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DVD recorder/VCR combo with built-in digital TV tuner and DVD video upconversion

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by Loren Barstow
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Record your favorite shows to DVD or VHS with the Toshiba D-VR660. This versatile recorder's built-in tuners let you enjoy both analog and digital television broadcasts. And if you're a cable TV subscriber, you can use the 'VR660's "QAM" tuner to watch and record unscrambled digital cable programs without the need for a separate set-top box.

The D-VR660 also makes it easy to back up your home movies. Its dual-deck design gives you the option of dubbing non-copy-protected material from VHS to DVD, or from DVD to VHS. Front-panel analog and digital inputs simplify recording from another device, such as a camcorder. Plus, if you have an HDMI-equipped HDTV, the 'VR660 can upconvert DVDs to better match your set's high-resolution screen, so all your discs will look their best.

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Highlights:

  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • receives all HDTV/SDTV broadcast formats — records and displays in standard definition only
  • upconverts and displays DVD video at 720p/1080i/1080p via HDMI digital interface
  • separate adapter available for TVs with DVI input
  • selectable progressive-scan playback for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs (via the component video output)
  • 5 DVD recording quality settings, 2 VHS recording speeds (SP, LP)
  • 12-event/1-month timer recording
  • coaxial digital audio output for Dolby® Digital/DTS®/PCM
  • front-panel digital camcorder input (IEEE 1394)
  • 2 sets audio/video inputs (composite and S-video), including 1 front-panel (composite only)
  • 1 set audio/video outputs
  • records to the following types of discs:
    • write-once DVD-Rs and DVD+Rs, for making permanent recordings
    • rewritable DVD-RWs and DVD+RWs, for making recordings you can watch and then erase
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, Video CD, and DivX® discs
  • plays audio CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)
  • one-touch record
  • remote control
  • 54 MHz/10-bit video digital-to-analog converter
  • 192 kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converter
  • 17-3/16"W x 3-15/16"H x 12-7/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
  • Note: Internal dubbing of copy-protected DVDs 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.)

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Features and Specs
General
Number of Discs
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1
Hard Drive Recorder
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No
Hard Drive Capacity
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N/A
Multibrand Remote
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No
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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CD-R/RW
WMA Playback
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CD-R/RW
SACD Playback
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No
DVD-Audio Playback
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No
Inputs
RCA Audio Inputs
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2 pair
Composite Video Inputs
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2
S-Video Inputs
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1
Component Video Inputs
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No
Outputs
HDMI Outputs
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1
S-Video Outputs
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1
Component Video Outputs
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RS-232C Port
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What's in the box?

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  • DVD/VCR player/recorder combo
  • Wireless remote control (SE-R0294)
  • 2 "AA" batteries (stored in packing material)
  • 59" Composite video cable
  • 59" Stereo audio RCA cable
  • 3' Coaxial cable (has slip-on "F" connectors on each end)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Quick Guide (English)
  • Quick Guide (Spanish)
  • Customer Service Contact sheet

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Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

Product Overview: The Toshiba D-VR660 can record video and audio to blank DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW 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 analog and digital TV tuners let 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.

Analog and Digital Tuners: This unit has ATSC (8VSB over-the-air) and QAM (cable) digital tuners, as well as a standard NTSC analog tuner. The unit can record either analog or digital programming in standard 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.

HDMI Video Upconversion: The D-VR660 is equipped with an HDMI output, which transfers digital audio and uncompressed digital video to the TV on a single cable. The resolution for the HDMI output can be upconverted to 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p.

Black Level: You can adjust the black level to control the brightness of the picture in order to get a better picture.

Recording Methods: There are several methods for recording content onto a tape or disc.

  • One-Touch Recording: You can record content from the built-in tuner source while watching program.
  • One-Touch Timer Recording: This function allows you to set the recording time in blocks of 30 minutes up to 8 hours for recording from the internal tuner.
  • Timer Recording: You can program the unit to record up to 12 programs from the integrated tuner source within a month in advance. Daily or weekly program recordings are also available.
  • 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.
  • DV Dubbing: This function lets you record contents from your digital video camcorder to this unit using the D-VR660 front-panel DV-input.

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.

DVD Recording Speeds: The D-VR660 can record DVDs in any of five recording speeds: (using 4.7GB 12 cm disc)

  • XP: records approximately 1 hour
  • SP: records approximately 2 hours
  • LP: records approximately 4 hours
  • EP:  records approximately 6 hours
  • SLP: records approximately 8 hours

Compatible Discs: This unit can record on the following blank 12cm or 8cm DVDs:

  • DVD-RW: Version 1.1, 1.2, Version 1.1/2x CPRM Support, Version 1.2/4x CPRM Support
  • DVD-R: Version 2.0, Version 2.0/4-16x speed
  • DVD+R: 1x-16x speed
  • DVD+RW: 1x - 4x speed

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 bit rate range is 112-320 kbps (constant or variable bit rates) for MP3 and 48-192 kbps for WMA. This unit can read a maximum of 255 folders, up to 99 tracks per folder and a total of 999 files per disc.

Note: This unit cannot record to CD-R or CD-RW discs.

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. This unit can read a maximum of 255 folders, up to 99 tracks per folder and a total of 999 files per disc. 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.

DivX Playback: The D-VR660 is an official DivX Certified product. The unit supports the following DivX profiles - DivX 3.x, DivX 4.x, DivX 5.x, and DivX 6.0. The D-VR660 can support up to a 720 x 480 @ 30 fps and 720 x 576 @ 25 fps DivX image. The unit will recognize up to 255 folders or 999 files per disc.

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).

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.

Video Output: You can set the D-VR660's video output to 4:3 Letter-Box, 4:3 Pan&Scan or 16:9 Wide to match the aspect ratio of your connected television.

Recording Aspect Ratio: You can set the D-VR660 to record in a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio.

Auto Chapter: You can automatically make chapter marks on the DVD while recording. You can select an interval of 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes or 60 minutes. Auto Chapter can also be turned off, if desired. 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.

Auto Finalizing: You can finalize disc automatically using this function. You can use this function to finalize discs after finishing all timer recordings and at the end of the disc space. You will need to finalize disc to play back on other DVD players.

Chase Playback: The Chase Playback function allows you to begin watching a DVD recording that is already in progress. Playback cannot start until at least 30 seconds of the program has been recorded. During playback of the DVD recording, you can pause, fast-forward, and fast-reverse the recording.

Rapid Playback: This function is available only on disc recorded in the Dolby Digital format, and plays back in a slightly faster (1.3x) or slower speed (0.8x) while keeping the sound outputs.

Instant Skip: You can skip TV commercials to enjoy the recorded programs without interruption. The Instant Skip feature searches ahead 30 seconds up to 180 seconds.

Index Search: An index mark will be assigned at the beginning of each recording you make on a VHS tape. You may skip to a specific marked point using Index Search.

Time Search: This feature allows you to go to a specific point on a cassette tape by entering the exact amount of time you wish to skip in order to reach the point.

Title List: The Title List feature allows you to check the titles recorded on your disc easily. You can choose a title to play back from this list and easily edit the titles as you prefer.

Editing Discs: This unit offers convenient editing functions which are possible only with DVD-RW/-R and DVD+RW/+R discs.

  • Title Name Assignment: You can add a name to a disc or recorded title up to 30 characters long.
  • Dividing Titles: You can divide a recorded video into two parts
  • Combining Titles: You can combine two recorded videos into one movie
  • Creating Playlist: You can create a playlist with up to 99 titles on a disc
  • Erasing Playlist: You can also delete a playlist once it is no longer needed.
  • Title Protection: You can protect certain videos recorded on a disc from being erased or edited.
  • Chapter Marks: You can put chapter mark in each title. Once a chapter is marked, you can use it for the chapter search feature to find that section of the disc easily.
  • Hiding Titles: Too  keep others from playing back some chapters without permission, you can hide certain chapters.
  • Title Deletion: You can delete titles which you do not need anymore.

Camera Angles: Some DVD-video discs have scenes shot from two or more angels to choose from.

Zoom: You can zoom in an image or video at 1.0x, 1.2x, 1.5, or 2.0x while watching a DVD from the player on your television screen.

Virtual Surround: You can enjoy stereophonic virtual space through your existing two channel stereo system.

Dynamic Range Control: You can use this feature to compress the range between softer and louder sounds while watching a movie late at night.

DVD Parental Lock: Some DVD-video discs feature a parental lock level. Playback will stop if the ratings exceed the levels you set; it will require you to enter a password before the disc will playback. This feature prevents your children from viewing inappropriate material.

V-Chip: With the V-chip system in this unit, you can set the viewing limitation from the analog/digital TV programs received from the unit's built-in tuner or recorded on DVDs to prevent your children from watching an inappropriate programs.

Dimmer: The unit's front-panel display brightness can be adjusted from Bright, Dark, or Auto.

Remote Control: The supplied SE-R0294 wireless remote can control the DVD/VCR recorder only.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

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 only; it does not output the VHS and DVD playback signals. If your TV only has an RF input, you will need an RF modulator, such as the Terk Mini RF Modulator (209MINI).

HDMI Output: The D-VR660 has one HDMI output for DVD playback only. You can set the HDMI output resolution to 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p.

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

Digital Output: The coaxial digital output can both pass a Dolby Digital or DTS bitstream to an A/V receiver with surround decoders.

A/V Inputs: The D-VR660 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 jacks. The rear-panel AV input also features an S-Video jack.

DV Input: This unit has a front panel DV input terminal which supports input from a DV-format digital camcorder. You can record to DVD or VCR from the camcorder. In the DVD mode, you can use Play, F.Fwd, Rew, Pause/Still, and Stop on the front panel or remote control of this unit to control the DV camcorder. You cannot control the camcorder while in the VCR mode.

 
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2 out of 5

Not happy

Written By Chuck, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, May 06, 2009
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I am very dissatisfied with this units VCR VHS record playback picture quality. It's terrible. My 5 year old JVC VCR recordings in analog are a 1000 times more clear and sharp. I bought this unit so I wouldn't have to use a converter box for digital signals. It is very dissapointing.
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4 out of 5

Works great so far

Written By dave, Charleston, WV on Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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I am very pleased with my new Toshiba D-VR660 so far. I have had it only 3 weeks. I have purchased several of these DVD-VCR recorder-Players, several different brands, in the past and they seem to break in 6 months to a year and you throw them away. I hope this one will do better. It really does a lot for the price and I have had good luck with the Toshibas in the past. The only big disappointment is the VCR will not play through the HDMI cable in HD, or at least I could not make it work. I had to use the old RCA pluges hook up for the the VCR tape player. Cruthfield had a very good price on this recorder for a change and the sales person there was excellent and patient and spent almost a half hour on the phone before I pruchased it. I have recommended this D-VR660 to several of my friends.
I have found Cruthfield sales staff to provide very good technical support on all their products. I think they are very professional.
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5 out of 5

Toshiba D-VR660

Written By Fred, eht.nj on Friday, April 10, 2009
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great unit what a diff between VHS and DVD record would buy again still
learning good.
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4 out of 5

Great Recorder/Player

Written By John, Lake View, AL on Tuesday, April 07, 2009
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I've only had this unit for a couple of weeks, but so far I like it better than any other recorder combo that I've ever owned. Very easy to install and somewhat easy to operate, but does require reading the tiny-printed manual which is difficult for older people to see without a magnifying glass. The setup is easy by following the instructions. I wish it had a zoom feature to fill in the screen for analog 4:3. The 1 thing I don't like is the timer recorder light is very dim and hard to see, but otherwise I love this unit and it works GREAT!
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4 out of 5

Works Great - Learning curve steep

Written By Jerrold, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, February 06, 2009
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This recorder is impressive in it's quality and features, but complicated. The off the air TV and DTV tuners in this unit work well - good sensitivity and quality. A few shortcomings:

Just about everything you would imagine this recorder should do, it will, but it's complex.

Channel changes for the DTV tuner take 2-3 seconds per step.

There is no Favorites or Recently Viewed channel shortcut list.

No zoom of live signal to fill the screen of an analog 4:3 TV.

No watching TV via this tuner while the recorder is set to record a later program.

The indicator light that signals the Set to Record Status is rather dim and inconspicuous. You can't turn on the recorder, eject a disk, etc. until you use the remote to cancel the Timer Set feature. Drives me crazy.

The English language edition of the Owner's Manual is over 120 pages, rather fine print, full size format; and, get out a magnifying glass to read the black and white illustrations/photos. Well organized but not well indexed.

Nearly constant fan noise, even during standby.

User requirement: Tech savvy, product knowledgeable.

On-screen guidance is sparse.

I especially like:
o 1.3X and .8X playback speeds that really work well.
o Time Slip - Ability to watch the early part of a recording while the recording is still in progress. Playback during recording is reduced quality playback, but handy.
o Every DVD recording I've made has worked flawlessly.
38 out of 39 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Toshiba D-VR660

Written By John, Wilmington, Oh on Wednesday, February 04, 2009
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Good solid unit. Remote and manual could be more user friendly.
10 out of 11 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

nice

Written By Ben, lexington park md on Sunday, February 01, 2009
 
no problems so far, taking old vhs & puting on dvd, working nice
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5 out of 5

Really nice

Written By Keith, Fishersville, VA on Wednesday, January 07, 2009
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I'll tell you straight out that the reason to buy this product is the built in
QAM tuner. It clearly locks in on non-encrypted digital tv signals so no DTV
converter box needed here. Other great features are the HDMI
upconversion, ease of setup and programming. This is the first piece of
Toshiba gear I've purchased and I'm very impressed so far. I haven't tried
the VCR to dvd recording yet but don't anticipate any problems. Does any
actually use VHS anymore? Setup and programming were a snap with the
on screen display and easy layout. The only feature I wish it had was
favorite channel assignment but still, the remote is easy to use and
channels are easy to find. Happy viewing!!
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5 out of 5

Bill L.

Written By Bill, Keytesville, Mo. on Thursday, October 23, 2008
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I've only had this unit hooked up about a couple of weeks. So far I like it better than any other brand of combo or VCR that I've ever owned. It was easy to install and easy to operate, what more could a person ask for.
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4 out of 5

Works good so far.

Written By John S, Canandaigua, NY on Friday, September 12, 2008
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I've had this unit installed and running for about 1 month now. The over air TV for both regular reception and digital reception are very good. The DVD plays great. I had a problem with the VHS feeding into my TV, but that was because I had the S-video and the Video cable both attached at the same time and my TV took the S-video all the time. I had to eliminate the S-video completely and now both VHS and DVD feed correctly. I have not had a chance to record on the DVD yet, but did buy some DVD-R disc in preparation.
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