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Samsung DVD-VR357 DVD Recorder
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Samsung DVD-VR357 DVD Recorder

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Key Features
DVD TypeDVD Recorder
Built-In Combo FeaturesVCR
Playable Disc FormatsCD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R Dual Layer, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW
FeaturesLetter Box Conversion, Pan & Scan Conversion, Parental Lock, Progressive Scan
Playable File FormatsJPEG, MP3, WMA
Progressive ScanWith Progressive Scan

Video Output SystemNTSC
Video Upconversion1080i (HDTV), 720p (HDTV)

Surround SoundDTS (Digital out only), Dolby Digital (Digital out only)

InputsComposite x 2, RF (TV) x 1, S-Video x 1, iLINK DV Input
OutputsAnalog Audio x 2, Component x 1, Composite x 1, Digital Audio Coaxial RCA, Digital Audio Optical x 1, HDMI, RF x 1, S-Video

Exterior ColorBlack

eBay Product ID: EPID60607828

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Created: 03/16/08

This unit works superbly, easy setup, great features!

We purchased a home entertainment system from Sony a few years back. The system came with a dvd/vhs player, also by Sony. Since, we have had trouble after trouble playing dvd disks. Cleaning the already "clean" disks sometimes helped, but we found ourselves often going to our bedroom to watch the movie on our crappy $30 dvd player.

I purchased this Samsung for 2 reasons; to rid myself of the stubborn, patience-trying dvd unit we had, and because I wanted to upgrade to a dvd recorder. I love the clean look! It's elegant and sophisticated while remaining fully functional and easy to use. I have it installed in between my satellite receiver and my TV via s-video cabling, digital coaxial audio to the stereo receiver/amplifier, along with composite audio cables between the satellite receiver and TV to bypass the stereo for use without the surround sound system.

The picture I have now left me in awe! Crystal clear, excellent contrast, and a perfect picture that is not too dark or too light. Menu-driven setup allows the user to easily customize how the dvd unit performs - from picture quality to choosing audio output - all no problem to change.

It also upconverts to HDMI format for those with high-definition monitors. Will convert standard 480 dvds to 720p or 1080i output via the HDMI interface. I do not have a high-definition system so I cannot say that this works well or even that it works at all, however, I'm pretty certain when I upgrade, this unit will continue to please!

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Created: 08/19/07

Very nice product at a GREAT price. EASY to use!

I stole my DVD VR-357 for $80 on Ebay! These cost $179 new as of 8-2007.

This DVD recorder combo does a GREAT job of recording on DVDs. Its best to use SP or XP mode for superb quality! LP mode is just OK only (quality)

Do make a note. These Samsung DVD VR357s are tunerless, meaning, that there is no TV tuner built in. So for that case, it can only record off the camcorder or other such item hooked up to it.

To me, it does not matter anyway, whether it has a built in tuner or not, cause I never (or rarely) record off TV anyhow!!! AND BESIDES, I have heard that the technology will advance to DIGITAL tuning to replace the ANALOG tuning system.

When this happens in 2009 I heard, Every TV or VCRs etc tuning systems will ALL be useless!! Then these items will be considered OUT OF DATE!

So for WHAT I LIKE about this Samsung DVD VR357, (since there is NO tuner to go OUT OF DATE), this product will take a little while before it becomes OUT OF DATE technology.

Also one of the great things I like too is the HDMI hook up! Cool. Also I can use DVD-R or DVD+R and DVDRWs too. STILL one more thing I like too, is: IT's EASY to use!!

As of this time, I can't think of any CONS about this Samsung. It is EVERYTHING I LIKE IN A DVD recorder VCR combo!

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Created: 12/16/07

Excellent Machine for the money.

Works perfectly, excellent video and with name brand DL-DVD's records excellent quality from DirecTv HR-21. The Dual-Layer capability is important if you want to record longer than 1 hour at highest quality. DL's will record over 2 hours. Dup's VCR's to DVD w/o a hitch. Note no tuner in this model. (I have a DVD-VR330 that is basically the same, but has no HDMI ooutput and includes a tuner.) I installed this and a DirecTv HR-21 in a bedroom, connected to a Yamaha YSP-4000 which upscales to 1080i. Even VHS tapes look nice w/upscaling.

For this install it is a very cost effective machine if you want:
-one box for DVD & VCR
-recording ability from DircTv or similar to DVD or VCR
-Ability to record on Dual-Layer(DL) DVD's
-HDNI output
-Don't need the tuner

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Created: 08/06/08

Terrible and very disappointing

I bought this Samsung DVD-VR357 DVD/VCR combo in April 2008. It comes with 1 year warranty on Parts but only 90 days on Labor. After only been playing the DVD sparingly for 2.5 months, it died. The unit is no longer recognizing any DVD or CD discs I put in. Called Samsung Canada and they would not honor the warranty because they said it's a US model. Told by the seller to try lens cleaning. Spent $25 bought a laser lens cleaner but it still did not work. So I'm stuck with it since it is not feasible to go to the States to file the claim!! Just imagine how much will the labor cost!! So far the VCR is doing fine. To sum it up, it is the worst DVD recorder/player I've ever bought. I definitely will not recommend this product to anyone!!! Two thumbs down, way down!!!!!

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Created: 10/04/07

Big Trouble for the buck.

The Samsung DVD-VR357 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo was a big disappointment. It did everything it was supposed to in the first 3 months. After the 90-day guarantee expired it started to give me trouble and I mean it didn't want to accept any of the blank disks I put in. Later, this escalated into a bigger problem. I started to look into the matter further and called the manufacturer and they said that some disks cannot be played or recorded. I then tried to play my pre-recorded disks and the machine rejected all of them with the message that they cannot be played. After a while, I got so depressed that I literally took this recorder and threw it into the garbage where it belonged. Samsung is a good brand i hear but this one gave me a lot of trouble. I bought this unit online because of the price.
It could be that it was a lemon or because it was refurbished. However, the problem was solved by disposing the unit. I never took the time to see how much it would cost to fix because that would run into more money and time which I didn't need. So, i bought another brand and so far this recorder is functioning properly. Buyer beware!! Most of these combos are not the best investment unless you do some research on the product and brand. Even a brand name can go bad.

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