Manufacturer: Funai Part number: MDR515H/F7
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This Is The Deck I've Been Looking For!
by Mc-Cauley on September 15, 2011
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Summary: As a professional in the television and film industries, I'm pretty demanding. The machines I have in the house are all professional level decks. So when they started to ...
Summary: As a professional in the television and film industries, I'm pretty demanding. The machines I have in the house are all professional level decks. So when they started to age and I knew that I would eventually have to replace one of both, I started researching what was out there to replace my old Panasonic DVD Player/VHS combo decks (I have two and had a dead Panny DVD Recorder/VHS combo in a third room).
All sources I checked lead to the Magnavox MDR515H/F7 500GB HDD and DVD-R with Digital Tuner. I was already a member of the AVS forum so I checked out their massive amount of resources on various decks and found their incredible board on this deck. It helped me make up my mind on my purchase.
I bought the deck along with an HDMI cable and a box of Sony DVD-RW discs, which came highly rated. The cable and discs came within a couple of days and the deck about a week later.
Now being a professional in the biz and working around very expensive high level gear, you'd think I'd be a pro at setting up home video gear. Nope. I'm just like everyone else. So do be informed that this deck has so much in it, you will have to pre-read the manual front to back before setup, and maybe a few times to get the feel of it.
After you use it for a while, you'll see that it is actually very well thought out and somewhat intuitive, though there are a few functions that you're just going to have to break down and read the manual BEFORE you try to make them work. I keep the manual right with the deck just in case. Through repeated use and practice, you'll eventually learn how all the functions work. Man, does this device have a lot in it!
Initially, everything started out fine and I was having a great time putting the deck through it's paces. But then, while I was trying to use a feature that let's you change the title of something you recorded, the deck locked up on me. I had read that this deck on rare occasion can lock up and on even rarer occasion, you have to take it back to the store and have another shipped to you. I did buy the extended "no questions asked" warranty for this deck.
But after going to the AVS forum, the friendly members there advised me to first, pull the power and let it sit overnight, which I did. Then they said to hold the power button in and then plug the power cable in while still holding in the power button until the "On" indicator showed in the display. I did this and the machine came back to normal and I've been using it daily ever since without a hiccup.
I won't repeat all of it's features as you can read about those in the product description and in others' reviews. And it does have a few very minor quirks as well as features they just couldn't put in the deck or it's software (such as the TvGuide scheduler for auto recording programming) but that is nitpicking.
So trust the word of a professional, if you need to replace that old, dying VHS or combo deck, and you don't want to go with a Tivo, this IS the deck to consider! We will be getting another one right away for the other bedroom and maybe a third for the den!
P.S. If you will buy the Magnavox MDR515H I suggest you have to check for best price before you decide at: www.amazon.com/exec/******/****/B004PYDE1E/cnet-offer-20
7 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
It was good for 4 days, then it died.
by John6011 on March 24, 2012
Pros: It worked fine for about 2 hours of setup and checking it out. I was pleased.
Cons: It refused to open or close the dvd tray. It accepted the command, and I could feel a servo insde trying to open or close, but no moving of the tray.
Summary: I called tech support and they said to call warranty and they said to send it back. After 4 weeks, I called Funai. They had no record or tracking on ...
Summary: I called tech support and they said to call warranty and they said to send it back. After 4 weeks, I called Funai. They had no record or tracking on the progress of replacing my unit. They refused to accept additional calls (evidently blocked my number). The next day, I received a dirty cardboard box with a bubble wrapped unit. It is scratched, obviously used. It has the serial number altered. The 'WARRANTY VOID IF SEAL IS DISABLED' sticker broken.
Funai was very abusive about the fact that they had no new replacement unit and if I didn't like it, I could just lump it.
The person I talked to assured me this was a good quality Japanese product, but it clearly says on the back that it is made in China.
I have had 4 Philips dvd player/recorder products and they supported me very well. I sure wish Funai was as good.
They stole my money!
It died after 1 1/2 years. Piece of junk!
by jjgood on June 27, 2011
Pros: It was a great machine while it lasted, which wasn't long
Cons: It is made cheaply and died a quick death.
Summary: Don't buy Magnavox ever!
Summary: Don't buy Magnavox ever!
- Manufacturer: Funai
- Part number: MDR515H/F7
- Description: Marketing description is not available.
- Type of product Blu-Ray Disc & HDD recorder
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 16.5 in x 11.4 in x 2.3 in
- Weight 7.5 lbs
- TV tuner qty 1
- TV tuner reception system NTSC-M
- Digital TV Tuner Type ATSC DTV
- Digital TV Tuner / Tuner Qty 1
- DVD media format NTSC
- DVD Additional Features JPEG photo playback,
- Media load type Tray
- Media type Kodak Picture CD,
- Video D/A converter 10bit / 108MHz
- Parental lock Yes
- Coaxial Digital Output Yes
- Output Mode Stereo
- Digital Audio Format Dolby Digital output
Digital Player (Recorder)
- Digital Storage Media Hard disk drive - 500 GB
- Electronic Program Guide Digital EPG
- Connector Type 1 x S-Video input ( 4 pin mini-DIN ) - Front,
1 x Composite video/audio input ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Front,
1 x Composite video/audio output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Rear,
1 x Component video output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Rear,
1 x S-Video output ( 4 pin mini-DIN ) - Rear,
1 x Composite video/audio input ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Rear,
1 x S-Video input ( 4 pin mini-DIN ) - Rear,
1 x SPDIF output ( RCA phono ) - Rear,
1 x - Front,
1 x - Rear,
1 x RF input - Rear,
1 x RF output - Rear
- Type Remote control
- Technology Infrared
- Cables Included Video / audio cable
Clock & Alarm
- Clock Yes (digital)
- Timer Record
- Type Internal
- Voltage Required AC 120 V
- Power Consumption Operational 33 Watt