Quick Start Guide (Spanish)
    • Product Registration Card
    • "Stop! Need help?" Warning sheet (concerning the unit's cords)

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    Features
    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    Features

    Product Overview: The Toshiba D-VR4X can record video and audio to blank DVD-R, DVD-RW (Video Mode and VR mode), and DVD-RAM discs, as well as VHS video cassettes. Two line inputs (one on the rear and one on the front) allow you to record from several sources. The built-in TV tuner lets you program your DVD or VHS recorder to catch your favorite TV shows. Although you can dub from DVD to VHS or from VHS to DVD, you cannot record from copyrighted materials.

    Compatible Discs: This unit can record on the following blank DVDs:

    • DVD-RAM: Version 2.0 or 2.1 (Although discs with or without cartridges will work, discs with cartridges are recommended)
    • DVD-RW: Version 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, or Version 1.1 CPRM Support
    • DVD-R: Version 2.0 (Ver.2.0/4x/8x)

    VHS/S-VHS Playback: The D-VR4X allows you to playback VHS and S-VHS tapes, however S-VHS recording is not possible. This unit is equipped with "SQPB" (S-VHS Quasi Playback), allowing you to playback S-VHS tapes with regular VHS resolution.

    Audio D/A Converter: The unit has a 192kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converter for excellent audio reproduction.

    Video D/A Converter: This unit uses a 54MHz/10-bit video digital-to-analog converter, which reduces digital artifacts for a better picture.

    MP3/WMA Playback: In addition to DVDs and CDs, this unit will play MP3 and WMA audio files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 or Joliet formats. The playable bitrate range is 32-320 kbps (constant or variable bit rates) for MP3 and 48-192 kbps for WMA. This unit can read a maximum of 200 folders/files per directory.

    JPEG Disc Playback: This unit will play JPEG picture files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 or Joliet formats. All JPEG files on a disc can be played back in a slide show with an interval of 5, 10, or 15 seconds. You can zoom in on any selected image (2x or 4x), or rotate the image clockwise 90 degrees until the desired angle is selected. This unit can read a maximum of 200 files per directory. The maximum size of progressive JPEG files is 3-million pixels.

    Progressive Scan: This unit may be set to output a progressive scan video signal from the Color Stream Pro component video output. Progressive-scan picture quality is more film-like, with more fine detail and less flicker. Progressive-scan viewing requires a TV with a progressive scan compatible component video input.

    DVD Recording Speeds: The D-VR4X can record DVDs in any of four recording speeds:

    • XP: records approximately 1 hour's worth of programming on a 4.7GB disc
    • SP: records approximately 2 hours
    • LP: records approximately 4 hours
    • SLP: records approximately 6 hours

    VCR Recording Speeds: You can record VHS tapes in either of two speeds: SP--Standard Play (2 hours on a T-120 tape) or SLP--Super Long Play (6 hours on a T-120 tape).

    Timer Recording: The timer recording system allows you to select the date, time, and channel, and record the desired program onto DVD or VCR. Up to 12 timer recordings can be made up to one month in advance.

    Recording Methods: There are several methods for recording TV programs on disc or tape:

    • Record Current Channel: Once disc/tape is inserted and record speed selected, you can begin recording. You can pause and resume a recording in progress.
    • One-Touch Recording: During normal recording, you can add up to 2 hours of recording time in 30-minute increments, and up to 6 hours in 1-hour increments.
    • Timer Recording: Recording date, channel, time and duration are manually set.

    Bi-Direction Dubbing: You can copy from DVD to VCR, or from VCR to DVD. Recording of copyrighted material from DVD to VCR or from VCR to DVD is not allowed.

    Simultaneous Record and Play: You can playback the DVD during VCR timer recording or one-touch recording. Also, you can playback the VCR during DVD timer recording or one-touch recording. You cannot record on the DVD and VCR simultaneously.

    Chase Playback: The Chase Playback function allows you to begin watching a DVD recording that is already in progress. During playback of the DVD recording, you can pause, fast-forward, and fast-reverse the recording. Note: Chase Playback is only available when recording onto a DVD-RAM disc.

    Disc Editing: When recording on a DVD-RW disc, you can perform the following editing functions:

    • Add Chapter Marks (VR Mode--original only)
    • Combine Chapters (VR Mode--original only)
    • Erase Scenes (VR Mode--original and playlist)
    • Erase Titles (VR Mode--original and playlist)
    • Rename Titles
    • Create Playists (VR Mode--original only)
    • Combine Titles (VR Mode--playlist only)

    VCR Special Playback: In addition to normal VCR playback modes, you can enjoy a variety of special playback features:

    • Picture Search: You can view the tape in either direction in one of two speeds: 3x or 5x in SP, 7x or 9x in LP, or 9x or 15x in SLP.
    • Skip: In play mode, you can cue ahead approximately 30 seconds at a time, up to 3 minutes total.
    • Slow Motion: You can view a tape in slow motion in forward direction only.

    Repeat Playback: When selected during tape playback, the unit will play the entire video tape until its end, then automatically rewind to the beginning and repeat playback.

    Zero Return: When activated, the player will stop rewinding when the counter reaches 00:00:00.

    Index Search: The unit records an index mark whenever a recording is started. These index marks can be used to locate the beginning points of recorded programs. Index Search allows you to search for a program located before or after the current point on the tape, up to 9 programs in either direction.

    Remote Control: The supplied SE-R0180 wireless remote can control the DVD/VCR recorder, as well as basic functions of Toshiba TVs.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    A/V Inputs: The D-VR4X features two sets of A/V inputs, one on the rear panel and one on the front panel, each featuring stereo RCA audio and composite video and S-Video jacks. You must select in the setup menu the type of video input jack you are using for each input.

    A/V Outputs: The unit is equipped with separate output jacks for DVD/VCR and DVD only. The DVD/VCR output includes stereo RCA audio and composite video jacks. The DVD only output includes stereo RCA audio, S-Video, and Component Video jacks, along with coaxial and optical digital audio outputs.

    Digital Outputs: The optical and coaxial digital outputs can both pass a Dolby Digital or DTS bitstream to an A/V receiver with surround decoders.

    RF Input and Output: The unit's RF Coaxial input allows you to input antenna and cable TV signals into the unit for recording your favorite programs. The RF out jack outputs the antenna/cable TV, as well as the VHS and DVD playback signals. Note: Since the DVD playback signals are output through the RF output, an RF modulator is not needed.

     
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    2 out of 5

    Disappointed...

    Written By J Timothy, Holbrook, NY on Monday, May 01, 2006
     
    I bought this unit in order to dub some of my old TV program tapes to DVD. The features and prices seem perfect.

    The unit uses DVD-R, and -RW disks. The -R disks that I bought worked fine, but the -RW disks I bought (Sony) didn't work at all with the unit. So I tried another manufacturer (Memorex) and they worked, but the dubbing feature was EXTREMELY intermittent. Sometimes it would work, and other times it wouldn't. After a week of playing with it, I decided to return it to Crutchfield.

    I had an old Toshiba TV that wouldn't die... This DVD recorder didn't seem to maded by the same "company". Very disappointed in it.
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Toshiba D-VR4X

    Written By Dave, Galesburg, IL on Wednesday, April 12, 2006
     
    A rather disappointing purchase. I also have a problem with the unit not turning itself off after recording. Because of this unreliability, I don't depend on this unit to record anything I really want to view. I use it mainly for dubbing pre-recorded material (video tape or TiVo) onto DVD. Additionally, the procedure for setting up a timer recording is awkward. If one is willing to put up with these operational quirks, this unit is acceptable but certainly there must be better units on the market.
    7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Poor engineering

    Written By William Rison, Newburg, MD on Friday, April 07, 2006
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    The unit did work but had such a major engineering problem I sent it back. Who wants a unit that does not turn itself off after recording.

    When using OTR recording 2 things happen.
    1) The front panel display does not show the recording length when the record button is pressed multiple times so the tv has to be on and set to the vcr or dvr to see the recording time.
    2) When recording is complete the unit does not power off. Crutchfield called tech support and yes this is how the unit works.

    When using timed recording the unit does not allow you to power it off before the recroding starts. Timed recording did not stop and could not be stopped by using any buttons on the unit or remote. Unpluged the unit and pluged it back in and the recording started again. Had to keep the unit unpluged for a few minutes to stop the recording so I could get my tape out.

    Recording on regular VHS tape are of poor quality.

    8 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Could only be better if it were free!!!!!

    Written By Erik, Elkhart, IN on Monday, March 27, 2006
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    I purchased this unit for a couple of reasons. I needed a new VCR, and I bought the Sony DCR-HC46 camcorder so I could burn home movies to DVD. I must say that the unit looks great and functions just as well. Set up was simple, the manual is very easy to understand, and I was up and running in about 20 minutes. I have my Digital Cable DVR hooked in to this, so I can also record my favorite TV shows, to DVD. I am currently recording every episode of M.A.S.H. to DVD. I like the fact that you can do so much editing with this unit, if you use blank DVD-RW's. I can title the DVD, and edit my home movies to eliminate the dead space between video clips, and title my chapters. It will not let you copy from a copywrited VHS, to DVD, but it is easy to get around that. I am telling you this because I have a 12 tape mini-series that you can not get on DVD, and I want to preserve it on DVD while the tapes are still good. All you have to do, is just record the tape, to a blank tape, and then record that to DVD. This combo unit saves me component space and works great. If you are in need of a better VCR, and you want the capability to burn your tapes on to DVD, you can not go wrong with this unit. Don't forget to buy component video cables with this unit, the picture quality is unmatched. I recommend the Monster THX certified cables, or the Phoenix Gold. The Phonex Gold are great, at less than half the price. I have always been a huge Sony fan, and I swear by their products, but this unit could convert me to Toshiba in the future. Buy it, I promise you will not be disappointed!!!!!
    18 out of 18 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    AWESOME!

    Written By Beverly, Stuart, VA on Friday, February 24, 2006
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    This is an awesome machine! Setup took 5 minutes and within 15 minutes (after reading the manual) I was transferring video to DVD! Instructions are CLEAR, concise, and explain step-by-step how to do whatever it is that you need to do. My clock did not automatically set, but I'm not surprised since my location is so remote - a small concession for such a terrific machine! I look forward to years of enjoyment and would recommend this recorder to anyone who is interested in getting his video library on DVD.
    23 out of 24 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By ken, Golden, Co. on Saturday, February 18, 2006
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    There should be a 6-star rating for this product. The owner's manual is easy to read and to follow, very clear. I bought it primarily to transfer a lot of VHS tapes to disc. I always read the owner's manual front to rear, before I even take the product out of the box. Does a great job of recording and playing DVD'S. I especially like the Auto-clock set up feature. I was one of those people that hated messing with the VHS settings, and therefore, didn't. I have another Toshiba DVD player that has been trouble free for 4 years. The style, fit and finish are great.
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    5 out of 5

    Toshiba D-VR4X

    Written By Dean, Yokosuka, Japan on Sunday, February 12, 2006
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    I agree with the previous reviewer on many points: Toshiba has hit a home run with this product! I bought this unit mainly because I already have a Toshiba TV and satellite dish (both Japanese models), so my main assurance of compatibility was a US Toshiba VCR. As with my previous VCR unit, it works flawlessly with the Japanese models. But then I discovered the features . . .

    As he also mentioned, many VCR/DVD recorders in this price range do not come with optical and digital audio outputs. Take a close look at the remote too: it has way more bells-and-whistles than comparable products. You can change the angle or zoom of recordings; there is an A/B repeat feature where you can easily replay back several seconds in a looping fashion. The manual is well written and in just 1-2 days, I was up and running, recording to DVD and editing playlists. Image quality copying from TV (non-HD) to DVD is superb; you won't go back to tape. And dubbing both ways is easy too. Taping is instantaneous, with no distortion on starts.

    The operation of the VCR is very smooth and quiet. While the image quality can't match my ole Toshiba M-785 6-head (king in it's day), it's plenty good enough for program taping. One thing I like is how the display info can stay on the screen. Some brands you have to press the remote button to see it. I've tried several VCRs over the years such as Sony, Panasonic, and JVC, but you just can't beat Toshiba for image quality.

    I had heard about the cheap, plastic feel of VCRs these days, but this Toshiba unit is solid, full-featured, and performs flawlessly. Get one from the gitgo and you won't be missing out on anything.

    15 out of 15 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Toshiba DVR4X DVD/VCR Recorder and Player

    Written By Dennis, Simpsonville, SC on Tuesday, January 17, 2006
     
    Toshiba really put it all together with this machine. I have easily copied most of my VHS home movie collection to long-lasting DVD, watched some old VHS movies that I have and watched DVD movies with progressive scan and DTS and Dolby sound. After comparing all the comparable products, I chose the DVR4X because it offered component video jacks and optical digital audio outputs for the highest quality video and sound available. It has many more features than most other similar units, handles more DVD formats and offers the high quality that I've come to expect from Toshiba.
    I recommend that the buyer take the time to carefully read the manual before hooking it up or using it. There are a lot of important instructions that are well explained, but this machine does so many things, it's not fun to try to figure it out on the fly.
    And, did I mention that this is a very affordable machine for the high quality and features it has?
    The Toshiba DVR4X and Crutchfield have made me a happy camper ..... with an excellent home theater in my tent!
    133 out of 146 people found this helpful
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