Toshiba DR570 Record easy to use and set up for quick recording
9 September 2012
Excerpt: My old pioneer unit stopped working and needed a replacement in a pinch. This unit fit the bill, cheap and super easy to hook up. It has a choice of five speed, which is maybe more than you need one hour, two hour, 4 hour, 6 hour, and 8 hour. The eight hour speed is a little grainy, the six hour speed is ok. The one touch recording button is super smooth. on some units thats a touchy feature.
Summary: I am not much of a techie so I needed a neighbor to help me connect to TV. There seems to be different ways but instructions are not clear or explain why would do it one way or another. I do not like that I can not switch all power off without having to reset clock each time. I guess in time I will get used to this.
Summary: I've had my DR570 for two days and have read the manual twice. When I program the unit to record a show, roughly 85% of the time it simply doesn't record. I have done everything by the book and it still doesn't record. I've tried DVD-RW, DVD-R, and DVD+R, and it still doesn't record. That's a staggering failure rate.
Summary: My new LCD TV and old VCR did not a pretty picture make.
Bought the DR570 to replace the VCR and hopefully upgrade the picture of my recorded programs, which it certainly did. Picture is much improved on an HDTV, even when recording at lower quality settings.
Set-up was easy, just like the VCR it replaced. Note that this unit does contain a digital tuner, so all channels are covered and no converted boxes required.
Summary: I got the unit today and so far it seems pretty good. Does what it's supposed to.
But there are three little things that I wish were different:
1) The S-video input in the front either doesn't work or has some secret to it to get it to work that I have yet to uncover.
2) It uses a different numbering system for the digital channels than what my TV (and cable company) does. As a result, what I know as 240-1 becomes 83-1 and 250-3 becomes 83-3.
Summary: The product is somewhat noisy but acceptable. The ease of use is somewhat difficult but once you get the hang of it it's not too bad. It would be nice to have the labels on the buttons on the remote a little bit easier to see in a darkened room. It has otherwise lived up to my expectations. I can certainly recommend it at this time.