Daily Giz Wiz 618: Samsung DVD-VR375 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo

Episode 618 of the podcast

Samsung DVD-VR375 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo
Subject: Review of Samsung DVD-VR375 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo
Released:Wednesday 23 July 2008
Length:about 25 minutes
Download file:DGW-618.mp3 (11.2 MB)
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Short info

Transfer VHS to DVD with the upconversion-enabled Samsung DVD-VR375 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo.

Detailed information

The DVD-VR375 is a combo DVD and VHS player/recorder, with a slot for DVD and another for VHS.  It plays and records all forms of DVD discs, and VHS tapes.  The DVD player supports Digital Dolby Surround Sound, progressive scan and 1080p up-conversion.  Outputs include HDMI Out, Component Video Out, and Composite Video Out.  Input is Composite In only.  You can also transfer your old VHS tapes on to DVD directly within the machine.  Note that it does not have a built-in TV tuner.

Another Cheeky Supplier

Dick emailed Samsung for a loaner review unit.  The reply was positive with an offer of a loaner unit for 28 days, but Dick would have to sign a loaner agreement with the condition that if Dick should fail to return it by then, he would have to pay $199.99, when the highest price on the internet was only $179.99.

Fortunately Dick didn't have to sign the loaner agreement after all.  For a more outrageous story of a cheeky supplier, check out Episode 9.

Dick's Luncheon

When Dick was working on To Tell The Truth at the Ed Sullivan Theater, he used to go to what is now the Hello Deli (as seen on the David Letterman Show).

The Spirit of Trinidad

Dick confessed in Episode 594 that has been known to confuse the gadget website VAT19 with the whiskey VAT 69.  Marlin Belgrave of Brooklyn, a listener from Episode 1 onwards, who is originally from Trinidad of the West Indies, tells Dick that in fact Vat 19 is also a liquor.  It's a famous rum made by distilleries in Trinidad owned or acquired by Angostura.

WC Fields

Dick and Leo get on to the subject of WC Fields, and some of his films including The Dentist, The Bank Dick and Six Of A Kind (with the character Honest John).  Here's a clip from the film in which Honest John explains how he got the name.

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