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

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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

Will this record from Direct TV

asked 4 years ago
By
Travelingman2
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Beautifully
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Oldtechnician
 - Norman, OK
answer 2
Yes, that's what I use it on.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
answer 3
yes
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
nikeso
 - new Mexico
answer 4
Yes it does. I have directv and works greats
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
crystal6996
 - moriarty nm
answer 5
Absolutely. Hook up the same way you would hook up a VCR. Use those tri-color connectors connect to TV then into DVR
answered 4 years ago
By
Johnte
 - Texas
answer 6
Yes, it connects to your DirecTV STB (receiver) via a line input. You can then do a manual recording by setting the receiver on a channel and setting pressing REC on the Mag is you're there, or you can set a coordinated timer in the Mag to record from the STB while your away.

Recording from an STB is described in this help file:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298438&postcount=13#RecHDD8

Most STBs can be set to RECORD even if there's no DVR attached, so you can very likely set the STB to RECORD a show and set a timer in the Mag for that same time period, then both machines will automatically tune and record that show. This is described in the TIPS section of the help file link above.

Here's a list of info and help files for future ref:

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

How many channels can I get if I have basic cable?

asked 3 years, 11 months ago
By
greco30
 - Florida
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
As many as your basic cable has - not based on the recorder!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
SuperVideoMan
 - OKC, OK
answer 2
Generally cable providers will scramble all channels but your local channels. So no TLC, CNN, ESPN, Comedy Central, etc
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - chicago
answer 3
It depends on your cable provider.

This unit ought to work with any of the "non-scrambled" channels which are present.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
TechGuyInLandenberg
answer 4
you can get all of the channels in your basic cable package.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
answer 5
same as your cable box if you run the co-ax through it!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
comedyfan721
 - Rockford, IL
answer 6
The Mag has 125 analog channels and 135 digital channels. Your cableco may have their channels on their own "virttual" channel numbers high up in number. Those will re-map to the Mag's 124/135 channels.

In my basic channel sub. I get 61 analog channels and 15 digital/HD channels, which are "brilliant" compared to the analogs.

Whatever channels your TV can get are the same that the Mag will get.

Here's a list of info and help files, some devoted to channel tuning and what to expect:

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

Will this work with older model tv?

About 5 years old
asked 4 years ago
By
consuesingle
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes because it has a hd tuner
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
nikeso
 - new Mexico
answer 2
yes
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
comedyfan721
 - Rockford, IL
answer 3
yes.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
siteing
 - greenville,sc
answer 4
Yes, as long as the TV has RCA audio/video inputs. They've been standard on TVs for at least 10 years so yours should have them if it's only 5 years old.
answered 4 years ago
By
rob377
answer 5
Yes
answered 4 years ago
By
Al65
 - Bangor, ME
answer 6
Yes, there are two ways to connect to older TV's, depending on whether that TV has at least one line connection (YWR or YW RCA) or none, as described in Note 4 here:

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

A list of info and help files is here for future ref:

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

What happens to program settings if you lose power

What happens when you lose power. Do you have to reset the program settings. Will the clock reset.
asked 4 years ago
By
RoninRoundRock
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
It just depends on how long your power is out. Our power goes out all the time for a short while and all of my settings and recordings are still there. But if it is off for an hour or so you lose your programing and clock but anything you already recorded will still be there. The clock should reset itself if you set it to in the setup.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
crystal6996
 - moriarty nm
answer 2
Yes if it is more than an 2hr power-outage.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
comedyfan721
 - Rockford, IL
answer 3
I move from job to job and take the recorder with me. It seems to keep the channel scans, but the clock has to be reset. It is without power for several hours. I have unplugged it for a few minutes and it has retained the clock and record program schedule.
answered 4 years ago
By
aRickJ
 - Houston, Texas
answer 4
The manual states that if power is lost for longer than 30 seconds then the clock and programs will have to be re-entered.
answered 4 years ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Ohio
answer 5
You lose the program settings unfortunately. Its a shame but what can one do.
answered 4 years ago
By
Lookingforsafe
 - El Paso, TX
answer 6
On the Mag 513, if you lose power for more than 30-sec with Auto Clock OFF, or 2+ min. with Auto Clock ON or MANUAL, you'll lose the clock and timer rec programs, which are dependent on the clock.

The extra backup time works even if you have a channel entered in the MANUAL menu that doesn't provide a time signal (it serves as a "surrogate" just to gain the extra power backup time from one of the Auto Clock settings).

Many people but a Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) like those at Walmart, or better ones from other places, exp. if they live in areas prone to outages. They provide lots of extra time to shut things down normally and maintain enough power with equipment off to retain settings.

A list of info and help files is here for future ref:

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

Can I take an external VHS player and record dvds from my vhs tapes?

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
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
CallmePatty
 - North Texas
answer 2
Yes. Actually I record to the hard disk drive first, where it is easy to edit the video, and then burn to DVD.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Winstonchurchill2
answer 3
yes you can. It has component in jacks (for a VCR) and firewire in.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - chicago
answer 4
yes
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
HotSauseLover
 - Aurora Il
answer 5
I've done this; however, I recorded to the HD so I could edit the VHS. I then did a fast dub to the DVD. I'm pretty sure you can record directly to the DVD if you have no editing to do. The recording of VHS is, of course, in real time.

This is a nice machine. I program in everything I want to watch for the week, and it just records away, whether I turn it off or on, whether I'm watching a Netflix or a recorded program. I probably have used one tenth of the recording space if that. Had it about 3 months.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
E55Addict
answer 6
Yes, see the Copying from DVr/VCR... subject in this help file:

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

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

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

What cables come shipped with this DVR...and if no cables, do I need to get a HDMI cable to connect to my HDTV for high resolution viewing?

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Dino11
 - Ohio
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
An A/V cable and a coax is included, HDMI cable not included.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
NOTaNOVICE
answer 2
It comes with two simple basic cables. NOT HDMI though, yes, you would need to buy that.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
ModernWife
 - Iowa
answer 3
IT comes with an RF coaxial cable and a set of RCA cables.You'll have to buy your own HDMI cable.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
xvcrowner
 - south vienna,ohio
answer 4
rg59 cable (like the cable company) and standard yellow, white, and red (composite video). if you want HD you will need to buy a HDMI cable to achieve true HD output.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
purenv
answer 5
There is no HDMI cable with this unit, so, yes you have to buy one for high res viewing. But they are not that expensive...especially this time of year.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
E55Addict
answer 6
It comes with a push-on coax cable and thin Composite YWR cables, good enough to get started.

Better Component RGB or HDMI cables can be found at http://www.monoprice.com
or
http://www.bluejeanscable.com

Monoprice HDMI cables are prob. best since they have ferrite cores on each end that reduces ot eliminates any possible interference.

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

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Does this model record closed captions for playback?

asked 4 years ago
By
Oldanslo
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
If you turn on closed caption on your TV you will see it if it is available for the channel
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
Torsdag
 - Lawndale, CA
answer 2
Yes, as long as the input provide CC info.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
TechGuyInLandenberg
answer 3
Yes
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
answer 4
yes if the program has CC assigned to it.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
comedyfan721
 - Rockford, IL
answer 5
I think that it would. I have recorded shows without captions. Then played back and put TV on captions and got them.

I have not recorded anything with captions on.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
DeborahNC
 - W-S, NC
answer 6
Yes, it records both analog and digital CC, as described in this help file:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298458&postcount=15

A list of other info and help files is here:

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

Can I record a tv show without a dvd or vcr tape Inside unit?

asked 3 years, 11 months ago
By
bugeater
 - East Liverpool
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
siteing
 - greenville,sc
answer 2
Just to be clear - this unit has a hard drive and a DVD r/w drive - no vcr tape drive. I agree with other respondents - record to the hard drive first. Then you can edit quickly and dump to a DVD if you want to archive the program. Hint - if you record to the hard drive in SP (2hr mode) you can dump to the DVD in "High" mode, which means a much faster than realtime dump-down. But - because it's at SP, you are limited to only 2hours of content.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
DavG
 - Denver
answer 3
Yes! we do it all the time! You can get like 60 hours of HD recording just on the digital memory!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Restauanteurs
 - FL
answer 4
Yes, you can record to the hard drive or a recordable dvd by selecting where to record in the timer programing section. Depending on the quality selected..ie on SLP you can record almost 400 hours or appx 70 hours on HQ and several settings between. This unit DOES NOT have a VCR recorder or player. It also records live TV when you turn the unit on.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Edsopinion
 - Macon, GA
answer 5
Yes you can, works great
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
bluesky55
 - Hays, Ks
answer 6
Yes, most everyone records to the hard disk drive (HDD), then watch from there, then either delete or copy to DVD if it's something they want to keep.

You CAN record directly to DVD but the HDD is much more reliable as the recording medium, so most don't want to take a chance on a bad DVD esp. for an important program.

Also, the HDD is not limited to the "speeds" or rec modes as far as how much can fit. You COULD record up to 12 hours at the best 1-hr-HQ rec mode in a single title, and do as many of those as will fit on the 320GB HDD, which is 66 hours, or 398 hours at the 6-hr-SLP rec mode, as described here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=13765665&postcount=754.

A lot more help files are here for future ref:

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

Can I watch tv and record at the same time? And, how many shows can I record at once?

asked 4 years ago
By
MarqE
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
you can only record one show at a time and you have to watch what you record.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
answer 2
If your TV has a digital tuner then you can watch one show as you record another. The DVR has only one tuner so it can only record one show at a time.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
DrPepperNotSalt
 - FortWorth,Tx
answer 3
yes...with signal splitter...cost approx.8 dollars at walmart.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
siteing
 - greenville,sc
answer 4
You can watch TV and record at the same time, however, it will only record one show at a time.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Yam8310
 - MN
answer 5
Yes. One show recorded at a time.
answered 4 years ago
By
colodoc
 - Colorado
answer 6
Yes, you can record and watch TV at the same time as long as the Mag is not placed behind a cable box on the coax. The Mag should be 1st on the coax or on one leg a of a 2-way splitter if you order PPV/VOD thru a cable box.

The Mag's coax connection is an amplified passthru, so the raw incoming signal just passes thru to downstream components (STB or TV) for tuning by themselves.

Since it has only one tuner, you can record only one channel at a time.

A list of info and help files is here for future ref:

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

magnavox 513 does it have a fire wire

asked 4 years ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
No fire wire port.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
answer 2
No fire wire or usb.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Edsopinion
 - Macon, GA
answer 3
No.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Yam8310
 - MN
answer 4
It has one in the front of the unit to connect to your camera and record the video to dvd or hard drive. It will not record copy protected dvds.
answered 4 years ago
By
aRickJ
 - Houston, Texas
answer 5
sorry no fire wire!
answered 4 years ago
By
bullwrk2
 - NY
answer 6
Yes, it's the L3 (DV) input on the front of the unit.

A list of help files for future ref is here:

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