Philips Electronics DVDR3576H Digital Video Recorder

DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, CD-RW - DVD Video, SVCD, Video CD, DivX, JPEG, MP3, WMA - Progressive Scan - 160GB Hard Disk - 200Hour Recording - MPN: DVDR3576H37
Product Details
Summary
Product Title Philips Electronics DVDR3576H Digital Video Recorder
Manufacturer Philips Electronics
Power Score 3.6 | 11 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Best Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Oct 3, 2009

Bestcovery experts have rated the Philips DVDR3576H 160GB DVD Recorder as a best pick for the Best Digital Video Recorder (DVR). Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Philips DVDR3576H/37
2.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - May 27, 2009

The DVDR3576H/37 is the high-end successor to Philip’s 2007’s DVDR3575H/37 DVD/hard drive recorder. The only known difference between the two models is a black enclosure and modified user interface, specifically regarding the digital tuner feature. This device allows you to record up to 198 hours (SLP setting) of standard definition television to its 160GB hard drive, edit out commercials, and then optionally burn it to a DVD for permanent storage. While this device only records standard definition television, it can be used with high definition broadcast signals and upconverts all recorded content to 720p/1080i/1080p. The DVDR3576 includes common DVR features, such as daily/weekly repeat programming and 1-touch recording for straightforward operation. This DVDR also functions as an upconverting DVD player, as it can output full HD video. Users looking for a high-end DVD/hard drive recorder with a built-in digital tuner will likely find the Philips DVDR3576H/37 to be a suitable choice. ... PROS: (1) allows users to edit out commercials (2) upconverts all recorded SD content and DVDs to high definition (3) built in digital tuner (4) 160GB storage disk (5) can record to both DVD +/- ... CONS: (1) not a huge update to the previous generation offering (2) expensive (3) only records SD content (4) went up in price, above newer and superior units (5) poorly laid out remote control

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User Reviews
Not too good
2 Star Review   By member toremo - Aug 12, 2009   

Strengths: 160 GB Hard Drive, HDMI, USB, DIVX, video editing features, Hard Drive is a standard PC drive and can be swapped for a larger drive.

Weakness: Timer options using digital cable boxes, tiny cluttered remote, mediocre picture quality, high price and availability, limited to only 4.7 GB single layer DVD+R/-R/RW. No DVD-DL recording.

My timer stopped working which made it mostly useless, and I thought I was really getting a bargain for $196.00. I didn't think it would last for the long haul so it was returned to the store after 12 days. This unit is not really available in big retail stores anymore. It probably isn't a good model.

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DO NOT PURCHASE
1 Star Review   By member cgnehm195 - May 13, 2009   

Strengths: Worked great while it did.

Weakness: Took only 1.5 months for it not to work, no support.

I was impressed at first with this unit. It recorded my TV programs great and the ability to record to DVD in a variety of speeds was also impressive, but only after 1.5 months the unit stopped recording to DVD and after spending several hours on the phone with tech support, this cannot be fixed. They cannot offer me a replacement as I was told this unit is no longer being made, so I am now trying to get my money back, hopefully this doesn't take as long as I have had to wait for them to try and remedy the situation

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recommended
4 Star Review   By member frommhold - Mar 25, 2009   

Strengths: Worked right out of the box, in 10 or 20 minutes after unpacking. Very good picture quality. Good remote.

Weakness: Only one tuner - but, of course, I knew this before I ordered.

I used the unit briefly "over the air", i.e., with an indoor antenna, and also (mainly) with cable (unscrambled channels). The picture and sound quality are very good. I was caught by surprise by the channel numbering, e.g., 91.3, 91.4,... instead of the usual channel 1809, 1405, etc. But it was not hard to get used to.

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Aphilips customer
1 Star Review   By member wallyg2009 - Mar 18, 2009   

Strengths: Did most everything I wonted it do.

Weakness: not so good of Hard Drive and no factory support.

Have the dvdr for 5 months now work fine till I had a hard drive problem. Hard drive has a bad secter and when you record over this section it will not play or record to disc. I call Philips customer service and they said they would seen me another unit. Will today they call and said they didn,t have any units to send me and probley wouldn't get anymore. They said they would my unit back. And this product will probley disppear from the maker. And they wouldn't repair it also. It only need a new hard drive. Also I can not find a repair manual for this product. I still like recorder if Philips would make it good.

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Finding the proverbial needle in the haystack
5 Star Review   By member Ab0utaKiss - Mar 3, 2009   

Strengths: Being able to record while watching previously recorded programs

Weakness: Not being able to watch another channel while recording

I had already owned one, and wanted another one for my other TV, and was tired of using the VCR. I loved the ease of use on the recorder and just had to have another one. I consider it the greatest of luck that I found this one because believe me DVD hard drive recorders are virtually obsolete.

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Excellent for the money
4 Star Review     

Strengths: I got it almost exclusively to be able to manage my viewing. Now I can record for later viewing as well as go forward or backward and pause. I paid $250 which I thought was a good price.

I read that some are disappointed that it will not record in HD. There is no stand alone (not sponsored by TiVo, cable, dish, etc) USA version that will record in HD. I don't think they are allowed in the USA. I know Japanese versions will record in HD, however.

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Good..but not the best..
4 Star Review   By member srasania - Aug 7, 2008   

Strengths: stylish, 1080i dvd upconversion, 160 gb hdd

Weakness: no hd recording, slow finalizing time

I just got this recently, and even though it's a good dvr system..i am not too fond of the time taken for it to finalize the recorded dvds..was a bit surprising to see that it takes so much time to finalize.. there is no hd recording..it does broadcast hd channels..but recording on dvd as well as hdd is only in sd quality.. it does a pretty good job in upconverting normal dvds though..and the 160 gb drive is enormous space..specially since the dvr doesn't record in hd..so, alot of sd programming can be kept on it's internal 160 gigs.. the player does look nice and stylish..i wouldn't say it's slim..but it does have a nice shiny black finish.. overall..buy this product if you don't care about the capability to record in hd resolution.. plus, i am presuming prices of this would go down pretty soon in the near future...so, you may want to wait a bit, unless ofcourse you need it urgently(like me)..i had to record some vhs cassettes to dvd before disposing the tapes..so, had to buy this recorder..plus, since i didn't have an hd set top box, i thought this would be a good upgrade to my television system..

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The Best For Now
4 Star Review   By member rszabo - Jul 27, 2008   

Strengths: Reasonably priced. Functions well.

Weakness: Not true high definition. Directions for advanced use are confusing at best.

I bought this DVD recorder to replace a VHS recorder as I am getting ready for the digital transition of February 2009 that is widely being publicized. Having just upgraded to a 1080p 50 inch plasma TV I felt obligated to look for the best recorder out there. Now my friends say that I am a dying breed as I have a channel master roof top antenna and do not subscribe to cable so I thought Tivo was not an option. A little research, however demonstrated that I was wrong. One can purchase a Tivo machine and then pay for Tivo service or pay a one time forever license fee and use the machine to record off the free airwaves. This pathway is rather expensive but it is the only way independent of subscriptions to cable or satellite companies to actually record in high definition. This is not a HD recorder but does a good job of producing the 480 SD digitally. So right now this machine is the best one available for the price to record TV programs to a hard drive and if you like directly to disk. You can also transfer what has been recorded to the hard drive to a disk if you want to save the recording or play it in another TV or computer. These features alone make the machine worth its price. Philips is a Dutch company with a strong reputation but to my disappointment (I should have known) the unit is made in China. The email and phone “help” from Philips is in need of improvement but I could say that about almost every electronic or phone company these days. Setting up and connecting the unit is rather straightforward. If you can, I recommend getting a male to male HDMI cable (can be had for under five dollars with shipping). This cable is not included. If you are even slightly electronically challenged, once connected allow a good part of the day for figuring out how to operate this machine. The directions come in three volumes for three different languages and there were times it did not matter which volume I was reading. It still was not clear how to do certain functions. So far I am able to record, play back, pause live TV and play a commercial DVD. Part of my next vacation will be devoted to figuring out some more of the functions like editing. Why can’t the manufacturer create a short interactive tutorial and preload it on the hard drive that can teach consumers how to use their machine? Wouldn’t that be nice? The bottom line is this product is OK and does what it says it does. I hope one day there will be a true high definition, maybe blu-ray, recorder that is user friendly and easy to learn. Until then this will have to suffice.

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Great unit.....just what I needed.
5 Star Review   By member pobox2001 - Jun 12, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to set up, great picture

Weakness: Remote range is a little short

Very easy to set up and use. It even picked up some OTA HD channels that my HDTV didn't. Great picture. The HDD is what I really wanted and this unit provides a very convenient one to use. I'd buy it again.

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Product Details
Summary
Product Title Philips Electronics DVDR3576H Digital Video Recorder
Manufacturer Philips Electronics
Power Score 3.6 | 11 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Best Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Oct 3, 2009

Bestcovery experts have rated the Philips DVDR3576H 160GB DVD Recorder as a best pick for the Best Digital Video Recorder (DVR). Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Philips DVDR3576H/37
2.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - May 27, 2009

The DVDR3576H/37 is the high-end successor to Philip’s 2007’s DVDR3575H/37 DVD/hard drive recorder. The only known difference between the two models is a black enclosure and modified user interface, specifically regarding the digital tuner feature. This device allows you to record up to 198 hours (SLP setting) of standard definition television to its 160GB hard drive, edit out commercials, and then optionally burn it to a DVD for permanent storage. While this device only records standard definition television, it can be used with high definition broadcast signals and upconverts all recorded content to 720p/1080i/1080p. The DVDR3576 includes common DVR features, such as daily/weekly repeat programming and 1-touch recording for straightforward operation. This DVDR also functions as an upconverting DVD player, as it can output full HD video. Users looking for a high-end DVD/hard drive recorder with a built-in digital tuner will likely find the Philips DVDR3576H/37 to be a suitable choice. ... PROS: (1) allows users to edit out commercials (2) upconverts all recorded SD content and DVDs to high definition (3) built in digital tuner (4) 160GB storage disk (5) can record to both DVD +/- ... CONS: (1) not a huge update to the previous generation offering (2) expensive (3) only records SD content (4) went up in price, above newer and superior units (5) poorly laid out remote control

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User Reviews
Not too good
2 Star Review   By member toremo - Aug 12, 2009   

Strengths: 160 GB Hard Drive, HDMI, USB, DIVX, video editing features, Hard Drive is a standard PC drive and can be swapped for a larger drive.

Weakness: Timer options using digital cable boxes, tiny cluttered remote, mediocre picture quality, high price and availability, limited to only 4.7 GB single layer DVD+R/-R/RW. No DVD-DL recording.

My timer stopped working which made it mostly useless, and I thought I was really getting a bargain for $196.00. I didn't think it would last for the long haul so it was returned to the store after 12 days. This unit is not really available in big retail stores anymore. It probably isn't a good model.

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DO NOT PURCHASE
1 Star Review   By member cgnehm195 - May 13, 2009   

Strengths: Worked great while it did.

Weakness: Took only 1.5 months for it not to work, no support.

I was impressed at first with this unit. It recorded my TV programs great and the ability to record to DVD in a variety of speeds was also impressive, but only after 1.5 months the unit stopped recording to DVD and after spending several hours on the phone with tech support, this cannot be fixed. They cannot offer me a replacement as I was told this unit is no longer being made, so I am now trying to get my money back, hopefully this doesn't take as long as I have had to wait for them to try and remedy the situation

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recommended
4 Star Review   By member frommhold - Mar 25, 2009   

Strengths: Worked right out of the box, in 10 or 20 minutes after unpacking. Very good picture quality. Good remote.

Weakness: Only one tuner - but, of course, I knew this before I ordered.

I used the unit briefly "over the air", i.e., with an indoor antenna, and also (mainly) with cable (unscrambled channels). The picture and sound quality are very good. I was caught by surprise by the channel numbering, e.g., 91.3, 91.4,... instead of the usual channel 1809, 1405, etc. But it was not hard to get used to.

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Aphilips customer
1 Star Review   By member wallyg2009 - Mar 18, 2009   

Strengths: Did most everything I wonted it do.

Weakness: not so good of Hard Drive and no factory support.

Have the dvdr for 5 months now work fine till I had a hard drive problem. Hard drive has a bad secter and when you record over this section it will not play or record to disc. I call Philips customer service and they said they would seen me another unit. Will today they call and said they didn,t have any units to send me and probley wouldn't get anymore. They said they would my unit back. And this product will probley disppear from the maker. And they wouldn't repair it also. It only need a new hard drive. Also I can not find a repair manual for this product. I still like recorder if Philips would make it good.

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Finding the proverbial needle in the haystack
5 Star Review   By member Ab0utaKiss - Mar 3, 2009   

Strengths: Being able to record while watching previously recorded programs

Weakness: Not being able to watch another channel while recording

I had already owned one, and wanted another one for my other TV, and was tired of using the VCR. I loved the ease of use on the recorder and just had to have another one. I consider it the greatest of luck that I found this one because believe me DVD hard drive recorders are virtually obsolete.

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Excellent for the money
4 Star Review     

Strengths: I got it almost exclusively to be able to manage my viewing. Now I can record for later viewing as well as go forward or backward and pause. I paid $250 which I thought was a good price.

I read that some are disappointed that it will not record in HD. There is no stand alone (not sponsored by TiVo, cable, dish, etc) USA version that will record in HD. I don't think they are allowed in the USA. I know Japanese versions will record in HD, however.

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Good..but not the best..
4 Star Review   By member srasania - Aug 7, 2008   

Strengths: stylish, 1080i dvd upconversion, 160 gb hdd

Weakness: no hd recording, slow finalizing time

I just got this recently, and even though it's a good dvr system..i am not too fond of the time taken for it to finalize the recorded dvds..was a bit surprising to see that it takes so much time to finalize.. there is no hd recording..it does broadcast hd channels..but recording on dvd as well as hdd is only in sd quality.. it does a pretty good job in upconverting normal dvds though..and the 160 gb drive is enormous space..specially since the dvr doesn't record in hd..so, alot of sd programming can be kept on it's internal 160 gigs.. the player does look nice and stylish..i wouldn't say it's slim..but it does have a nice shiny black finish.. overall..buy this product if you don't care about the capability to record in hd resolution.. plus, i am presuming prices of this would go down pretty soon in the near future...so, you may want to wait a bit, unless ofcourse you need it urgently(like me)..i had to record some vhs cassettes to dvd before disposing the tapes..so, had to buy this recorder..plus, since i didn't have an hd set top box, i thought this would be a good upgrade to my television system..

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The Best For Now
4 Star Review   By member rszabo - Jul 27, 2008   

Strengths: Reasonably priced. Functions well.

Weakness: Not true high definition. Directions for advanced use are confusing at best.

I bought this DVD recorder to replace a VHS recorder as I am getting ready for the digital transition of February 2009 that is widely being publicized. Having just upgraded to a 1080p 50 inch plasma TV I felt obligated to look for the best recorder out there. Now my friends say that I am a dying breed as I have a channel master roof top antenna and do not subscribe to cable so I thought Tivo was not an option. A little research, however demonstrated that I was wrong. One can purchase a Tivo machine and then pay for Tivo service or pay a one time forever license fee and use the machine to record off the free airwaves. This pathway is rather expensive but it is the only way independent of subscriptions to cable or satellite companies to actually record in high definition. This is not a HD recorder but does a good job of producing the 480 SD digitally. So right now this machine is the best one available for the price to record TV programs to a hard drive and if you like directly to disk. You can also transfer what has been recorded to the hard drive to a disk if you want to save the recording or play it in another TV or computer. These features alone make the machine worth its price. Philips is a Dutch company with a strong reputation but to my disappointment (I should have known) the unit is made in China. The email and phone “help” from Philips is in need of improvement but I could say that about almost every electronic or phone company these days. Setting up and connecting the unit is rather straightforward. If you can, I recommend getting a male to male HDMI cable (can be had for under five dollars with shipping). This cable is not included. If you are even slightly electronically challenged, once connected allow a good part of the day for figuring out how to operate this machine. The directions come in three volumes for three different languages and there were times it did not matter which volume I was reading. It still was not clear how to do certain functions. So far I am able to record, play back, pause live TV and play a commercial DVD. Part of my next vacation will be devoted to figuring out some more of the functions like editing. Why can’t the manufacturer create a short interactive tutorial and preload it on the hard drive that can teach consumers how to use their machine? Wouldn’t that be nice? The bottom line is this product is OK and does what it says it does. I hope one day there will be a true high definition, maybe blu-ray, recorder that is user friendly and easy to learn. Until then this will have to suffice.

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Great unit.....just what I needed.
5 Star Review   By member pobox2001 - Jun 12, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to set up, great picture

Weakness: Remote range is a little short

Very easy to set up and use. It even picked up some OTA HD channels that my HDTV didn't. Great picture. The HDD is what I really wanted and this unit provides a very convenient one to use. I'd buy it again.

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