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Appeared on: Wednesday, February 09, 2005
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder


1. Introduction
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

Introduction

Standalone recorders are currently getting more and more popular and the market is already full of such devices. We can safely assume that further development in this sector of the consumer market will continue in similar fashion and interest from consumers will be even greater as prices begin to drop. The following review will feature the LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD recorder, which boasts a 160GB hard drive. Hopefully, you'll be able to judge for yourselves how convenient the recorder is and be able to evaluate its performance.


Specifications




On the following pages you can read about the reading/writing capabilities of the device, the level of recording quality it can achieve and the results from our error correction tests.


2. Packaging & Interior Look
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

Packaging & Interior Look

The retail package that arrived in our labs contained the unit, a remote control with two AAA batteries, a power cable, an AV cable and and RF patch cable. Also included in the packaging is the operating instructions manual.

On the unit's front panel, from left to right one can see the power button and the optical drive's tray. Towards the right, there are six buttons: the eject, play and stop buttons, the HDD/DVD button that selects playback and recording from either the internal hard drive or the built-in DVD-RW drive, and the last two buttons are the record and source. Right below these there is a small panel that houses three AV RCA connectors. A little to the left, we can see a DV connector that can be used for connecting a DV camcorder for transferring videos to the LVW-5045.

The pictures below are from the interior of the LVW-5045, after removing the cover. This action is not recommended, since it voids the manufacturer's warranty. (Click on the images for high resolution size views).


Although it cannot be seen from the pictures, the LVW-5045 features the LiteOn SOHW-832S DVD burner drive. The SOHW-832S supports up to 8x DVD recording.

From the picture above, we can see the internal hard drive located inside the LVW-5045. It is a Seagate U Series 9 160 GB IDE hard drive.

On the back there are the LVW-5045's audio/video connectors.We can find a multitude of connections there. Starting from left to right we can see: VHF/UHF in/out (for the TV signal), digital optical output, coaxial digital output, 1 Scart output, 1 Scart input. There are also the composite AV outputs, and the component AV outputs. There is no on/off switch on the back, so if you want to cut the power to the LVW-5045, you will have to unplug it.

The average sized remote control, offers complete control over the LVW-5045. The included manual manages to explain in detail and with relative simplicity all the LVW-5045's operations.


3. Control Menu
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

Control Menu

Turning on the unit, we see the welcome screen while the LVW-5045 waits for a command from the remote control.

The Setup menu can be activated by pressing the "Setup" button on the remote control.

The System menu







We continue with the Language menu.


4. The Language Menu
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

The Language Menu





We continue with the Playback menu.


5. The Playback menu
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

The Playback menu






Next, the Record menu.


6. The Record Menu
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

The Record Menu


And on to the Audio menu.


7. The Audio Menu
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

The Audio Menu






Next up is the TV Tuner menu.


8. The TV Tuner Menu
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

The TV Tuner Menu





Last, but not least is the exit option. While this seems may seem self explanatory, later in this review we will see how by using this option, we can make the LVW-5045 a region free DVD player!!


9. Reading tests
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

Reading tests


Although the LVW-5045's main function is recording to DVD/HDD, many people may consider buying this as a solution for playback/recording without requiring a separate DVD player. The performance of a DVD player can be described in terms related to reading speed, reading accuracy, compatibility with various CD/DVD recordable/rewritable formats as well as data/audio playback support, stored on any common medium.

DVD support

The LiteOn LVW-5045 we received for testing is a Region-2 drive, meaning that the unit is able to decode (play) only the pressed DVD-Video discs coming from the European region. However, the player can be made region free by entering a certain key combination through the remote control, making it possible to use with any disc regardless of the regional restrictions applied on it.

The LVW-5045 supports both PAL and NTSC TV signal transmission formats. By default, the player will recognize only the region 2 or region free NTSC DVD-Video discs. This feature is adjustable through the setup menu (look for the System menu, NTSC/PAL )

We connected the LVW-5045 from the Scart interface using the corresponding cable, which was included in the unit's package. Of course, the LVW-5045 supports the DVD-Video format.

We recorded a 4.35GB DVD-Video file on various DVD-R/-RW and DVD+R/+RW media. As seen from the specifications, this recorder can record on any type of disc conforming to the DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW standards.

We also tried some DVD+R9 media (Dual layer recordable discs) from various brand manufacturers.

We recorded DVD-Video discs with DVD-ROM booktype and with DVD+R9 booktype and the DVR-720H-s could recognize them, apart from some minor glitches. So bear this in mind if DVD+R9 reading support is important to you. The dual-format burners we used for the reading tests are some of the latest available on the PC market, as well as some 1st generation recorders. Pressed single / dual layer DVD-Video discs were also included in the test. All the test discs were created with the same PC /software in the DVD-Video mode.

Recorder Media Speed Recognition Playback
Sony DRU-530A v2.0h Taiyo Yuden DVD-R 4x 4x OK
Pioneer DVR-107D v1.05 CMC DVD-R 4x 4x
NEC ND-2500A v1.06 Ritek DVD-R 4x 4x
JVC DVD-RW 4x 4x
TDK DVD+R 4x 4x
Taiyo Yuden DVD+R 4x 4x
Mitsubishi Chemicals DVD+R 4x 4x
Optorite DD0401 v1.30E Hi-Space DVD-R 4x 4x
Verbatim DVD-R 4x 4x
BTC DRW1008IM v0.55 Pioneer DVD-R 4x 4x
LiteOn LDW-811S vHS0K FujiFilm DVD-R 4x 4x

As was expected, all the burned DVD discs were recognized and played successfully without problems.

The LVW-5045 as expected, supports reading of the DVD-ROM format.

Both formats are supported.

The LVW-5045 supports the Baseline JPEG file format and EXIF 2.2 (used by digital cameras). Also, the DVR-720H-s will recognize a CDR/CD-RW/DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD+R/DVD+RW data disc containing image files. The display of images is accomplished in the same manner as used to view video or playback music files. There, we can navigate through the disc's directory structure, and view thumbnails of the image files before selecting one to view full screen.

The LVW-5045 works well with AudioCD, CD-R/-RW, VideoCD and Super-VideoCD playback. The tracks are recognized correctly regardless of whether the disc is factory- pressed or a CD-R/RW. Please note, that when talking about data CDs (CD-R/-RW), we refer to either compressed audio files (MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis.), pure wav files, or to VideoCD and Super VideoCD.

In the case of pressed/recordable/rewritable AudioCDs, the player recognizes and plays all the tracks. The device played audio files from CD-R, 10x HS-RW, 24x US-RW and 32x US-RW discs we inserted in the disc tray.

The LiteOn LVW-5045 will not let anyone who has purchased any protected audio discs in a music store down. The tested discs were "Natalie Imbruglia - White Lilies island" protected with Macrovision' Key2Audio system, and "Celine Dion - A New Day Has Come" protected with Cactus Data Shield 2000. Both titles were recognized and played without any problems, which is good news as this kind of media is practically not playable on PCs due to the protection schemes designed to discourage PC users from copying them.

The LiteOn LVW-5045 does not support the Super AudioCD format.

Read on to the next page to see how the LVW-5045 performs with compressed audio.


10. Compressed Audio (data CD/DVD)
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

Compressed Audio (data CD/DVD)

Let's now see how the player reacts to various compressed audio files stored on data CDR/RW/DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD+R/DVD+RW. The specifications for the LVW-5045 indicate MP3/WMA/WAV support.

 


The table below shows a list of MP3 and WMA files with a variety of compression settings along with the behavior from the device.

Compression Type Compression Settings Recognize/Play
MP3 CBR 20kBit 11025Hz Mono Yes
CBR 20kBit 11025Hz Stereo
CBR 32kBit 11025Hz Stereo
CBR 32kBit 22050Hz Mono
CBR 40kBit 22050Hz Stereo
CBR 48kBit 22050Hz Stereo
CBR 48kBit 44100Hz Mono
CBR 56kBit 22050Hz Mono
CBR 56kBit 44100Hz Mono
CBR 64kBit 22050Hz Stereo
CBR 96kBit 44100Hz Mono
CBR 96kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 112kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 128kBit 44100Hz Mono
CBR 128kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 160kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 192kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 224kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 256kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 320kBit 44100Hz Stereo
VBR - High compression
VBR - Highest compression
VBR - Low compression
VBR - Lowest compression
VBR - Medium compression
WMA CBR 48kbps Yes
CBR 64kbps
CBR 96kbps
CBR 128kbps
CBR 160kbps
CBR 192kbps
VBR any bitrate
WAV WAV Yes
OGG Vorbis OGG Vorbis Not supported

One feature that we think is quite handy and adds value to the LVW-5045, is the ability to playback compressed audio files from a DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD+R/DVD+RW. Not only that, but the LVW-5045 offers the option to copy the digital music stored on the inserted media to the hard disk. With this feature, one can maintain a personal collection of music stored in the LVW-5045 that can be instantly accessed from the 160GB hard drive, without the need to insert any discs.

Also, the LVW-5045 is capable of recognizing mixed discs, i.e. discs that contain both compressed audio and/or image files.


11. The Easy Guider Menu
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

The Easy Guider Menu

The above menu appears after pressing the "Guider" button on the remote control. Through this menu, we can perform most of the tasks the LVW-5045 can do. Let's select the playback option.

We first have to select the source (hard drive or DVD) of the files we want to playback.

We then have to select the kind of files we want to playback. The available options are video, music, pictures, pictures with music. The LVW-5045 isolates and displays only files of the selected format.

After selecting "Video", we are presented with a thumbnail view of the videos recorded on the DVD/HDD.

We can change the view by selecting "Text view", where more information about the recorded videos are displayed.


12. Easy Guider - Recording Menu
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

Easy Guider - Recording Menu

Using the Recording menu, we can make recordings either on DVD or the internal hard disk.

First of all, we need to choose the video source. We can record video from the TV, the front AV inputs, the SCART input on the back, or the DV input on the front.

We selected to record video from the TV tuner, so the next selection is the TV channel.

Next option is where to store (record) the video. We can either choose the hard disk, or a DVD disc. The obvious advantage of the hard disk is that we can record way more hours of video than a normal DVD disc. So if we are unsure about the amount of time we want to record, select the hard drive and then the recorded video can be transferred to a DVD disc.

We then have to select the recording quality. There are 6 presets, SLP/EP/LP/SP/HQ with SLP having the lowest and HQ the highest quality. Please consult the table below for a more detailed explanation.


This menu has to do with the quality of the recorded audio.

After all selections have been made, we can begin recording by selecting the "Go" button.


13. Easy Guider - Timer Record Menu
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

Easy Guider - Timer Record Menu

By using the timer record option, we can program the LVW-5045 to record video of a given duration at a predetermined time in the future.

First option is to enter manually the date/time of the recording or use the Showview system.

Then we have to select the video source.

We selected TV from the previous menu so now we have to select the channel.

We can select here, how often the recording will take place (once, daily, weekly). For example, you can select here the weekly option if you want to record your favorite TV series each week.

Set the date and time the recording will start.

Set the duration of the recording.

Select where the video will be recorded (hard disk or DVD).



After we've successfully programmed a timer recording, we can see a summary of all our choices in order to verify everything is setup as desired.


14. Easy Guider - Copy Menu
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

Easy Guider - Copy Menu

The copy menu can be used to transfer files from and to the LVW-5045. There is a large amount of freedom here for the user. The LVW-5045 can store in its internal hard disk, not only video, but also music and images.

We first have to select the source and the destination of the data we wish to copy.

Then we select a video previously recorded to the hard disk to transfer to a DVD disc.

After that, we wait for the transfer to complete. The LVW-5045's internal DVD burner can reach a maximum recording speed of 8x, depending on the recordable media inserted. Later on in this review, we present the recommended media list, as given by LiteOn.

The LVW-5045 can also backup an unencrypted (i.e. without CSS encryption) DVD-Video disc in its entirety onto the hard drive. The movie after that will be fully playable, as if the disc was inserted in the unit's DVD drive.

Imagine this scenario: you are recording a multi-hour event on TV using the HQ quality mode. In HQ quality mode, the space required is one DVD disc per hour of recorded video. As long as the recording stays on the hard drive, everything is ok. But what happens if we decide to store the recording on DVDs? Some DVD recorders (like the Pioneer DVR-720H-S) offer a feature that automatically transcodes the recording, effectively lowering its quality in order to fit on the DVD disc. Unfortunately, the LVW-5045 does not offer this feature and the only solution left is to split the recording into smaller parts using the menus. This could confuse the inexperienced user in our opinion and in the long run, force them to use lower quality modes (like LP) instead of taking advantage of the extra quality that could be used.


15. Photo management
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

Photo management

By pressing the "Browser" button on the remote and then selecting "Pictures" from the onscreen tabs (located at top), we can see the available pictures on the specified media (hard disc, DVD disc)


We select the folder named default that contains some photos and press "Enter" on the remote.

We are presented with a thumbnail preview of the images contained in the selected folder. To view one of the images in full screen, we just select it and hit the "Enter" button on the remote


While in the thumbnail view screen, we can press the "Edit" button on the remote where we can rename, move files to another folder, and erase files



16. Writing Quality Tests - Page 1
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

Writing Quality Tests - Page 1

In order to test the writing quality and readability of the burned media, we used two readers with two software applications:

In general, a "perfect" disc should have a smooth reading curve, very low PIE/POE and zero (0) POF error rates. Most times however, even though a disc has very low PIE/POE error rates, the reading curve may not be smooth containing dropoffs. Due to the fact that we oversped the reading capabilities of the LiteON SOHD-167T, such drops are expected, especially near the outer area of the disc.

The measurements below should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality, but as an indication level.

DVD-R & DVD-RW
Datawrite 8x DVD-R


Traxdata 8x DVD-R


Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD-R


Mitsubishi Chemicals 4x DVD-RW


Traxdata 4x DVD-RW


17. Writing Quality Tests - Page 2
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

Writing Quality Tests - Page 2

In order to test the writing quality and readability of the burned media, we used two readers with two software applications:

In general, a "perfect" disc should have a smooth reading curve, very low PIE/POE and zero (0) POF error rates. Most times however, even though a disc has very low PIE/POE error rates, the reading curve may not be smooth containing dropoffs. Due to the fact that we oversped the reading capabilities of the LiteON SOHD-167T, such drops are expected, especially near the outer area of the disc.

The measurements below should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality, but as an indication level.

DVD+R & DVD+RW
Datawrite 8x DVD+R


Traxdata 8x DVD+R


Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD+R


Traxdata 4x DVD+RW


Verbatim 4x DVD+RW


Generally, the drive offers good writing quality. While there were instances of increased PI/PO levels, the device managed to correct the errors with the exception of Traxdata DVD-RW media. Bear in mind though, that most of the recordings were not performed at full speed (as measured by using a timer for each recording). Apparently, the internal DVD burner's built-in media list that exists in the firmware is not large enough to allow high recording speeds like 8x to be available.


18. Recommended Media List
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

Recommended Media List

 

 

DVD+R DVD+RW DVD-R DVD-RW CD-R CD-RW

For the best compatibility, LITE-ON recommends you to use the verified
DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW & CD-R/RW discs listed below.

DVD+R

Brand
Media Manufacturer ID Media Speed
Philips
DVD+R
CMC MAG E01
2.4x
CMC
DVD+R
CMC MAG E01
2.4x
Imation
DVD+R
RICOHJPNR00
2.4x
RICOH
DVD+R
RICOHJPNR00
2.4x
TDK
DVD+R
RICOHJPNR00
2.4x
RITEK(4x)
DVD+R
RITEK M02
2.4x
maxell
DVD+R
RICOHJPNR01
4.0x
RICOH
DVD+R
RICOHJPNR01
4.0x
SONY
DVD+R
RICOHJPNR01
4.0x
TAIYO YUDEN
DVD+R
TY(T01)
4.0x
TDK
DVD+R
TDK (001)
4.0x
RITEK(4X)
DVD+R
RITEK R02
4.0x
PRODISC
DVD+R
PRODISC(R02)
4.0x
TAIYO YUDEN
DVD+R
TY(T02)
8.0x
Mitsubishi 8x
DVD+R
MCC(003)
8.0x
maxell
DVD+R
MAXWELL(002)
8.0x
PHILIPS
DVD+R
CMC MAG E01
8.0x
CMC
DVD+R
CMC MAG E01
8.0x
PRODISC
DVD+R
PRODISC(R03)
8.0x
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DVD+RW
Brand
Media Manufacturer ID Media Speed
Imation
DVD+RW
CMC MAG W01
2.4x
PHILIPS
DVD+RW
CMC MAG W01
2.4x
MEMOREX
DVD+RW
CMC MAG W01
2.4x
Memorex
DVD+RW
CMC MAG W01
2.4x
CMC
DVD+RW
CMC MAG W01
2.4x
RITEK
DVD+RW
RICOHJPNW01
2.4x
Imation
DVD+RW
RICOHJPNW01
2.4x
Maxell
DVD+RW
RICOHJPNW01
2.4x
RICOH
DVD+RW
RICOHJPNW11
4.0x
RITEK
DVD+RW
RICOHJPNW11
4.0x
SONY
DVD+RW
RICOHJPNW11
4.0x
PHILIPS
DVD+RW
PHILIPS041
4.0x
Genuine
DVD+RW
PHILIPS041
4.0x
SONY
DVD+RW
SONY(S11)
4.0x
PRODISC
DVD+RW
PRODISC(W02)
4.0x
CMC
DVD+RW
CMC MAG W02
4.0x
MCC
DVD+RW
MKM A02
4.0x
Mitsubishi 4x
DVD+RW
MKM A02
4.0x
RITEK
DVD+RW
RITEK 004
4.0x
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DVD-R

Brand
Media Manufacturer ID Media Speed
PHILIPS
DVD-R
CMC MAG. AE1
1.0x
RITEK(2x)
DVD-R
RITEKG03
1.0x
CMC
DVD-R
CMC(MAG AF1)
4.0x
RITEK
DVD-R
RITEK(G04)
4.0x
RITEK
DVD-R
RITEK(M02)
4.0x
TDK
DVD-R
TDK(TTG01)
4.0x
Maxell
DVD-R
MAXWELL(RG02)
4.0x
TAIYO YUDEN
DVD-R
TY(TYG02)
8.0x
Maxell
DVD-R
MAXWELL(RG03)
8.0x
PRODISC
DVD-R
PRODISC(S04)
8.0x
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DVD-RW
Brand
Media Manufacturer ID Media Speed
SONY
DVD-RW
SONY000000U9
1.0x
TDK
DVD-RW
TDK501
1.0x
RITEK
DVD-RW
RITEKW01
2.0x
TDK
DVD-RW
TDK(TDK502SAKUM3)
2.0x
RITEK
DVD-RW
RITEKW04
4.0x
Victor
DVD-RW
JVC(MAXWELL)(CTORD7)
4.0x
MITSUBISHI
DVD-RW
MCC(RW4X)
4.0x
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CD-R

Brand
Media
Manufacturer ID
CDRNET 32x 80min
CD-R
CMC Magnetics Corporation
CDRNET II 52x
CD-R
CMC Magnetics Corporation
CDRNET 40x
CD-R
Gigastorage Corporation
CM 48x
CD-R
Gigastorage Corporation
LEAD DATA(Gold)
CD-R
Lead Data Inc.
Mitsubishi
CD-R
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
ACER 32x 80min(Blue)
CD-R
NAYA Plastics Corp.
ACER 32x 80min(Green)
CD-R
NAYA Plastics Corp.
LiteON 52x 80min
CD-R
NAYA Plastics Corp.
BenQ 80min
CD-R
Ricoh
ARITA
CD-R
Ritek Co.
ProDisc 4x
CD-R
ProdiscS03
ARITA
CD-R
RITEKG03
CDF 80min
CD-R
SONY Corporation
LeadData 80min
CD-R
SONY Corporation
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CD-RW
Brand
Media Manufacturer ID 
Dysan
CD-RW
CMC Magnetics Corporation
Imation (4x-10x)
CD-RW
CMC Magnetics Corporation
LiteON (4x-10x)
CD-RW
CMC Magnetics Corporation
Melody 10x
CD-RW
CMC Magnetics Corporation
Melody 2x-4x
CD-RW
CMC Magnetics Corporation
Philips 4x-12x high speed
CD-RW
CMC Magnetics Corporation
Philips CDRW80 4x-12x
CD-RW
CMC Magnetics Corporation
YAMAHA KHS (4x-12x)
CD-RW
CMC Magnetics Corporation
WTC 4x
CD-RW
Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.
Mitsubishi (24x)
CD-RW
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
Mitsubishi (4x-12x)
CD-RW
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
TDK
CD-RW
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
Verbatim 16-24
CD-RW
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
YAMAHA 24x
CD-RW
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
Philips 1x-4x
CD-RW
Plasmon Data System Ltd.
Philips 4x-10x (White)
CD-RW
Plasmon Data System Ltd.
RiTEK 24x
CD-RW
Plasmon Data System Ltd.
Smartbuy(4x-10x)
CD-RW
Prodisc Technology Inc.
Smartbuy(4x-12x)
CD-RW
Prodisc Technology Inc.
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19. Making the LV-5045 Region Free
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

Making the LV-5045 Region Free

As mentioned previously, the LVW-5045 that we got to test was a region 2 unit. That means, that the DVD-Video discs that it could play were region 2 encoded discs or unencoded ones. So what happens if someone has, let's say, a few region 1 discs that they would like to play with the LVW-5045? Fortunately there is a workaround where the LVW-5045 can be made region free, so that it will play all DVD-Video discs, regardless their region encoding.

The procedure is rather simple and it is persistent. This means, that the setting remains active even if the unit is powered off and can be changed as often as desired. We would like to state here that this feature is unofficial and not supported by LiteOn. While it exists in the current firmware, there is no guarantee that this function will be available in future firmware upgrades.

The machine can be made region free by accessing the setup menu, moving the highlight box over exit, typing 2960 after which an extra menu pops up with all of the regions as well as region free on the list.




20. Conclusion
LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder

Conclusion


The LiteOn LVW-5045 is a very impressive device as far as its appearance is concerned. It undoubtedly stands out from other, usually black, stand-alone devices. We connected the LiteOn using all provided connections in order to test them. For audio, we recommend the digital outputs for advanced sound reproduction, DD5.1CH and DTS 5.1CH. The included remote control is ergonomic and easy to use. Owing to the simplicity of the menu, you can do almost anything you wish in a few, simple steps.


The LVW-5045 has a built- in tuner for TV signal reception. This is very good as a feature, although it seemed to us that it should be a lot easier to locate a channel, although the control interface is very helpful.


The great pro that makes these devices special is the recording capability with both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW formats along with AudioCD, VCD and SVCD. There are several connections enabling recording from other sources. It is worth noting that except for the usual AV and Scart inputs, it is also equipped with a DV connection for digital recordings. Meeting our expectations, the device can also record from TV channel with the built-in tuner. The provided writing qualities are also a desirable feature as you can record up to 6 hours in SLP quality. However we recommend the highest quality- HQ and SP. Also, the builtin hard drive gives a much larger degree of freedom as to the amount of video we can record and keep in storage before we decide to commit it on DVD.


The writing quality is good with almost all the DVD media we used. Although there were some cases with increased PI/PO levels, CDSpeed didn't report any problems. The error correction of the LiteON LVW-5045 is rather good. It managed to read over 1.8mm defects, but off course this depends on the type of scratch. However, with the CD-Check Audio test disc, we have observed better behavior.


The LiteOn LVW-5045 is already on the market at various prices, ranging between €450-€550, which will certainly make it quite popular, considering the features it packs at that price. However, since the market for this kind of devices is growing rapidly, prices should be significantly lower in the not so distant future.

The Good

- Firmware upgradable
- Easy to setup/use.
- DV IN.
- Advanced features like timeshift recording
- Good error correction/writing quality.
- Supports DVD disc burning up to 8x
- Explanatory manual.
- Good price
- Reads DVD+R DL discs
- Hard drive can be used to store video, music, photos
- Can be made region free

The Bad

- No "transcoding" function to fit higher quality video on a DVD disc
- No S-Video output
- does not always achieve full writing speed when copying content from the hard drive to DVD discs (media list needs to be improved)

Design & Body
Reading
Writing
Media Compatibility
Ease of use
Features
Connectivity
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