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The LG RC897T is a DVD recorder/VCR combo unit that includes a digital TV tuner for recording TV programs.

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built in VCR

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HDMI output

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can be found quite cheap on the used / refurbished market

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nice aesthetics

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digital TV tuner

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upconverts SD content to 1080p high definition

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Poor build quality

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horribly written manual

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timed recorder is too simple - does not allow for scheduling

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small and poorly laid out remote control

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DVD player Dies quickly

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over processing leads to a fuzzy / blurry video quality

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no controls on the unit itself - can only be used with the remote

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slow to turn on

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The LG RC897T is a DVD recorder/VCR combo unit that includes a digital TV tuner for recording TV programs.  The device has super multi-format compatibility making it capable of recording both dual layer and rewriteable discs as well as DVD to VCR dubbing.  It features progressive scan technology as well as an HDMI output with 1080p up-conversion of DVDs and videos.  The RC897T includes LG's SimpLink technology for easy HDMI connection to other SimpLink devices and has a set-top box controller for recording directly from a digital cable or satellite box.  It offers a variety of connectivity options including front panel USB and camcorder inputs for playback of MP3, WMA, and JPEG files.  The DVD player has an suggested retail price of $300 and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.

  • DVD Recorder/VCR Combo
  • ATSC/NTSC/QAM Clear Tuner
  • Progressive Scan Output
  • LG SimpLink™ Connectivity
  • Digital Cable/Satellite Box Controller
  • 1080p Up-Conversion
  • DVD to VCR/VCR to DVD Dubbing
  • Dolby Digita/DTS Audio Out
  • USB Media Host
  • Playback Formats: MP3, WMA, JPEG
  • Super Multi-Format Recording: DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD+R Double Layer, and DVD-RAM
  • Front Panel Inputs: Composite, Audio L/R, USB, Camcorder (IEEE 1394)
  • Rear Panel Inputs: Audio L/R, Composite, RF
  • Rear Panel Outputs: Optical and Coaxial Audio, Audio L/R, Component, S-Video, Composite, RF, HDMI
  • Dimensions: 16.9 X 10.2 X 3.1 inches
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