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Toshiba DR430

DVD recorder with 1080p upconversion

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Easily record your favorite shows with Toshiba's DR430. Connect your cable box or satellite receiver, and you'll be ready to go with the push of a button. The DR430 is a great DVD player, too. It delivers crisp, clean video images, and can upconvert your DVDs to resolutions as high as 1080p via its HDMI output. If you have a Toshiba HDTV, you'll appreciate this recorder's REGZA LINK™ feature — it lets compatible HDMI-equipped components "talk" to each other for simple, one-remote operation of your Toshiba gear.

Easily record your favorite shows with Toshiba's DR430. Connect your cable box or satellite receiver, and you'll be ready to go with the push of a button. The DR430 is a great DVD player, too. It delivers crisp, clean video images, and can upconvert your DVDs to resolutions as high as 1080p via its HDMI output. If you have a Toshiba HDTV, you'll appreciate this recorder's REGZA LINK™ feature — it lets compatible HDMI-equipped components "talk" to each other for simple, one-remote operation of your Toshiba gear.

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Its a great product, does everything as advertised. The quality is great and at a great price.

J. Otter, Waco, Tx

What's in the Box:

  • DVD video recorder
  • Wireless remote control (SE-R0265)
  • 2 "AA" batteries. 59" Composite video cable
  • 59" Stereo audio RCA cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • Quick Guide (English)
  • Quick Guide (Spanish)
  • Customer Service Contact sheet

Product Highlights:

  • no built-in TV tuner — requires a connection to a cable box or satellite receiver
  • upconverts DVD video to 720p/1080i/1080p via HDMI
  • 5 DVD recording quality settings
  • REGZA LINK™ simplifies control of compatible Toshiba components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • coaxial digital audio output for Dolby® Digital/DTS®/PCM
  • front-panel digital camcorder input (DV)
  • 2 sets audio/video inputs (composite, S-video), including 1 front-panel
  • 1 set audio/video outputs (composite, S-video, 480i/480p component video, and HDMI)
  • USB port for playback of MP3 music files and JPEG photo files
  • records to the following types of discs:
    • write-once DVD-Rs and DVD+Rs, for making permanent recordings
    • rewritable DVD-RWs and DVD+RWs
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and DVD+R & DVD+RW discs
  • plays audio CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)
  • auto DVD finalization
  • one-touch recording
  • remote control
  • 16-1/2"W x 2-1/4"H x 11-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Product Overview: The Toshiba DR430 can record video and audio to blank DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs. Two line inputs (one on the rear and one on the front) allow you to record from several sources.

Note: This unit does not feature a built-in tuner. An external tuner source is required to record television programming.

Disc Compatibility
Video Features
Audio Features
Recording Functions
Remote Control

Disc Compatibility

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

  • DVD-RW: Version 1.1, 1.2, Version 1.1/2 CPRM Support (1x - 6x)
  • DVD-R: Version 2.0/2.1 (1x -16x)
  • DVD+RW: 1x - 4x speed
  • DVD+R: 1x - 16x speed

Note: This unit will playback also playback DVD-Video, CD-Audio, CD-R, and CD-RW discs, but will not record to them.

MP3 Playback: In addition to DVDs and CDs, this unit will play MP3 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. 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 supports JPEG images from 32 x 32 to 6300 x 5100 pixels. It 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 or 10 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.

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 for the analog TV programs received from the connected external tuner or recorded on DVD to prevent your children from watching inappropriate programs.

USB Port: This unit also features a front-panel USB type-A port (ver.2.0 Full-Speed) for playback of MP3 music files and JPEG still-image files recorded onto a USB (MSC) device (up to 32GB). The connected USB device must be formatted with FAT16 or FAT32. The playable bit-rate range is 112-320 kbps (constant or variable bit rates) for MP3. This unit supports JPEG images from 32 x 32 to 6300 x 5100 pixels. The unit can recognize a maximum of 255 folders, up to 99 tracks per folder and a total of 999 files per USB device.

Note: The unit's USB port does not support USB  hubs, PCs, cameras, or devices that need to install drivers.

Video Features

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

Video Connections: The Toshiba DR430 is equipped with the following video connections.

  • HDMI Output: The DR430 has a single HDMI output. You can set the HDMI output resolution to 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p.
  • A/V Outputs: The DVD audio/video outputs include a component video, composite video, and S-video output along with a pair of stereo RCA output terminals.
  • A/V Inputs: The DR430 features two sets of A/V inputs, one on the rear-panel and one on the front-panel, each featuring stereo RCA audio, as well as composite video and S-video jacks.
  • 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 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.

DVD HDMI Video Upconversion: The DR430 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 for DVD playback.

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 DR430'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.

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 output.

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.

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

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

Audio Features

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

Analog & Digital Outputs: The Toshiba DR430 features analog and digital audio outputs.

  • Analog Outputs: The analog RCA stereo audio outputs allow you to connect the DR430 directly to your television or home stereo.
  • Digital Output: The coaxial digital output can both pass a Dolby Digital or DTS bitstream to an A/V receiver with surround decoders.

Virtual Surround: You can enjoy stereophonic virtual space through your existing two channel stereo system. You can select from two modes: Type 1 (natural effect) or Type 2 (emphasized effect).

Dynamic Range Control: This feature lets you compress the dynamic range of the Dolby Digital/DTS sound track when watching movies late at night.

Recording Functions

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

  • One-Touch Recording: You can record content from an external 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 an external tuner source.
  • Timer Recording: You can program the unit to record up to 12 programs from an external tuner source within a month in advance. Daily or weekly program recordings are also available.
  • Satellite Link: You can set the unit to start recording whenever it detects the video signal from the connected external tuner source.
  • DV Dubbing: This function lets you record contents from your digital video camcorder to this unit using the DR430 front-panel DV-input.

DVD Recording Speeds: The DR430 can record DVDs in any of four 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

Simultaneous Playback and Recording: You can play back a recorded title during current recording or the timer recording on the same disc.

Recording Aspect Ratio: You can set the DR430 to record in a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio for DVD recording.

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.

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.

Auto Title Menu: The unit creates a title menu automatically when finalizing discs.

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.

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 one minute of the program has been recorded. During playback of the DVD recording, you can pause, fast-forward, and fast-reverse the recording.

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.

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. You can also hide chapters from a title list.
  • Title Deletion: You can delete titles which you do not need anymore.

Remote Control

Remote Control: The supplied SE-R0265 wireless remote can control the DVD recorder only.

Regza-Link: Regza-Link makes controlling multiple Toshiba components easy. By simply connecting this unit to a compatible Regza-Link Toshiba TV using an HDMI cable, you control them both using the one remote from your compatible television (no additional programming or setup required).

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Customer Q&A

5 questions already asked

Roxanne, It's most likely due to how your cable box is currently connected to the DVD-recorder. Basically, you want the signal (audio/sound) from the cable box to go to the recorder first ('input' ports on the backside; there may be one on the front panel as well if I recall correctly) and your TV should be connected to the 'output' ports of recorder (so that you could watch what you've recorded). I do not recall what sorts of cables come w/ Toshiba (most likely just RCA cables w/ 3 connectors marked red/white/yellow...) but pending on what you may have (e.g., s-video cable) and/or what connectors your cable-box/TV support, different/multiple connections can be made between the three as well. Hope this helps. [ HON J  Jun 13, 2014 ]
I do not have a cable box. I doubt if there is any problem with the wires. Try recording a soap opera or something to see if it works. Some shows are "copy right protected" and will not record on a DVR. They do not want you to have a good disc copy, thank your politicians for that. They want you to use a "Tivo" or something and pay rent forever. However a VCR recorder will probably still work. Check on the internet for other options. If storage space is a problem you may want to transfer the VHS tape to DVD. [ JAMES EDWARD  Jun 13, 2014 ]
Hi Roxanne, I do not think the cables are the problem. Make sure the DR430 is properly connected to the cable box and the TV. Also, it may be that not all discs are compatible with the DR430. I believe the DVD-RW, DVD+RW, and the DVD+R are compatible with this machine. I use the DVD+RW. All new discs probably have to be formatted before they will record. I think the DVD+RW is automatically formatted once inserted. You should see this indicated on your TV screen when formatting occurs. I hope this helps. Ken S. [ KENNETH  Jun 13, 2014 ]
Thinking about this some more; and it should be obvious, you need to leave the cable box on. You record what you see. Change the the station, and that is what you will get. Have to watch something else on another set. I'll bet that you need to set up the video in from the menu. If you didn't see the menu at all, then you have to select the correct input from the remote. Hope this helps, sounds difficult, but once you get it down to just a few basics, it is easy. [ DAVID  Jun 12, 2014 ]
For the best picture, you need to hook an S-Video cable to the DR430. You may not have an S- out on the cable box? Really need to know how you have it hooked up now, even if it is only the color of the cables. The other thing, is the DR430 set up correctly? You have to get into the menu and select your video source (front/back/type of input). Otherwise, nothing. If that is all ok, really should be using DVD-R or -RW discs. I have bought four of these, and recorded only on -R discs. Finally, I hope your cable box doesn't have some added copyright protection. I have no trouble recording from Dish network; but had experienced lock-outs from U-Verse, and yet recorded with no problems from Dish. Need to provide the specific hookup. Can use the cables that come in the box if you have to (composite in-yellow). [ DAVID  Jun 12, 2014 ]
This unit does not have a tuner. You can use it (with the proper video input) connected to an external tuner, cable box, or satellite tuner box. If using a satellite receiver connection, it is recommended you have a satellite link timer. I'm using it to save memorable beta and vhs tapes to DVD. It can be used with my TV cable box, but can only record whatever channel is set on the cable box. My VHS machines still do that for me. [ Jeffrey  Mar 03, 2014 ]
i recently tuned in channel 1117 on time warner cable and viewed it fine [ DON A  Mar 03, 2014 ]
I have had four Toshibas, two currently active, and another two given as gifts over the last eight years. THE PICTURE QUALITY IS EXCELLENT ! You should be using the S-Video input, not the composite video. Yes it is analog, but far better. Make sure the disc is finalized and you will see that the results are close to HD, especially with the unit up-scaling, and the video processors in your HD TV doing their work. But Hollywood is still unhappy with the 1982 Betamax decision, so you will never get to make a digital (like using an HDMI cable) copy for yourself. S-Video is the best you will get, and it is not bad at all. The fact is that the disc quality is the best that you can get (far better than tape), and that a digital input just isn't going to happen. In fact, a year ago Hollywood forced blu-ray manufacturers to remove the S-Video outputs from their players. The manual is thick, has far too many choices to make; so stick to one disc type and format. I stay with DVD-R disc using the Video mode. After the setup, all you have to do is put a disc in and record. Just be aware that if you want to record a TV show without the commercials, you will have to do an assembly edit. It isn't difficult, just remember that hard drives die without warning. I've had two go, but already transferred the content to disc. Don't forget to finalize the disc so that you can play back on another player. This is the best that an individual can do. I checked the Crutchfield site tonight, and there is an S-Video input/output, and the price is the same as about two years ago. I would buy from them again, if only for the advice. Good luck. [ DAVID  Feb 07, 2014 ]
Fully agree, mine sits in its original box, unused, unreturned. [ JAMES T  Feb 06, 2014 ]
David, I'm not sure as I have only recorded 1 movie from the tv. I just mostly watch dvd's that are already recorded like from Netflix. It does have a digital camcorder input. It does have 1080P upconversion capability. Sorry I was not more helpful It does have a good picture when playing DVD'S Foster P [ Foster  Feb 06, 2014 ]
I hooked up a digital converter to it. [ KEVIN J  Feb 06, 2014 ]
Agree. I gave mine away. David D [ DAVID DE  Feb 06, 2014 ]
You will be able to use the A/V out from your camcorder to connect to this unit for transfer from those tapes to DVD. A/V Inputs: The DR430 features two sets of A/V inputs, one on the rear-panel and one on the front-panel, each featuring stereo RCA audio, as well as composite video and S-video jacks. [ Jeff  Jan 06, 2014 ]  Staff
yes, it has all the features I need. [ KEVIN J  Dec 27, 2013 ]
Not sure. Never tried that option before. [ KEBBA  Dec 27, 2013 ]
The only outputs I see are what I call your normal RCA cable outputs. It appears to have composite and component out puts. It also has a digital coax out put, I think it is just for sound. It has the same kind of inputs, the RCA plugs plus some USB. I really don't know what you need for the digital box you asked about. I don't have one. My out put goes directly to the TV. Oh, it also has some S-video plugs. [ JAMES EDWARD  Dec 27, 2013 ]
It depends on what connectors come with your converter box as the DVD recorder will need to be between the box and the TV. The rear panel (& I have three of these) will handle the better s-video input, as well as the RCA video and audio plugs. To the TV, you can connect with an HDMI (only if a newer TV), set of component cables (video and audio), or a set of regular RCA video and audio cables. What I am leaving out is the f-fitting cable (twist on with a copper center stinger). It is ok if that is your input to the converter box, but there is no fitting for an f-cable on the recorder. I suspect that you have an f-cable from the box going into the TV. That won't work. You need the fittings described above. If you connect to the TV with a set of RCA cables, that can go into the recorder, and another set into the TV. Then you are set. Be aware that you can't record one thing and watch another. You literally record what you see at the time. If you download the manual from the Toshiba site, a diagram is on page 18. The picture quality from this recorder is excellent. There are many discs you can use and far too many options. The simple way to go is buy DVD-R discs and use the video mode. Discs are only recorded once, but they are only about 50 cents each. The RW disc can be recorded many times. Toshiba works very well with Verbatim brand discs. This is a lot to take in. ***You might want to call the Crutchfield experts for help at 1-888-955-6000. Good luck. [ DAVID  Dec 27, 2013 ]