Summary: Unit did not record in using the S-VHS connection as advertised in the manual. The unit only has one output that is connected with audio. Making it difficult to send to two video sources. Perhaps this review is not fair since I was used to using a Pioneer DVD recorder, which has many additional and user friendly features. It is a shame that the Magnavox unit is the only unit available in the United States. I took the unit back to Walmart for a refund.
Summary: When I plugged it in it illuminated for a second and then went dark. I called Magnavox field service group Funai ServiceCorp. They had me try several things but, the unit would not power up. They gave me a trouble report number INC 1351735. I gave your Store Refund people this number for whatever it could do. I then took the Magnavox unit to your Rio Rancho, New Mexico Store and received a full refund.
Summary: As far as I know this is the only digital recorder for over the air broadcasts. It works great! It is easy to use but the interface is a little dated. You do need to record at the highest quality rating if you have a large screen TV like mine. I have a 55 inch Samsung LED TV. If you do that the picture is very good.
Summary: I am behind the curve when it comes to the newer electronics and this machine requires time to learn. It is capable of doing much more than I need. Even though the manual is 122 pages and is well written compared to many I've seen, I have discovered some things by trial and error. As an example, the manual states if use the HDMI cable, CC or sub titles can not be seen. However this is true only if you use the 16.9 A/R, if you use the 4.3, CC/sub title does work.
Summary: The reason that I bought the Magnavox MDR533h recorder was because my Philips DVDR3576H/37 recorder no longer was able to transfer video from hard drive to disc after many years of service. I was hoping that the Magnavox would compare to the Philips since they both appear to be manufactured by the same company.To my delight the operation is the same and the end results are more than satisfactory.
Summary: I bought this to replace and old VCR. I needede something that could record both HD digital and analog signals from my local cable company. Does that with ease and appears to be the only one that does. Tried a Phillips but it wouldn't record analog signals. Looks like I'll also be able to use my old VCR to transfer the tapes to disks for better storage.
Summary: Actually, Walmart's ease of ordering, low cost of shipping, and fast speed of delivery were terrific. Thank you. However, I was surprised to find this Magnavox operates identically to a Phillips DVD/DVR I bought many years ago, without any improvements. For the past 7 years, an over-the-air DTV Pal DVR spoiled me.
Summary: I like this upgrade from analog VHS recording to digital. However, when I record a widescreen, I do not get a recording in widescreen. That aside, I am quite happy with the product. I have discovered that when recording in HD, I can only get two 1 hour shows on the DVR hard drive, but I have also discovered that recording in the lowest setting also gets a good result and I can store many more shows on the hard drive of the DVR.