Product Reviews (38)
Copying old tapes to DVD
I've copied my parents old VHS collection. Over a hundred in a row. So far no duds.
By RBeast on Adorama - Mar 26, 2013
DVD+RW Worked Very Well
I have been using the Sony DVD+RW and have recorded about 20 DVD's this week with no problems using the XP mode for the best quality. I just followed the below procedure on VHS to DVD dubbing and make sure you push the Rec Mode button to the left of the REC button at that step. If the DVD+RW is unformatted it will format when inserted. It will try to load and then go into the Format process. If you have used this DVD on your computer, Format it in Explorer and then put it into the Toshiba and go into Setup: DVD Menu: Format and Format the DVD again. And when you have completed your DVD, perform the Finalize procedure if you are going to use the DVD on another device. I have deleted and edited the Titles without any problems. With all of the procedures I have done, I have not received any errors. On the initial setup in the beginning I made a few changes from default below due to the TV and sound system that I have. I'm using HDMI to the TV and RCA from the Toshiba L1 to the Comcast cable unit. I have had this unit for a couple of years now and have had no problems. Playback: PCM-96kHz, Dolby-PCM Video: Progressive-On Recording: PCM, Disc Full-On, End of Timer Rec-On, Aspect Ratio Video Mode-16:9, Make Recording Compatible-On HDMI: RGB Range-Enhanced Dubbing VHS to DVD on DVR620KU Model Before beginning the steps below, press Setup on your remote. General Setting should be highlighted. Press the Enter button on the remote. Playback should be highlighted. Press the down arrow key on the remote (below the Enter button# until Recording is highlighted, then press Enter. Auto Chapter should be highlighted. Down arrow to Dubbing Mode. The VCR->DVD mode should be checked. If not, down arrow to it and press enter. Then press return. Keep pressing return till you are back at Setup. For VHS->DVD dubbing: 1. Press DVD button on remote #near bottom right, with green background#. 2. Press Open/Close on remote. DVD Caddy door should open. 3. Place DVD on caddy. 4. Press Open/Close on remote. DVD Caddy door should close. Let the loading of the DVD complete. 5. Press the REC MODE button on the remote repeatedly until you see the record mode that you want to use. Those can be XP, SP, LP, EP, or SLP. 6. Press VCR button on remote #to the left of DVD button, with orange background#. 7. Insert VHS tape into VHS slot. 8. Press Play on remote. VHS should start playing and its playback be visible on your TV. Press Pause on the remote. 9. Press the DVD button on the remote again. 10. Press the Dubbing button on the remote #near bottom left#. DVD recording should then begin, recording from VHS, and the VHS tape should resume playing. 11. Press Stop on the remote to stop recording. If you've tried this and it's not working, explain what is going wrong at what step. Note that if the VHS tape is copy protected #i.e. a commercial tape instead of your own recording) then you may not be able to do the VHS->DVD dubbing.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 5, 2013
Have copied 20 vcr(compact) to dvd -r discs without any problems. Like a few others I did push the rec button instead of the rec mode button prior to pushing the dubbing button. Other than that all went well. Hoping for a long life from this unit.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 23, 2013
great for dubs, only problem has been the remote freezing when i tried to add titles
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Jul 6, 2013
Did the job well!
Bought this machine for dubbing family VCR tapes to DVDs. Follow 9 step instructions from manual page 50-51 to setup the dubbing procedure. Anyway, I just let it run until it done. Check recorded DVD as good as the VCR tape. Don’t know why other users have issues. May perhaps pressed the wrong button at step 7. It happened when I first use it, the REC button just next to the REC MODE button!!
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Mar 1, 2013
Worst DVD Recoreder Ever!
For every additional gizmo, the picture and sound quality suffers. So why is input coax and output RCA? You need a converter to go from RCA back to coax and then you have to pump up the TV volume until it distorts just to hear it. If you use pre-recorded
By Discruntled Customer on Adorama - Oct 4, 2012
Sorry no good.
Sound on VCR portion quit working after a couple weeks of use. Bummer. I wanted to transfer my VHS to DVD. Worked great for awhile then just fuzzy sound......
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Oct 17, 2013
ONLY CAN RECORD ONE CHANNEL
Buyer Beware: I bought this DVD/VCR Recorder to record different TV programs on different channels during the daytime while i was at work, but only came up with L1/L2 on the channel. What happened to this system? Previous DVD recorder could tape any channel. Very DISSAPOINTING! If anyone knows how to record different channels, your advice would be appreciated.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Apr 22, 2013
Crutchfield has collected 7 user reviews for this product with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars. The most recent reviewer said, "Works as good as any other combo but be warned. I have tried several DVD recorders, some combo recorders, and none of them will record unless you keep the TV on all the time. The content providers (cable, satellite, etc.) are building in content protection called HDCP. They want you to rent a DVR or use Tivo which records to a temporary device as opposed to a permanent device DVD. I have talked to many tech support staff, read many blogs, and there is no way around it. The Crutchfield tech support staff were very knowledgeable but the problem was not resolved. I returned the unit just like all the others."
By on Crutchfield.com - Sep 12, 2012
I can't record from different channels
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Jul 5, 2013
I just bought a new Toshiba DVR620KU just to play old family videos VHR and ONLY plays black / white. I call the Toshiba support and they couldn't help, the "lady" there said, go back and exchange for another???? really, she also believes the Toshiba is bad??? Very disappointed with the player and with Toshiba!!!
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Jun 4, 2013
No tuner would not reckomend
no derict screw in for coax cable
By Smokey on Adorama - Oct 26, 2011
I purchased this VCR/DVD recorder in the hopes of transferring my VHS tapes to DVD. The 109 page manual does not have any instructions on how to simply transfer VHS to DVD. Not to mention that there are no "simple" instructions in the entire manual. I even attempted to copy video camera tapes to the DVD and spent 2 hours trying. Do Not even attempt to use this device unless you have a degree in technology. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON. IT IS GOING BACK TO THE STORE!
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Dec 27, 2013
NO Support for DVR620
My simple dubbing from VCR to DVD is not working. I have been in and out of the User Guide. Up and down the WEB SITE. The user forum tips just replay what is in the user guide. There is NO CHAT session HELP. I have spent way too much time on this product Panasonic has a much better interface.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Jul 22, 2013
NOISY. S VIDEO DOESNT WORK. HDMI FAULT DISPLAY WHEN TRYING TO RECORD DVD OR VCR
By on ToshibaDirect.com - May 25, 2013
Cursor pops all over screen and takes out words
By on ToshibaDirect.com - May 6, 2013
No problems on the DVD side and the upconvert looks really good. But the VCR has been chewing tapes after 1 year (just in time for the warranty to expire). The ONLY reason I bought this unit was to convert home videos and nearly all of them are ruined.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Apr 17, 2013
THE IDEA OF OWNING/USING THIS MACHINE IS OVER RATED. SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO DUB VHS TO DVD. RECORD TO EITHER SIDE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A + . THE EDITING FEATURES ON THE DVD SIDE ALSO SEEMED PLAUSIBLE. THIS POORLY CONSTRUCTED MACHINE LASTED APPROX. 10 MONTHS BEFORE THE VHS SIDE "COLLAPSED" AND WOULDN'T ACCEPT TAPES. TO TOP IT OFF, THE MACHINE WOULD STAY ON FOR 10 SECS. W/THE EJECT SYMBOL DISPLAYED ON THE TV (ALTHOUGH NO TAPE WAS IN MACHINE!) AND TURN OFF. THIS RESULTED IN NOT BEING ABLE TO WATCH OR RECORD ANYTHING - EVEN ON THE DVD SIDE, BECAUSE THE CHEAPLY MADE PIECE OF JUNK WOULDN'T STAY ON FOR MORE THAN 10 SECS!!! WAS ABLE TO CONVERT ABOUT 2 DOZ VHS TO DVD AS WELL AS RECORD SOME SHOWS/MOVIES DURING ITS BRIEF LIFE. VERY DISAPPOINTING NOWADAYS TO PAY FOR ELECTRONICS AND THE QUALITY IS ABOUT 1/3 OF THE PRODUCT QUALITY FROM A FEW YEARS AGO. MANUFCTRS JUST WANT THE FAST BUCK CONSUMERS SHELL OUT W/O ANY CONCERN ABOUT THE INTEGRITY OF THE MERCHANDISE OR CONSUMER SATISFACTION!!! EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE BUILT NOWADAYS WITH A 12-15 MONTH SHELF LIFE - JUST OUT OF REACH OF THE WARRANTY.!!! !!!! !!!!!! !!!!!! !!!!!! !!!!!!!! !!!!!!! !!!!!!! !!!!!! !!!!!!
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Mar 20, 2013
Was able to transfer about 8 or 9 VHS tapes to DVD and the VCR broke. This is a piece of junk.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Mar 10, 2013
No phone support from Toshiba Feb. 2013
We purchased this Toshiba product in January 2013 and cannot get it to record on DVD. We called Toshiba 3 or 4 times and No help. Avoid this product.
By KennethS1 on Home Depot - Feb 22, 2013
We bought the DVR620 specifically to transfer home VCR's to DVD's. We have followed the instructions to the "T' and it simply does not work. This product is not user friendly to the average person. It does play VCR's and DVD's without a problem but will not do what it is advertised to do. Can anyone tell us where we might be going wrong and if so, please post step by step instructions or tell me where to go to find them. This has been a very frustrating and expensive purchase.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Feb 18, 2013
Performs exactly as advertised
I've been using the VHS tape/DVD player/recorder for two months now and wanted to exercise the majority of the features before reviewing, including re-recording from my cable DVR. What I discovered is recording material while it's being broadcast or from a DVR recorded program is equally as easy as long as the video source is the same resolution as the DVD's resolution (standard broadcast). Attempting to record high definition source will generate an error not described in the owner's manual. Overall, a good product that plays prerecorded tapes and DVD's with good quality and will attempt to upconvert the image quality through the HDMI output when used. Recording quality is selectable and easy to choose through the controller. Also, the option of taking partially recorded DVD's from other recorders and converting them to be compatible with this recorder is a nice addition.
By JerryV on Home Depot - Feb 16, 2013
Bought the unit to have a second VHS unit at the house. I had played 3 hours of tape when the unit failed, eating tape after tape. My decade old metal VHS machine is still running fine. Missed the deadline on returning to the store and have had to ship to CA. When it arrives I will be able to order a replacement unit which will take another week or so to arrive back here. Definitely unhappy. The whole unit seems fragile beyond belief. Did not even reach the point of trying to record anything.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Feb 7, 2013
Won't do VHS to DVD for family videos
We have tried everything and even brought in other tech savy people to help - could not get this unit to transfer our family VHS tapes to DVD video...so dissapointing. Well it does play DVDs or VHSs but that's not what we bought it for....
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Jan 6, 2013
finalize your disks
To everyone who said that the disks don't play on other dvd players. You probably have to finalize the disk before you put it in another device. You can put the disk back in the player and find the option in the menu somewhere. Once it is finalized then it will play in other players.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Dec 12, 2012
Toshiba 620 review
I have tried multiple DVD's as it kept coming up with error message that it can't record. I eventually bought some Staples DVD+R's and have had the best luck with them working. It still comes up with error writing message but not as often. If you keep going back and trying to record over and over, eventually it records but sometimes it takes awhile. I was hoping that this machine would work better but it does the job -- just takes a lot of time. I did try to talk to text support and they just referred me back to online stuff which didn't help at all with the error message. I would not recommend this VHS => DVD unless it is the only one you can find.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 26, 2012
I purchased this unit 11 months ago to save some old VCR tapes to DVDs. Very difficult to do and the manual was less than useful. I had to return the DVR620 as the VCR side stopped working and I couldn't even access that unit. The last tape I inserted couldn't be ejected (couldn't do anything with the VCR). I also wanted to use the tape to record off my Digital TV Converter, but the L1 input didn't work. The L2 did, but then cables had to be left hanging out in front. A positive to the DVR620 is it had good picture quality and sound quality. If buying a DVR620, be sure to get an extended warranty. I got mine via Squaretrade. Glad I did.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 24, 2012
The dvd recorder is okay as long as you don't want to play the dvd on anything else. I tried every device in my house (regular dvd player, 3 different portable dvd players, a laptop and a desktop computer....no good. So I took a couple disks that were recorded on this machine (that play fine on this machine) to a large electronics store and tried everything they had, including different computers, no luck. Best beware.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Oct 31, 2012
Worst DVD Recoreder Ever!
For every additional gizmo, the picture and sound quality suffers. So why is input coax and output RCA? You need a converter to go from RCA back to coax and then you have to pump up the TV volume until it distorts just to hear it. If you use pre-recorded tapes or DVD's, the quality is fine, but if you record a DVD on this machine, the playback is lousy. Also, when recording a DVD that has been previously recorded on another recorder, you have to reformat the DVD, but if you record on this machine and then record on a Panasonic, there are no compatibility issues. I have never experienced such nonsense before. Panasonic is so much better! Toshiba should learn about K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid).
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Oct 4, 2012
Do not buy
I was sold a DVR620 and should have been sold the DVR670. They will not trade or refund. The 620 does not have a TV player, so it will not set up for timed recordings.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Jul 26, 2012
Not good for VHS recording
There are only two choices for recording VHS tapes, 2hr & 8hr
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Jul 15, 2012
DVR620 DVD Recorder
I've recorded well over 100 DVDs on my 620 in 15 months and cannot recall a DVD record failure on any brand. I would have given 5 stars as a DVD only recorder. The VCR dub to DVD is poorly conceived -you can't pause the DVD during recording, and the recording quality is poor if the tracking has problems.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Mar 5, 2012
Nice product has 2 downfalls
I love this product, it looks sharp, clean and easy to use. Problems lie in the S-video, it sends out but the [s video-in] port doesn't work at all, everything else does tho. Problem 2 is that the DVR cant be controlled threw HDMI like newer HDMI connected products, witch isn't a big shock but a little disappointing. Other than that its an Excellent piece of equipment. P.S. Also the Unit will not Dub protected VHS Tapes to DVD it sends an error message and stops.recording.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Jan 20, 2012
power unit failure
At the moment you connect it to the power, lights begin to blink and it doesn't accept any commands (with the remote control or manually) it means that you can't use it. When I called Toshiba to give me a place where I can take it to be service, they told me that I need to mail it to their place (I have this machine for only 4 months). Their warranty is not good.
By on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 13, 2011
worked great for a couple years
Strengths: fairly easy to use, except for the process of adding titles to DVD recordings. Very complicated
Weakness: bad customer service. When I explained a problem to their CSR, he was baffled and could only suggest taking the unit to a service center, which would cost only $50 less than buying a new one.
This is the third consecutive DVD RECORDER VCR RECORDER combo that worked fine two years and then died. For this particular unit, when trying to dub from a video tape to the DVD, after 90 seconds the function stops, starts transferring the material on the video tape to the DVD and then ejects the videotape and shuts off. I strongly suspect these units are intentionally poorly designed to force consumers to keep replacing them.
By anonymous; - Jun 18, 2010
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