Blu-Ray might be the latest rage, but nothing can beat DVD-Recorders for recording video content. A trusty, reliable alternative to the VCR, DVD-Recorders are a must-have media device in every home entertainment centre. Prices have come down substantially over the past few years, and you can buy quality DVD recorders online for a little over £100 easily.
After more than a decade of innovation, DVD-Recorders today are among the most advanced home entertainment devices, capable of upgrading SD (standard definition) quality video to HD (high definition) on the fly, and playing multiple file formats. Some even offer digital content for free in high definition.
Toshiba was one of the pioneers of DVD technologies, and the company’s DVD recorders are still among the best in the market. One of its latest offerings, Toshiba DR20 DVD Recorder with Freeview is among the best DVD recorders in the market. Let’s take a better look at this model from Toshiba.
HDMI Connectivity ensures that the Toshiba DR20 can be plugged in directly to your HD TV. It also means you can upgrade standard definition (SD) DVDs to the larger and better quality in near high definition. The DVD recorder can upscale 480p video to 1080p for better picture quality than ever before.
The biggest selling point is a Freeview digital tuner, which gives free access to up to 50 digital channels and 24 radio stations. This means no more paying for digital TV content. With Freeview technology, you can enjoy lifetime access to a host of entertainment options, and record everything on to DVDs at your own convenience. Little wonder why the Toshiba DR20 will form the centre of your home entertainment system.
Going beyond DVDs, the DR20 can also play DivX and MP3 discs. DivX is a video format that makes it possible to shrink normal videos into 1/6th of their size. A DivX disc can hold 6 times as many movies as a regular DVD. This is perfect for home video collectors who want to store more movies without burning multiple DVDs. MP3s, as you might know, is an audio playback format that allows storing near CD quality audio in a fraction of the space. An MP3 DVD can hold thousands of songs, making the Toshiba DR20 perfect for playing music.
Besides these features, you can also view your pictures on your TV by burning them to a DVD disc and playing them on your Toshiba DR20. Plus, the DVD recorder comes with REGZA remote which can be used to control other Toshiba devices (perfect if you already have a Toshiba music system/TV/Blu-Ray player).
The best price, though, is the price: at just a little north of £150, the Toshiba DR20 is among the more affordable and feature rich DVD recorders online.