Toshiba SD-V296 Tunerless DVD VCR Combo

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Toshiba SD-V296 Tunerless DVD VCR Combo

Looking for a VCR to play your VHS collection, or some of the tapes you have purchased from my site? Well look no further, The Toshiba SD-V296 Tunerless DVD VCR Comboht=”1″ border=”0″ />Will satisfy all your needs. 

Features

  • Technical Information-Number of Discs-1:Technical Information-Media Formats-VHS, DVD-RW, CD-RW:VCR-Number of Heads-4:Video-Video Signal Format-NTSC:Video-Video Formats-DVD Video, Video CD:Video-Picture Control-Zoom:
  • Video-Scanning Modes-Progressive Scan:Video-Digital to Analog Video Converter-14-bit – 108 MHz:Audio-Sound System-Dolby Digital, DTS:Audio-Audio Formats-MP3:Audio-Digital to Analog Audio Converter-24-bit – 192 kHz:Image-Image Formats-JPEG:
  • Interfaces/Ports-Component Video-Yes:Interfaces/Ports-Composite Video-Yes:Interfaces/Ports-Digital Audio Coaxial Out-Yes:Controls/Indicators-Language Supported-English, French, Spanish:Controls/Indicators-Remote Control-Yes
  • One Touch Recording
  • ColorStream Progressive outputs
  • 14-Bit/108MHz
  • Power 120 V AC, 60Hz
  • Simultaneous DVD playback and VHS record
  • What’s in the Box: Remote Control,A/V Cable (RCA),90-Day Labor / 1-Year Parts Warranty

The Good

Toshiba is one of very few manufactures out there still making DVD/VCR Combo’s and I’m glad for this. The manufacture date on the back of my unit was August 2012 so it was assembled quite recently as I write this. I have a large number of VHS titles that were never released on DVD or Blu-Ray so this type of product is still important to me.

Hook-up is very straight forward. I’m not sure how typical my hook up scenerio is compared to others, but I had this unit hooked up to a quality 7.1 Home Theatre System that includes one powerhouse Pioneer Elite AV Receiver. I connected the three component Video out cables directly to my HDTV (for DVD), the Digital Audio Coaxial cable connected to my AV Receiver (for DVD), composite RCA cables audio/video out to my AV Receiver (for VHS), and connnected my COX cable box to the audio and video composite in jacks on the back of this unit for VHS recording.

DVD video quality is excellent with 480p progressive scan. This unit is capable for bitstreaming both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, another reason I give high marks. I watched an Enya music video compilation DVD with DTS and it was absolutely stunning, both video and the DTS 5.1 surround sound.

As for VHS, the picture quality is certainly not going to be DVD quality but is watchable. For those who have an AV Receiver capable of Video analog upscaling, the improvement works. VHS HI FI audio is an almost forgotten technology in this digital age but the quality is still outstanding with analog Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound. I’ll sometimes swear it sounds better than it’s Dolby Digital counterpart from some video sources.

Recording to VHS tape is something I didn’t intend to use this unit for, but the quality is about as can be expected. Since I’ve gotten used to watching true HD blu ray and SD DVD, VHS viewing is not half bad as long as the recording speed is kept to SP mode and not the slow EP. VHS playback simply will not look as good on an HDTV as it does on a analog TV. If you have the equipment for video processing (upscale to 720P, etc) that really improves the picture. Any recording in the EP mode will look like crap on any HD set.

 

The Bad

Not alot to say here but for Negatives, I would say the remote could be laid out a little better but it is still very functional. The VCR while playing tapes does have an audible noise up close, but if this unit is in a cabinet or reasonably far away I don’t think it would be that noticeable.

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