We received the new (2007 model) LG RC797T Super Multi DVD/VHS Recoder. Some information as follows:
Note: the LG RC787T has the same feature set without the VCR
Neat and clean looking in gloss black (silver band makes is look thinner than it is more like two thin units stacked )
Quality look and feel only 3 buttons exposed with door shut, no distacting Icons.
Impressive Picture Quality at XP, SP and LP modes
Decent quality EP (6 hour) mode
Digital Stereo ATSC/NTSC/“QAM clear” tuner
Favorite Cannel Memory
HDMI interface (1080i up-conversion) (I don’t have HDTV to test)
DVD-RW can be initialize in VR or Video format
Record times of 1, 2, 4, 6 and 11 hours
Record up to 11 hours on one 4.7GB DVD
DVD+R DL (7:23 at LP quality rec times adjusted for DL)
DV link IEEE 1394 (for camcorder) and USB host (for flash drive music or photo).
IR blaster control cable
Time shift, Record & Play
Mark & Search
Auto and manual chapter markers
EZ VHS to DVD or DVD to VHS dubbing
Good quality 4 head Hi-Fi VCR
EZ set up
Front door dims the display
Pause on front panel and remote
DVD door open/close and Tape eject on the remote
Nice zoom control up to 4x
30 second skip forward (CM Skip)
Quiet rear cooling fan (runs cool)
No need to update firmware
Blank DVD-RW included
Very sensitive to copy-protection (DVD, VHS even some cable TV channels)
No S-Video inputs
No Flex Record Mode
No DivX playback
No start with first title on the disc option
No CD or VCD recording
No auto clock setting
No last channel jump back
No known region hacks
Blank title shows in disc menu list
Picture quality at MLP 11 hours is very poor
Remote will control only 6 manufacturers TVs (not my TV)
Two buttons marked INPUT on the remote is confusing
IR blaster changes channels on cable box in timer record only.
Digital Tuner sets 81 analog and 46 digital channels from my cable service
Current selling price $270 - $300
No HDMI cable included
If your looking for a DVD VHS Recorder Combo give this a look.
Great for recording your VHS tapes to DVDs.
If you VCR is getting sick this unit will be great for you
Unlike some recorders this is also a full function player, with no negative issues with any media type,
except a few minor limitations with DVD+RW.
You will still need your cable box for many digital channels.
MLP 11 hours nearly useless.
Like other DVD-RAM Recoders has special edit, record and blayback features when using RAM discs.
Feature wise it is like some other DVD VCR combo recoders but may cost less
This is my first experence with an LG product other than a CD-RW drive, I am impressed so far.
EZ to learn interface and remote; Owner’s Manual better than most. Given a chance the unit could be a big seller.