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Questions & Answers for Magnavox Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB

Question

Am I correct that 720p TV programs will only be recorded in 480p? Are there any true HD recorders out there?

asked 1 year ago
By
JustinCase
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
You can record H.d. with this machine. Through the antenna only you can do it. First find a show in H.D. then record it to the hard drive then use the hdmi out from the unit to your t.v. and switch the picture size on your t.v.to full.And you can burn the show from your hard drive that is in H.D. to dvd.record in hq or sp for best picture.Now when you play back the d.v.d that you recorded off the hard drive from your dvd player that has a h.d.m.i output or directly from the unit.just make sure the t.v picture size is on full size. I have recorded H.D. on it from a antenna and it came out good. And i burned the H.D. program to dvd and played it back using a regular D.V.D. player with the hdmi out to the t.v.
answered 11 months ago
By
bob737
answer 2
My experience so far (would like Wajo2's input on this# is that the Mag records OTA signals in the format it was transmitted #as anonymous indicated#. I checked the TV info screen as well as the mag info and it showed the same definition. But if recorded to disc, it went to 480p. Then you can use the progressive scan if your tv has the progressive scan option.

The TVIX unit I replied on earlier in this post will record the full HD on its HD. Then you can put that digital file on your PC in full hd or in a network sharing server. But YOU ARE NOT creating a DVD in HD, only a digital file. The mag appears to record to its HD in full HD but there does not seem to be a way to transfer it to a digital file??? The TVIX will not play or write to a DVD as it has no player. So I use the TVIX for my network #NAS) audio/video head unit and the Mag for my cable DVR.
answered 1 year ago
By
Shadowsix
answer 3
Our experience has been that all 3 of our HDD recorders record and play back TV programs in whatever pixel level is sent. We record directly from an antenna and receive broadcast in 720 and 1080.
answered 1 year ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 4
I didn't see any HD coming out of it. Because not enough HDMI for you to use. I had to use RCA wires and with them no HD.
answered 1 year ago
By
Atassm
answer 5
I do not have HD but there are different settings on this machine to record in HD. See if you can get a copy of the owners manual to see if it will answer you question more fully. You should be able to get it on line.i
answered 1 year ago
By
Suz1951
answer 6
I bought the magnavox to replace the Cable DVR, but got this one for all OTA as it records it in HD and for all other media. You won't believe what it can do. Stores and Plays Blue Ray from dogotal files etc.

DVICO TVIX PVR M-6620N Dual Tuner PVR with Wireless Network Media Player at mediaconceptusa
answered 1 year ago
By
Shadowsix
answer 7
Yes, that is true. There may be one or two but you probably wouldn't like the Horrific price.
answered 1 year ago
By
fredbillie
answer 8
The Mag can only record in 480i because the DVD Std requires it.

The Mag's coax circuit is an amplified splitter. On one path, it will pass an HDTV (720p or 1080i) signal through its coax in/out circuit so downstream components will see HD, but anything going thru the tuner or line inputs (the recording circuits) will be downconverted to 480i.

The Mag can upconvert the 480i to 720p, 1080i or 1080p but it will have started as 480i.

Info and help files here... copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575/0_10#post_12244086
answered 1 year ago
By
wajo2
Question

non hd channels

We got the unit for my mom. she lives in a complex where direct tv is sent to each apartment with no box. So I guess it acts like an antenna. ( Much like a hotel) All the Network channels are in HD but the upper channels like lifetime, discovery etc are not. We hooked up the unit and used her tv remote to change to the component. All HD channels are beautiful. The rest look horrible, lines thru them, blurry, etc. She can watch those channels if we switch back to the TV. None of those channels can be recorded. Is that right or did we miss something when hooking it up? We were aware those channels would not record in HD but we thought we would at least be able to watch them thru the component so my mom would not have to switch back and forth from the tv to the dvdr. Help or advice please!!
asked 1 year, 1 month ago
By
KimOB
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
in reference to my original question, we have not been able to get all the channels to work on the component in either digital or analog. I have rescanned the presets under each of the 3 options. I did find out today that the set up at the complex works likes this... There are no boxes in the actual apartments (which is what I already stated) the way direct tv pumps the signals in is different than I would have suspected. They do not send the signals to one big box, then resent to the apartments. Instead they have a box for each channel the entire complex gets. i.e., box 10 sends only channel 10, box 5 sends only channel 5 etc. Is there anyone techy enuf to know if we should still be able to make this work?
answered 1 year ago
By
KimOB
answer 2
It could be different modulation standards. I believe from your explaination they are using an antenna combined with satellite. Try a cable scan, if the other channels show up clear it is because cable channels are slightly off from the real OTA numbers. A real TV may be able to handle the slight change, but a tuner like in the Magnavox might not.
answered 1 year ago
By
mirayge
answer 3
Unlike an antenna, DirectTV is NOT a broadcast service and your mom pays for their service as a part of her rent payment. As such, DirectTV controls bandwidth and content; hence, those premium channels are scrambled so that end users must either pay extra or, in some cases, purchase or lease from DirectTV or whomsoever they recommend, a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) and as long as the apartment building owners continue using DirectTV, only the providers equipment will work. My statements may not be 100% accurate buy, you should get the gist of it. Hope this helped.
answered 1 year ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 4
You should be able to see all the TV channels but is not as good as changing the input to TV. It can be your hookups is the problem. I don't have this issue. Reconnect the unit. Swapping the input from recorder to TV is easy.
answered 1 year ago
By
Atassm
answer 5
For the none HD channels try changing the recording-Play format to one of the lower available resolutions.
answered 1 year ago
By
fredbillie
answer 6
I suggest you visit this website:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575

and go to post 10:
CONNECTIONS... CABLES... DIGITAL CLIFF

Your setup is discussed, with diagrams. I found setup was tricky.
answered 1 year ago
By
Mauer42
answer 7
Only things I can think of are:
1. You did the "wrong" type of channel scan #Preset#.
2. Defective un it.

Since you have such an "odd" system... DirecTV like an antenna?... you might have done the wrong channel scan type. The Mag is not like a HDTV that scans all channels, both analog and digital, in one pass and integrates them in sequence in the tuner.

Whatever scan type you selected might have been "wrong" for your peculiar system. I'd try the other type#s# of scans and see if it works better.

Otherwise, return the unit?

Normally, a system with both analog and digital channels, which are only on cable... antenna channels are ALL digital... will show a diff. between the old, 20th Century analog channels and the new digitals, but they shouldn't have lines and blurriness... just a noticeable lower quality.
answered 1 year ago
By
wajo2
Question

can you record directly from tv to dvd ,or do you have to go through the hdd and then dub to dvd

asked 1 year, 4 months ago
By
lowesmava
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
7 answers
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answer 1
I currently have the old Magnavox unit that was a VHS/DVD - capable of dubbing in both directions, and even on my unit, I can record directly to DVD.

In fact, I use the DVD, and DVD+R discs to record my TV shows instead of the VCR for a few reasons. (1) I can "reformat" the discs just as I could erase a vhs and reuse them over and over, BUT, they do not break down anywhere near as quickly as actual magnetic tape of a VHS does. (2) If the show ends up being something I want to keep it is already on a DVD and can be played on other DVD units, or on computers, laptops, etc. (3) Using the DVD, I can go in and clip out commercials and such from anything I want to keep around for a while.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
serloren
answer 2
yes you can record directly to dvd.
it is recording from over the air (antenna), or line in from other devices
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
donate2yourFireDept
answer 3
Yes you can if it is not copy write protected.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
sooooooohapy
answer 4
If you select the DVD button to record to, it will be recorded directly from the DVD recorder TV tuner to the DVD.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
NormalWalmartCustomer
answer 5
I've not tried this but the manual says you can. You have to insert your disc and pres the "REC MODE" button to switch it between HDD and DVD recording. And when you're setting up a timer to record, you can also pick your mode there as well.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
pjhauser
answer 6
Here are help files for recording to the HDD and direct to a DVD... copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12298438

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298483

Other info and help files are here:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
wajo2
answer 7
Can go direct
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
Me1343
Question

DOES IT CONECT TO THE TV WITH A HDMI CABLE?

asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
bglewis
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes. It has HDMI out, upscales to 1080 but it does NOT output HD
answered 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 2
yes
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
donate2yourFireDept
answer 3
Yes, but your tv must have HDMI connector.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Yugitharpy
answer 4
The manual shows the different types of hookups and HDMI offers the best quality. If your TV has an HDMI port then you should be able to install it via HDMI. Remember to set the HDMI to 1020 (push enter four times for this in setup). If you don't have an HDMI port on your TV then there are several other options.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
TiroUser
answer 5
Yes, you can connect to TV using HDMI, Component RGB, S-Video or composite YWR RCA.

Info & help files are here (you only need to read and bookmark PAGE 1 for 1-click to answers):

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
wajo2
answer 6
Yes, HDMI is one of several output options on Magnavox HDD/DVD recorders.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
BrendaC9
Question

I have No Cable or Sat. service.

I do not have cable or satellite service. My TV is a Magnavox HDTV. Can I use this unit to record shows being broadcast to my antenna.
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
By
David
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes, any input can be recorded
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 2
Yes, this is exactly what I do. The TV antenna plugs into the Antenna In of the DVR, and the Antenna Out of the DVR connects to the Antenna In of your TV. The DVR will just share the antenna, and pass thru antenna signals to your TV. If you want, you can watch the programs that you are recording or you can watch a different channel than the one being recorded. When you play back from the DVR, the signal passes to your TV through the HDMI cable (or one of the other outputs) but NOT the antenna line . . . the antenna line only carries off the air signals.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
W2KBF
answer 3
You don't need a separate cable or splitter on your antenna coax to watch one channel while recording a diff. channel.

The Mag's coax circuit is a BUILT-IN splitter that, on one path, feeds the raw incoming signal to downstream components (cable box or TV) AND, on another path, feeds the Mag's tuner.

So, separate paths that allow your TV to tune all the channels it could if the Mag wasn't there, while the Mag tunes its own separate channels with its built-in tuner. Antenna users need a TV with a digital tuner since the OTA signal is all-digital today.

To watch plain TV, switch your TV to its coax/TV (ANT) input, To see internal Mag stuff (menus, channels, recorded titles, DVDs) switch your TV to the input where you connected the Mag... that connection can be via HDMI, Component RGB, S-Video or Composite YWR RCA. Nothing internal from the Mag goes thru the coax.

Info and help files are here (with that info and more)... copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
wajo2
answer 4
I just purchased this recorder and we only have antenna TV. Yes, you can record antenna on it since it has a built in tuner. The only issue is that you cannot watch a show and record another one at the same time. We ran a second coaxial cable to it and a separate one to our TV.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
newtcook
answer 5
yes
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
Seasonedcitizen
answer 6
Yes, antenna is the very best source for this Mag recorder, all digital/HD signal.

Info & help files here... copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#user_HSD11
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

can you schedle record

asked 1 year, 3 months ago
By
el
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
books50000
answer 2
Yes, you can set the DVR to record multiple programs. I haven't tested how many may be scheduled at one time, but there is a page listing at the bottom (I'm still on page 1/1), so I'm guessing at least 12, probably more. (I don't mean you can record multiple programs that are on at the same time, but that you can set the DVR to record, for instance, two programs on Monday, three on Tuesday, one on Wednesday, etc. It can record only one show at a time.)
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
LadyCXJ
answer 3
if you know when the show is on, you can set up the recorder to record the time slot, but there is no program guide.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
ThunderDan111
answer 4
Yes. but it is set up more like the old VCR's were. You enter the day, start/stop time, channel, and quality.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
thriftyshopper02
answer 5
Yes you can schedule a recording time.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
sartek7
answer 6
Yes, it has 36 timer programs you can schedule for M-F, Every Sunday/Monday/etc, a certain date, etc... lots of other options.

One person used only 6 timer programs to record 35 shows while he was on a 3-1/2 week trip!

Lots of info here:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Can you transfer your recorded media, store within the unit to a storage media (i.e. DVD disc or external HDD)?

asked 1 year, 3 months ago
By
diahron
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
6 answers
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answer 1
Recordings can be dubbed to a DVD disc or output via component cables to another recording unit.
answered 1 year ago
By
1DVRFan
answer 2
You may burn your recordings to the built in DVD. There is no option for external storage.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
UniqueUserName
answer 3
Yes
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
Woden
answer 4
I recorded a couple of television programs using the tuner to the HDD. I then dubbed the program to a 4.7 gb -r dvd using the internal dvd burner. works well for this.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
ThunderDan111
answer 5
I dont know - I presently have a dvr from Cablevision and I c an record from the dvr to a dvd with no problem - now can I record to a dvd from this unit ??
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
JT1225
answer 6
The Mags have internal HDDs (320, 500, 1000GB) for storage, as well as a DVD burner for offloading recordings and things you copy then edit on the HDD.

You can also attach a dock for external HDDs in a relatively simple DIY project described in "External DOCK-AND-Play Systems" here... copy link text and paste in your browser;s address bar:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575/30#post_12355769

Other info and help files here:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Does it have a tuner?

asked 1 year, 3 months ago
By
Dar
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes - one only
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
Hons
answer 2
Yes, it has an internal tuner. Amazingly, the recorders internal tuner has actually improved my TVs tuner. Don't know that that happens for everyone, but it did for me. (No cable.)
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
LadyCXJ
answer 3
yes it has a digital tuner. I use my DVR to record from over the air TV programs using a outdoor HDTV antenna.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
feroequinelogist
answer 4
yes it has a digital tuner
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
ThunderDan111
answer 5
Yes it has a tuner. This allows you to watch your TV by running it through the recorder..You can then pause and/or fast forward through commercials.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
zzyzyx
answer 6
Yes, NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuners for antenna or clear-QAM (unscrambled) cable TV.

More info here... copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Can I hook up my VCR to this unit and watch tapes as well?

My Panasonic is not formating discs any longer. Do you have to format with this recorder? Will it accept 4.7 gb +rw and -rw? As asked above can I set up my VCR with this unit by using a splitter since a I have basic cable and no cable box. And does it have a built in tuner? I am with Cox in Las Vegas NV. No scrambling only on higher channels recieve all the regular channels.
asked 1 year, 3 months ago
By
Dar
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
6 answers
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answer 1
I don't think you have to format this recorder, I haven't. Yes it accepts the above dvds. Yes you can set up your vcr through the magnavox. Yes it does have a built in tuner.
answered 10 months ago
By
Cernicalo
answer 2
I do not format discs. However, I am not using RW discs. It says it takes such, +RW, -RW, but my understanding is that these discs all need to be prepped, a limitation of the technology not the machine. Doesn't do multi layer. Splitter should work, but may degrade the signal slightly. Has built in tuner, altho there are models that do not, I believe.
answered 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 3
No formatting necessary on an empty disc.
Accepts all types of DVD's except DVD-RAM.
It has one built-in tuner.
answered 11 months ago
By
Bigchump
answer 4
No, you don't have to format, but may have to use the "Make compatible" feature. This unit does tune in basic cable channels on analog or digital cable. It also has a built in digital/analog over air tv tuner.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
UniqueUserName
answer 5
I used 4.7 gb -r and it worked well, I didn't have a rw to try. There is a digital tuner built into the unit that works really well with digital cable. You could use a splitter, but this will replace a vcr with how simple it is to search through recordings and setting up recordings
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
ThunderDan111
answer 6
I think the DVD formats automatically when you put it in. The recorder can use DVD+R/DVD+RW And DVD-R/DVD-RW 4.7GB..I have basic cable and no cable box either .Just run the co-ax from the wall to the new recorder and then out of the recorder to the TV. Hook up between the new unit to the TV with an s-video cord ,if the TV has that feature OR use the 3 color RCA jacks. Yes you can then use your old VCR (VHS) to view a movie or record onto a DVD(or the hard drive) Use the front RCA jacks( 3 color) if you only want to use it on occasion or you can hook it up to the rear jacks and set your VCR onto a nearby shelf. I set my old VHS machine on the floor and used the front jacks then disconnected and put the machine away (Less clutter). I use the DVD+R to copy movies and am using DVD+RW to record tv shows so I can erase easily..Yes, I know I can use the hard drive just as easily !!! I hope this helps.. Oh, and I have an additional blue-ray player connected to the same TV using only a HDMI cable..Everything works just fine..
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
zzyzyx
Question

How do you forward, rewind or freeze live TV while recording?

1. Though this recorder has been connected to my Panasonic 1080p TV via its HDMI port, the recorded video looks washed out - it is of very poor quality in comparison to the TV's own display! There is no HDMI input port on this recorder - so the TV video is connected to the Recorder via the SVIDEO out port of the TV to the S-VIDEO in-port of the Recorder (and the audio via the RCA ports). The audio is fine, but the picture is washed out.

3. The picture from the Recorder's tuner is even worse!

I would be very grateful for a prompt reply.
Many thanks.
asked 1 year, 1 month ago
By
Naz
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
6 answers
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answer 1
you need 3 HDMI and this unit have only one. Connect it to our TV and RCA to your cable box. you would not get HD recording like what you said. No one on the market do that. They say it does but they don't.
answered 1 year ago
By
Atassm
answer 2
This unit does not output HD. I have a Panasonic 1080p plasma and the picture looks very good. Have you tried calibrating the picture for the input your DVR is on? Sounds like your brightness may be too high and or contrast too low.

As for picture controls, just use the appropriate buttons on the remote. I'm assuming you have it hooked to an antenna? As soon as you turn it on, it starts recording the current channel for up to 6 hours.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
UniqueUserName
answer 3
I don't have that issue. my input is a Digital TV antenna, and the HDMI out port to the TV. The picture is fine. try that and see if it fixes your issue - digital antennas are pretty cheap at Walmart or Bestbuy.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
GKurl
answer 4
Are you recording in HQ? That might get you better quality.

Here's what works well with my Sony 1080p, which I assume may be similar to your Panasonic. I bought a splitter: 1-in and 2-out. Then with two short RG-6 cables, I send my antenna signal to the Sony and to the TV. I use HDMI to send info from the Magnavox to the TV. With the Input control on the TV, I can choose to get my signal from the antenna or from the Magnavox. I get great pictures from both.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
JB182
answer 5
I'm wondering if you're talking about a different machine. The Magnavox MDR537H ((HDD & DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner) definitely receives its signal from your antenna or cable system . . . Neither of which are HDMI transmitters. Your high definition signal that you got FROM the antenna or cable company is then transmitted TO the TV via the HDMI ports on both the Magnavox recorder and your TV. The Magnavox is recording the antenna/cable signal, not a signal from the TV.

Forward, rewind, and freezing all refer to playback of information already recorded, you can't control a live broadcast signal. Unlike a VCR, there is no rewind. You can pause, at any point, however. You can also skip ahead, play recorded info backward, forward, fast, faster, etc. You can playback and manipulate the recorded parts of a show while continuing to record incoming information.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
Antinym
answer 6
YOU DO NOT FEED THE MAG FROM THE OUTPUT OF A TV!

The Mag must be connected directly to the signal source. You didn't say which source you use... antenna, cable, sat... so here's a help file showing sketches and step-by-step procedures for connecting to all possible sources, which again is NOT a TV... copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar:

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

Once connected prooperly, you can review the many other help files indexed here, including Pause Live TV, Section 7.d:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
wajo2
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