The Bottom Line
- Affordable - Easy to setup
- Can record program while watching another (when not used in conjunction with a digital receiver)
- Will record DVD to VHS (does not record copy protected DVDs)
- S-VHS playback
- Does not have a DVI or HDMI connection
- Slightly bulkier than other DVD/VCR combos
- Does not play DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, Photo CDs, or other non-standardized discs
- 17" x 3 7/8" x 8 7/8" (WxHxD)
- Weight: 8 lbs.
- Region 1 Playback
- Back panel inputs include component, composite, S-Video, digital audio, stereo audio, and R
- Front A/V output - composite video, stereo RCA audio
- SP and SLP record modes on VCR
- Will record program on one channel while watching another channel on TVs without digital cable
- 90 day limited warranty
Guide Review - Toshiba SD-V392 DVD/VCR Combo
For the faint-hearted or tech-illiterate, have no worries. The SD-V392 comes with an excellent user manual that features diagrams of everything from the remote control to front and back panels to connection to an audio system and TV equipped with S-Video input/component video inputs. Basically, it covers it all. It's also available for download at www.toshiba.com if the original gets misplaced.
The SD-V392 looks sharp, and comes in a silver casing housing a front LCD panel that is for the clock and DVD/VCR playback information. The LCD panel has two illuminations - bright when on and dim when off, which is a good feature if it is in a bedroom because some LCD panels can be too bright. It weighs 8 pounds, and is about 4" tall.
The DVD/VCR menu system is relatively easy to use with or without the user manual. The remote control has glow-in-the-dark buttons, and is like any remote with a lot of buttons - confusing at first, but easy to use after getting acquainted with it.
It has some problems playing CD-R/CD-RW, DVD-R, WMA, MP3 and JPEG discs, but no more than other units in this price range.