An overview what’s available out there…
You have a box full of VHS tapes holding cherished memories somewhere in your house and you know you can’t hold on to them forever as they will degrade over time (here’s why). You decide converting or copying them to DVD is the best thing to do. Now what do you do?
If you are one of those who want to convert your VHS tapes to DVD, but are not familiar with computers or software that converts analog information to digital information, then perhaps a VHS/DVD combo unit should be the thing for you. These devices integrate a VHS and a DVD so you don’t just get an ‘updated’ VHS player but you can also play DVD’s as well.
One thing you have to remember is that many DVD/VCR combos cannot copy or convert copy-protected VHS tapes.
There’s no need for a ton of technical knowledge on your part. (Although if you’d like to go the technical route, please see the guide on our home page.) Many of today’s VHS to DVD converters are now easier to use, some with features such as menu navigation and one-touch dubbing. Some of them also convert the video signal so your movies can be shown on high-definition television. There is a bonus; if the unit comes with a TV tuner or an integrated tuner you can also record your favorite TV shows to tape or to DVD.
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The Sony RDR-VXD655 can dub from VHS to DVD or reverse and it comes with a graphic interface that can make programming easy. It can also upconvert the video signal, allowing you the experience of high-picture quality playback of your VHS or DVD on your HD television. It also has a built-in ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuner and has flash rewind that can rewind a T-120 tape in under a minute.
Toshiba DVR670 Recorder with Built in Tuner
This multi-purpose converter/recorder has support for Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound formats as well as MP3, WMA, JPEG and DivX files. The converter also has DV and RCA inputs in the front and rear RCA and S-VHS inputs so you can easily hook this up to other electronic devices. The built-in ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuner can also allow you to record your favorite shows to either VHS or DVD format from either analog or digital sources.
Samsung DVD-VR375/DVD-VR375A Up-Converting VHS Combo DVD Recorder
Apart from its VHS-DVD conversion features this model also has automatic features that ensure best picture quality when recording. It also has a wide-ranging selection of connection ports in the back allowing it to be used with various electronic devices. It can also support MP3, WMA, JPEG and DivX files and has a Dolby Digital DTS recorder.
Toshiba DR420DVD Recorder with 1080p Upconversion
This easy-to-use VHS to DVD recorder also has a built-in ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuner that allows recording of your favorite TV shows to standard definition or high definition. It is also compatible with TV Virtual Surround sound system and allows you to ad menus to burned DVDs.
The Magnavox MWR20V6 has six recording modes and progressive scan technology. It also has some basic editing features that let you remove those unwanted sections from movies before these are finalized for burning to the DVD. Aside from dubbing from VHS to DVD it can also do the opposite, from DVD to VHS. It also has a parental lock, just in case the kids get curious.
JVC SR-DVM700US DVD/Hard Drive/miniDV Recorder
This advanced model should be considered more for professional grade users than home users. This recorder is able to analyze information as this is being recorded and determine the optimum bit rates to make sure of only the best picture quality. It also has a 250GB hard drive. However, it does not have a built-in tuner and cannot upconvert for high-definition television.
JVC DR-MV150B DVD Recorder/VCR Combination Unit
This model can record both analog and digital TV signals since it has both NTSC and ATSC tuners. It also supports Dolby Digital/DTS Digital Output for DVD and Digital Output for VHS. There are DV inputs in the front to make data transfer from your DV camcorders easy. It can also record on all DVD formats but cannot convert or copy copy-protected material.
Just from this small sample of VHS to DVD recorders you get the idea of just how many options you have to choose from if you want to get a converter to change your VHS tapes to DVD. What’s also great about these TV-top boxes is that you do not have to use a computer or any advanced software to do this. These converters are also easy to use, in no time you will be viewing your converted VHS tapes or your favorite TV shows at your pleasure, your leisure and in high-definition.