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questions about Emerson DVD Recorder/VCR Combo EWR20V4.

Discussion in 'DVD recorders' started by billsin04, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. billsin04

    billsin04 Guest

    ok, i have a ton of questions and need answers immediatly.. i am very close to buying the
    --Emerson DVD Recorder/VCR Combo EWR20V4.
    probably within the next 2 to 3 hours, but need these questions answered first everyones help is greatly appreciated.
    1. which brand blank DVDs are best to buy?
    2. do i buy DVD-R or DVD-RW?
    3. i see DVD+R or DVD+RW, how do they differ from the ones mentioned in question two? which ones are better?
    4. can i record to DVD from a television station?
    5. can i record to DVD from a VHS?
    6. are they any problems?
    7. can they easily be fixed?
    8. on a scale of 1 to 5 what would you give this unit?
    9. how is the quality of the burned DVDs?
    10. is setup easy?
    11. how is the on screen display?
    12. i do not understand the speed ie 1x, 2x, 8x or whatever.. what does that have to do with anything? and what do i have to watch out for when speed variation is involved.
    13. is there only a certain speed i can record at?

    guys a clear response to these questions would greatly help me. thank you all in advance. if need be i can also be reached at machrking@aol.com and AIM: machrking
     
  2. digidoc

    digidoc Member

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    I purchased the Emerson EWR20V4 combo deck. I upgraded the firmware with the disc provided from the manufacturer. It records fine to Maxell 4x DVD-R discs- before and after the firmware upgrade. I bought TDK DVD-RW 4x discs yesterday. The unit will not recognize them at all, and I get the "dirty disc" message. Has anyone used these discs? Which 4x DVD-RW discs have users had better luck with? The only other brand of DVD-RW (4x) at Microcenter were made by Memorex, any thoughts on those? Thanks for any help.
     
  3. GregRod

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    Firstly, never use memorex discs in this machine. They do not work well in Funai products.

    Second, you can not use x4 Rw's in this machine. It only uses
    1x-2xRw's.

    I use Maxell DVD-RW x2 sold at Walmart $16.97 per 15 pack on a spindle. They work great.

    The upgrade will only allow you to use DVD-R's 1x-8x. There is no upgrade on the DVD-RW discs.
     
  4. GrammiB

    GrammiB Guest

    Hello,
    I bought one of these combos about 2 months ago. I really like the recorded results and had no problems upgrading to the 8x. I do have a question, though. I'm very inexperienced with electronics, so please bear with me...
    I bought this unit mainly to record all of our home-recorded VHS tapes to DVD. I just assumed that the dubbing option for VHS-to-DVD would work like a tape-to-tape dub, ie FAST! But as far as I can figure, a 2-hour movie takes 2 hours to dub to a DVD. Am I doing something wrong, or is that the way it works?
    Thanks!!
     
  5. GregRod

    GregRod Regular member

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    Nope...

    Takes two hours in real time. No way around this.

     
  6. GrammiB

    GrammiB Guest

    Thanks for the quick reply. Bummer, I've got about 400 movies!
     

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