Manufacturer: LG Part number: RC897T
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- Average user rating: 1.5 stars out of 14 reviews
- PRODUCT FEATURES: ATSC/NTSC/QAM clear tuner Super multi format recording DVD to VCR and VCR to DVD recording USB media plus 1080p upscaling via HDMI output Digital cable/satellite box controller Digtal camcorder input LG SimpLink
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machine is brain dead
by notlgfan on October 14, 2008
Pros: records well
Cons: what isn't wrong with it. other than recording well it needs help
Summary: Work evenings. Have over the air antenna. Set it up to DVD record programs from 8-11 pm. 8-9, 9-10, etc. Recently had some bad weather and the TV station lost ...
Summary: Work evenings. Have over the air antenna. Set it up to DVD record programs from 8-11 pm. 8-9, 9-10, etc. Recently had some bad weather and the TV station lost power for a few minutes. As a result while recording the machine detected NO SIGNAL. It stopped recording. When the signal came back the machine didn't start recording again. In fact it did nothing. Nothing at all.
I was in the middle of recording from 8-9 and got a partial program. But it also didn't record the program set for 9-10 and 10-11 or the daily recording from 11:30pm to 12:30am. The machine stopped recording when it detected No Signal and didn't start recording when the signal came back. It also didn't reset the timer to record the next program.
It stayed turned on waiting for instructions!!!!! It didn't turn off or reset the timer to the next program. It just stayed on waiting for instructions.
My old VCR would record static until the signal came back. I would rather have a few minutes of static than to lose the program and the programs after that.
Try it yourself. Put it on time record and when it starts recording unplug the antenna and see what happens.
Problem 2. This is a dual unit, a DVD recorder and VCR combo. I set it up to record both onto DVD and VCR last month for the fall TV season since I was going to be out of town for a week. When I switch from DVD to VCR timer schedule it erases the first one you programmed. I programmed. It didn't tell me that it just deleted the previous programming.
Problem 3. I want to record from 8-9 and from 9-10. You can't program it to record that way. The machine takes almost a minute to read the DVD before recording even if it is one program after another. You have to program it for 8-8:59 and 9 to 9:59 and 10 to 11. Otherwise it gives you an error reading with duplicate date. Duplicate Date? Something got lost in the translation onscreen as well as in the manual. The manual is useless except for basic button operations.
Talked with LG and sent them emailings. Tech support is not tech support. They just read you the manual. Doesn't solve any problems. If the solution is not in the manual they don't have an answer. It takes a lot of time to convince tech support you have a problem and transfer you upwards.
Before I got the recorder I got the digital converter box. The only store in the area that had converter boxes for $40, the same amount as the government discount card, only carried Zenith, part of LG. Also had problems with it. Defective unit. Took me over 15 minutes trying to convince tech support it wasn't me who had problem. I finally hung up on LG/Zenith and took the unit back to the store for a replacement. Hooked up the replacement unit and it worked right away.
I have concerns with a company that won't admit their product could be defective. It isn't their product it is your fault because you didn't hook it up correctly.
After recording on DVD+RW about 15-20 times the machine suddenly doesn't recognize the disc. I had an evening worth of recording when I came home and saw the display still on. Turned on the TV and saw the message that it doesn't recognize the disc and wants to initialize it. Deletes all data on the disc when you initialize. What did it recognize the last 20 times? A DVD+RW, according to manufacturers, can be recorded over 100 times.
This is from a machine that is only 3 months old.
Wanted to join the digital TV age and I feel I'm back in the early days of VCR recording. Didn't LG learn anything from their years of building VCRs? I had some problems when VCRs first came out but the problems were solved in the first few years now I feel like it is 25 years ago with my first VCR and all their initial problems.
Like I said on the pro line, it records well but that is because of the digital signal.
If any of these problems came up within the return period I would have taken it back in a flash. Now I'm stuck with it and looking for a new unit that is not made by LG. I'm hoping to dump this one at a yard sale as soon as I can afford a different better recorder.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Terrible, Purchased for ATSC tuner and VCR...
by hsa2d on October 7, 2009
Pros: ATSC tuner works... for now, upscaling works... for now,
Cons: DVD player broke after 7 months and company requires $69 labor fee to repair.
Summary: I mainly purchased this unit for it's OTA ATSC tuner and to be used for VCR the upscaling DVD was a nice convenience. I unfortunately did not read the ...
Summary: I mainly purchased this unit for it's OTA ATSC tuner and to be used for VCR the upscaling DVD was a nice convenience. I unfortunately did not read the reviews until after I had purchased it adn they mostly said "DVD player will break"...
7months later it's true to form and the DVD blue screens while the rest of it functions properly. I didn't really purchase it for the DVD player, since I use my xbox 360 which also upscales through VGA and Component.
The tuner is pretty good over all and the upscaling does a good job overall on both Standard Def TV and surprisingly well on the VCR.
What frustrates me is it has a limited warranty on a product notorious for breaking. 90days labor so when it breaks they require $69 to repair it after 3 months.
Overall it's probably not worth the money for just a VCR with an ATSC tuner.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Works great before it dies!
by nwirwille on May 6, 2010
Pros: Works just as described. HDMI and ATSC tuner are nice to have.
Cons: Some have stopped working after just a year.
Summary: I have about 40 of these players in place and 4 of them quit working just as the warranty expired. I'm really curious to see how many of them ...
Summary: I have about 40 of these players in place and 4 of them quit working just as the warranty expired. I'm really curious to see how many of them start failing now that the warranty is gone. They all have the same problem, but LG says they've never heard of the problem before. When I hit the "Power" button the player says "Hello" and after a minute just shuts off. I can't seem to find any fix.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Not awesome, not bad either
by wesdeneo on January 6, 2010
Pros: Picture quality is great at 1080p. Upscaling doesn't stick though, as you need to set it everytime you power it on. Now contrary to reviewer Turtletoe above, the RES button DOES exist. Yout just need to flip open the front panel cover.
Cons: Menu UI isn't user friendly. Recording is quite a hassle too.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Dead on Arrival
by razdonroc on November 5, 2009
Pros: hopefully will work like new when I get it back from shop
Cons: I purchased the LG recorder RC897T from Best Buy. I waited to set up past the 30 day warrenty on labor. The outputs for video and audio were defective and sent it back To LG which called me with est. of $85 to fix with parts covered by warrenty.
Summary: Moral: Check out your product soon after buying as even though brand spanking new, it may be a dud and the people at Best Buy and Lg will give you ...
Summary: Moral: Check out your product soon after buying as even though brand spanking new, it may be a dud and the people at Best Buy and Lg will give you the same line. "tough luck" warrenty is up!
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
ABSOLUTELY SUCKS DO NOT BUY
by hammesart on May 7, 2009
Pros: Eats tapes; bought from BEST BUY -broke down after 106 days and they want me to pay more $$$ to repair - what a joke.
Cons: SUCKS. TERRIBLE. BREAKS DOWN DAYS AFTER WARRANTY EXPIRES.
Don't buy, don't shop at "WORST BUY"
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
TOTAL CRAP machine and LG as a company
by fyi1986b on April 4, 2011
Pros: absolutely nothing good to say.
Cons: Every LG product I have ever had no longer works. LG is in the business to repair not engineer products.
Summary: Like many of the unit on and off until it will read. The most frustrating thing is loading the dvd to have the damn door open and close over and ...
Summary: Like many of the unit on and off until it will read. The most frustrating thing is loading the dvd to have the damn door open and close over and over again. the other owners of this machine...
It runs extremely hot. It stopped working after on 4 times using it.
It is without question a total hunk of junk. When I called LG they wanted $95 bucks plus shipping to and from to repair.
The remote works and sometimes and sometimes not. The machine will not read dvd's unless you turn it on and off over and over.
I have only been able to watch 4 dvd's before the problem started. Now it takes up to 15 minutes to stand there turning
I have purchased about 5 products from LG. NOT ONE HAS LASTED BYOND A YEAR. And good luck trying to take it back under the 1 year manufacturer's warranty.
They have your money and they are not giving it back.
LG SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THE PITIFUL PRODUCTS THEY SELL.
My wife and I see LG in the stores. LIFE's Good is the slogan?to us it means LET'S GO down the shelf to SONY.
BUYER BEWARE!!! Do NOT buy this unit and stay away from LG.
One side note: We bought from BEST BUY.
I called and told the manager to read reviews. I explained I came to BB because I truster the products they sold were good. BE NICE IN SPEAKING TO THE MANAGERS!
I asked if they valued me enough as a customer to credit me the price in buying a new unit. They did. Best Buy was the only good thing in the whole experience.
RUNS HOT, DIES YOUNG
by AZenGarden on January 17, 2011
Pros: It works fine until it doesn't.
Cons: Second LG, both ran hot and died after a year. Should have just returned it once we realised it had the same problem.
Summary: Do not buy this model unless you don't mind replacing it after a year. Clearly corporations are doing this on purpose to maximize profits. Remember when your coffee maker ...
Summary: Do not buy this model unless you don't mind replacing it after a year. Clearly corporations are doing this on purpose to maximize profits. Remember when your coffee maker used to last for 15 years? Not any more. Hubby and I are getting pretty sick of returning things.
Probably trouble, not willing to find out
by DVersiga on February 28, 2010
Pros: Nothing. I need a recorder and reluctantly purchased @ Bestbuy due to salesman not being able to say enough great things about it. BIG mistake, considering reviews.
Cons: Looks cheap, no added features. The most generic recorder I have ever seen.
Summary: Got home with recorder, and checked the online user reviews, which, as you all can see, are PATHETIC! Not even gonna open the box. Called Bestbuy and told them I ...
Summary: Got home with recorder, and checked the online user reviews, which, as you all can see, are PATHETIC! Not even gonna open the box. Called Bestbuy and told them I will just return recorder un-opened, un-used, due to abysmal reviews. Dont need the headache this lemon will probably cause, right after warranty expires, no doubt. Aint it funny how that alway seems to happen. STAY AWAY FROM DOMESTIC DVD RECORDERS! THEY ARE ALL JUNK! Your best bet are the International REGION-FREE DVD recorders. Their reviews are better, but are much more expensive. Probably worth it though.
by turbotee on March 19, 2009
Pros: There was nothing good about this unit.
Cons: No S-video input. Can't pause while recording unless you by-pass your Directv receiver. Can't scroll though resolutions from up to 1080P because the RES button that does this function is non-existent. Having an HDMI cable serves no purpose. JUNK!
Summary: No S-video input, only composite and coax. Low quality picture especially when viewing any kind od text such as the news crawlers, movie credits or satellite guides. The pciyture is ...
Summary: No S-video input, only composite and coax. Low quality picture especially when viewing any kind od text such as the news crawlers, movie credits or satellite guides. The pciyture is jittery. I have owned two previous DVD burners (Panasonic and Samsung) and they both had S-video inputs.
You cannot pause while recording unless you by-pass your DirecTv receiver and connect directly to this unit via coax. I kept getting the icon with a red circle with the line through it which means "function not available. Yu have to stop the recording and then you have a chapter. Their support people had to dig around for 15 minutes to figure that out.
The unit defaulted to 480P output and it says you can scroll though different resolutions up to 1080P (with HDMI) by pressing a RES button on the front panel. Guess what, there is no RES button. The 1080P output won't happen. Having an HDMI cable is useless. The support person didn't know what to think about that either.
This is the worse engineered piece of consumer electronics I have ever seen. Don't waste your time or money on it. Now I have a 75 mile drive to return this thing plus the wait to get a credit on my CC. BOGUS!
- Manufacturer: LG
- Part number: RC897T
- Description: PRODUCT FEATURES: ATSC/NTSC/QAM clear tuner Super multi format recording DVD to VCR and VCR to DVD recording USB media plus 1080p upscaling via HDMI output Digital cable/satellite box controller Digtal camcorder input LG SimpLink
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 16.9 in x 10.2 in x 3.1 in
- Weight 9.3 lbs
- TV tuner qty 1
- TV tuner reception system NTSC
- Digital TV Tuner Type ATSC DTV / QAM
- Digital TV Tuner / Tuner Qty 1
- DVD Additional Features JPEG photo playback,
- Media load type Tray
- Media type DVD-RAM,
- Parental Control Type Password
- Parental lock Yes
- Optical Digital Output Yes
- Coaxial Digital Output Yes
- Output Mode Stereo
- Digital Audio Format MPEG 2 digital output,
Dolby Digital output,
DTS digital output
- Response Bandwidth 8 - 44000 Hz
- Signal-To-Noise Ratio 100 dB
Digital Player (Recorder)
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4
- Features JPEG photo playback
- S-VHS Playback Capable Yes
- Connector Type 1 x - Front,
1 x Composite video/audio input ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Front,
1 x USB ( 4 pin USB Type A ) - Front,
1 x - Rear,
1 x Component video output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Rear,
1 x S-Video output ( 4 pin mini-DIN ) - Rear,
1 x SPDIF output ( RCA phono ) - Rear,
1 x SPDIF output - Rear,
1 x Audio line-out ( RCA phono x 2 ) - Rear,
1 x Composite video/audio input ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Rear,
1 x Composite video/audio output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Rear,
1 x RF input - Rear,
1 x RF output - Rear
- Type Universal remote control
- Technology Infrared
- Features Multi-brand compatibility
- Cables Included Audio cable,
- Type Internal
- Voltage Required AC 120 V
- Power Consumption Operational 23 Watt
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts - 1 year,
Limited warranty - Labor - 90 days