Toshiba DR20 DVD recorder reviews and price comparison

26 customer reviews

+ This DVD recorder scores high on design. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 26 reviews.
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Confirmed purchaser Bargain hunter

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to set up, great picture quality, brilliant price!
Bad points:
Nothing as yet - although the instruction manual is rather large (which probably means anything you need to know will be in there!)
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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7 of 10 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Feb 2011

Nigel, Bargain hunter

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I looked at the other reviews for this DVD recorder and found most positive feedback to be correct.
It's a replacement for a non-digital DVD recorder I had but couldn't use after the switchover.
Had it for a couple of months and sofar no issues.
Programming guide is simple to use, so much easier that the video plus.
For some reason when viewing the TV through the DVD recorder the sound quality on the TV is far richer than when using the TV only. Anyone with a Panasonic flat screen 26" knows that this tv can be tinny, but this improves it no end.
Haven't tried the HDMI yet, using scart with no issues. The image quality is excellent and rich. Only on XLP do you start to see some blockiness. but with 8 hours on one DVD on XLP - you can't complain!
As it has Freeview built in I can view one digitial channel while recording another as I also have Freeview in the TV.
Previously bought an LG DRT389H DVD recorder but returned it because it degraded the signal so that I couldn't even see the old analogue channels let alone most of the digital ones (yes I tripple checked all connections and showed that it was the DVD recorder at fault). However, the DR20 provides all the channels without degradation in exactly the same position as the LG. So don't buy an LG DRT389H DVD recorder. Get a DR20 instead - it may be twenty pound more but it's worth it.
Bad points:
The main points as identified by some other reviewers seem correct also, but they don't bother me at all. You just get used to them:
1) It take some time to start up and read a disc, sometimes up to one minute.
2) The user interface on the screen looks a bit old, but it's simple to use.
Also, the remote has two buttons "Disc Menu" and "Top Menu". To me the disc menu should show what's on the disc, but it doesn't - "top Menu" does. Minor point and probably my brain at fault.
I can't record any more programs on RW discs that have other programs recorded by another recorder. But I can still view and delete them. I'd probaby need to reformat the disc once I've seen the recordings. No problem.
Sometimes there is a minor sound of the motor when recording/playing the disc. But it's not present most of the time, and sometimes dissappears after sometime.
No clock when on standby which can be a bit annoying if you want to know how long you have before recording something.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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21 of 23 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Mar 2011

Confirmed purchaser Home cinema enthusiast

Score 3.0/10
Good points:
None.
Bad points:
I am really disappointed by the quality of this Toshiba DVD recorder - I used to be an advocate of their products, but i'm not buying from them again, which is unfortunate. I purchased this due to my previous Panasonic having a fault, but i'm now going to pay to have it repaired. My Panasonic is much easier to use, more ergonomic, simpler, has a better picture quality and a better sound quality. This Toshiba is incredibly difficult to set up, has a relatively poor sound and picture quality and is not built to my interpretation of Toshiba's standards. Thoroughly disappointed. 3 out of 10
Overall rating 3.0
Ease of use 2.0
Image quality 5.0
Sound quality 5.0
Design 4.0
Value for money 4.0
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7 of 9 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Mar 2011

Confirmed purchaser Enjoying the challenge

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
This is a first class product.
Bad points:
As I am ages 76 plus, I find the jargon difficult to understand. I would like to see a section on really basic use.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Feb 2011

Confirmed purchaser Bargain hunter

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
easy to tune in very good pictchers
sound good..reording are good should have got one before.
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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9 of 11 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Feb 2011

David, Cumbria Home cinema enthusiast

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Looks good, easy to use, superb sound and vision. Top quality machine esp when played through HDMI and 1080p
Bad points:
Remote bulky but nothing else
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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9 of 11 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Apr 2011

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to set up and use.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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4 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Mar 2011

Product Features

Playback formats DVD Plus RW
Playback formats DVD Plus R
Playback formats DivX
Playback formats DVD-R
Recording format DVD-R
Recording format DVD-RW
Recording format DVD Plus RW
Recording format DVD Plus R
Audio technology Dolby Digital
Upscaling Yes
Connections HDMI
Connections Firewire
Extra functions Electronic Program Guide
3D No
Freeview or Freesat tuner FreeSat
Number of scart ports 2
Weight (g) 3200
Release date 2010-07-05

Also known as: DR20, Toshiba DR20DT

 

Manufacturer's Description

Enjoy digital TV and record your favourite shows to DVD.

The DR20 is a digital ready DVD recorder with an integrated Freeview tuner for easy access to up to 50 digital channels and 24 radio stations without subscription. HDMI connectivity makes it easy to connect to your HD TV as well as upscaling standard definition DVDs to near high definition. A wide range of DVD and CD formats are supported and you can also watch DivX movie downloads, view digital photos and listen to MP3s.


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