As with other top-quality DVD recorders the MAGNAVOX MDR513H/F7 HDD and DVD Recorder has the ability to take ordinary television resolution and up-size it to 1080 pixel resolution. This model also has 4-way dubbing: HDD to DVD, DVD to HDD, DV to HDD, DV to DVD. It has HDMI output plus a built in television tuner. There is a new model of this device if you don’t want this one. It is device number MDR515H.
This DVD recorder will record television shows so that you can watch them at your convenience and copy them to a DVD. You can also use it to copy DVDs in their entirety.
MAGNAVOX MDR513H/F7 HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, Black
Because it has a massive 320 GB hard drive you can record up to 400 hours of recording at a lower resolution. Switch to the higher resolution and the storage capacity is 300 hours. It also has the ability like other dvd recorders to edit out commercials. Since it has a built in TV tuner you can record over-the-air digital and analog television broadcasts. Of course it works with cable too.
Some have said the instruction manual is too difficult to comprehend but you can simply call their technical support and they will have you up and running in no time at all. Those who find it complicated are probably the not the technical experts who buy the most complicated models given that this one is at the low-end of the price range for these types of devices.
As with other DVD recorders this one is not going to allow you to copy HBO or Time Warner programming to DVDs if they use the copy-protection scheme. Instead you can only store it on the internal hard drive.
One nice feature is time tracking. So if you watch a movie or television show which you have previously watched and did not finish it remembers where you were and starts playing from that position. So you don’t have to fast forward to where you were and spending minutes hopping around until you get to the right spot. This is good because some have said the fast forward feature is not very fast at all.