I just bought a Lite-On LVW-1107HC1 DVD recorder (Best Buy, $119.00+tax). I purchased it primarily to save some shows I recorded on the Tivo and would like to save for future viewing. I also have a lot of analogue and digital video tapes which I would like to save to DVD.
I used Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD-R blank media, purchased from Rima.com.
I've recorded and finalized only two DVD's. Both were roughly 1:30 movies, recorded in 2 hour mode.
Playback on the LVW-1107HC1 seemed excellent. I did not notice any loss of quality and audio was perfect.
When I tried playing them back on a gently-used 5-year-old Toshiba SD-2300 DVD player, neither would play. The screen said something like Media Error. I'm not sure if the SD-2300 is supposed to play DVD-R media.
When I tried playing them back on an approximately 3-year old, rather beat-up (bought used on ebay for $30) Toshiba SD-2800 DVD player, the video plays perfectly, but the audio comes and goes. It seemed almost as if every other chapter (the LVW-1107HC1 automatically puts in chapter markers... settable frequency, but the default 5 min frequency was used) had no audio at all. One chapter (3 or 4 chapters in from the beginning) started out with good audio, but then after a few seconds, it started breaking up and then the audio disappeared entirely in that chapter. I did not play every minute of the DVD... the audio may have come back later in the chapter.
So, is this a common problem? Is it because the SD-2800 seems pretty beat up? I tried playing a clean, purchased DVD movie and it had no problems at all, audio or video.
Is the problem likely in the way the LVW-1107HC1 records or likely problems in the playback deck?
I have three more DVD drives on which I could try the DVD's. I have an old Pioneer DVD player in one of my PC's. That PC also has an almost new Benq 1655 Lightscribe burner. My other PC has a nearly new NEC 3540-A DVD burner.
We've got a brand new (NOS) Toshiba SD-2800 at my in-laws condo, so maybe I'll try the disks there. I guess that will confirm or rule out whether the problem has to do with the condition of the ebay-purchased SD-2800, eh?
Any advice besides my additional tests? Hmmm... I suppose I should do PIF and PIE tests (I have Nero), which will let me know if my burn was good.
Any other thoughts?