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Toshiba RD-98DT 250GB HDD/DVD Recorder Combi With Digital Tuner

Released on 18 September 2008

Manufacturer: Toshiba

4.0 out of 5 (4 customer reviews) | Write a review

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The RD-98DT possesses a massive 250GB hard disk, allowing 'Chase Play' and 'Pause Live TV' recording. It also has one touch recording, giving up to 424 hours of recording time, without searching for unused tapes or blank discs. You
can simultaneously play and record, allowing you to watch a DVD whilst recording to the HDD and vice versa - great for when you are watching a film on DVD, but want to record the football on a Saturday night.

The RD-98DT has an HDMI connection for the lossless transmission of video and audio content, up-scaling standard definition DVDs to 720p, 1080i and 1080p, delivering impressive image quality from your existing DVD collection.
This versatile DVD recorder is compatible with DVD+R/+RW and DVD-R/-RW so you need never miss a second of the action. There are 5 recording modes, which, depending on quality allow up to 812 hours of recording time, allowing you the chance to record a whole series of your favourite show on one disc for permanent archiving.

There is an analogue and a digital tuner for access to Freeview, with its exciting choice of TV channels and radio stations, all available through your existing aerial. Freeview Playback lets you pause, record and rewind over 40 Freeview channels
with no subscription and no set-top box. Recording couldn't be simpler with an 8 day electronic programme guide letting you know what's on and when.

REGZA Link allows simultaneous operation of multiple devices from a single remote control via the HDMI connection (compatibility dependant). We're still not finished; the RD-98DT also has a JPEG viewer, the ability to play MP3 files
and the latest downloaded content off the internet, compressed with DivX.
  • Multi-Drive HDD, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW Recorder
  • 250GB Hard Disk Drive - Up To 424 Hours Of Recording
  • HDMI (V. 1.3)
  • Dvd Up-Scaling: 720p, 1080i, 1080p
  • Regza Link (HDMI CEC)
  • Timeslip Recording (Pause Live TV & Chase Play)
  • 5 Recording Modes: (XP, SP, LP, EP, SLP)
  • Max Recording Time: XP 1hr - SLP 8.5hrs
  • 1x Digital Tuner, 1x Analogue Tuner & 8 Day EPG
  • Hi-Resolution Pal Progressive Scan & Component Video
  • Output
  • DV Input
  • Simultaneous Record & Play
  • 36 Event/1 Month Timer
  • DivX, Mp3, Jpeg Playback
  • Playback: DVD, DVD-R/-RW, DVD RAM, DVD+R/+RW, CD AUDIO, CD DA, CD-R/-RW, SVCD, VIDEO CD

customer Reviews

 Average rating (4 reviews)

 Poorly designed and frustrating

| | See all mantis77's reviews (1)

I bought this as a first step into the HDD/DVD recorder market, while most features were OK and picture quality was good etc. there was one major flaw: it is impossible to change the channel using the EPG without recording!!
I know this sounds stupid, but apparently it was not just a fault on our machine. Despite the fact that the instruction manual told us how to do it, it didn't work. So, I phoned Toshiba's technical support and they told me that this model just doesn't do that!
If you cannot use the EPG to choose a channel, that makes the 'pause live TV' function rather useless and it means you still need to keep a set top box for watching TV live (getting rid of this was one of the purposes of buying this product).
In the end I have had to send it back, as it is unfit for the purpose I bought it for at a loss of postage one way, I am now hoping that I can buy a machine of a different make that will not disappoint me quite so much.

 Good machine for the money

| | See all NeoMatrix's reviews (14)

Not had this long and am really enjoying it. I've not had a issue with it's opperation and 250GB capacity means even with all the other halves soaps i've still got nowhere near filling it. Overall recommended.

 Great product, great price..

| | See all Superfandango's reviews (1)

Having searched the high street for a competitive recorder, I settled on this unit to match my Toshiba LCD.
The service from Play has always been excellent and my new recorder has lived up to my expections for picture quality, setup and day to day use.

 Tosh recorder, making TV viewing less stressful

| | See all andyl14's reviews (1)

Having just got my own flat and having become used to my parents Sky Plus box, I decided I needed the convience of Sky plus in my life without subscription. I bought one of these a few months back and it's been as good as Sky+ - simple to use and ideal for recording series, so I'm never worried about getting back on time, or being dicated to by the TV schedule. It's great for series linking all the great stuff, for example Ive got the whole of The Wire recorderd so I can watch them when I like. This is great but what really impressed me was the DVD playback - I have an HD ready TV and it's great to view via HDMI conection, I'm convinced the quality is better than that of my old philips dvd player. I record quite a lot of American series and 250gb seems plenty of space. A great product!

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