Best buy and circuit city both have a cyberhome dvr1600 dvd recorder. best buy is $99 and circuit city is $119-20 MIR so $99, but circuit city will match the price AND still honor the rebate, so you end up saving $20 plus the 10% difference thing.
Anyways, I got it home and hooked it up to the coax (rg6) cable out of my satellite receiver which I previously had going to my VCR.
The first thing I noticed was horrible detail in the picture.. worse than my VCR. who knows, maybe this could have been better using S video input.
Anyways, put in a Fuji TY 8x DVD+R for recording. I was hoping that the recorded quality would be better than the displayed quality from the tuner or video in. Unfortunately i never got that far. after pressing the record button and seeing the little red record icon in the upper right of the screen (which was annoying because I couldn't find a way to get it off of there), i noticed the clock start on the recording.. at about 20 seconds it stopped.... then the screen went black very quickly, and a message came up saying "press title to view.." something, and boom my 20 seconds was gone. tried it again, same thing. i couldn't record for more than a minute. actually the time I recorded is moot because it didn't write anything anyways. If I tried to eject the disc, the procedure for "closing" it, it would say the disc is empty.
I tried one more disc to be sure, same result. This is from the same 25 pack i've been using with my plex 716a and haven't had a bad disc yet.
The only good thing I can say is that the picture with movie DVDs was decent.
In JPEG picture view mode, the player did not seem to do well with 3.2 MP images, it compressed them quite a bit. "Zooming" in only showed a pixelated version in the same size it should be displayed in in the first place! I have a daewoo dvd player which displays JPGs at full size and does it well.
Needless to say, it's going back. With the grainy picture, weak JPG display mode, and of course, it doesn't work when recording to fine TY media. Maybe, possibly, it writes to some other media, but when I put all these negatives together, it's not something that I want.
Maybe I just got a lemon.. your mileage may vary.