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Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder

Record your favorite movies and TV shows with the MAGNAVOX MDR513H/F7 HDD and DVD Recorder. This DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner records up to 387 hours onto a large 320GB hard drive so you can store all of your favorite television programs. Pause live television while you record the show on this 1080p DVD recorder. Its 1080p up-conversion gives you the best quality picture from DVDs. Play songs; view photos, and enjoy virtual surround sound, with Dolby Digital stream out on this DVR/DVD recorder.
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Questions & Answers for Magnavox Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder

Question

Can I record and whatch another chanel

asked 3 years, 11 months ago
By
chayden21911
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
YES YOU CAN
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
GardeningIsFun
 - CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
answer 2
Yes, you can do both at the same time.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
ptc44200
 - Weymouth, MA
answer 3
YES YOU CAN. I RECORD WHEEL OF FORTUNE ON ONE CHANNEL AND WATCH TWO AND A HALF MEN ON ANOTHER CHANNEL AT THE SAME TIME. YOU CAN ALSO PAUSE LIVE TV WITH THIS MACHINE. NEAT!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
gmillie987
 - GRAND ISLAND, NE
answer 4
No you can't, just the channel you are recording, however you can watch something you have already recorded.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
dedaron
answer 5
yes you can. If you set it up correctly. I have the DVR & a digital converter box. I split the antenae inputs to each in port device> call their help line. they are very good with getting you set up.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Bonze35
 - Papillion,Ne
answer 6
Yes, if you connect the Mag directly to the coax, as shown in SKetches 1, 2 and 3 here, or on one leg of a 2-way splitter (but only if you order PPV/VOD thru a cable box, otherwise a splitter is stupid):

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298409&postcount=10

The coax in/out on the Mag is an internal splitter. It amplifies and passes the raw incoming signa thru to downstream components, like a cable box or TV so they can tune channels on their own.

It also feeds the Mag's tuner, so the Mag can tune channels on its own.

As shown in the sketches, the Mag needs a line connection to the TV since nothing internal (menus, channels, HDD titles, DVDs) can be seen thru the coax passthru. You select the TV input to which you've connected the Mag (AV, HDMI, etc).

This allows you to record one channel with the Mag's tuner while watching a different channel with the cable box or TV tuner.

Your can also record one channel on the Mag while watching a previously recorded title on the HDD or a DVD movie.

Everything you need to know about this Mag 513H, or the NEW AND IMPROVED 515H, is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Q & A - I have just 1-Question.

Q & A - I have just 1 - Question. Does this product (Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder, and the Magnavox MDR515H/F7 500GB HDD and DVD-R with Digital Tuner ) both have a TV Tuner like my current / existing Magnavox 166GB HDD & DVD Recorder (Model H2160MW9A), which allows me to easily record T.V. Programs with Comcast Cable, but no Cable Box. Yes / No ??? Thanks
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
By
openup
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes. That is how we use it (basic analog Comcast cable).
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
TechGuyInLandenberg
answer 2
Digital tuner,yes.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Yamabushi
 - Arnold, MO
answer 3
I have both models and they basically operate the same.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Oldtechnician
 - Norman, OK
answer 4
Yes The tuner can pick up analog and digital channels.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
answer 5
Mine does and it is both analog and digital so I still get my Canadian stations. Don't have Comcast just over-the-air or free TV.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
DetroitLionsNumberOneFan
 - Emmett, MI
answer 6
Yes, this Mag 513 is the follow-on version of the 2160A. Its only diff. feature is a larger HDD... 320GB vs 160GB.

The NEW AND IMPROVED update to this 513 is the Mag 515, released on Nov 2, 2010:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnavox-MDR515H-F7-500GB-HDD-and-DVD-R-with-Digital-Tuner/15080509

The 515 has a 500GB HDD, auto-titling of timer recordings, a timer "skip-one-time" feature, a MUCH better remote, 1-hour power backup and several other operating refinements.

EVerything you need to know about the Mag 513 and 515 is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

can i record from a minidv camcorder

asked 4 years, 2 months ago
By
jerry36
 - laredo
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, with the standard A/V DVR input.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
NOTaNOVICE
answer 2
Yes, that is what I use it for many.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
SuperVideoMan
 - OKC, OK
answer 3
Yes. The Magnavox HDD DVR has DV-IN, Audio/Video input/Output jacks (x2), S-Video input/Output jacks (x2) and one HDMI output.
If your Minicam has Video Out, DV-Out or S-Video Out then you can record straight to Hard Drive OR DVD. Just select the proper input in the DVR Menu, Connect the Minicam press "play" and "record".
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
SigTech
 - Alabama
answer 4
yes
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
dowereallycare
answer 5
Look up the manual on google, there are manuals out there for everything, it will tell you. There are a lot of extras on this one. Great unit!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
renee2007
 - Roseville, MI
answer 6
Yes, both this Mag 513H and the new and improved Mag 515H have DV input, as well as the normal "analog" inputs YWR RCA and S-Video, if preferred.

Here's the DV section of the help file on recording to the HDD:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298438&postcount=13#RecHDD10

Everything else you need to know about this Mag 513H, or the new and improved Mag 515H, is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Channels Drop

I love this machine, but recently 3 of my local HD Channels started dropping to a black screen on and off, like it loses the signal.

Any idea what's causing it and is there anything I can do to make it stop?

I already scanned the channels again (a few times) and unplugged the unit for a while before doing that as well.

Thanks!
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Jimfinity10191
 - New York
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Does it happen when you are watching those channels "live"? If so, it's most likely the provider, not the DVR. The DVR records whatever is fed to it.

If you watch something live and record it at the same time, and there are no 'glitches' live, but there are upon playback of that "title" (recording), then it would be a problem with the HDD (or DVD) recording. That's then a 'repair' issue.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
TechGuyInLandenberg
answer 2
Sometimes I have the same problem, especially in bad weather or high wind. Digital broadcasts have one disadvantage, either the signal comes in great or not at all. I use a really cheap, $8.00 rabbit ear antenna for reception stuck on top of the unit and for me this works until lots of rain and/or wind at the broadcast tower. BTW- I'm about 20 miles away but have a clear hilltop view of all the local towers. Perhaps an antenna with amplifier might help....
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Yamabushi
 - Arnold, MO
answer 3
The most common reasons for sudden disappearance of DIGITAL channels are:

1. Cablecos and broadcasters move channels around. They're always playing with bandwidth, trying to squeeze in as many subchannels (74-1, 74-2, 74-3, etc.) as possible in each channel frequency... one reason we went to digital is they can fit multiple channels in each channel "slot" that would only fit ONE analog channel before. Each change requires a new channel scan unless they add subchannels to an existing main channel in oiur Mags... those will automatically appear in our Mags but not in HDTVs... diff. tuner types.

2. Digital cable or antenna channels can FALL OFF THE DIGITAL CLIFF if the signal becomes too weak OR TOO STRONG, as explained here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298409&postcount=10#Con14

Everything you need to know about this Mag recorder, OR THE NEW AND IMPROVED 515, is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
wajo2
answer 4
OK...I appreciate any input. I'll check out that link.

I do plug the cable coax pluged right into the back of the HDD recorder, with no cable box. Nothing eelse significant going on.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Jimfinity10191
 - New York
answer 5
I kept my digital box with mine and I have had the same problem with it. What seems to happen is the signal is still strong but the station is not broadcasting the program just the carrier.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
DetroitLionsNumberOneFan
 - Emmett, MI
answer 6
Not enough info to really help with this.

How do you get your TV signal... antenna, cable, satellite?

Is the 513 plugged directly into the incoming coax?

Plus other things that may play a role....?

Best if you go to the help files here, join the forum, and ask for help, providing more info than here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Does this unit recieve ota signals or only sat. or cable ?

asked 4 years, 3 months ago
By
akwinterhawk39
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
It us it with an antenna.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - chicago
answer 2
I use this unit exclusively for over the air . I was delighted to get rid of my converter box. I taped a lot of programs from OTA to a Panasonic recorder with RAM disck. Half the time I'd forget to put the converter box on the right program. Now, with this unit, I just program everything for the week. the unit comes on, chooses the channel, and no more screw ups. The only thing it cannot due is readjust your rabbit ear antenna if the wind is blowing the wrong way.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
E55Addict
answer 3
This DVR includes a TV Tuner (analog and digital channels), so you can connect a Coax antenna to it. The manual describes this as one possible hookup method.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
TechGuyInLandenberg
answer 4
receives and records OTA with built in digital tuner
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Yamabushi
 - Arnold, MO
answer 5
It does receive OTA signals.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
answer 6
It tunes both OTA antenna and cable signals, No DVD recorder can tune sat signals directly, only via line input from the sat receiver (STB/DVR) (composite YWR or S-Video+L/R audio).

Everything you need to know about this new and improved Mag recorder is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Does this DVR work on basic cable?

asked 3 years, 9 months ago
By
DWB2010
 - Greenwood, MS
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes. The DVR will record whatever is showing on your TV, and then you can organize your show(s), and record them to DVD.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
ZoeyKay
 - Nashville, TN
answer 2
yes i have analog cable and it pulls in analog and digital channels i got 23 more channels when i hooked it up to the cable it pulls in both analog and digital..
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
jwilson137
 - wilmington, ohio
answer 3
yes
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
DobrePiwo
 - Burien, WA
answer 4
Yes
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
GLynns
answer 5
yes, it's great. basic cable is all we have, so that is why i ordered it
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
beetlebailey
 - kansas
answer 6
Yes, it works very nicely on basic cable.

Here's a list of help files for info or help on this MDR513H or the NEW AND IMPROVED MDR515H:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

I have an older model projection TV, is the Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 compatible? That is if I don't have HDMI port on the TV can I still use this device?

asked 4 years, 5 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes. It provides Coax (antenna-like), RCA-type Video/Audio, Component Video, and S-Video outputs.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
TechGuyInLandenberg
answer 2
It also has both a component output and the stand red/white/yellow output.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Yamabushi
 - Arnold, MO
answer 3
Yes
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Oldtechnician
 - Norman, OK
answer 4
If you have S-video, component, or composite video inputs on the TV, yes. Or, even the antenna.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
Yam8310
 - MN
answer 5
Yes, I used the three wire yellow, white and red cable for my input...
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Acsmfg
answer 6
Yes, the Mag has these outputs for a TV:

Composite UWR RCA
S-Video
Component RGB
HDMI

You can use any one of those for video. It also has audio L/R (RW) RCA out for all the outputs except HDMI, which carries its own audio.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

I don't have cable/dish/directtv etc., just over the air antenna

can this be used with the standard antenna input?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
By
DPH1
 - Burnsville, MN
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This is just the situation this DVR excels at.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
Yam8310
 - MN
answer 2
Yes.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
libbie926
 - Carson City, NV
answer 3
You would need another piece of equipment to convert the "off-the-air" signal to use one of the A/V. RGB, or S-Video inputs.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
SpiritRhythms
 - Central New Jersey
answer 4
Yep..

Like you, I have no satellite here either. Over-the-air works at my place. Since my TV is old clunker dating back to 2001, I'm using a converter box and feeding the coverter box OUT to the Magnavox Composite Video IN. Does great, but naturally, if you do timer recordings this way, you gotta leave the coverter box on.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
nx0tradio
 - Howell County Missouri
answer 5
Yes, thats all I have and it's great.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Acsmfg
answer 6
Yes, it's perfect for OTA antenna.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Can this product play Blu-ray discs?

asked 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Golferdave
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
No, just dvds and like formats. DVDR DVD-R ect.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
PioneerMan
 - Minnesota
answer 2
No.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
TechGuyInLandenberg
answer 3
nope
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Yamabushi
 - Arnold, MO
answer 4
No, only DVDs.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
realist
 - Lake Zurich, IL
answer 5
No. this product does not play Blue-ray discs.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
SpiritRhythms
 - Central New Jersey
answer 6
No, only std def DVDs with video, audio or JPEG pics, music CDs, or MP3 on CD or DVD.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Basic Cable & the Magnavox MDR-513H/F7

With just basic cable (no box), will I be able to watch one program on the TV & record a program on a different channel at the same time?
Will I be able to record programs while away from home and the TV is off?
Are there any problems associated with hooking this up to basic cable (have coax cable from wall to TV)?

Thanks
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
By
flynflyn
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This will record only the channels that you currently receive; antenna, cable or sat; This is a receiver, analog and digital. TV does not need to be ON.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
NOTaNOVICE
answer 2
I use a splitter to provide two Coax connections -- one to the TV and one to the DVR. The TV has multiple inputs (also), so the DVR output is connected to one of the other TV inputs.

That lets us watch a "live" TV direct show while the DVR is recording a different channel. This is how I had our VCR connected previously.

I use an "amplified" splitter (which requires power) to provide a nice clean signal without degradation to both devices. (A passive splitter might degrade the signal too much.)
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
TechGuyInLandenberg
answer 3
Yes. Yes. No. This is my setup. No frills. Works like a charm. I even record the Hi-Def shows in widescreen and playback with virtually no distinguishable difference. Hooked up to TV with HDMI
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
Yam8310
 - MN
answer 4
This product only has one tuner which means you can't watch another channel while recording another. You can however watch a dvd if recording a TV show to the HDD.

I have basic cable and it works great. It picks up both analog and digital stations.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Ohio
answer 5
Yes, Basic cable is fine and the TV can be off. You can watch a different channel while recording another and no problem with hook up.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
gpo1913
 - Port Neches,Texas
answer 6
Yes, Yes and No problems.

If you run the incoming coax directly to the Mag, then coax out to your TV, the Mag will pass the cable signal thru to your TV untouched, i.e., whatever comes in goes out thru the coax, even if it's high def (HD).

With a required 2nd connection to the TV from one of four alternate output connections on the Mag (Composite YWR, S-Video, Component or HDMI), you'll be able to see everything internal on the Mag (menus, channels, HDD titles, DVD titles).

The S-Video and Component connections also require L/R audio (RW RCA) cables.

So, while recording one channel, you can use the TV's ANT IN connection where the coax is connected and watch another channel using the TV's tuner.

The Mag has 36 timer rec programs you can set for single days in the future or recurring (M-F, Every Tues, etc.), so there are almost unlimited conbinations of titles you could record while on LONG trips.

One person recorded 35 shows while on a 3-1/2 week trip using ONLY 6 timer rec programs!

The Mag turns itself on and off for timer rec programs... TV never has to be on.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
wajo2
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