Samsung DVD-V3650

Combination progressive-scan DVD/CD player + HiFi VCR

  • Samsung DVD-V3650


  • Samsung DVD-V3650


  • Samsung DVD-V3650


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Our take on the Samsung DVD-V3650

by Melanie Seibert

Want to gain DVD playback without sacrificing the ability to watch and record VHS tapes? No problem, thanks to Samsung's DVD-V3650! This affordable deck performs the functions of a standard VCR, and provides DVD playback (including progressive scan when connected to a compatible TV). It can also play CDs, audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs, and recordable CDs encoded with MP3 and WMA music files. Plus, if you've saved JPEG digital photos to CD, it lets you view them on your TV screen!

The DVD-V3650 features 3D Sound, which makes it a great choice for viewing movies in a bedroom, dorm room, or other setting where you don't have a full 5.1-channel home theater setup. You can even watch a DVD while the VHS deck records a TV signal.

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Front-panel A/V inputs enable quick and easy connection of a game system or camcorder. Auto clock and channel set make initial setup really easy. Plus, the 'V3650 can send both the DVD and VHS signals through the RF output — if you've got an older TV, one connection is all you need to view both formats!


    DVD player:
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and DVD+R & DVD+RW
  • plays CD, CD-R & CD-RW, MP3 & WMA encoded CD-R & CD-RW
  • plays digital photo CDs (JPEG)
  • 27MHz/10-bit video D/A converter
  • selectable interlaced/progressive-scan component video output (progressive scan requires an HD-compatible TV)
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM
  • composite video out for DVD/VCR; S-video & component video for DVD only
  • 3D Sound for enhanced 2-speaker sound
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
  • HiFi stereo with MTS decoding
  • 4 video heads
  • Quasi S-VHS playback (VHS resolution)
  • auto clock set
  • auto channel set
  • front-panel A/V input
  • 181-channel tuner
  • 7-event/1-month timer
  • Auto SP/EP recording
  • VCR recording during DVD playback
  • no internal dubbing from DVD to VHS
  • multibrand remote (operates most TVs)
  • RF in/out
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-3/8"H x 11-5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year (90 days for commercial use)

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
DVD Recorder
CD-R Capable
CD-R/W Capable
MP3 Playback
Built-in Surround Decoder
Recording Speeds
MTS Reception
Shuttle Function
Tracking Adjustment
Slow Motion
Commercial Advance
Auto Clock Set
Timer Weeks/Events
Width (inches)
Height (inches)
Depth (inches)
Parts Warranty
Labor Warranty
Inputs and Outputs
HDMI Outputs
Composite Video Outputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Outputs
Analog Audio Outputs
Front Panel A/V Inputs
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • DVD/VCR combo deck
  • Wireless remote control (00008A)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 47" RF antenna cable (has a slip-on "F" type connector on each end)
  • 48" A/V cable (with stereo RCA and composite video plugs on both ends)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Product Registration Card
  • Disney Read-Along DVD promotional sheet

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DVD Features
VCR Features
General Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Warranty Note

DVD Features

Video D/A Converter: The DVD-V3650 uses a 27MHz/10-bit video digital-to-analog converter, which reduces digital artifacts for a better picture.

Audio D/A Converters: This unit features dual 96khz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog to ensure greater audio accuracy with every disc, especially discs with  96kHz/24-bit audio.

PCM Down Sampling: You can select a PCM Down Sampling setting of On or Off. When On is selected and you are playing a DVD recorded in 96kHz, the signal is down converted to 48kHz/16-bit before it is passed through the digital outputs. When No is selected and the unit is playing a DVD recorded in 96kHz, a 96kHz/24-bit signal passes through the digital outputs.

Progressive Scan Output: Progressive-scan video has less flicker and fewer motion artifacts than the traditional interlaced-scanning method, resulting in a superior picture. To take advantage of this feature, you must have a television with component video inputs that supports the progressive scanning mode. The component outputs on this unit can be set to pass either progressive or interlaced video.

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit will play MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 or Joliet formats. MP3 files with a compression rate from 128-160 kbps and WMA files with a compression rate from 64-192 kbps are supported. Each disc can have a maximum of 500 files and 300 folders.

JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG files recorded onto CD-R discs using the ISO 9660 or Joliet formats. All JPEG files on a disc can be played back in a slide show. The slide show has a selectable interval that can be set to 6 seconds, 12 seconds, or 18 seconds. You can zoom in on any selected image (2x or 4x) or rotate an image 90-degrees clockwise. Each disc can have a maximum of 500 files and 300 folders.

3D Sound: When listening to a DVD in two-channel stereo through the analog outputs, the 3D Sound function uses a Phantom Surround Processor to give you a simulated surround effect. 3D sound is possible only on discs recorded using Dolby Surround or Dolby Digital and does not work when using the digital output.

Motion Zoom: Motion Zoom allows magnification (2x or 4x) of selected screen areas, without distortion, even as the movie is playing. You can move the zoomed image around the screen.

EZ View Letter Box Eliminator: This feature enables the elimination of the black letterbox bars of 4:3 TV screens with the push of a button on the remote control.

Resume Play: Resume play allows you to resume playback of a disc from the point where you last stopped. The stopping point is cleared when the Stop button is pressed more than once or the disc tray is opened.

Bookmarks: This function allows you to store bookmarks on a disc that can be easily recalled. You can bookmark up to 3 scenes at a time.

VCR Features

Recording Note: Internal dubbing from DVD to VHS is not possible. However, while recording is in progress, you can watch a DVD or watch a different channel than the one being recorded (using the tuner on your television).

Quasi S-VHS Playback: This feature allows you to play S-VHS recordings using a standard VHS VCR. When S-VHS recordings are played, they are displayed with standard VHS resolution.

Timer Recording: You can program the VCR's timer to record up to 7 broadcasts, as far as a month in advance. You can also record programs on a weekly or daily basis.

One-Touch Recording (OTR): Using One-Touch Recording, you can record for 30 minutes or more, up to a maximum of 4 hours. Each press of the REC button during OTR increases the recording time in 30 minute increments up to 2 hours, then in 1 hour increments up to 4 hours. While recording is in progress, you can add recording time in 30-minute increments.

Auto Speed Select: If the length of the videotape is not long enough for a timer recording in SP mode, you can select the tape speed to "Auto", and the tape speed will automatically change from SP to SLP.

Intro Scan: While playing back a videotape, you can search forward or backward for an index mark (made at the beginning of each recording). When an index mark is found, the VCR plays for about 5 seconds. If you want to view that program, you can press Play. If not, the VCR will automatically search for the next index mark.

End Search: If you are searching for a blank position on a tape to record a program, you can press the Enter button and the VCR will search for the next blank portion of the tape. If the VCR reaches the end of the tape during End Search, it will eject the tape.

Go to 0:00:00 Stop: This feature allows you to reset the counter to zero during play or record. When in stop mode, press the "Enter" button and the tape will advance or rewind to the last point where the counter was set to zero.

Skip: In play mode, the Skip feature allows you to cue ahead 30 seconds of recorded program. You may press the Skip button up to 4 times to cue ahead 2 minutes.

Repeat: This feature allows you to review the last 5 seconds of tape from the current playback point in SP mode, or the last 15 seconds of tape in the SLP mode.

Shuttle: From the play mode, "Shuttle>>" gradually increases the cue speed from Double-speed playback to Picture Search to Jet Search. "Shuttle<<" gradually slows down the tape, then goes into Slow mode, Still mode, Reverse Picture Search, and Reverse Jet Search. 

General Features

Auto Power Off: With the unit's Auto Power Off feature, the unit automatically turns itself off in a specified amount of time after the last button is pressed. The options include 1 hour, 2 hours, or disabled.

Front Panel Dimmer: The front panel display can be set to bright, dim or automatic (dims during power off).

Multibrand Remote: The remote (00008A) is pre-programmed to fully operate this unit and the basic functions on other brands of TVs.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

"Alternative" Video Out: If you plan to connect the DVD/VCR to the TV using either the S-Video or Component Video outputs, you will need to select which output you are using in the "Alt Video Out" section of the DVD Setup menu. The S-Video and Component Video outputs cannot be used simultaneously, and they work only during DVD playback. For VHS playback, the composite video or RF output connections must be used.

Front-panel A/V Input: In addition to the rear-panel A/V input, the unit has an A/V input on the front panel that consists of stereo RCA jacks and an RCA composite video jack. These can be used for connecting a camcorder or video game console.

DVD Outputs: The DVD video signal is output through the RF, composite, S-video and component video outputs.

Warranty Note

Warranty Note: The DVD-V3650 has a standard 1-year parts and labor warranty, which is reduced to a 90-day parts and labor warranty for commercial use.

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