"Elderly person needed something that played VHS tapes and the Toshiba unit did the job. I saw the one review where they dinged the unit because the DVD quit playing ... what did you expect - DVD players are cheap and it's a dying format. This unit did a good job. If you have a thousand VHS tapes and need something to play them on --- this works!"
"I have or have had the above 2 items and they both worked perfectly, I still use by television and just recently my dvd/vcr combo went out and I am getting ready to order a new one. I also have a blue-ray player by Toshiba. So to me Toshiba is there when you need it and others just don't even get it.
"I love this product, it looks sharp, clean and easy to use. Problems lie in the S-video, it sends out but the [s video-in] port doesn't work at all, everything else does tho. Problem 2 is that the DVR cant be controlled threw HDMI like newer HDMI connected products, witch isn't a big shock but a little disappointing. Other than that its an Excellent piece of equipment.
P.S. Also the Unit will not Dub protected VHS Tapes to DVD it sends an error message and stops.recording."
"I replaced an expensive Panasonic DVD Recorder with this model and have no regrets whatsoever. The DR430 is easy to use and program, records all cable channels and has had no problems at all. Half the price of the Panasonic and picture quality is as good or even better. 100% satisfied."
"I Frankly don't understand why so many users had problems with this recorder. Recorders without a tuner cannot be used to record from TV but must be connected to another source (i.e. VCR). I had mine up and recording in under 20 minutes, and that included the time it took to format the disc. I use DVD+RW discs, which do not have to be finalized before playing on this machine or another player. So far, I've played back only one recording and it was fine. Of course, I have no way of knowing what the future holds, But, I am optimistic."
"I purchased my DR430 in January 2012 to replace a dead Sony DVD recorder that I had owned since 2005.
I had researched all of the available DVD recorders and settled on this one.
Like others have said, it's important to understand the machine lacks a tuner. I mostly use the S-video input to record a signal from either my satellite receiver or my camcorder.
Image quality surpasses my old Sony, and the Toshiba doesn't seem to be nearly as finicky when it comes to disc media. So far, reliability is very good. I'm a video professional, so my standards are a little higher than the average person; I'm very pleased!"
"I've owned one of these units for about 3 years now, and couldn't be happier with it. The learning curve wasn't bad and it records discs nicely. Due to the low price of this machine, it is my everyday DVD and CD player, as well. (I play the Blue Ray discs on my more costly machine.) I bought this brand because I was so pleased with my Toshiba LCD TV."
Great VCR/DVD playerDecember 01, 2011
POSTED BY: quikjr,
Lubbock, TX For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:5.0 out of 5
"Bought this unit .. took it home .. installed the three cables to red-white-yellow on the new 46" TV I bought (Panasonic).
Turned it on. Put both a VCR and a video Disc to see if it worked. Both videos played perfectly.
What more could you want??"
"I was initially worried when I read some reviews, but was later pleasantly surprised at how wrong those negative reviews were. It took me about 10 minutes to set the dvd recorder up and I was recording immediately.
Picture quality is great. I'd recommend this product to anyone!"
"My Panasonic DMR-ES20 died today with a U99 code. I could not find a Panasonic replacement unit. Found this Toshiba unit, compares nicely to the Panasonic DMR-ES20, and same price point even though years apart.
Hooked up to UVerse 1200 Non-DVR box via RCA cables. Tested signal from DVR through 1200 box to DR430; perfect signal pickup. Recorded from DVR through 1200 box to DR430 with no problems.
DO NOT connect this unit directly to a UVerse 1225, (or newer), DVR, the DVR will pump out a copy protection signal into the DVD Recorder. You MUST connect the DR430 to a 1200 Non-DVR secondary box elsewhere in your house and run DVR shows through the 1200 box then into the DR430 to record DVR programs. MOVIE CHANNELS ON UVERSE ARE ALWAYS COPY PROTECTED, they will NOT record... ALL lower channels, (and HD counterparts), record just fine through a 1200 box. I have no knowledge on the new AT&T Wireless boxes, though.
This unit is AWESOME!!!"
"I have been using the Sony DVD+RW and have recorded about 20 DVD's this week with no problems using the XP mode for the best quality. I just followed the below procedure on VHS to DVD dubbing and make sure you push the Rec Mode button to the left of the REC button at that step. If the DVD+RW is unformatted it will format when inserted. It will try to load and then go into the Format process. If you have used this DVD on your computer, Format it in Explorer and then put it into the Toshiba and go into Setup: DVD Menu: Format and Format the DVD again. And when you have completed your DVD, perform the Finalize procedure if you are going to use the DVD on another device. I have deleted and edited the Titles without any problems. With all of the procedures I have done, I have not received any errors. On the initial setup in the beginning I made a few changes from default below due to the TV and sound system that I have. I'm using HDMI to the TV and RCA from the Toshiba L1 to the Comcast cable unit. I have had this unit for a couple of years now and have had no problems.
Playback: PCM-96kHz, Dolby-PCM
Recording: PCM, Disc Full-On, End of Timer Rec-On, Aspect Ratio Video Mode-16:9, Make Recording Compatible-On
HDMI: RGB Range-Enhanced
Dubbing VHS to DVD on DVR620KU Model
Before beginning the steps below, press Setup on your remote. General Setting should be highlighted. Press
the Enter button on the remote. Playback should be highlighted. Press the down arrow key on the remote (below
the Enter button# until Recording is highlighted, then press Enter. Auto Chapter should be highlighted. Down
arrow to Dubbing Mode. The VCR->DVD mode should be checked. If not, down arrow to it and press enter. Then
press return. Keep pressing return till you are back at Setup.
For VHS->DVD dubbing:
1. Press DVD button on remote #near bottom right, with green background#.
2. Press Open/Close on remote. DVD Caddy door should open.
3. Place DVD on caddy.
4. Press Open/Close on remote. DVD Caddy door should close. Let the loading of the DVD complete.
5. Press the REC MODE button on the remote repeatedly until you see the record mode that you want to use.
Those can be XP, SP, LP, EP, or SLP.
6. Press VCR button on remote #to the left of DVD button, with orange background#.
7. Insert VHS tape into VHS slot.
8. Press Play on remote. VHS should start playing and its playback be visible on your TV. Press Pause on the remote.
9. Press the DVD button on the remote again.
10. Press the Dubbing button on the remote #near bottom left#. DVD recording should then begin, recording from VHS, and the VHS tape should resume playing.
11. Press Stop on the remote to stop recording. If you've tried this and it's not working, explain what is going wrong at what step.
Note that if the VHS tape is copy protected #i.e. a commercial tape instead of your own recording) then you may not be able to do the VHS->DVD dubbing."
"I've recorded well over 100 DVDs on my 620 in 15 months and cannot recall a DVD record failure on any brand. I would have given 5 stars as a DVD only recorder. The VCR dub to DVD is poorly conceived -you can't pause the DVD during recording, and the recording quality is poor if the tracking has problems."
Great Value, Hard To Find ComboMay 04, 2012
POSTED BY: nat,
Los Angeles, CA For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:4.0 out of 5
"This machine is just as described, a player for both DVDs and VHS tapes. We plugged it in and it worked, period."
"Unit was easy to setup and worked great as long as you used unit to play, However, I could not figure out why it would not work on other devices until I found this page. Would be nice to have actual manual included But key is finalize. Also note unit will not work direct from standard TV."
"I just got it today.It was very easy to hookup and the on screen setup was simple .One complaint is there is no manual. I hope there is one online .But I was able to figure it out very easily. Picture quaility is great"
"Several people wrote reviews that this unit does not record. THAT IS INCORRECT.
This unit records just fine BUT THIS UNIT DOES NOT HAVE A BUILT-IN TUNER. That means that this recorder relys on the output functions of another product such as a TIVO or VCR or Digital Tuner converter box. When using these output sources to the input of the Toshiba the unit will perform just fine.
I have several DVD recorders from different manufacturers so I can easily compare features and quality. This unit is a bit slow on finalizing and the titling features are awkward but usable. Video and audio quality is good. Recommend not recording slower then at 4 hour speed. The DVD recorder market is drying up. If you need one grab this one now."
"I bought this recorder at Christmas (8 months ago) to record some tv shows - and it works well. Operation can be a little complicated, must read and keep instruction manual. Took time to learn to use. Still, I would purchase the same unit if I could do it all over again. Worth the money."
"Have copied 20 vcr(compact) to dvd -r discs without any problems. Like a few others I did push the rec button instead of the rec mode button prior to pushing the dubbing button. Other than that all went well. Hoping for a long life from this unit."
"Bought this machine for dubbing family VCR tapes to DVDs. Follow 9 step instructions from manual page 50-51 to setup the dubbing procedure. Anyway, I just let it run until it done. Check recorded DVD as good as the VCR tape. Don’t know why other users have issues. May perhaps pressed the wrong button at step 7. It happened when I first use it, the REC button just next to the REC MODE button!!"
"To everyone who said that the disks don't play on other dvd players. You probably have to finalize the disk before you put it in another device. You can put the disk back in the player and find the option in the menu somewhere. Once it is finalized then it will play in other players."
"Buyer Beware: I bought this DVD/VCR Recorder to record
different TV programs on different channels during the daytime while i was at work, but only came up with L1/L2 on the channel. What happened to this system? Previous DVD recorder could tape any channel. Very DISSAPOINTING! If anyone knows how to record different channels, your advice would be appreciated."
SimpleDecember 07, 2011
POSTED BY: Recreation Therapist,
CA For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:3.0 out of 5
"We have been using this product for a couple of years now and it is still in good working order. I would recommend this machine if you have a need to use both DVD and VHS."
"Bought this for my church because our camera heads were bad. Thought an RCA output from the camera to this recorder would fix our camera issues. The DVD recorded from the camera or appears to have recorded but it will not play back. I keep reading about a tuner. Do I need an interface between the camera and DVD recorder? Is that what you all are saying?"
"I had a Toshiba DVD VCR combo player that was damaged so I expected this Toshiba to be of similar quality but was terribly disappointed. The picture quality, the ease of use, the functions, everything was disappointing"
"I have tried multiple DVD's as it kept coming up with error message that it can't record. I eventually bought some Staples DVD+R's and have had the best luck with them working. It still comes up with error writing message but not as often. If you keep going back and trying to record over and over, eventually it records but sometimes it takes awhile.
I was hoping that this machine would work better but it does the job -- just takes a lot of time. I did try to talk to text support and they just referred me back to online stuff which didn't help at all with the error message.
I would not recommend this VHS => DVD unless it is the only one you can find."
"THE IDEA OF OWNING/USING THIS MACHINE IS OVER RATED. SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO DUB VHS TO DVD. RECORD TO EITHER SIDE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A + . THE EDITING FEATURES ON THE DVD SIDE ALSO SEEMED PLAUSIBLE. THIS POORLY CONSTRUCTED MACHINE LASTED APPROX. 10 MONTHS BEFORE THE VHS SIDE "COLLAPSED" AND WOULDN'T ACCEPT TAPES. TO TOP IT OFF, THE MACHINE WOULD STAY ON FOR 10 SECS. W/THE EJECT SYMBOL DISPLAYED ON THE TV (ALTHOUGH NO TAPE WAS IN MACHINE!) AND TURN OFF. THIS RESULTED IN NOT BEING ABLE TO WATCH OR RECORD ANYTHING - EVEN ON THE DVD SIDE, BECAUSE THE CHEAPLY MADE PIECE OF JUNK WOULDN'T STAY ON FOR MORE THAN 10 SECS!!! WAS ABLE TO CONVERT ABOUT 2 DOZ VHS TO DVD AS WELL AS RECORD SOME SHOWS/MOVIES DURING ITS BRIEF LIFE. VERY DISAPPOINTING NOWADAYS TO PAY FOR ELECTRONICS AND THE QUALITY IS ABOUT 1/3 OF THE PRODUCT QUALITY FROM A FEW YEARS AGO. MANUFCTRS JUST WANT THE FAST BUCK CONSUMERS SHELL OUT W/O ANY CONCERN ABOUT THE INTEGRITY OF THE MERCHANDISE OR CONSUMER SATISFACTION!!! EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE BUILT NOWADAYS WITH A 12-15 MONTH SHELF LIFE - JUST OUT OF REACH OF THE WARRANTY.!!! !!!! !!!!!! !!!!!! !!!!!! !!!!!!!! !!!!!!! !!!!!!! !!!!!! !!!!!!"
"Bought a new DR430 Recorder/Player. Was defective from the box. The S-Video IN would not accept video from Cable box. Would only work with a yellow Video RCA cord. The Unit has no HDMI input fo bring audio and video into the unit.
Has HDMI OUT port only. It does have a HDMI OUT port to TV which seemed to work well."
Machine needs help!January 24, 2013
POSTED BY: Bill,
Allentown, PA For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:2.0 out of 5
"VCR side works great to play back tapes. DVD side always gives trouble when trying to play DVDs. Picture stops and starts and distorts when playing a DVD. Acts like the disc needs cleaning but the disc is brand new right out of a sealed package! Tried a lens cleaning disk, but it didn't help. Trying to figure my options from here."
SD-V296KU - Can't Get VCR to RecordSeptember 05, 2013
POSTED BY: Crusoe1,
Charlotte, NC For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:2.0 out of 5
"I switch to this device to make VCR show recordings for my Mother, who has no cable TV. My very old unit was shot after 20 years and 100's of tapes. This unit appears to record for me, but when I playback, there is no audio or picture. I have a new flat screen and I have followed directions. Don't want to call this a lousy purchase, if it is User error. Anyone have any suggestions for me? Seems like I have spent a lot of time trying all of my TV connection options, of course following the Toshiba manual. Like I said, this unit seems to work, but if I can't get the picture to show or sound...trash city and move on. thanks"
Toshiba DVD Video Player/Video Cassette RecorderDecember 01, 2011
POSTED BY: Presawar,
Dallas, Texas For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:2.0 out of 5
"The salesman told me I could convert VHS tapes to DVD discs. This machine won't do that. I bought the machine out of town. I guess I'm stuck."
"Bought recorder summer 2012. About 6 months later I noticed problems with the remote, I thought it was the batteries and replaced them, but it works on and off. I suspect something is wrong with receptor on the recorder itself. When it works, it records nicely."
"Tried to record using DVD+R, the machine went through the formating process, then gave me an error message. On another forum, I saw where someone stated that it won't accept dual layer DVD's. IF THIS IS THE CASE, IT SHOULD STATE SO IN THE MANUAL. If it weren't for the fact I can't find another similar machine anywhere it would go back. I will try single layer DVD+RW--if it doesn't work it goes back regardless. I remember when Toshiba stood for quality!"
"We bought the DVR620 specifically to transfer home VCR's to DVD's. We have followed the instructions to the "T' and it simply does not work. This product is not user friendly to the average person. It does play VCR's and DVD's without a problem but will not do what it is advertised to do. Can anyone tell us where we might be going wrong and if so, please post step by step instructions or tell me where to go to find them. This has been a very frustrating and expensive purchase."
"For every additional gizmo, the picture and sound quality suffers. So why is input coax and output RCA? You need a converter to go from RCA back to coax and then you have to pump up the TV volume until it distorts just to hear it. If you use pre-recorded tapes or DVD's, the quality is fine, but if you record a DVD on this machine, the playback is lousy. Also, when recording a DVD that has been previously recorded on another recorder, you have to reformat the DVD, but if you record on this machine and then record on a Panasonic, there are no compatibility issues. I have never experienced such nonsense before. Panasonic is so much better! Toshiba should learn about K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid)."
piece of junkApril 24, 2013
POSTED BY: beeker,
terrebonne or For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:1.0 out of 5
"only played dvds and vhs in color for the first few days. now only black and white with flutter and distortion on screen. owners manual doesn't explain fix."
worst dvd video player/video cassette recorderMarch 06, 2013
POSTED BY: meme,
petersburg,va For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:1.0 out of 5
"got for christmas to this day unable to hook up to direct tv box also have a toshiba flat screen tv which is fine.have not been able to use"
does not work with digital boxJanuary 01, 2013
POSTED BY: Likes my VCR,
Abbotsford, BC For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:1.0 out of 5
"I could not find the spot to plug the cable in. What is listed as a coaxial port does not look like one. We have to use a digital box and cannot see how this will be compatible. Back to our old VCR machine which has the coaxial in and out ports. Alas, the DVDs I received for Christmas will remain unopened."
Frustrating!December 16, 2012
POSTED BY: Mo,
Canada For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:1.0 out of 5
"Can't get DVD or cassette to play in color."
DVD does not workNovember 28, 2012
POSTED BY: MDW,
MD For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:1.0 out of 5
"Bought for father in law with Alzheimer's. VHS works great, DVD player will not play ANY DVD's. So dissapointed and frustrated."
worst VCR everOctober 04, 2012
POSTED BY: mick,
media, pa For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:1.0 out of 5
"I mioved and i can;t find any instructions as to how to tape a program. You never supplied a manual and i can't get one on line without downloading about 50 pages.On other products i can see the manual and print just the pages i need"
vcr dvdSeptember 13, 2012
POSTED BY: pinkey943,
egg harbor township nj For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:1.0 out of 5
"my dvd will play but vcr wont record off tv"
September 07, 2012
POSTED BY: Joy,
Ontario, Canada For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:1.0 out of 5
"I havea new SDV296KC Combo and could not get it to work with the new 40" LED Toshiba. Had to use a relative"s older model #SDV398KC. Not happy since the store would not take my newly purchased one back. The connections on my two machines are not compatible. HELP!!"
SDV39KDecember 30, 2011
POSTED BY: Billybob
For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:1.0 out of 5
"DVD locks closed and can't open it. Turning it off and on didn't work."
Worst DVD Player for connectionsSeptember 02, 2011
POSTED BY: B,
Jones Valley Elementary For Model:Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR Player Overall rating:1.0 out of 5
"It will not Display the menu so you can set it up.
The Setup button does nothing."
"I,m having the same problem as this one"Plays our DVD movies fine BUT I bought this unit to be able to record from the TV. The unit does not work. It may be recording but plays nothing back. This one is going back!!!""
Stopped loading DVDs after 5 monthsSeptember 23, 2013
"I was completely satisfied with this unit until it stopped loading DVDs, instead receiving a "Disc Error" message. The user guide's Troubleshooting causes/solutions section did not fit my situation. Also, and very irritating, I cannot seem to find the correct phone number to call for support."
"I've had two of these machines in the past month. Cannot get it to record any shows from my DVR. Alli get is the audio....no video. I have a nice store credit to use on this website, but honestly don't see anything on here that I would use. I hooked up both of the recorders in every way possible, but still no video, just audio...Frustrating to say the least."
"The unit plays commercial dvd's , but won't play back what it records. Screen goes black. Toshiba replaced the first unit, replacement does exactly the same thing. Since you can't talk to anyone at Toshiba anymore, is there anyone out there that has had any experience with this??"
"Will NOT record most programming from ATT Uverse box due to digital rights management.
Might work with some cable boxes or digital to analog over the air converters.
DVD-RW discs with CPRM seem non-existant."
"I honestly would not recomend this product to the devil himself it is the most complicating electronic I have ever faced. Im about 6 hours into figuring out how to record and still havent figured it out."
"I purchased this VCR/DVD recorder in the hopes of transferring my VHS tapes to DVD. The 109 page manual does not have any instructions on how to simply transfer VHS to DVD. Not to mention that there are no "simple" instructions in the entire manual. I even attempted to copy video camera tapes to the DVD and spent 2 hours trying. Do Not even attempt to use this device unless you have a degree in technology. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON. IT IS GOING BACK TO THE STORE!"
"My simple dubbing from VCR to DVD is not working. I have been in and out of the User Guide. Up and down the WEB SITE. The user forum tips just replay what is in the user guide. There is NO CHAT session HELP. I have spent way too much time on this product Panasonic has a much better interface."
"I just bought a new Toshiba DVR620KU just to play old family videos VHR and ONLY plays black / white. I call the Toshiba support and they couldn't help, the "lady" there said, go back and exchange for another???? really, she also believes the Toshiba is bad??? Very disappointed with the player and with Toshiba!!!"
"No problems on the DVD side and the upconvert looks really good. But the VCR has been chewing tapes after 1 year (just in time for the warranty to expire). The ONLY reason I bought this unit was to convert home videos and nearly all of them are ruined."
"Bought the unit to have a second VHS unit at the house. I had played 3 hours of tape when the unit failed, eating tape after tape. My decade old metal VHS machine is still running fine.
Missed the deadline on returning to the store and have had to ship to CA. When it arrives I will be able to order a replacement unit which will take another week or so to arrive back here. Definitely unhappy.
The whole unit seems fragile beyond belief.
Did not even reach the point of trying to record anything."
Won't do VHS to DVD for family videosJanuary 06, 2013
"We have tried everything and even brought in other tech savy people to help - could not get this unit to transfer our family VHS tapes to DVD video...so dissapointing. Well it does play DVDs or VHSs but that's not what we bought it for...."
"The dvd recorder is okay as long as you don't want to play the dvd on anything else. I tried every device in my house (regular dvd player, 3 different portable dvd players, a laptop and a desktop computer....no good. So I took a couple disks that were recorded on this machine (that play fine on this machine) to a large electronics store and tried everything they had, including different computers, no luck. Best beware."
"VCR constantly kicks out tapes for no reason. Blurred picture every time the tape is forwarded or rewound. Picture is blurry, machine shuts off and kicks out the tape
I did go out and purchase new tapes to be sure that old tapes. Didn't improve at all. Very loud noises when ever tape stops."
"At the moment you connect it to the power, lights begin to blink and it doesn't accept any commands (with the remote control or manually) it means that you can't use it. When I called Toshiba to give me a place where I can take it to be service, they told me that I need to mail it to their place (I have this machine for only 4 months). Their warranty is not good."
"Wow I can't even put "6ad" in here because it's "inappropriate"
Worked for less than a year and then the DVD player quit working. I don't care if you say that DVD players aren't the best or you should expect that. You should NOT expect a DVD player to quit working before a few years. I've gotten 9 years out of a DVD player used everyday. So that's a terrible excuse.
Picture quality wasn't great either for the price."
"I have several dvd/vcr players and other dvd playing machines. Perfectly good disks that work in other machines stop playing or
cannot be loaded to play in this machine SD-V296. Manual does not provide any help for this problem."