- Very affordable, easy to use, impressive output options
- No DVD recording, very basic, few extra features
JVC's HRXV3 is definitely one of the more basic DVD/VCR combinations on the market; however, its low price and simplistic interface would suit users who aren't interested in recording to DVD.
Price$ 329.00 (AUD)
The HR-XV3 is a simple DVD/VCR combination, with basic VHS recording functions and DVD playback. JVC hasn't included DVD recording in this model, and those interested in a JVC combination capable of recording to both mediums should check out our review of the DR-MV1SE. If you were only interested in VHS recording, however, you would find the HRXV3 to be a perfectly capable device.
The HR-XV3 functions exactly like most VCRs, with the added option of switching to DVD mode. It's perhaps only slightly larger than a regular VCR, and has a front panel sporting the VHS and DVD trays, above an LED screen. Flip down panels reveal basic controls, and extra AV inputs. Connection options are impressive, and include digital video output via component (which only works with the DVD player), AV output and input, S-Video output, and optical digital audio output. A single button on the front panel switches between DVD and VCR mode, with a light under each tray indicating which one is currently active.
There are different menu systems for VCR and DVD modes. Both are easy enough to navigate, but don't offer many extra features, or integration of the device's two modes. The remote contains the vast majority of operational functions for the HR-XV3, including recording, menu access and playback control. Although it's quite large, the remote is well laid out, and all the buttons are easily accessible.
Recording is a very simple process with the HR-XV3. Dubbing from DVD to VHS is as easy as playing the DVD and hitting the record and play buttons on the remote. Potential buyers should note that commercial DVDs cannot be dubbed to VHS.
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