Inputs and Outputs Notes
Product Overview: The Toshiba
RD-XS34 can record video and audio to blank DVD-RAM, DVD-RW,
and DVD-R discs, including blank discs in cartridges. It can also
record video and audio onto its built-in 160 GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD). The unit
also features TV Guide On Screen programming guide and a front panel DV input for digital camcorders.
Hard Disk Drive (HDD): The
unit's built-in 160 GB Hard Disk Drive lets you record up to 270 hours. The HDD is designed as a temporary storage device for recorded content
for viewing once, editing, or saving to a DVD disc.
Recording Modes: You can choose
one of ten preset recording modes to obtain a desired picture quality:
| Picture Quality Rate || Bit Rate (Mbps) || Sound Quality || Approximate DVD Recording
(on a 4.7GB disc)
| Approximate Hard Disc
Recording Capacity |
| XP-Audio || 8.0 || L-PCM || 1 hour || 36 hours |
| XP || 9.2 || Compressed/384 kbps || 1 hour || 36 hours |
| EXP-Audio || 4.8 || L-PCM || 1.5 hours || 51 hours |
| EXP || 6.2 || Compressed/192 kbps || 1.5 hours || 51 hours |
| SP-Audio || 3.2 || L-PCM || 2 hours || 68 hours |
| SP || 4.6 || Compressed/192 kbps || 2 hours || 68 hours |
| MP || 3.0 || Compressed/192 kbps || 3 hours || 102 hours |
| LP || 2.2 || Compressed/192 kbps || 4 hours || 136 hours |
| EP || 1.4 || Compressed/192 kbps || 6 hours || 204 hours |
| SEP || 1.0 || Compressed/192 kbps || 8 hours || 284 hours |
Note: There are also three
manual settings with the bit rate variable from 2.0 to 9.2 and selectable
Sound Quality: When recording,
sounds are converted into digital signals in one of three formats; L-PCM (Linear
PCM/uncompressed), compressed at approximately 384 kbps (Dolby Digital/M2), or
compressed at approximately 192 kbps (Dolby Digital/M1).
Title Capacity: Programs and
chapters within programs recorded
on this unit can be given titles. You can record up to 396
titles on the HDD and up to 99 titles on one disc. You cannot record the same
program on the HDD and disc at the same time.
TV Guide On Screen: TV Guide On
Screen is a free, interactive TV program guide built into the RD-XS34, allowing you to easily select programs to record or watch. The guide
provides up to eight days of programming information, and gives you handy
search tools to easily find the program you're looking for.
Quick Menu: The Quick Menu
provides convenient options relevant to the current status of the recorder. When
the recorder is in the playback mode, the Quick Menu give you multiple playback
options, such as repeat, random and memory playback.
Aspect Ratio: When recording on
DVD-R or DVD-RW discs you can set the recorded aspect ratio to 4:3 or 16:9.
Dubbing: You can dub
programs from DVD to the HDD, or from the HDD to DVD. Using high speed recording
with compatible discs you can transfer an entire disc in a short time.
You cannot dub any commercially available DVDs that are copy protected.
TV Tuner: The DVD
recorder has a built-in NTSC TV tuner. Like a VCR records to a VHS
cassette, TV shows can be recorded to HDD, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, or DVD-R with this unit.
Chapter Create: When you record
on a DVD-R or DVD-RW the RD-XS34 can automatically add chapter marks every 5,
10, 15, or 20 minutes. This feature can also be turned off.
Copy Protection: Some TV
programs have encoded copy protection, (using CPRM--Content Protection for
Recordable Media) allowing them to be recorded only once. When a "record
one time" program has been recorded on DVD-RAM or HDD, you can
"transfer" the program from one drive to the other (ex. from HDD to
DVD-RAM) with the recorded content deleted from the source drive. "Record
one time" programs cannot be recorded to DVD-R or DVD-RW discs. Note: Most
pre-recorded DVDs have copy protection that prevents them from being recorded at
Relay Recording: When a DVD-RAM
disc has about 10 minutes recording time left and more time to go on the
programmed recording, the recorder starts recording the same content on the HDD
and simultaneously places a chapter mark on both. When there isn't room on the
hard drive relay recording is canceled and it can be turned off manually.
Editing: Once a program (title) is
recorded, it can be erased (in full or in parts), named, protected from
accidental erasure (HDD and DVD-RAM), and thumbnail images can be created and
Within each title, you can name, erase, divide, or combine chapters.
Playlists: On the HDD or a
DVD-RAM you can arrange
chapters in any order to create a playlist. Once a playlist is created, you can
name, copy, erase, and change thumbnails. Within each playlist,
you can add, move, divide, combine or erase chapters.
Finalizing Discs: Like a CD recorder,
this unit can finalize a DVD-R or DVD-RW after recording so it can be played on another
DVD player (finalizing a DVD-R or DVD-RW effectively converts it into a DVD Video). DVD-RAM discs recorded with this unit
are not finalized and cannot be played in most DVD players.
Disc Compatibility: In addition
to recording and playing back DVD-RAM, DVD-R, and DVD-RW discs, the RD-XS34 can playback
DVD-Video, Video CD, Audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3, WMA, and JPEG files (on CD-R and
MP3 Playback: This unit can
playback MP3 files recorded onto a CD-R or CD-ROM disc with a computer (CD-RW is
not recommended). Discs must
conform to ISO9660 Level 1, 2 or Joliet. The compatible
sampling rates range from 8 to 48 kHz and the compatible
compression rates range from 8 to 320 kbps. Both constant and variable bit rates
are supported. This unit is compatible with ID3
tag version 2.
WMA Playback: This unit can
playback WMA files recorded onto a CD-R or CD-ROM disc with a computer (CD-RW is
not recommended). Discs must
conform to ISO9660 Level 1, 2 or Joliet. The compatible
sampling rates range from 32 to 48 kHz and the compatible
compression rates range from 48 to 192 kbps. Both constant and variable bit
rates are supported.
Still Picture Playback: You can view JPEG
images on your TV. The unit can handle a maximum of 1000 files and 256 folders
on a disc.
Compatibility is best if neither the height nor width of the file is greater
than 5000 pixels.
Chasing Play: While recording
on a DVD-RAM disc or HDD, you can start watching the same program being recorded from
the beginning, while the unit records a later part of the same program.
Simultaneous Record and Play:
While recording on a DVD-RAM disc or HDD, you can watch one show on the disc while the
unit is recording another. Editing programs during Simultaneous Record and Play
is not possible.
Pause: Any remaining space on the
hard drive can be used to temporarily store the current program. This way you
can pause live TV.
Audio D/A Converter:
This unit includes a 192kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converter for superb
Video D/A Converter: This unit
includes a 54MHz/10-bit video digital-to-analog converter which reduces digital
artifacts for a better picture.
Progressive Scan Output: You
can set the player to output a progressive scan (480p) or interlaced (480i) video signal
from the component video output. Progressive-scan viewing
requires a TV with a progressive scan compatible component video input.
Video Noise Reduction:
There are three noise reduction circuits; 3D-Digital Noise Reduction, Mosquito
Noise Reduction, and Block Noise Reduction. Each can be independently turned on
and off to best suit the video playing.
Virtual Surround: If
you are only using two front speakers in your system, this feature simulates a
surround-sound environment. Virtual surround works with Dolby Digital recordings only.
Function: When the Stop button is pressed, that position is
stored in the memory. When the Play button is pressed after pressing the Stop
button, playback resumes from the position where the disc was stopped. The
resume function is canceled if the disc tray is opened or the Stop button is
pressed a second time.
Multi-Angle Function: This
function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a
number of different angles. Note: This function is limited to DVDs
recorded with multiple camera angles.
Repeat: Titles, chapters,
tracks, discs, original titles, and playlist titles can be repeated. A specific
part of a disc can also be repeated (A-B repeat).
Random Play: The titles and
chapters on a video disc and the tracks on an audio disc can be played in random
You can play video back in slow-motion in either direction at 1/2, 1/8, or
1/16 speed, when paused you can advance one frame at a time in either
direction (forward only using VCD ).
Time Bar: The time bar displays
the current position within the title playing, for example, minute 18 of a half
hour recorded TV show, or minute 42 of a 136 minute prerecorded DVD.
Instant Skip: The Instant Skip
button skips forward a specified amount of time during playback. The interval
options are 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, and 5 minutes.
Parental Control: You can
select a parental control rating from 1-8, which is protected by a 4-digit
password. Child Lock: The disc tray can be
locked to prevent any foreign object from being inserted.
Still Mode: You can specify the
type of picture shown when the player is paused, Auto or Frame. Select Frame to
display high resolution still images.
Black Level Control: You can
adjust the black level of the video output signal (composite and S-video) by selecting
standard or enhanced. Enhanced displays deeper, richer black levels than
Dynamic Range Control: When
playing a Dolby Digital-encoded DVD, you can turn the Dynamic Range Control on
to limit the dynamic range (how loud the loud passages are) for late night viewing. This is often referred to as a Midnight
Mode or Late Night Mode.
Karaoke: The main vocal track
can be removed from a Karaoke DVD recorded in Dolby Digital Multi Channel
Control: The supplied remote (SE-R0144) is pre-coded to operate the basic functions of
most brands of TVs, so you can control the recorder and your television with one remote. The remote control code can be set to one
of three codes so this remote doesn't interfere with other Toshiba DVD
equipment in the same system.
and Outputs Notes
Front Panel A/V Inputs: The unit
has a set of audio/video inputs on the front panel behind a fold-down door. The inputs
include stereo audio
RCA jacks, RCA composite video jack, and an S-video jack.
DV Input: Next to the
front panel A/V inputs, the RD-XS34 features a 4-pin DV input (IEEE1384/i-LINK) for
connecting a digital camcorder.
Optical Digital Output: In
addition to the stereo analog audio outputs, this unit has an optical digital
output, compatible with Dolby Digital and DTS. To enjoy multi-channel surround
sound from this output, you will need to connect a receiver/amplifier with a built-in Dolby
Component Video Output:
In addition to the composite video output and S-video output, this unit is
equipped with a set of component video outputs on the rear panel. The component video output can be set for interlaced or progressive
scanning depending upon the compatibility of the connected TV.
RF Input/Output: The RF Out connection
is a pass-through output for the antenna or cable signal fed to the RF In
connector. The video signal is not output
through the RF Out connection, neither DVD nor HDD.
G-Link: This unit features a
1/8" female mini-jack on the rear panel for connecting the supplied IR blaster.
This jack allows the recorder to switch the channels on a cable TV box.