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DVD recorder/player and TiVo® Series2 DVR

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by Dave Bar
Toshiba

The RS-TX60 will change the way you experience home entertainment. Imagine having a DVD recorder/player combined with a massive hard drive that holds up to 200 hours' worth of shows, plus TiVo's intuitive, easy-to-use program guide. By bringing together all of these amazing conveniences in a single machine, Toshiba delivers everything you need to take total control of your TV viewing, and so much more!

The built-in TiVo Basic™ service offers a free, 3-day program guide to simplify recording TV shows, and lets you control live TV — pause, rewind and fast foward to catch the good stuff. You can upgrade at any time to the more full-featured TiVo Plus™ service (a subscription is required) with its 14-day program guide and TiVo's Home Media™ features.

Offering cool A/V networking capabilities, Home Media enables the RS-TX60 to become part of your wired or wireless home computer network (a USB network adapter is required). Stream MP3 music files and digital photos from your computer's hard drive and enjoy them on your TV or home theater system. Stuck across town (or across the country)? Home Media lets you easily schedule your TiVo recordings to the RS-TX60 from any location with access to the Internet. Even connect another TiVo Series2 DVR elsewhere in your home for program-sharing between the two units.

Along with user-friendly automatic recording, the RS-TX60 offers manual recording by time and channel. Either way, the hard drive is instantly ready to save your favorite video. As you watch shows stored on the hard drive, you can delete them as you go, then transfer any material you want to keep to recordable DVD discs. For hassle-free timer recording with an external cable box or satellite tuner, Toshiba includes an IR blaster to transmit infrared (IR) signals that let your recorder change channels even if you're not there.

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Highlights:

  • records to DVD-R & DVD-RW
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW
  • plays CD, CD-R & CD-RW, MP3 and WMA CD-R & CD-RW
  • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)
  • built-in 160GB hard drive for recording/playback (holds up to 200 hours)
  • Home Media networking features, including TiVoToGo™, with subscription to TiVo®
  • TiVo Basic™ 3-day on-screen program guide
  • manual timer recording by channel and time
  • IR blaster for recording control with a cable box or DBS receiver
  • built-in 181-channel NTSC tuner
  • 54MHz/10-bit video DAC
  • selectable progressive-scan mode for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs via the component video output (progressive-scan mode is playback only)
  • optical digital output for Dolby Digital®/DTS®/PCM
  • IEEE 1394 DV front-panel input for use with a digital camcorder
  • 2 sets of A/V inputs (2 composite, 2 S-video)
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (1 composite, 1 S-video, and 1 480i/480p component video)
  • USB interface
  • phone jack
  • remote control
  • 16-1/2"W x 3-5/16"H x 15"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • internal dubbing of copy-protected DVDs is not possible
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
  • Note: TiVo recorders make a daily call for programming updates; long distance charges may apply
  • TiVo service not available in Puerto Rico or Canada

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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1
Hard Drive Recorder
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Yes
Hard Drive Capacity
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160GB
Multibrand Remote
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Compatibility
CD-R Capable
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Yes
CD-R/W Capable
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Yes
MP3 Playback
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Yes
WMA Playback
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Yes
SACD Playback
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No
DVD-Audio Playback
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No
Inputs
RCA Audio Inputs
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2 Stereo RCA
Composite Video Inputs
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2
S-Video Inputs
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2
Component Video Inputs
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No
Outputs
HDMI Outputs
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S-Video Outputs
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1
Component Video Outputs
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1
RS-232C Port
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None
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  • Silver DVD recorder with built-in 160GB hard disk drive and TiVo service
  • Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 77" AC power cord
  • 6' RF Coaxial cable (threaded "F" connectors on each end)
  • 25' Telephone cord (with RJ-11 plugs on each end)
  • 71" Audio/Video cable (with stereo RCA and composite video plugs on each end)
  • 5-1/2" Telephone splitter (with 2 RJ-11 jacks on one end and 1 RJ-14 plug on the other end)
  • 10' Serial control cable (with a stereo 3.5mm mini-plug on one end and a 9-pin RS-232C serial port connector on the other end)
  • 10-1/4' IR Control cable (with mono 1/8" mini-plug on one end and 2 IR emitters on the other end)
  • One 4-section self-adhesive pad (1-5/8" x 1-1/2")
  • Viewer's Guide
  • Start Here poster
  • Viewer's Guide correction sheet

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Overview
DVD Recorder Features
Hard Drive Features
TiVo Programming
Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Overview

Overview: The Toshiba RS-TX60 Digital Media Server (DMS) is a DVD recorder with a built-in 160GB hard disk drive with the TiVo Service. You can receive and record over-the-air and cable NTSC television broadcasts on its built-in tuner, satellite broadcasts and cable TV from external set-top boxes, as well as audio and video from a VCR or camcorder. Recordings made on the hard disk drive can be saved (recorded) to blank DVDs. It cannot be used to record Digital TV, other non-NTSC signals, and copy-protected DVDs or video tapes. Note: The unit is equipped with TiVo Basic Service. You can upgrade by subscription to TiVo Plus Service and the TiVo Home Media Option.

DVD Recorder Features

DVD Recording: The RS-TX60 Digital Media Server can record on DVD-R (record once) and DVD-RW (rewritable) discs. This recorder is compatible with DVD-R Version 2.0 and Version 2.0/4x discs, and DVD-RW Version 1.1 and Version 1.1/2x discs. Only programs stored on the 160GB Hard Disk Drive in the Now Playing list can be copied to a DVD. The Now Playing list can contain content recorded from live TV or from a component connected to the A/V or DV inputs.

Note: You cannot record copy-protected video including DVD-Video discs and some satellite broadcasts.

Disc Playback: The DMS can playback 8 cm. or 12 cm. DVD-Video, DVD-R, and DVD-RW discs. It can also play Audio CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs, plus JPEG photo and MP3 and WMA music files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs.

MP3/WMA Playback: The RS-TX60 will play CD-R and CD-RW discs containing MP3 and WMA audio files recorded in ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Romeo or Joliet formats. It can also read music playlists that are in the most common format, m3u. It can play MP3 and WMA files recorded at most any compression rate, however, a bit rate of 128 kbps or higher is recommended.

JPEG Photo CD Playback: You can use the Digital Media Server to view JPEG digital photos recorded onto a CD. Photos can be sorted alphabetically, by date taken, or by the date modified, with or without subfolders. Photos can be rotated 90° clockwise or counter-clockwise for correct orientation. Slide shows can be presented in their sorted order or in random order at a pre-selected interval. You can also set the slide show to repeat after the last photo is viewed.

Video D/A Converter: This unit uses a 54MHz/10-bit video digital-to-analog converter.

Digital Cinema Progressive: Toshiba's Digital Cinema Progressive 3/2 Pulldown process delivers smooth, film-like images to any progressive scan compatible television via the component video outputs.

Audio D/A Converter: The RS-TX60 has a 192kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converter for superb audio reproduction.

Digital Audio Output Capabilities: You can select a sampling frequency output setting of "96 kHz to 48 kHz" or "96 kHz". When set to "96 kHz to 48 kHz", the audio signals are always converted to 48 kHz/16-bit. When set to "96 kHz", all types of signals, including 96 kHz/24-bit, are output in their original format. However, if the signal is encrypted for copyright protection purposes, the signal is only output as 48 kHz/16-bit.

Hard Drive Features

Watching Live TV: While watching live TV, the DMS simultaneously records the program onto the hard drive. This allows you to pause live TV for up to 30 minutes and resume watching the program from where you left off. You can also rewind or fast forward through the saved portion of the program at three different speeds, or playback in slow motion or one frame at a time in either direction. If you miss a line of dialog or want to view something again, the Instant Replay feature will instantly show the previous eight seconds of the program. Once you've viewed a recorded portion, you can instantly advance the program to catch up with the live broadcast. If you change channels, the saved portion of the previous channel is lost, and a new recording begins on the new channel. Note: You cannot watch live TV while another channel is being recorded, unless you have split your cable/antenna signal to a VCR or TV as well as the Digital Media Server.

Watching Pre-recorded Programs: While watching a pre-recorded program, you can pause, rewind or fast forward (at one of three speeds), watch in slow motion or frame-by-frame in either direction, Instant replay, or advance instantly to the end of the program. You can even begin to watch a program from the beginning even if it hasn't completely finished recording. If you decide to stop viewing the program to watch another program or turn off the system, you can resume playback from the point where you left off. Unlike a VCR, you can watch a pre-recorded program at the same time another program is being recorded.

High Speed Picture Search: You can search forward or backward through a program in one of three speeds: 3x, 18x or 60x normal speed.

Recording Time: You can record up to 200 hours of programming on the unit's 160GB hard drive. The total recording time depends on the Recording Quality you select--the higher the Recording Quality, the less total recording time you will have:

Recording Quality Total Recording Time Suggested Use
Basic Up to 200 hours News
Medium Up to approx. 133 hours Daytime Talk Shows, Animation
High Up to approx. 100 hours Dramas, Films
Best Up to approx. 67 hours Sports, Action Movies

Saving to VCR: To make room for future recordings, you can archive recorded programs by dubbing them from the unit to a standard VCR. This is done in real time--no high speed dubbing is available. Note: While Saving to VCR, you cannot watch another program at the same time. You can, however, record a program while saving a previously recorded program to VCR.

Deleting Programs: Once you have viewed a pre-recorded program, you can delete it from the memory to make room for future programs. As the memory gets close to capacity, programs will automatically be deleted to make room for future recordings. Programs can be "Saved until Deleted", however, a full memory can prevent future programs from being recorded.

Program Banner and Status Bar: Whenever you watch a live or pre-recorded show a banner will display the program's title, running time and rating for about 5 seconds. The program banner can be switched between large, medium or small, depending upon the amount of information you want displayed. When you use playback functions such as pause, fast forward or rewind, a status bar appears indicating the position of the program you are currently in (example: Minute 14 of a 30-minute program).

TiVo Programming

TiVo Basic Service: TiVo Basic service allows you to control live TV (pause, fast forward, instant replay), and record programs from a specific channel at a specific time (much like a VCR) to "Now Playing". It also includes an on-screen interactive program guide that provides information on your favorite shows. In addition, Showcases and TiVolution Magazine help you choose which programs to record. There is no charge for the TiVo Basic service.

TiVo Plus Service: You can upgrade to TiVo Plus service, available by subscription for $12.95 a month, or you may pay a one time fee of $299 to receive service for the life of the unit. The TiVo Plus service provides access to smart, automatic-recording features such as:

  • Season Pass Recordings: allows you to automatically record every episode of your favorite series, all season long, even if the schedule changes
  • WishList Searches: allows you to find and record programs by actor, director, sports team, etc.
  • Search by Title: allows you to browse for shows by title, filter by genre (like "Comedy"), and more
  • Interactive 14-Day Program Guide: allows you to instantly schedule recordings from an on-screen guide that includes detailed show summaries, ratings, etc.
  • More Smart Features: TiVo Plus skips reruns, tracks schedule changes, and more

TiVo Central: Almost everything you do with the TiVo service will start in TiVo Central; you can set up recordings, watch programs, read messages from the TiVo service, and access special Showcases featuring entertaining and informative video.

Status Bar: When you use playback functions, a status bar appears indicating the position of the program you are currently in.

Channel Banner: Whenever you watch a live or pre-recorded show, a channel banner will momentarily display program information. You can choose from the following versions of the channel banner: Small (current time and channel), Medium (adds the title, running time, and rating), or Large (adds program description and icon).

Recording a Live Program: You can always record the program you're watching by pressing the record button. Up to 30 minutes of programming from the current channel is always being saved, even when you are not recording a program.

Now Playing: Now Playing lists all the programs stored on the Digital Media Server. As soon as a recording begins, it appears at the top of the list. You can watch any title in Now Playing, even one that is still being recorded.

Pick Programs to Record: With TiVo Basic Service, you can schedule a manual recording on a specific channel at a specific time (just as you would with a VCR). You can also program a recording to repeat every week, every day, or every weekday.

To Do List: The To Do List shows all your scheduled recordings and lets you cancel or edit them.

Messages: This list contains messages from the TiVo service and alerts from the unit itself.

Parental Controls: You can use TV Parental Controls to set limits on television and movie ratings for any programs in live TV or Now Playing, and to lock specific channels so that a password is required to view them. You can use DVD Parental Controls to set limits on movie ratings for DVDs.

Daily Phone Call: To receive the latest programming information and software upgrades, the DMS will automatically make a daily phone call. This call typically takes about 5-10 minutes, and often occurs late at night. In most areas, there is a local access number. In areas where there is not a local access number, a long distance call is required for each update, and you will be billed for long distance calling. You can also use the Internet for updates. To accomplish this, you must connect the DMS to a home network that includes a shared broadband Internet connection.

Home Media Option: The DMS is capable of incorporating TiVo's Home Media Option feature package, which opens the door to innovative networked home A/V entertainment possibilities. The Home Media Option is a software upgrade you can download from TiVo via a dial-up or broadband Internet connection. The Digital Media Server connects via USB port to your wired or wireless home network and PC. (A USB network adapter is required.) Purchasing the Home Media Option adds these features:

  • Remote Scheduling: allows you to schedule recordings of shows anytime and anywhere you have Internet access and a standard web browser
  • Digital Music Player: allows you to stream MP3 files from a PC or Mac for playback through your TV or home A/V system
  • Digital Photo Viewer: allows you to view digital photos on your TV
  • Multi-room Viewing: gives you the ability to connect to another TiVo Series2 DVR elsewhere in your home for program-sharing between the two units

Remote Control

Front Panel Controls: Unlike most TiVo units, the RS-TX60 has front panel controls. When playing a DVD or a CD, you can use the front panel buttons to Play, Pause, Stop, Skip Up/Dn and Open/Close the disc tray. For playing back recorded programs or live TV, you can use the TiVo button to go to TiVo Central or Now Playing. The Select button corresponds to the 4-way directional arrows and Select function on the supplied remote, and lets you highlight and select menu choices.

Front Panel Display: When playing a DVD or CD, the digital display indicates the title, track, and chapter information, along with elapsed or remaining time. While watching live TV or pre-recorded programs, it displays the current time. The brightness of the display can be adjusted or turned off.

Remote Control: The supplied infrared remote controls this unit, plus basic controls of many brands of TVs (power, volume, TV input, mute) and A/V receivers (volume and mute). The unit is pre-coded for most brands of TVs and receivers. By using the supplied control cables (Serial or IR), the unit can control compatible cable boxes and satellite receivers.

Code Search: If non of the codes listed allow you to control your TV or receiver, you can perform a code search to find the correct code.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Front Panel Inputs: For convenience, the DMS features a set of front panel A/V inputs (stereo RCA audio, composite and S-Video) and a DV input (IEEE 1394 or i.LINK). You can connect a VCR or camcorder to the A/V inputs for dubbing non-copyright protected tapes to the hard drive and eventually to a DVD. The DV input lets you connect a DV-compatible digital camcorder for a high-quality video and audio transfer. When dubbing from camcorder or VCR to the DMS, the recorder gives you a 15-second countdown before recording begins to give you ample time to start playback of the camcorder or VCR.

Line Inputs and Outputs: You can input the audio and video signals from a cable box or satellite receiver via the line input jacks (Stereo audio RCA, composite video and S-Video jacks). The unit provides one A/V output for connecting to a TV, including stereo RCA audio, composite, S-Video, and Color Stream Pro component video jacks. The component video jacks are capable of outputting a progressive scan video signal to an HD-ready TV.

Digital Audio Output: The DMS features a TosLink optical digital output for connecting the unit to a Dolby Digital/DTS-capable A/V receiver for 5.1-channel surround. Note: The digital audio jack only outputs Dolby Digital, DTS, or PCM audio signals from DVD playback.

Serial Control Out/IR Control Out: The unit features 1/8" mini-jacks for use with supplied Serial Control cable and IR Control cable. The Serial Control cable can change the channels on many DirecTV satellite receivers and some cable boxes. If your satellite receiver or cable box does not have a serial port you can use this unit's IR blaster to control the receiver or cable box.

USB: Two full-size USB jacks (USB-A) are provided for use with the Home Media Option.

Phone Line: One RJ-11 jack is provided to plug in a phone line for accessing the TiVo Service (a 25' phone cord is supplied).

RF Input and Output: Signals entering the DMS at the RF Input jack are passed through the DMS to the RF Output jack. No TiVo service functionality is available from the RF output. If your TV does not have A/V inputs, you will need an RF modulator in order to use the TiVo service. Note: In order to watch a program while recording another, you must split the RF signal and feed the TiVo unit and the TV independently.

 
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