After owning the RCA DRC8320N for a few days I have to say that it does, in fact, as it is advertised...., but...., don't expect a high end super duper high speed unit. The controls are rather slow in functioning and can be a bit touchy if you are not paying close attention.
You will need to watch every dialog box that pops up and pay attention the directions as they appear.
You will also find this unit is not really recommended for 1st time users or at least you'll need some type of a techie background.
The more Nerd blood you have the better you'll be.
If all you want is a few Monday Night Football games transfered - fine a place that does it for you and save the techno education curve for when you're ready to use your brain.
The controls and dialog are all given with the understanding that you have some technical knowledge of electronics and why things work the way they do and what to do if a problem occurs.
The proceedures and troubleshooting pages are useless and should nlot have even been printed. They will not help you if you don't already know this stuff.
After only a few times (days) of "Power On" & "Shut Down" and restarting I had the unit go off into an open ended loop of trying to read the blank Light Scribe disc and staying in limbo for over 45 minutes.
No functions were available and nothing responded on either the remote or the front face panel.
This was cured by doing a Hard Re-Set while the disc & tape were in the machine.
Just plain old pulling the plug, counting to 40 seconds and reattaching the power cord worked fine.
It remembered all the settings and knew that a disc was inside ready for Initializing.
From that point on it was OKAY.
Would I buy it again ? YES ! It is a good unit for the price and produces a nice quality disc.
You can control a wide range of settings.
You may waste a few disc's at first just playing around with the gadgetry and experimenting with the options but it is well worth the time and expence.
It delivers a nice clean rendition of any home video and burns into DVD+R format.
The DVD+R format works with over 90% of set top players on the market and is fine for most users.
If you don't mind taking some time to aquainted with the operations and you have some basic technical understanding of how things work & why then this is great machine.
I'm sure that upgraded machines will be better as time goes on but if have 1000's of tapes to do and have a good technical background you'll be happy with this unit.
This is a bit better than just a 2 star machine but not to the level of a 5 star. For the cost and for the end product (disc) I'd say it's around a 4 star rating.
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