Reviews of the best DVD recorder & VCR combos

DVD recorder and VCR combos are great for people with VHS tapes and DVDs. They are also useful for people who want to convert their VHS tapes to DVD and vice versa. This combo system also allow users to record television shows onto DVDs or VHS tapes. Some systems even improve the picture quality of old DVDs.

Philips DVDR3545v/37

The Philips DVDR3545v/37 has been rater the number-one DVD recorder/VHS combo unit by It retails for approximately £76 (as seen on and allows VHS to DVD or DVD to VHS copying and TV to DVD/VHS recording. It also comes with a FireWire connection that allows digital copying of MiniDV tapes. This combo device has an HDMI output that converts all your signals to high definition and progressive scan, which allows viewers to see odd and even lines of light/colour -- significantly improving picture quality. The built-in digital tuner ensures digital-quality recordings of TV shoes. Most users would recommend the Philips DVDR3545v/37 to a friend.

Sony RDR-VXD655

The Sony RDR-VXD655 was rated the second-best DVD recorder/VHS combo device by Its built-in digital tuner allows users to record television shows in digital quality, even for analogue TVs without digital tuners. It features one-touch dubbing of VHS tape to DVD and vice versa, and one-touch recording from a digital camcorder through the FireWire connection. The Sony RDR-VXD655 has seven recording speeds for VHS, and the DVD player can play back DVDs in various formats. This device also improves picture quality by converting all signals to a high-resolution 1080 or 720 signal.

Panasonic Diga DMR-EZ48VK

The third-highest-ranked DVD recorder/VHS combo according to is the Panasonic Diga DMR-EZ48VK. Retailing for approximately £188.40 (as seen at J&R), this device scales up the TV resolution to 1920 x 1080 pixels. This also means all DVDs played back will have the same resolution as Blu-ray disks. The digital tuner allows for TV to DVD recordings along with VHS to DVD dubbing and vice versa. The VIERALink allows the user to use one remote for both the DVD/VCR combo device and a compatible Panasonic television. The Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK also has an SD memory card slot and USB port, allowing users to view images from the memory card or USB drive on their TV. Lastly, it can play back almost any format, including MP3s stored on a disk.

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