Toshiba's combined DVD/VHS SD-V296 combines a basic DVD player and VCR in one space-saving package. It's an easy way to enjoy movies on both discs and tapes. You can also connect a cable box or satellite receiver to record your favorite TV shows on VHS tape. Convenient front-panel inputs provide a quick and easy way to record from other sources, such as a camcorder. And if you have an HDTV with a component video input, the SD-V296 can provide a crystal-clear 480p resolution picture from your DVDs.

Product Highlights:

  • no built-in TV tuner — requires a connection to a cable box or satellite receiver to watch or record TV programs
  • selectable progressive-scan DVD playback (up to 480p) for smoother video with compatible TVs (via the component video output)
  • 2 VHS recording speeds (SP, SLP)
  • coaxial digital audio output for Dolby® Digital/DTS®/PCM (DVD only)
  • 2 sets of audio/video inputs (composite video, 1 front and 1 rear)
  • 1 set of audio/video outputs(composite video for both DVD & VCR; S-video and 480i/480p component video for DVD only)
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, and DivX® discs
  • plays audio CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 & WMA CDs (per Toshiba, "use of CD-RW for MP3 files is not recommended")
  • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)
  • one-touch VCR timer recording
  • DVD/VCR remote control
  • 17-3/16"W x 3-3/4"H x 10-1/16"D
  • weight: 6 lbs.
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
  • Note: Internal dubbing of copy-protected DVDs is not possible.

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Written By collector, USA on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Many people still have video tapes. Why are manufacturers no longer making them, especially combos? Related, why aren't tuners built in any more in the few recorders around? Most of us still have access to online tv and not every tv in the house is connected to the pay box.

Simple solution to playing your VHS and DVD collection!

Written By Anonymous, Ohio on Thursday, January 01, 2015

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Was up and running in nothing flat with this machine. The remote control is laid out pretty well - really didn't even need to consult the owner's manual.

Great Deal

Written By Bill, United States on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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My mom has a collection of VHS and DVD's that she hasn't been able to watch so I got this for her as a present. It was simple to install and easy to use. She is thrilled to be able to watch both types of media with just the one unit.

Pros: easy to install and easy to use

Great DVD/VHS Combo

Written By Gary, Castle Rock, CO on Monday, December 30, 2013

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Easy installation and ease of use are the keys to this unit. Instructions were easy to follow, as well. Plug and play!

Pros: Simple unit to use. Worked the first time and every time after.

Cons: none

A great replacement

Written By Suz, Schuyler, VA on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

This was bought to replace a combo DVD/VHS player. It is very easy to use and was not difficult to install. It plays very well.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Could not be connected directly to the cable box.

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Written By Vince L, Wallace, N.C. on Sunday, June 23, 2013

Excellent product-works great.. Arrived in two days. Easily connected. Great service (as always) from Crutchfield. One minor thing: The buttons on the remote are so small and the letters are hard to read--especially by an old fart like me).

Cons: Buttons/lettering on remote are tiny.

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Written By Anonymous, Bremen,ME on Friday, May 31, 2013

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Very satisfied in all respects....Crutchfield is my go to source

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Written By William D, Longs, SC on Monday, May 13, 2013

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The Toshiba was a replacement for one I had from 10 or so years ago which had "retired" itself. It was just what I was looking for with both the VCR and DVD functions in one simple to use piece of equipment. Thank you for having just what I was looking for!!!

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What's in the box?

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  • DVD/VCR combo player
  • Remote control (SE-R0323)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 58" Composite video cable
  • 58" Stereo audio RCA cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • Quick Start Guide (En/Sp)
  • Limited Warranty Information
  • Toshiba Contact Information sheet

Product Research

DVD Player
VHS Recorder
Audio/Video Features
Remote Control

DVD Player

Disc Compatibility: The Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR combo player supports the playback of the following disc types.

Disc Type Disc Description
CD CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW

Note: This unit will only play back DVD and CD discs. It does not record to disc. Not compatible with MP3/WMA/AAC audio files.

Dolby Digital/DTS Compatible: The Toshiba SD-V296 supports playback of Dolby Digital and DTS encoded DVD discs and outputs the Dolby Digital/DTS signal to your connected home theater receiver (with built-in Dolby Digital/DTS decoder) via a digital coaxial output.

Search Functions: The Toshiba SD-V296 offers various search functions to help you find your disc content.

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

Markers: This function allows you to store markers on a disc that can be easily recalled. You can bookmark up to 3 scenes at a time. The markers are cleared when you open the disc tray or turn the unit off.

Zoom: The Zoom feature allows you to get an increasingly close-up view of the image. Each press of the Zoom button increases the magnification to Zoom 1 (1.3x), Zoom 2 (1.5x) or Zoom 3 (2.0x). You can also move the zoomed image around the screen.

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

JPEG Viewer: JPEG Viewer enables a user to display digital photographs on a television set in the JPEG digital format. The DVD player supports playback of JPEG images recorded onto CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and DVD+R/RW discs. The unit supports JPEG images with a maximum resolution of 6300 x 5100 and maximum file size of 7 Mbytes. The player can recognize 500 files and 255 folders. You can continuously playback all JPEG images automatically; you can set the JPEG interval to 5 or 10 seconds.

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.

VHS Recorder

Simultaneous DVD playback/VHS Record: The Toshiba SD-V296 offers simultaneous DVD playback & VHS record for watching a DVD while recording a TV program.

VCR Recording Speeds: You can record VHS tapes in either of two speeds: SP (Standard Play) or SLP (Super Long Play).

Record Speed Tape Type Recording Playback Time
SP mode T60 1 Hour
T120 2 Hours
T160 2 Hours, 40 Minutes
SLP mode T60 3 Hours
T120 6 Hours
T160 8 Hours

Note: In order to see the Recording Speed/REC MODE display on the television screen when recording utilizing the VCR side of this device, a connection from the VIDEO OUT jack is required.

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

  • One-Touch Recording: You can record content from an external tuner source while watching the 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 an external tuner source.
  • Timer Recording: You can program the unit to record up to 8 programs from an external tuner source for up to a year in advanced. You can choose between Once, Daily, or weekly program recordings.
  • Satellite Link: You can set the unit to start recording whenever it detects the video signal from the connected external tuner source.

Note: If there is a power failure or the unit is unplugged for more than 30 seconds, clock setting and all timer programs will be lost.

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.

No Built-In Tuner: The Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR combo player does not feature a built-in TV tuner. You will need to connect your cable/satellite box to record TV programming.

Audio/Video Features

14-Bit/108MHz Video Digital to Analog Converter: The Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR combo player employs a 14-bit/108MHz video digital-to-analog converter to reduce digital artifacts to give you a better picture.

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.

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

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

Virtual Surround: To obtain expansive virtual surround sound effects from two speakers, set the Virtual Surround mode to "On".


A/V Inputs: The SD-V296 features two sets of A/V inputs (one on the rear panel and one on the front panel) to connect external sources, such as your cable/satellite box and camcorder. Each AV input features a composite video jack and stereo audio RCA jacks.

Video Outputs: The Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR combo player features one component video output, one S-video output, and one composite video output.

  • Component Video Output: The SD-V296 features ColorStream Pro component video outputs which allow the video signal to be sent from the built-in DVD player to a component video-equipped interlaced (480i) or progressive scan (480p) TV.
  • S-Video Output: There is also a S-video output for DVD playback only (480i).
  • Composite Video Output: In addition, there is a composite video output for both playback of DVD discs and VHS tapes (480i only).

Audio Outputs: The Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR combo player features a coaxial digital audio output (coaxial) and one analog RCA stereo audio output.

  • Digital Audio Output: This unit features a coaxial digital output to allow you to connect the player to a receiver with a Dolby Digital or DTS decoder (for DVD playback only).
  • Analog Audio Output: The unit also has two sets of analog composite audio outputs, if your application only calls for hooking the DVD audio up to your Television. For both playback of DVD discs and VHS tapes. 

Remote Control

IR Remote: The Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR combo player comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of this unit only.

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