Written on: 08/11/2010 by Signman417 (1 review written)
I had purchased this Sansui VRDVD4005 product from Sears approx 7 years ago. Cost was $330.00. It has been great for recording daily shows on a VHS tape and playing movies. I recently began transferring my 8mm home movies onto a DVD using a new DVD recorder in my basement. I am using DVD-R which is compatible with the VRDVD4005 unit. I have finalized the DVD Disc and the Sansui VRDVD4005 will not read the disc. I expected to be able to play my home movies on the other DVD player as well.... (read more)
Written on: 10/12/2008
Not exactly user friendly. Takes too long to edit.
5 years old. Very seldom used until appx. 2 months ago when I started recording one one hour program a week and all of a sudden it will not read anymore therefore no longer to record or play previously recorded DVD's. Have tried various versions of DVD's. (read more)
Written on: 28/09/2008
I have had my Sansui VRDVD4005 for four years and it is just now showing signs of failing. The DVD is repeatedly showing the dreaded "C104" message. I think it may have died at this point but there was no warning. We had watched several commercially produced DVDs on it and then recorded from cable signal. When we tried to go back to playing the mass produced DVD, the "C104" came up. Tried the DVD we had JUST recorded, again it failed to recognize it. Went so far as to insert... (read more)
Written on: 11/09/2008 by cor64vair (1 review written)
If I had read these reviews before I purchased the Sansui VRDVD4005 I certainly wouldn't have. The vcr works but the dvd has the error C104 saying incorrect disc and I know its the correct disc, looks like we all got stuck with a lemon. I agree with taking it back to sears where I purchased it, but I figure I can purchase a new unit (different brand) cheaper than I could to have it repaired. (read more)
Written on: 29/04/2008
1. The Sansui VRDVD4005 is a VERY SLOW machine.
2. Manual is both complicated and yet still lacking, really a lot of trial and error to work the features. Very poorly worded instructions. Setting it up was a task in itself.
3. Timer recordings never worked right.
4. One problem after another with this thing, all I can do now is watch VHS tapes with it.
It worked for a while playing DVD's and recording some stuff, but the difficulty in using this machine took away from it. (read more)
Written on: 13/04/2008
Sansui VRDVD4005 Review - There surely must be more user friendly units available out there these days but it does do what we had basically intended it for..find frequently these days with many products that instructions are inadequate... (read more)
Written on: 16/11/2007 by Bruw459 (1 review written)
It a nice recorder but there a lot wrong with it (read more)
Written on: 26/10/2006 by lorina444
To finalize the Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorder to play on other machines:
Press Setup on the remote which is on the right beneath the navigation buttons.
This brings you to the Setup Menu.
Scroll down to System Setup and Select it.
Scroll to Disc Setup and Select It.
Next to Finalize is the word Proceed, scroll down and select this.
Confirm and it will finalize. (read more)
Written on: 25/09/2006 by lucille300 (2 reviews written)
When my Sansui VRDVD4005 broke, I took it to Sears, who sent it off for repair. The technician called and left a message saying the total cost would be about $335, with the bulk of that being the cost of a new DVD drive. When I finally reached the technician by phone (they don't like to answer the phone at the repair facility), he said that the manufacturers don't want people to repair these machines; they want us to buy new ones. That is why the DVD drives cost so much to replace. To... (read more)
Written on: 25/08/2006 by hperry303
The quality of the picture and sound on the first home video I transferred from cassette to disc, with my Sansui VRDVD4005, was excellent. Unfortunately, this was the only time I was successful in recording anything onto a disc. The only disc that has worked in the unit so far has been the TDK-RW included in the packaging with the unit. None of the other DVD-R's or DVD-RW's I have purchased have worked. I've owned the unit for 3 years and only successfully recorded onto a DVD once. (read more)
Written on: 17/06/2006 by jannelyons (1 review written)
Generally, I would like to say go for it and buy a Sasui VRDVD4005 DVD recorder. But, until I can actually play a DVD on another player, I am going to hold my tongue. I will be back to let everyone know if it works. Thanks to all of you who wrote in with the helpful hints. I sure hope they work. (read more)
Written on: 16/01/2006 by SanLea (1 review written)
The problem, THE ONLY and MAIN PROBLEM we have with the Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD recorder is that we have found when TRYING to watch certain DVD's, the unit will NOT read it, and FINALLY an error message comes up. (read more)
Written on: 30/11/2005 by Jimmy74 (1 review written)
I had a problem with recording on the Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD recorder, and this week I took it back to Sears. My warranty had run out. I had to pay a $29.99 fee to have it checked out. They called yesterday and stated it would cost $344.00 dollars to repair. This is more than I paid for the unit. I told them to throw it in the trash can. (read more)
Written on: 11/09/2005 by suziebr
When a DVD- blank disk is inserted into the Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD recorder, the initializing menu comes up, and when it's complete, we set the DVD timer, or instant record button, and the unit seems to be recording, although we can't hear any noise coming from recorder, but the counter is ticking as though it's recording. After we hit stop and then play, it seems to take forever. Today, we tried to finalize, although it doesn't state anywhere that you must finalize before watching. The... (read more)
Written on: 03/08/2005 by karenjanczy (1 review written)
I've had my unit for over six months now. The DVD player works fine, though it does sometimes take a few moments to get "online". The problem I'm having is with the VCR. I can hear the tape, but no picture. I also lost my manual, so I have no clue what to do. Any help? (read more)
Written on: 22/03/2005 by richardsgift
I'm very very dissapointed with this unit. I've never posted to a bbs service like this. But I've been searching online for tech support for this Sansui VRDVD4005, and came across this site. Wish I would have read everyone's comments before buying it - because then I wouldn't have. Sadly, I did. In short, this thing is a disaster! STAY AWAY - UNLESS YOU LIKE PROBLEMS! (read more)
Written on: 22/02/2005 by Hunterider (1 review written)
I would like to see a side by side comparison with other similar units in the same price range. Perhaps the Sears store, where the previous reviewer purchased his unit, deals in a larger number of refurbished or returned units. I have recommended the Sansui to numerous friends and relatives, which I would certainly would not have done had I thought its dependability was questionable. The purpose of this review centre is not only to "warn" consumers, but to share recommendations as... (read more)
Written on: 14/02/2005 by Kwirth (2 reviews written)
I purchased three (3) of these units from SEARS (thank God) and none of them worked right. I thought it was me not understanding how to use the unit, but that's not the case at all. It may work fine initially, but it WILL fail eventually, as all 3 of mine did.
Strong recommendation to avoid purchasing this unit unless you are willing to be very disappointed. There's nothing worse than getting a unit that promises to deliver as much as this one does only to discover it's a piece of... (read more)
Written on: 16/01/2005 by shellme52
You will have to know about; copying, Dubbing ways,text input,& read the book a lot to know (when it works,& how) very slow! MACHINE...& you have to be very patience on with this machine.
(Happy,,,NO!, but I work with it since I paid $400.00 in 2004 when it just came out, & they had a very good salesmen. I think Sears should kiss me for using there new machine that they were selling & waited to leave feed back this long. (01/16/05)...we're fair here! (read more)
Written on: 11/01/2005 by MRU (1 review written)
The Sansui VRDVD4005 is a fine unit for the small price I paid just the above comments are what I'm trying to deal with. (read more)
Written on: 22/12/2004 by elbyj
I was looking for a device to replace both the DVD and VHS system in the living room, plus a capability to download shows from my Satellite DVR device onto DVD. The Sansui VRDVD4005 has provided me this capability. Every use I am learning something new and it is starting to get easier to use after two weeks. At least I haven't threatened to throw the remote control against the wall yet! (read more)
Written on: 18/12/2004 by wol VA rine (1 review written)
I am pretty happy with the ansui VRDVD4005 unit, I have been reading reviews so I know the basic dos and don'ts...
I have found that recording sporting events with good video quality is impossible in anything but XP mode, which usually means 2 discs for an average football game (3 discs for some OT games if the OT is long)...
I would love to find a DVD player that I could use to play my VR mode DVDs, that way I could record to a -RW in VR mode, edit it, and then transfer it to a -R, then... (read more)
Written on: 14/12/2004 by Kwirth (2 reviews written)
To the reviewer who wrote that one must have some native intelligence to run the Sansui VRDVD4005, and that it has a long manual written 'in English' I must say that what is wrong with this 'complex' machine isn't always the operator. I purchased my first one and it fried itself. The second one I purchased doesn't play anything but SP - or - 2 hours of recording time. And, if you buy it from SEARS like I did, don't expect them or the manual to provide you with tech support help. (read more)
Written on: 21/11/2004 by goodharbortoo
I'll be happy if the problem with my Sansui VRDVD4005 can be rectified through Sears. (See Good and Bad Points). (read more)
Written on: 19/11/2004 by Bud Stonaker (1 review written)
Bought the Sansui VRDVD4005 in November 2003. This is a superb unit. Have used it extensively, for over 200 hours of copying per month. Can't understand bad reviews but I believe reason may be this is a complex unit, with many features. You must have some native intelligence to read the manual and learn it's operation. Manual is 85 pages long and all in English! (read more)
Written on: 28/10/2004 by Tileman
I like the Sansui VRDVD4005 very well for the price. After 1 month and 20 recordings no problems yet. (read more)
Written on: 18/10/2004 by jimbodi (2 reviews written)
Instructions seem to cancel out the last instructions from paragraph to paragraph - makes you want to go back to oil lamps and telling stories. After 7 days of frustration, took it back to Sears. (read more)
Written on: 01/08/2004 by Mohuncher (1 review written)
Review is generally good, but the Sansui VRDVD4005 system clearly has a lot of bugs, which are costly to the consumer (See Bad Points). (read more)
Written on: 31/07/2004 by sharper2
I purchased my Sansui VRDVD4005 at sears in January and it worked fine. I copied many old VHS tapes to DVD and had no problems. All of a sudden I got error messages on DVD's I tried to record. The machine would not finalize correctly on longer tapes and I returned it to sears. After 2 weeks I was notified that the machine was not worth repairing and I am getting another one from Sears since it is still under warranty. I am weary though because I was very careful with my machine and can't... (read more)
Written on: 15/07/2004 by AnwerKeval (3 reviews written)
Becareful not to fill up the dvd disk when using the Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorder...if this happens you will not be able to finalize.
You must finalize your DVDs after the recording is complete, otherwise you cannot play your DVDs on any other recorders/players. (read more)
Written on: 12/07/2004 by wolfpauz
I bought my VRDVD4005 on ebay, and got a deal about 100 dollars less than what Sears was selling them for on sale, so I felt I had quite a bargain. However, after reading the manual (I am no novice to audio/video recording and dubbing!), I was having so many problems, I contacted the seller to ask for an exchange or a refund on my auction money. He said he had one of his own, and that they were "sensitive," but if I followed directions and got familiar with the unit's quirks, I should do... (read more)
Written on: 06/07/2004 by David Copperfield (1 review written)
The Sansui VRDVD4005 unit is good overall. I payed 205 US$ on e-Bay.
Recorded disc are playable only on Pioneer, some Sony and JVC players. (read more)
Written on: 29/06/2004 by ClarkS (1 review written)
This Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD recorder works fine as a self-contained unit in VHS, DVD-R and DVD-RW formats. However, none of the disks I've recorded will play on other machines. (I have tried a newer Panasonic, a Bose 3.2.1, and an Apple G4 Powerbook.) All will except the DVD-Rs but soon freeze up. None will even recognize the DVD-RWs. I use only TDK disks and am careful to finalize. (read more)
Written on: 09/06/2004 by himsmyboy (1 review written)
Hello, I have read comments about the Sansui VRDVD4005 dvd recorder and have a question about the editing feature, I want to be able to put titles on the disc other than (title 1, title2, etc...) and am wondering about this, can you do this in video mode on a dvd-r? or does it have to be dvd-rw? Also HOW DO YOU DO THIS,?? In the manual it says to hit title menu, when I do that it just shows title 1 with no options of changing anything,. the only thing i can do is to play the title.
Any help... (read more)
Written on: 07/05/2004 by electrcblu (2 reviews written)
I recently purchased the Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorder on an eBay auction for $185 (USD) (from Sears Clearance Center). I told myself I was going to get a DVD recorder when they dropped to $200 or less. I never thought I'd get the bonus of a combo VCR & DVD recorder/player for this low of a price.
A big thanks to all who reviewed this product here on Review Centre!! The reviews helped me to make the decision on what to buy.
I've been... (read more)
Written on: 01/05/2004 by woot10 (1 review written)
I contacted Orion who support the SANSUI recorder. Below are my questions and their response:
My Question 1) Has there been a firmware update for the VRDVD4005? If not, will there be one?
Orion's Answer to 1). There is no firmware update for the VRDVD4005. Our techs tell us that none is needed. Some brands of the blank discs have an insert with a warning & mentioning a firmware update being needed for some machines. This is in regard to the capable write speed of the disc & the... (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2004 by dwolf (1 review written)
As yet I have had no problems with this Sansui VRDVD4005 dvd recorder and I bought it as a clearance because it had been returned. I do not have a manual and have still had no problem recording DVD-RW's on it. For all of you who have a problem I want to ask did you have a DVD+RW in the drive when you had the problem? I know that when I bought the unit the Sears guy told me that the DVDs they had beside the unit were the ones it used but those were DVD+RW and from personal computing... (read more)
Written on: 21/04/2004 by Rocky (1 review written)
I've owned one of these Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorders for about 3 months and have recorded (tried to) many times with it. Sony DVD/R's can't be read, but JVC DVD/R's can, and Sony DVD/RW's can, but JVC DVD/RW's can't. The origional RW disk that came with it would not format after it's first use. The information was able to be erased off of it, but when placing the RW back into the tray, Error C302 comes up. Aside from that, anything that is recorded on this unit can not be played on any... (read more)
Written on: 13/04/2004 by bitterblackcoffee (1 review written)
I bought this Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorder not very long ago from Ebay. So far I could record VHS tape only. I already wasted 4 DVD-R brand name and generic. I don't know why when first recorded 1 song to see if it worked or not. It worked but I keep recorded a couple hours; the disk could not play back. I tried DVD-RW, this unit formated 1/2 way done and froze I have to unplug the unit. (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2004 by bradley149 (1 review written)
I have had problems using the dubbing feature with the Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorder(VHS to DVD) where I am using my own camcorder VHS recordings (no copyright) and receive the error message C254-Cannot Copy Data. I know what the manual says, but the source tape is not copyrighted! On one occasion, the error message was received about 30 minutes into the recording, and on other occasions the error is received very quickly after starting the dubbing. Of course, the recording stops... (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2004 by swadester (1 review written)
I recorded on the DVD-R that came with the Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorder with no problem. I noticed that you could edit nothing but the name of the disc, although the disc worked fine in other DVD players. I tried changing the format from video and recording to to DVD-R, but it wouldn't play back on a standard DVD player. I tried both formats on a DVD-RW, and neither would play back on a standard DVD player (or computer). I then changed it back to video mode and tried again to the DVD-R.... (read more)
Written on: 30/03/2004 by steve6us (1 review written)
PLEASE HELP!!! I have been having the same problem with the Sansui VRDVD4005 as the persn who reviewed before me. However when I record on a dvd-rw i can record up to 6 hrs no problem. but rw are obviously more expensive and I don't want to waste anymore dvd-r on converting videos to incomplete dvd's. this has frustrated me a lot. I actually work for sears, and I asked the person who sold it to me, as well as two other people that work in electronics, and none of them knew why this was... (read more)
Written on: 26/03/2004 by dad540 (1 review written)
Can anyone tell me why I can not record over 2 hrs on a dvd-rw with the Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorder? No matter what mode I change to sp,slp,xp, it still shows when display it 2hrs and 5 minutes. This is after I put a new dvd-rw in too. settings changed to sp mode but will not go beyond 2hr and 5 min. I like this unit very much just having trouble figuring this problem out. Anyone have any advice on what to do? (read more)
Written on: 25/03/2004 by trwegne (4 reviews written)
I would like to thank everyone for their comments regarding the (Sears) Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorder. I still think it is a very good unit having DVD and VHS capabilities. I feel strongly that Sears needs to address the fact that Memorex DVD-RW, the brand that they sell at the store and recommend, could cause damage to the DVD unit, according to an insert in the Memorex DVD-RW disk package. I also feel strongly that anyone who owns this unit should contact Sears to have this problem fixed... (read more)
Written on: 22/03/2004 by barrytee (1 review written)
I read a lot of people saying that there is no place to call for help with the Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorder. It says right in the manual to contact 'email@example.com' for help. Elaine, the main contact person there, is very nice, but, unfortunately, isn't of much help. She's a padding between you and the service guys who might know.I had to take my unit back because of all the lockups. Memorex
-RWs are made at CMC and are of bad quality in general. Some may work, most do not. (read more)
Written on: 21/03/2004 by mrszilch (1 review written)
I bought this Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorder because of the good reviews here & other places I read. But, I cannot get it to initialize. Will only turn on. I know the manual says to be patient after turning it on for it to initilaize, but I think 2 days & no response is a bit much. It won't respond to ANY type of input on machine itself or with remote--won't even turn off! The Manual says to un plug & plug in again to reset. Have tried this several times. No luck.. Going to take it... (read more)
Written on: 17/03/2004 by trwegne (4 reviews written)
I have only tried to use Memorex and TDK DVD-RW disks with the Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorder. And, as everyone knows, there is a problem with the Memorex brand DVD-RW disks initializing. I have contacted Sears about this problem and they are "looking" into the matter. I have not heard back from them about how they will fix the problem.
I have not used any DVD-R media of any brand although playing finalized DVD-R disks from any numerous brands seem to play OK on the Sansui. Also, DVD-RW disks... (read more)
Written on: 09/03/2004 by trwegne (4 reviews written)
Through my investigation of this Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorder, there might be a problem with the DVD-RW drive initializing Memorex and other DVD-RW disks. Has anyone using, other than the TDK DVD-RW disk that came with the unit, found problems and getting error messages when they put in a new DVD-RW disk. I have allerted Sears of this problem with the DVD-RW drive and, in my case, Memorex DVD-RW disks and that there is a potential of damaging the DVD drive, according to insert in the... (read more)
Written on: 07/03/2004 by krussell (1 review written)
This Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorder works as expected I have no complaints! (read more)
Written on: 07/03/2004 by trwegne (4 reviews written)
At Sears, they have Memorex DVD-RW disks for sale. I have had trouble getting these new disks to initialize for DVD recording and get an error message on my Sansui VRDVD4005 DVD Recorder. I have tried 3 different packs of disks and they are all the same. I read that the DVD drive is a Pioneer and there was a disclaimer in the Memorex box. I called Pioneer and the tech says the problem is with the inferior Memorex DVD disks that I am using. I did not know that the Memorex brand was inferior.... (read more)