LG RC897T DVD/VCR Combo

DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD+R, DVD-RAM, VHS, CD-RW - DVD Video Playback, MP3 Playback, CD-DA Playback, SQPB Playback, JPEG Playback, WMA Playback, MPEG-4 Playback - 1 Discs - Progressive Scan - Black - MPN: RC897T
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Description
Refurbished LG RC897T Super Multi DVD Recorder/VCR with Digital Tuner 05/07/15 DG
Summary
Product Title LG RC897T DVD/VCR Combo
Manufacturer LG
Lowest Price $287.50 from PinnacleMicro
Power Score 3.6 | 10 Reviews
Expert Reviews
LG RC897T DVD Recorder/VCR Combination
3.5 Star Review  about.com - Dec 31, 1969

If you are looking a DVD Recorder/VCR Combination to replace that old VCR, check out the LG RC897T. This DVD recorder/VCR combo has the ability to record most DVD formats and play back most DVD and CD formats. Using the VCR section, the consumer can record directly to VHS or dub non-copyprotected video content from VHS to DVD or DVD to VHS. The incorporation of an HDMI output and video upscaling function is a nice touch that makes the RC897T a good match for an HDTV. The RC897T has both analog and DV video inputs, as well as a USB input for digital image and music file playback. This unit also complies with the upcoming DTV transition requirements, with its built-in ATSC tuner. For more details, check out my review...

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LG RC897T
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Dec 16, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 2 expert reviews for LG RC897T and the average expert rating is 70 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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LG RC897T
2 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jun 4, 2009

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 LGs 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. Features/Specs 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 ... PROS: (1) built in VCR (2) upconverts SD content to 1080p high definition (3) digital TV tuner (4) HDMI output (5) nice aesthetics ... CONS: (1) Poor build quality (2) DVD player Dies quickly (3) over processing leads to a fuzzy / blurry video quality (4) small and poorly laid out remote control (5) horribly written manual

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User Reviews
LG897Tdvd recorder combo VCR
4 Star Review   By LG897TDVD_VCRcombo on Buydig.com - Dec 3, 2009   

Strengths: IMPROVES PCTURE QUALITY, has programs for just about anything.

Weakness: NO EASY hOOK UP,EVEN THOUGH IT IS ONE OF THE FEW THAT HAVE CABLE IN CABLE OUT,

The instructions must have been written by a PC programer,75 pages of instructions, but not to easy to follow. I have 2 digital monitor TVs. Thought all I would have to do was connect to cable.and con

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DOA
1 Star Review     

Strengths: None yet

Weakness: never worked correctly out of box

Bought this unit from Best Buy and procrastinated past the 30 day labor warranty (I wonder why) before opening box and hooking up. Would not send video or audio through outlets available. Took back to Best Buy and they agreed it was faulty and sent back. Lg called and will charge me $85 to fix. Parts under warrenty. Moral:Open and try your product soon after buying as even though bran spanking new, it still might be broken.

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LG 897T DVD/VCR RECORDER WITH QAM DIGITAL TUNER
5 Star Review   Beach Camera   

Strengths: It does everything that it is supposed to do and more!

Weakness: I have had this unit for 3 months now and have found none!

After reading some of the comments from other reviewers I wish to clarify some things that I have read in their reviews. I too, thought that a recorded dvd on this LG recorder would not play on other dvd players that were not a LG brand. I again read the manual but could not find an explanation. But by reading between the lines and putting 2 and 2 together, I found the solution. I too ejected the dvd upon completion of the recording. It played nicely on any of my 3 lg dvd recorders (they are not all the same model). But when I put the recorded dvd in my Sony or my Samsung dvd recorder or on my pc, IT WOULD NOT PLAY. BUT THE SOLUTION IS THIS: I EJECTED THE DVD TOO SOON AND DID NOT COMPLETE THE VERY LAST STEP WHICH IS TO "FINALIZE THE DISC BEFORE TAKING IT OUT (YOU CAN ALSO DO THIS LATER AFTER YOU HAVE TAKEN IT OUT JUST BY PUTTING IT BACK IN AND GOING DOWN THE LIST TO THE DISC AND FINALIZING IT). Now all the discs that I have recorded play on 'ANY DVD PLAYER". I have this model hooked up to a analog 18 year old tv with just a Comcast cable line coming in to the unit (no set top box). Before I hooked this unit up, some of my channels on this old tv were not very clear. They had wavy lines on some of the channels and some of them were so fuzzy that I could not view them even though I was supposed to be able to view them according to comcast. Well, since this unit with the Qam digital tuner in it has been hooked up to this old tv, EVERY CHANNEL IS PERFECTLY CLEAR! The digital tuner has worked wonders on this old tv. I even get 8 more digital channels that I did not have before. I heartedly endorse this unit.

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LG 897T DVD/VCR RECORDER WITH QAM DIGITAL TUNER
5 Star Review   By Grandma in NJ on Beach Camera - Mar 16, 2009   

Strengths: It does everything that it is supposed to do and more!

Weakness: I have had this unit for 3 months now and have found none!

After reading some of the comments from other reviewers I wish to clarify some things that I have read in their reviews. I too, thought that a recorded dvd on this LG recorder would not play on other dvd players that were not a LG brand. I again read the manual but could not find an explanation. But by reading between the lines and putting 2 and 2 together, I found the solution. I too ejected the dvd upon completion of the recording. It played nicely on any of my 3 lg dvd recorders (they are not all the same model). But when I put the recorded dvd in my Sony or my Samsung dvd recorder or on my pc, IT WOULD NOT PLAY. BUT THE SOLUTION IS THIS: I EJECTED THE DVD TOO SOON AND DID NOT COMPLETE THE VERY LAST STEP WHICH IS TO "FINALIZE THE DISC BEFORE TAKING IT OUT (YOU CAN ALSO DO THIS LATER AFTER YOU HAVE TAKEN IT OUT JUST BY PUTTING IT BACK IN AND GOING DOWN THE LIST TO THE DISC AND FINALIZING IT). Now all the discs that I have recorded play on 'ANY DVD PLAYER". I have this model hooked up to a analog 18 year old tv with just a Comcast cable line coming in to the unit (no set top box). Before I hooked this unit up, some of my channels on this old tv were not very clear. They had wavy lines on some of the channels and some of them were so fuzzy that I could not view them even though I was supposed to be able to view them according to comcast. Well, since this unit with the Qam digital tuner in it has been hooked up to this old tv, EVERY CHANNEL IS PERFECTLY CLEAR! The digital tuner has worked wonders on this old tv. I even get 8 more digital channels that I did not have before. I heartedly endorse this unit.

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RC897T DVD Recorder / VCR Combo
4 Star Review   By member noads - Nov 10, 2008   

Strengths: Good Digital Tuner with Timer

Weakness: Setup Instructions

I am an over the air roof antenna user and I love free TV. I have been looking for reviews on digital vcr's for the past six months. My wife and I tape a lot of TV programming via VCR timer recording. I know that in Feb. that will no longer work with our present analog VCR setup. Six months ago when I started looking for a digital VCR I had a choice of two and neither had a good customer rating. A month ago I started looking again and I found the LG RC897T. I looked again for user reviews and found only one review and it was favorable but it didn't tell me what I wanted to know which was, can I record digital programs via timer recording on VHS tape? The clear answer is yes and this unit does a fine job at that. My intention was to replace three VCR's so I purchased one at Beach Camera for about $260.00. I had a fair amount of trouble with setup on the first machine as it no longer uses a VCR/TV button and tuning to channel three to get the signal. The setup instructions could have been a lot better in this regard. Once I got past that everything went smooth. The first VCR was hooked up to an analog TV and when tuned into the digital channels the picture quality was dramatically improved. The VCR records to VHS tape for up to sox hours or DVD+RW for up to fourteen hours with timer recording. I have not tried the DVD record function yet but the VHS tape function works quite well. After I determined that I could do what I wanted to with this machine I ordered two more from Beach Camera for about $249.00. When I did that I thought to myself, what are the odds of me getting three units with no problem. My fears came true as one of the units had a problem recording to VHS tape. I called the company and they sent me postage paid stickers to return the unit for repair. About three weeks later I got a call from the company telling me they could not fix the unit and were sending me a check to cover my purchase price. I ordered another unit from Electronic Express and paid about $249.00. The check and the unit arrived on the same day. I hooked it up and it works fine. The latter two machines were hooked up to LCD HDTV's and the reception was greatly improved on one of them. The other was an LG TV and already had good reception. Because of the review I saw before ordering the units I was expecting the remote control that was skimpy but I don't agree. I think it is laid out well and after much use the only thing I would change is to add a mute button. In short this unit does everything I wanted it to do and a lot more. I am very satisfied.

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LG RC897T DVD Recorder / VCR Combo
4 Star Review   By member Pelican47 - Jul 16, 2008   

Strengths: Digital Tuner

Weakness: Remote Control

I bought this unit at Best Buy for $279.00. The digital tuner brings in a better over the air signal than my LG Plasma TV does. Also I enjoy recording on DVDs. The picture and sound and control is much better than on VHS. This unit records on both and dubs both ways as well. Every thing works fine. Why though do they give us such a cheap remote control with such a nice piece of equipment. Also the display is not easy to read from a normal distance. Hense only 4 stars instead of 5.

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LG RC897T DVD Recorder / VCR Combo
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Digital tuner, dubbing, records on dvd or vcr

Weakness: cheap remote

I have over the air antenna. So I needed a unit with a digital tuner. It works great. I recieve better reception through the tuner on the unit then the LG Plasma TV that I have. The recording works fine with either the dvd or vcr. It also dubs from one to the other easily. I like all the features this unit offers. The manuel explains most things very well. With such a nice product why though do they give us such a cheap small remote. In order to enjoy the 1080P upconvert you need to purchase a HDMI cable. That was another improvement for my setup. I bought the Recorder at Best Buy for $279.00 and am very happy with it.

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Refurbished LG RC897T Super Multi DVD Recorder/VCR with Digital Tuner 05/07/15 DG
Summary
Product Title LG RC897T DVD/VCR Combo
Manufacturer LG
Lowest Price $287.50 from PinnacleMicro
Power Score 3.6 | 10 Reviews
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Expert Reviews
LG RC897T DVD Recorder/VCR Combination
3.5 Star Review  about.com - Dec 31, 1969

If you are looking a DVD Recorder/VCR Combination to replace that old VCR, check out the LG RC897T. This DVD recorder/VCR combo has the ability to record most DVD formats and play back most DVD and CD formats. Using the VCR section, the consumer can record directly to VHS or dub non-copyprotected video content from VHS to DVD or DVD to VHS. The incorporation of an HDMI output and video upscaling function is a nice touch that makes the RC897T a good match for an HDTV. The RC897T has both analog and DV video inputs, as well as a USB input for digital image and music file playback. This unit also complies with the upcoming DTV transition requirements, with its built-in ATSC tuner. For more details, check out my review...

Read the full review »

LG RC897T
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Dec 16, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 2 expert reviews for LG RC897T and the average expert rating is 70 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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LG RC897T
2 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jun 4, 2009

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 LGs 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. Features/Specs 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 ... PROS: (1) built in VCR (2) upconverts SD content to 1080p high definition (3) digital TV tuner (4) HDMI output (5) nice aesthetics ... CONS: (1) Poor build quality (2) DVD player Dies quickly (3) over processing leads to a fuzzy / blurry video quality (4) small and poorly laid out remote control (5) horribly written manual

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User Reviews
LG897Tdvd recorder combo VCR
4 Star Review   By LG897TDVD_VCRcombo on Buydig.com - Dec 3, 2009   

Strengths: IMPROVES PCTURE QUALITY, has programs for just about anything.

Weakness: NO EASY hOOK UP,EVEN THOUGH IT IS ONE OF THE FEW THAT HAVE CABLE IN CABLE OUT,

The instructions must have been written by a PC programer,75 pages of instructions, but not to easy to follow. I have 2 digital monitor TVs. Thought all I would have to do was connect to cable.and con

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DOA
1 Star Review     

Strengths: None yet

Weakness: never worked correctly out of box

Bought this unit from Best Buy and procrastinated past the 30 day labor warranty (I wonder why) before opening box and hooking up. Would not send video or audio through outlets available. Took back to Best Buy and they agreed it was faulty and sent back. Lg called and will charge me $85 to fix. Parts under warrenty. Moral:Open and try your product soon after buying as even though bran spanking new, it still might be broken.

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LG 897T DVD/VCR RECORDER WITH QAM DIGITAL TUNER
5 Star Review   Beach Camera   

Strengths: It does everything that it is supposed to do and more!

Weakness: I have had this unit for 3 months now and have found none!

After reading some of the comments from other reviewers I wish to clarify some things that I have read in their reviews. I too, thought that a recorded dvd on this LG recorder would not play on other dvd players that were not a LG brand. I again read the manual but could not find an explanation. But by reading between the lines and putting 2 and 2 together, I found the solution. I too ejected the dvd upon completion of the recording. It played nicely on any of my 3 lg dvd recorders (they are not all the same model). But when I put the recorded dvd in my Sony or my Samsung dvd recorder or on my pc, IT WOULD NOT PLAY. BUT THE SOLUTION IS THIS: I EJECTED THE DVD TOO SOON AND DID NOT COMPLETE THE VERY LAST STEP WHICH IS TO "FINALIZE THE DISC BEFORE TAKING IT OUT (YOU CAN ALSO DO THIS LATER AFTER YOU HAVE TAKEN IT OUT JUST BY PUTTING IT BACK IN AND GOING DOWN THE LIST TO THE DISC AND FINALIZING IT). Now all the discs that I have recorded play on 'ANY DVD PLAYER". I have this model hooked up to a analog 18 year old tv with just a Comcast cable line coming in to the unit (no set top box). Before I hooked this unit up, some of my channels on this old tv were not very clear. They had wavy lines on some of the channels and some of them were so fuzzy that I could not view them even though I was supposed to be able to view them according to comcast. Well, since this unit with the Qam digital tuner in it has been hooked up to this old tv, EVERY CHANNEL IS PERFECTLY CLEAR! The digital tuner has worked wonders on this old tv. I even get 8 more digital channels that I did not have before. I heartedly endorse this unit.

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LG 897T DVD/VCR RECORDER WITH QAM DIGITAL TUNER
5 Star Review   By Grandma in NJ on Beach Camera - Mar 16, 2009   

Strengths: It does everything that it is supposed to do and more!

Weakness: I have had this unit for 3 months now and have found none!

After reading some of the comments from other reviewers I wish to clarify some things that I have read in their reviews. I too, thought that a recorded dvd on this LG recorder would not play on other dvd players that were not a LG brand. I again read the manual but could not find an explanation. But by reading between the lines and putting 2 and 2 together, I found the solution. I too ejected the dvd upon completion of the recording. It played nicely on any of my 3 lg dvd recorders (they are not all the same model). But when I put the recorded dvd in my Sony or my Samsung dvd recorder or on my pc, IT WOULD NOT PLAY. BUT THE SOLUTION IS THIS: I EJECTED THE DVD TOO SOON AND DID NOT COMPLETE THE VERY LAST STEP WHICH IS TO "FINALIZE THE DISC BEFORE TAKING IT OUT (YOU CAN ALSO DO THIS LATER AFTER YOU HAVE TAKEN IT OUT JUST BY PUTTING IT BACK IN AND GOING DOWN THE LIST TO THE DISC AND FINALIZING IT). Now all the discs that I have recorded play on 'ANY DVD PLAYER". I have this model hooked up to a analog 18 year old tv with just a Comcast cable line coming in to the unit (no set top box). Before I hooked this unit up, some of my channels on this old tv were not very clear. They had wavy lines on some of the channels and some of them were so fuzzy that I could not view them even though I was supposed to be able to view them according to comcast. Well, since this unit with the Qam digital tuner in it has been hooked up to this old tv, EVERY CHANNEL IS PERFECTLY CLEAR! The digital tuner has worked wonders on this old tv. I even get 8 more digital channels that I did not have before. I heartedly endorse this unit.

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RC897T DVD Recorder / VCR Combo
4 Star Review   By member noads - Nov 10, 2008   

Strengths: Good Digital Tuner with Timer

Weakness: Setup Instructions

I am an over the air roof antenna user and I love free TV. I have been looking for reviews on digital vcr's for the past six months. My wife and I tape a lot of TV programming via VCR timer recording. I know that in Feb. that will no longer work with our present analog VCR setup. Six months ago when I started looking for a digital VCR I had a choice of two and neither had a good customer rating. A month ago I started looking again and I found the LG RC897T. I looked again for user reviews and found only one review and it was favorable but it didn't tell me what I wanted to know which was, can I record digital programs via timer recording on VHS tape? The clear answer is yes and this unit does a fine job at that. My intention was to replace three VCR's so I purchased one at Beach Camera for about $260.00. I had a fair amount of trouble with setup on the first machine as it no longer uses a VCR/TV button and tuning to channel three to get the signal. The setup instructions could have been a lot better in this regard. Once I got past that everything went smooth. The first VCR was hooked up to an analog TV and when tuned into the digital channels the picture quality was dramatically improved. The VCR records to VHS tape for up to sox hours or DVD+RW for up to fourteen hours with timer recording. I have not tried the DVD record function yet but the VHS tape function works quite well. After I determined that I could do what I wanted to with this machine I ordered two more from Beach Camera for about $249.00. When I did that I thought to myself, what are the odds of me getting three units with no problem. My fears came true as one of the units had a problem recording to VHS tape. I called the company and they sent me postage paid stickers to return the unit for repair. About three weeks later I got a call from the company telling me they could not fix the unit and were sending me a check to cover my purchase price. I ordered another unit from Electronic Express and paid about $249.00. The check and the unit arrived on the same day. I hooked it up and it works fine. The latter two machines were hooked up to LCD HDTV's and the reception was greatly improved on one of them. The other was an LG TV and already had good reception. Because of the review I saw before ordering the units I was expecting the remote control that was skimpy but I don't agree. I think it is laid out well and after much use the only thing I would change is to add a mute button. In short this unit does everything I wanted it to do and a lot more. I am very satisfied.

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LG RC897T DVD Recorder / VCR Combo
4 Star Review   By member Pelican47 - Jul 16, 2008   

Strengths: Digital Tuner

Weakness: Remote Control

I bought this unit at Best Buy for $279.00. The digital tuner brings in a better over the air signal than my LG Plasma TV does. Also I enjoy recording on DVDs. The picture and sound and control is much better than on VHS. This unit records on both and dubs both ways as well. Every thing works fine. Why though do they give us such a cheap remote control with such a nice piece of equipment. Also the display is not easy to read from a normal distance. Hense only 4 stars instead of 5.

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LG RC897T DVD Recorder / VCR Combo
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Digital tuner, dubbing, records on dvd or vcr

Weakness: cheap remote

I have over the air antenna. So I needed a unit with a digital tuner. It works great. I recieve better reception through the tuner on the unit then the LG Plasma TV that I have. The recording works fine with either the dvd or vcr. It also dubs from one to the other easily. I like all the features this unit offers. The manuel explains most things very well. With such a nice product why though do they give us such a cheap small remote. In order to enjoy the 1080P upconvert you need to purchase a HDMI cable. That was another improvement for my setup. I bought the Recorder at Best Buy for $279.00 and am very happy with it.

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