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Item#: N82E16882005038

LG RC897T Super Multi DVD Recorder/VCR With Digital Tuner

  • DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R Double Layer, DVD-RAM
  • 1-Disc
  • DTS Digital, Dolby Digital
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The LG RC897T is an ultimate entertainment multi-tasker that functions as a DVD recorder, a VCR, and a digital TV tuner. With a digital set-top box controller, record from most digital-cable and digital-satellite boxes to DVDs or VCR videotapes. Connect to other LG SimpLink components via HDMI connection, and you can remote control the recorder and the components with one single remote control.

The built in tuners free you from satellite or cable TV for digital TV reception. The ATSC tuner will pull the signals from the air. There is also a QAM tuner for watching in the clear digital cable channels.

The RC897T can upconvert your DVDs and videos to 1080p for exceptional, near HD levels image quality. It also has a USB port so you can playback digital music, photos and videos stored on your USB devices. Bring the convenient, versatile and space-saving RC897T home!

  • newegg Multi- Format Recording and Playback The LG RC897T records your favorite TV programs on your choice of DVD disc formats, including DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD+R Double Layer, and DVD-RAM, and supports playback of Audio CD, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW as well as VHS for incredible versatility.
  • newegg High Definition Up-Conversion with HDMI When connected to an HDMI-compatible TV via an HDMI cable, the LG RC897T up-converts video content up to 1080p resolution for high-quality high definition images.
  • newegg USB Media Host The LG RC897T features a USB port for direct playback of JPG, WMA and MP3 files on your USB devices.
  • newegg VCR Function The LG RC897T works as a VCR (Video Cassette Recorder) so you can enjoy your old VHS collections. And with the bi-directional dubbing function, easily copy your recordings from a VHS tape to DVD or vice versa.
  • newegg Built-in ATSC/NTSC/QAM Tuner Armed with a built-in ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuner, the LG RC897T receives digital/analog over-the-air and cable programming without additional digital set-top equipment.
  • newegg SimpLink LG’s SimpLink (HDMI CEC) lets you control multiple HDMI-CEC compatible A/V components using a single universal remote control.

Learn more about the LG Electronics RC897T

Model

Brand
LG
Model
RC897T

Features

Features
Timer Recording Events: 16/Month

Instant Timer Record

Language: English/Spanish/French

Set-up Wizard

Playback Icons

Analog Broadcast System: NTSC

Digital Broadcast System: ATSC/Clear QAM

Channel Add/Erase (Skip)

Channel Auto Search

Channel Memory

VCR to DVD Dubbing

Overwrite Recording (+RW discs)

MPEG4 Recording

Time Shift Recording (DVD-RAM)

Recording Modes: 5 modes

VCR Recording Mode: SP/SLP

DVD to VCR Dubbing

SQPB (Super Quasi Playback)

Auto Power Off

Counter Reset

Return to Zero

Rewind Time: 180 seconds ±30

Still/Slow Motion

Aspect Ratio Selection

Type

Type
DVD Recorder & VCR Combo
DVD Changer
1-Disc
VCR
4 Head Hi-Fi

Spec

Recordable Formats
DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R Double Layer, DVD-RAM
Playback Formats
AUDIO-CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD(NTSC/PAL), DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, JPG, MP3, WMA, MPEG4
D/A Converter
Video Digital/Analog Conversion: 54MHz/10bit

Audio Digital/Analog Conversion: 48KHz/16bit
Decoder
DTS Digital, Dolby Digital
Connectors
Composite Video Input: 2

Audio L/R Input: 2

USB Port

IEEE 1394 (DV in)

Digital Audio Out/Optical

Digital Audio Out/Coaxial

Audio L/R Out

Component Video Out

S-Video Out

Composite Video Out

RF In (antenna/cable)

RF Out (modulated)

HDMI Out

Set-Top Box Controller Port
Video
Progressive Scan Output

1080i/1080p Upscaling
Audio
Dolby Digital 2ch Down mixed Audio Out

Dynamic Range Control On/Off
Power Requirement
Power System: AC120V/60Hz

Maximum Power Consumption: 32W
Dimensions & Weight
16.9" x 10.2" x 3.1"

9.3 lbs.

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
90 days limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days


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  • Eric W.
  • 1/14/2010 6:09:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate to earlier review

Pros: beautiful dvd recordings, lot of features, one cable for both video and sound - hdmi, remote is very useful for all functions and control tvs (aleast my samsung); i think it came with a set of component video cables

Cons: VHS recordings are absolutely horrible compared to HD; unit does not turn off after a period of non-use, takes about 40 seconds to power on and become operational; does not play mp4 video from usb; no clock display when powered off; not absolutely dead silent but not loud either

Other Thoughts: Okay, I've had this for a few months now and I've learned some of the quirks of the unit. When the unit loses power for whatever reason, the clock on the unit keeps time, but the record timer will not read that time. What I mean is the record timer thinks the time is not set. To fix this, just reset the clock. Funny thing is if your house, apt, or whatever loses power regularly and comes back on you may never know that the clock had stopped and restarted until you've missed a recording. Also, I've had trouble formating dvd-ram disks. It may take me 2 or 3 tries to get disk formated. But once formatted I've not had any issues with recording. Oh, speaking of recording, end and start times can not overlap. For example, record 1 has to = 7:00 - 7:59 and recording 2 has to = 8:00 - 8:59, but recording 3 can be set to 9:00 to 10:00 if no other recordings follow. Otherwise, if something overlaps you'll get a failed recording. You won't know this until you realize nothing recorded.

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  • Michael P.
  • 1/3/2010 5:10:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLg dvd -vhs recorder

Pros: Fast shipping from newegg.com. Very happy so far. Unit easy to operate. Just follow directions easy to record on a dvd. Like digital tuner for recordinding tv shows if dont have cable. Excellent price on newegg. Looked at many different brands of recorder. feel made right choice on buying LG

Cons: None so far

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  • Eric W.
  • 11/5/2009 8:00:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful recording and working well

Pros: Multiple recording setting

Cons: So far I can not set the remote to a different frequency. I have a lg blu-ray player also and hitting the power button turns both on or off.

Other Thoughts: I've had it for a few days. Bought some Verbatim 4.7gb dvd-ram discs. HD Recordings in SP mode look just like HD straight from the tv. I have not tried other modes but my guess is the image quality go does accordingly. I am quite happy so far. I hope the other review relating to durability are wrong.

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  • WILLIAM S.
  • 10/23/2009 7:59:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsLG is Pathetic

Pros: Great features, great recording quality, great tuner. A solid 5 eggs, except................

Cons: Reliability is an abomination. This product has a worthless warranty. If I could rrate it a zero, I would

Other Thoughts: Worked great initially. Then it started ot freeze every couple of weeks. Then the DVD drive started spinning noisily all the time if a DVD was present. Last month it started turning off at random. This week it turns off and will not stay on more than 3 minutes. A complete pile. No other way to put it.

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  • Brian H.
  • 10/7/2009 6:53:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNice looking bundle that will break

Pros: HDMI, upscaling, ATSC Tuner

Cons: Build Quality, Output resolution, auto-scaling (poor stretch), DVD broke after 7 months, Warranty

Other Thoughts: I mainly purchased this unit for it's OTA ATSC tuner and to be used for VCR the upscaling DVD was a nice convenience. I unfortunately did not read the reviews until after I had purchased it adn they mostly said "DVD player will break"...

7months later it's true to form and the DVD blue screens while the rest of it functions properly.

The tuner is pretty good over all and the upscaling does a good job overall on both Standard Def TV and surprisingly well on the VCR.

What frustrates me is it has a limited warranty on a product notorious for breaking. 90days labor so when it breaks they require $69 to repair it after 3 months.

Overall it's probably not worth the money for just a VCR with an ATSC tuner.

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  • Renee C.
  • 9/3/2009 4:12:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsLG does not stand behind its warrentee

Pros: Looks Great
worked great was easy to program and use. Seemed to make quality copies of VHS tapes and seemed to make good quality copies of DVD's for about 4 months.

Cons: Quit about 4 months into the warren tee that I was told was a year when I purchased it. But I quickly found out that warren tee was not real. Seems LG had a 90 day warrante on the product and when I told them of my problem they said you are the only one haveing such a problem. Now I read the same problems from everyone on this list.

Other Thoughts: I purchased 4 products of LG. All of them TV DVD' VCR phone and Blueray player quit within the warrentee period and LG wormed out of the warrentee. My advice is to stay away from LG products. This company dosent seem to honor its products warrentees

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  • Mathew S.
  • 7/7/2009 5:05:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGood for 7 months then constant problems

Pros: Good while it lasted
Easy to record VCR tapes to DVD
Nice menu maker feature

Cons: Sometimes claimed there was a copyright block on VCR tapes that were my own home movies of family
Started having trouble accepting DVDs in tray after about 6 months. Had to unplug to reset, powering it off didnt work.
After 7 months it stopped closing the disk after recording.
Gives format errors. Claims there's no disk, or unable to read disks it just recorded.
About 3 out of 4 disks get wasted trying to get a successful record now.

Other Thoughts: I almost bought a second one about 2 months after my first one, but my daughter had read bad reviews and suggested I get a different brand. I loved this recorder for the first few months, but now it seems it's run its course.

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  • Mr. b.
  • 6/24/2009 9:24:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsMy experience with this

Pros: Nice videos when working. Convenient controls when working.

Cons: I had a similar experience with sytem hanging-up many times. Had to often unplug unit for it to reset itself. Until, less than a year of use, when it just would turn on, turn itself off again in a minute. Never giving the menu screen making it impossible to program or even tune it anything.

Other Thoughts: First dvdrw/atsc tuner that has completely died on me. Was it worth it?...

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/28/2009 7:12:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsPoor Quality

Pros: Worked reasonably for about one year.

Cons: Unit will sometimes hang; you will have to unplug to restart.

Other Thoughts: There are numerous negative reviews of this unit on other websites. They all report how the unit quit working anywhere from 1 to 6 months after purchase. My unit quit after about one year of very light use.

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  • PETER V.
  • 2/14/2009 5:08:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsA-OK

Pros: Records excellend quality tapes and DVD off our satellite receiver. Intuitive to set up and use

Cons: None noted so far.

Other Thoughts: Reviewers should be objective enough to restrict comments to the unit they have. Making comments like "all <fill in a manufacturer> are junk" just reveals bias.

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