Samsung DVD-R130 DVD recorder.
I like it fine! It's Energy Star compliant (very important to me), it has a beautiful picture when just playing movies. I bought one that gave out after six months for no good reason, so I got another one, and this one has been more reliable. I'm new to this, so it's hard to know what is user error and what's the nature of digital recording. I've got mine piggybacked to my ten-year-old Panasonic VCR for videotape viewing through one of the DVD recorder's Auxiliary channels.
What I like about the Samsung is that it's very slim and elegant, and it's completely black, so it matches my VCR as well as my television. It's one of the thinnest devices with a tuner that they make. I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to use it after next February, though. I try to practice voluntary simplicity, and I don't like a house full of gadgets.
What I don't like are the copy protection, of course, and that a DVD recorders functions are more complicated. On my JVC player, for example, you turn it on, it says hello, and you don't go through a sea of menus to play your disc. But the Samsung needs to know what you want to do, and you have Disc Menu and Title Menu to choose from, you can't just push a button and instantly find the chapter menus and audio commentaries. I miss the simplicity of just having a player attached to a television. Also, the Samsung remote is a nightmare. But, my universal remote lets me access almost all of what I need in a more sane fashion.
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