I have been reading these forums for quite some time now here and elsewhere and I see a lot of similarities in people’s complaints…picture quality, poor A/V sync, etc.
Personally I have transfered well over 500 VHS tapes for people, ranging from high quality to poor quality EP using an Instant DVD 2.0 external USB2 capture device - and have found that by far the quality exceeds even the best dvd recorder in the professional level.
I have personally purchased and returned many brands including those mentioned on this forum…The LITEON recorders are a major disappointment IMO - I have not bothered opening a unit but I’m sure it’s mostly due to the crappy video decoder chipsets they use (my educated guess is mostly TI video decoders and low-end C-Cube DVXpress25) crappy chipsets…whereas my InstantDVD2 uses the latest Phillips video decoder with proc amps, comb filtering, oversampling combined with the Cirrus Logic 2288 and so far my DVDs look better than my original - on very clean sources you can turn off filtering completly, whereas crappy DVD recorders apply way too much filtering to the input (softening, etc…)
Greenish tint, dropouts and sound being lower volume than original are common things I’ve seen with the LITEON recorders not to mention after inspection on a vectorscope notice chroma/tint is off while my ADS capture device was nearly identical and preserved chroma and brightness.
A lot of those DVD recorders have poor chroma and IRE problems not to mention a more visible picture degradation over computer capturing
I wonder why people still buy this junk.
I praise my LITEON 1653 and 1693 burners, but I think LITEON did a poor job on its recorders… If you are capturing from VHS or Y/C inputs I would strongly recommend avoiding the LITEON recorders, they handle glitches and poor tracking VHS tapes very badly compared to other models from JVC and Pioneer.
Also it is very odd - I get EXCELLENT Kprobe scans using my LITEON burners, I use Taiyo Yuden and burn at 8x +R, excellent kprobes… Using the dvd recorder and even approved discs get extreme high kprobe errors on quality discs.