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Toshiba DVR620

DVD recorder/HiFi VCR combo with 1080p upconversion

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Enjoy the flexibility of recording to either DVD or VHS with the Toshiba DVR620. It combines a DVD recorder and VCR in one space-saving package. Just connect a cable box or satellite receiver to capture your favorite TV shows. Internal dubbing from VHS to DVD, and vice versa, lets you back up your home movies and other non-copy-protected material. A flip-down door reveals front-panel inputs that provide a quick and easy way to record from other sources, such as a camcorder. And if you have an HDTV with an HDMI input, the DVR620 can upconvert DVDs to better match your set's high-resolution screen, so all your discs will look their best.

Enjoy the flexibility of recording to either DVD or VHS with the Toshiba DVR620. It combines a DVD recorder and VCR in one space-saving package. Just connect a cable box or satellite receiver to capture your favorite TV shows. Internal dubbing from VHS to DVD, and vice versa, lets you back up your home movies and other non-copy-protected material. A flip-down door reveals front-panel inputs that provide a quick and easy way to record from other sources, such as a camcorder. And if you have an HDTV with an HDMI input, the DVR620 can upconvert DVDs to better match your set's high-resolution screen, so all your discs will look their best.

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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.)

Although we haven't used it a lot, I can say that it was very easy to set up.

PatriciaH, Staunton, VA

What's in the Box:

  • DVD/VCR player/recorder combo
  • Wireless remote control (SE-R0295)
  • 2 "AA" batteries (stored in packing material)
  • 59" Composite video cable
  • 59" Stereo audio RCA cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • Quick Guide (English)
  • Quick Guide (Spanish)
  • Customer Service Contact sheet
  • Digital Transition Notice

Product Highlights:

  • no built-in TV tuner — requires a connection to a cable box or satellite receiver
  • upconverts and displays DVD video at 720p/1080i/1080p via HDMI digital interface
  • 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)
  • coaxial digital audio output for Dolby® Digital/DTS®/PCM
  • front-panel digital camcorder input (IEEE 1394)
  • 2 sets audio/video inputs (composite, S-video), including 1 front-panel (composite)
  • 1 set audio/video outputs (composite, S-video, 480i/480p component video, and HDMI)
  • 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, DVD+R & DVD+RW, and DivX® discs
  • plays audio CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)
  • auto DVD finalization
  • one-touch timer recording
  • two-way dubbing of non-copy-protected material
  • remote control
  • 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.
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Product Overview: The Toshiba D-VR620 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. Although you can dub from DVD to VHS or from VHS to DVD, you cannot record from copyrighted materials.

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

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-VR620 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.

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 - 6x speed

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

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 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.

DivX Playback: The D-VR620 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-VR620 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 folder or 999 files per disc recorded on CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW.

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.
  • 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-VR620 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-VR620 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

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).

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.

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-VR620'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-VR620 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. 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.
  • Title Deletion: You can delete titles which you do not need anymore.

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 angels to choose from.

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

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.

Remote Control: The supplied SE-R0295 wireless remote can control the DVD/VCR recorder only.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI Output: The D-VR620 has one rear panel HDMI output that can be used for DVD and VCR playback. You can set the HDMI output resolution to 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p.

A/V Outputs: The DVD/VCR audio/video outputs include a component video, composite video, and S-video output along with a pair of stereo RCA output terminals. These A/V outputs can be used for either DVD or VCR playback.

Digital Outputs: 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-VR620 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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10 questions already asked

Sorry, I have not yet used the DVR for this purpose. [ CHARLES  Dec 29, 2014 ]
Yes you can record copyrighted shows. You can't transfer TV shows to a VCR or make a Blu-ray copy..... [ Phillip  Dec 27, 2014 ]
I always record my TV programs--exclusively TCM and PBS --- on VHS tapes. Then I will evaluate their contents and then I record them on DVD discs. I never encountered prohibitions on recording to VHS tapes. The only prohibition I encountered on recording to DVD discs was on movies shown on channel AMC. There was no prohibition on taping them--just on trying to record the movie from tape to DVD disc. I have two Toshiba DVR620 units and have had no recording troubles with them. [ SAUL  Dec 19, 2014 ]
NO [ SAUL  Dec 19, 2014 ]
Press Setup button, then General Settings, Playback, Subtitle Language, and choose off, English, French, Spanish or Other. [ SHEILA P  Dec 19, 2014 ]
No, there is no button on the remote. You have to access the Set Up button...then click on Playback, which then directs you to Audio set up, from which you can choose between four or five different languages. Hope that helps... [ DONN  Dec 18, 2014 ]
use this for old tapes only - sugest you ask toshiba for you answer Thanks John [ JOHN  Dec 17, 2014 ]
To : Jim D HDMI can only be used for output for the DVD part of the item. HDMI does not apply for outputting the signal for the VCR section. For the VCR section you will use composite cables - yellow for the video and the red and white cables for the audio or you can use component cables. I hope this information was helpful to you. Sincerely, Vince [ VINCENT J  Dec 02, 2014 ]
Hello JIM D YES YOU CAN OUTPUT BOTH SIGNALS VIA HDMI [ LEONARD  Dec 01, 2014 ]
I use only a HDMI cable and play both VCR and DVD disks with good results. However it will not play Blue Ray disks. [ HERBERT E  Nov 26, 2014 ]
Yes [ ALLAN D  Nov 25, 2014 ]
If you can, I'm not aware of it. I didn't have a 2nd HDMI cable so i used the 3 cables that came with it [ JOHN  Nov 25, 2014 ]
Yes, you can. I do exactly that. [ JONATHAN M  Nov 25, 2014 ]
I use one set RCA jacks (R/Y/W) from the Line Out and they output both the DVD and VCR signals smoothly. I have never tried the HDMI Out jacks but hopefully they would provide the same funcitonality. [ NITIN A  Nov 25, 2014 ]
I buy dvd discs that will take 8 hours recording. I have used Memorex and Sony discs I use +RW types because I can erase recordings and re-use the space if it was the latest recording. The Toshiba DVR 620 won't take -Rw discs. I've been building a DVD movie library for 5 years and currently have over 3000 movies recorded on DVD discs. [ SAUL  Dec 19, 2014 ]
Regarding the Toshiba DVR 620 The DVR does not include a burner. When I ordered a 25 blank disc set for recording I was told that all of the discs that they sell are for 2 HOUR recordings only. I hope this information was useful to you. [ VINCENT J  Aug 02, 2014 ]
Yes it has a built in burner for recording. I use DVD - R But can use most DVD disks , DVD plus R DVD - R. DVD -RW and You can set it for 2- 4- or 6 hr recording but 2hr recording makes the Best recordings. [ ALVIN  Jul 21, 2014 ]
Yes, it does have a built in disk burner. It works very well and will actually record up to 8 hours on most DVD discs. I use mainly DVD + R, 16X, 4.7 GB. Hope this helps. [ MARSHALL W  Jul 20, 2014 ]
This Toshiba does have a built-in burner. I have had good luck with Verbatim DVD-R disks but I don't know if you can record for 4 hours. (You may want to contact Verbatim and ask.) Other, popular, brands have been unreliable for me. [ JONATHAN M  Jul 20, 2014 ]
Sorry I wish could answer this but I only watch movies basically . [ ROSE  Jul 19, 2014 ]
The 620 should play discs that are finalized. It WON'T play unfinalized "-R" discs from other machines even if it's from a Toshiba (won't play unfinalized "-R" from my older DVR650). It might play unfinalized "+R" discs from another machine since that is Toshiba's preferred format (same as SONY). Hope this helps. Neil W [ NEIL W  May 08, 2014 ]
I don't know. [ SAUL  May 06, 2014 ]
So far only use this unit to play my VCRs. So can't answer your question. John [ JOHN  May 06, 2014 ]
I had no problem playing DVD's I finalized on my DVD player and laptop.I'm not familiar with your SONY equipment. [ JOHN  May 06, 2014 ]
I am sorry, I can not answer your question as the SONY VX560 I bought was a gift for an overseas friend. Hope you can find the answer elsewhere. [ CARLOS A  May 05, 2014 ]
It will play DVDs from any device, as for recording on a disc that has not been finalized I can't answer that. I have only converted a few VHS to DVD and don't have that much experience with it. My DVR620 mainly plays DVDs in the kitchen. [ PHILLIP  May 03, 2014 ]
Yes, easy. First you have to do the wiring so that you can see the TV program from the Toshba. Routing the antenna thru the Toshiba to the TV is easiest. Then on the right side of the controller look for timer program and follow the prompts. When done press enter, and timer set (bottom row) Timer set turns off the Toshiba until it is time to start the recording. (Don't forget to put a new dvd or a tape in the machine first) [ RICHARD  Apr 28, 2014 ]
yes you can record tv shows run cables from the input of your cable box to out put on tv [ LEONARD  Mar 15, 2014 ]
Easily. Just set your tv so that you are viewing through the Toshiba and then just start recording [ RICHARD  Mar 05, 2014 ]
Yes, it will record from any source through its inputs, including TV shows. However, it does not have an internal TV tuner. [ ERIK W  Mar 04, 2014 ]
Yes. TV shows can be recorded directly from your TV as they are broadcast. Press the Record button after choosing VHS or DVD on the remote (or DVR620 console) and the Record Mode (length of time/quality). You can also set the DVR620 to record a program at a specific time and day using the Timer Programming in the Setup menu. If you have recorded programs on a DVR from your cable company, you can record those programs to either a DVD disc or to a VHS tape in your Toshiba DVR620. The quality is much better using a DVD than a tape. Set up the DVR620 first. Begin playing the cable company DVR program then press the Record button on the DVR620 remote or console. You can manually stop the DVR620 recording when the program is finished or you can press the Record button to set the length of time remaining to be recorded so that it stops automatically. Press the Record button once for 30 minutes, twice for 60 minutes and so on. The length of time will be displayed on the DVR620 console. NOTE: Since the DVR620 does not have its own tuner, it will record only the channel that is set to display on your TV. Do not try to watch other channels while it is recording. However, if your cable company DVR allows you to record two programs at once, you can set it to record one program ahead of time, then switch to the TV channel or previously recorded program that you want to copy to the DVR620. While your TV must be set for the correct channel, it does not have to be actually turned on to record. I have cables connected as follows: (1) cable company DVR OUT to DVR620 IN (audio/video - red/white/yellow), (2) DVR620 OUT to TV IN (HDMI), (3) cable company DVR OUT to TV IN (HDMI). There may be other combinations that also work. [ Judy M  Mar 04, 2014 ]
This Toshiba will allow TV recording to a tape or blank dvd. It does not allow recording of televised copyrighted material, so if a particular TV program is copyrighted it will not let you record to the DVR. [ VINCENT J  Mar 04, 2014 ]
Hi Brian, So far I have only used mine to watch DVD's and also to dub old VHS tapes to DVD (which it has done a great job with). But the owner's manual has a whole section about recording from TV so I assume it can do that as well. [ PATTY  Mar 04, 2014 ]
This will depend largely on how your system is set-up. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to discuss your system set-up and give you the details on how you may be able to use this unit in your system. [ Jeff  Jan 24, 2014 ]  Staff
yes [ LEONARD  Jan 18, 2014 ]
Yes I had a lot of the big VCR home movies and i recorded them to DVD. Easy to use. [ BRENDA  Jan 06, 2014 ]
Yes, I purchased this last year and have recently used it several times to transfer old VHS tape material to DVD's. It did a great job. I do highly recommend reading the owner's manual section for instructions. Make sure after you've burned the new DVD that you also read about finalizing the disc (also in the owner's manual) so that it can be played in other DVD players. It's not highly complicated, but following the instructions helps avoid frustration. [ PATTY  Jan 05, 2014 ]
Yes, it does a very good job. However, my experience is that if the VHS tapes have not been used in a long time, they need to be fast-forwarded and then rewound using a separate tape re-winder machine first because the sitting tapes makes the tape very tight and might not work if the rewind is not done first. I found my re-wind machine on an online auction site for a very reasonable price. [ MARSHALL W  Jan 05, 2014 ]
I don't know. I've never been able to make it do anything. Sorry! [ GREG A  Jan 05, 2014 ]
Yes this is a very good VCR to DVD recorder. In short I think it is a very good Recorder [ ALVIN  Jan 05, 2014 ]
Yes, according to the manual. I haven't done it myself. [ JONATHAN M  Jan 05, 2014 ]
Sorry have not tried that yet [ MARK  Jan 05, 2014 ]
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