Below is my top 10 list for "bargain" DVD Recorders. The Top 10 Bargain DVD Recorders mostly include "single tray" DVD Recorders. These units record only to DVD, they do not include a hard drive or VHS VCR built-in with the DVD Recorder. If you want to record TV shows or Video from Camcorders or VCR straight to DVD, these bargain DVD Recorders might be all you need. Most are under $200, and some are even under $100 at this point! Take a look for yourself at the Top 10 Bargain DVD Recorders.
My top choice for price, performance and features. The Lite-on LVW-5115GHC+ DVD Recorder is truly a bargain recorder. It comes in at under $100, records to DVD-R/RW and
DVD+R/RW DVD discs and includes a Firewire (sometimes called IEEE 1394 or i.LINK) input for recording from a digital camcorder. The unit can playback DivX files on DVD, and includes Composite and Component analog video outputs and Coaxial Digital Audio outputs. An impressive unit for the price.
At just under $300, the JVC DR-MV99B DVD Recorder/VHS VCR offers many great features at a decent price. Records to DVD-R/RW or DVD+R/RW discs, includes a Firewire input for recording from a digital camcorder, and lets you do Timer Recording using the VCR Plus+ On-Screen Programming Guide. Includes Progressive Scan playback with a TV that accepts 480p (Component input) and upconverts to 1080i/720p with the HDMI output. Also includes both an ATSC and NTSC Tuner for recording Over-the-Air Analog and Digital TV, including OTA HDTV. Overall, a nice combination of features and price.
A good DVD Recorder for under $200, the Toshiba D-R550 records to DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. The D-R550 can upconvert DVDs to an HDTV in 720p/1080i/1080p, and also includes an ATSC tuner for recording free Over-the-Air Digital and HDTV broadcasts. Comes with the standard analog audio/video inputs and outputs, and is a progressive scan player. Finally, the Toshiba D-R550 has a DV input for recording from a digital camcorder. A lot of great features for a small price.
The Panasonic DMR-EZ17K DVD Recorder is a great bargain for recording to DVD. It only costs around $180 and it can record to DVD-R/RW, DVD-RAM and DVD+R/RW discs. Contains Component Video outputs for Progressive Scan playback with a 480p capable TV, and it includes an ATSC tuner to record Over-the-Air Digital and HDTV signals. Includes all the usual analog audio/video outputs (but no HDMI) and digital optical audio output, plus firewire input. A good bargain for a DVD Recorder and Player, but lacks HDTV upconversion.
At about $180, the Pioneer DVR-310 is a good DVD Recorder, with many great features for the price. It includes a Firewire input and
output for recording to and from a digital camcorder. Includes analog A/V inputs and outputs like RCA, S-Video and Component for Progressive Scan output. Record in five different quality settings and use VCR Plus+ for Timer Recording. Records to DVD-R/RW discs only.
Coming in at around $200, the Philips DVDR3355 records to DVD+R/RW and -R/RW discs and includes a Firewire input for recording from a digital camcorder. Has standard analog audio/video inputs and outputs and coaxial digital audio output. With it's Component outputs, the DVDR3355 allows for Progressive Scan playback to a 480p TV. Also includes Timer Recording with VCR Plus+. Many good features and a decent price make the Philips DVDR3355 a good bargain.
At just over $200, the Sony RDR-GX330 is a little more pricey than most DVD Recorders. Still, this recorder offers many nice features, including recording to DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs and Progressive Scan playback. Includes Firewire input (Sony calls it i.LINK). Sony products are very reliable, so if you don't mind paying a little more for peace of mind, this is an excellent recorder.
The Go Video R6740 DVD Recorder is a good combination of features and price. For about $230 you get a DVD Recorder that can record to DVD-R/RW discs and includes a front Firewire input. Includes RCA, S-Video and Component outputs and digital audio outputs. Record TV broadcasts directly to DVD with the built-in TV Tuner. A decent bargain from a somewhat unknown company. They do include an 800 number for customer support.
The Samsung DVD-R120 DVD Recorder is priced at about $130. It can record to DVD-R/RW and DVD-RAM disc, and includes a front Firewire input. Outputs include, RCA, S-Video and Component (for Progressive Scan playback). One interesting feature is the 30 minute One Touch Recording button, that allows you to record in 30 minute stretches with one touch of a button, up to the maximum recording time (240 minutes in the lowest quality setting). A decent recorder for a low price.
The RCA DRC8005N DVD Recorder comes in refurbished at $100. Records to DVD+R/RW disc. Includes a USB 1.1 connection for transferring JPEG files from a digital camera. Capable of outputting a Progressive Scan signal to a 480p TV. Includes all standard analog audio/video inputs and outputs, but no digital audio output for hooking up to a Dolby Digital 5.1 A/V Receiver and no Firewire input.