- "...In addition, if a DVD-RAM is recording a program, you can begin watching the program from the beginning before the recording is complete..." (http://reviews.designtechnica.com/review_printerfriendly2805.html)
I was able to watch while recording if I was in instant recording mode, not timer recording mode.
- "...Pictures, music, or DivX movies may be played from the memory card..." (http://reviews.designtechnica.com/review_printerfriendly2805.html)
I tried to play mp3s and they wouldn't play.
I have the manual that I downloaded and it says the following on page 35:
On CDs, DVDs or Memory Card with mixed content
(Audio tracks, MP3/WMA files, DivX files or JPEG files),
you can select among the Music menu, Movie menu
and Photo menu by pressing TITLE repeatedly.
I would like to take another look at this. I can go by the store and check it out. It did not seem logically to be able to only look at pictures.
- Owning an LG DR4912V that can not be too far from LRY-517 in recording quality, I don't quite get what the "shakey picture" of recordings or the "poor image quality" in 6 hrs mode mean in practice. I have been testing LG DR4912 for a month (daily extensive use in all recording modes) and have not seen ANY CONSIDERABLE difference in HQ and even in EQ mode, i.e. the recorded picture quality was excellent.
On my machine, SP mode (6hr) was blocky and nowhere near the high quality of EP (2hr).
I think it was a sequence of dropped frames and not shaking actually. It was most noticeable when people are turning their heads and I see jerking and not a continuous motion. This was 2hr EP mode recording. Picture quality was excellent. Signal was excellent.
This may be better with another unit but I am leaning away from trying any more dvd recorders for now.
- The Remote is simple to use as the button layout is logical and handy. Have you ever used a Remote of an A/V Amplifier? That has a difficult button layout!
I will say I set the bar very high. At least the main buttons could have been bigger.
- Disc finalizing: it takes to enter the menu, one submenu from where you can reach the "Finalize" option. Is it really so difficult?
Here are the steps to finalize on my machine:
a. Press Setup button.
b. Press Up to go to Disc Settings.
c. Press Right to go to Finalize. Hit Enter to select Finialize. Press Left button and Enter to verify.
I thought this belonged in Disc Menu and not Setup in my opinion.