Summary: I ordered this unit with the intention to transfer my VHS tapes to DVD. For the second time in ordering from overstock there was a problem with the shipping/tracking number and I had to contact customer service to re-track the delivery. Unfortunately, for me I delayed opening the package once I did receive it because of a busy schedule. When I did open it, I found a notice saying this was a 'factory refurbished' unit and it could not be returned after 30 days.
Summary: After searching for several days for the BEST DVD/VCR recorder, the only one that stood out was the Pioneer DVR-RT500. Unfortunately they don't make it anymore so I had to go find one somewhere out there in internetland. Lo & behold I found a brand new in-the-box one on eBay and made the highest bid. I've only had it a few days now, but it works like a charm! Very good playback of old VCR's that I'm now transferring to DVD.
Summary: I say "sturdy" because I was rather off-put at the not-too-sturdy packaging and Fed Ex may not have been very kind to the product because there was a dent in the box and the interior cardboard brace had given way...making the player rather loose and jossled. Still, I hooked up the machine using Monster cables and the player works fine. The tape-loading seems a little slow and I'm hoping this is not going to cause problems later. The sound is AMAZING.
Summary: I did a lot of shopping around, and found this item to be the best bargain, for the buck. It has all the bells and whistles. I can record VHS and DVDs. I can "view" VHS and DVDs. I am still learning all the functionalities, but have experienced NO problems. I am very happy with my purchase.
Summary: Purchased this product about a week ago,doing well. Had a problem with the remote at first, it may have been the batteries. Replace them doing just fine at the moment. I want to specially thank a person named Elisha, for her help on a problem I had.
Summary: I Have used this product for over three month, I have made movies, made dvd from vcr, home movies of course, and they all turned out excellent, very easy to use and very easy to understand how it operates, I would recommend this prodcut to any one. It is a goor price and a bargan.