Sony RDR-HXD890B 160GB HDD Recorder HDMI - £156.79 @ Empire Direct - HotUKDeals
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Use voucher for this price. Free to collect or £5.99 postage. Also 2% cashback through quidco.

Features :

160GB capacity for a max recording of 455 hours (23 in HQ+ recording mode) onto the Hard Disk Drive
BRAVIA Sync automatically controls TV and Home Cinema components with one-click ease
HDMI output with 1080p upscaling to maximise picture quality even on large screens
Electronic Programme Guide offering simple, 3-step on-screen timer programming and TV Guide
Integrated Digital and Analogue Tuner delivering the latest TV channels in digital clarity
2x USB ports for connecting a PictBridge compatible printer, digital camera or other USB storage devices
HDD Cam Connection Record your memories onto the Hard Disk Drive and choose between different modes
x-Pict Story is an enhanced Photo Slide Show feature which enables you to frame your photos with the appropriate look and feel through sound and transition effects. The final result can be burnt onto DVD and shared among family and friends
Digital Music Jukebox store and enjoy up to 999 of your favourite songs
Digital Photo Album view, edit and store digital still images or burn them to a DVD for sharing
Series Link - With the touch of a button your recorder will automatically record all episodes of your favourite series and you will not miss anything during the season
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#1
Fantastic deal - they are made by Pioneer - superb DVD and Freeview picture quality
1 Like #2
Nice one

I have the model down from this (120gb) and it is well worth the money. Quality picture. Series Recording from EPG and live TV pause.
#3
I need an excuse to get one of these. Someone think of one for me.
#4
argh me too - am I allowed to buy myself an early Christmas prezzie out of the joint account?
#5
Do Sony still suffer from freezing ? I've an older one (freeview/dvd/hd) and it'll freeze about once a week needing a total power off at the mains before it'll work again. Fine when you notice but if you don't for a few days nothing gets recorded !!

One other item, bare in mind that the DVD in this machine is R2 and can only be deregioned from a Sony service remote (harder to get hold of than rocking horse poo) or an All For One remote NOT the one supplied with the machine...
#6
steve1221
Do Sony still suffer from freezing ? I've an older one (freeview/dvd/hd) and it'll freeze about once a week needing a total power off at the mains before it'll work again. Fine when you notice but if you don't for a few days nothing gets recorded !!

One other item, bare in mind that the DVD in this machine is R2 and can only be deregioned from a Sony service remote (harder to get hold of than rocking horse poo) or an All For One remote NOT the one supplied with the machine...


I have the immediately previous model that did have a problem with missed recordings however Sony released a firmware update that could be downloaded onto a disc and inserted into the machine to update it. Since this I never had a problem.

I think it is reasonable to assume that this update would be built in to the new model range.

Yes you need a All for One remote to deregion but a lot of my acquaintances have one so I imagine most people could borrow one fairly easily.

I am amazed this has not become a Hot Deal - this is a very good price for an excellent machine.
#7
I have the 120gb model of this and I've had it well over 12 months. Its quality is superb. No freezing either as the previous Sony's did (I had one of those too). The only problem this one had was forgetting timer recordings, but that was well over 6 months ago and a firmware download from Sony fixed it (you burn the update to a CD from your PC).
There are too many features to go into detail here that are fantastic, but the weakest point about this machine is the freeview EPG. It looks like it was designed as a school project, and I would love to see a nicer one come out although I doubt it will. Funnily enough I've seen the same EPG on other brands.
Last but not least. Remember folks, ONE tuner only in these, which you will find with most if not all combined Hard Drive/DVD recorders.

If you're fed up with inferior unreliable hard drive recorders, then get his. It does the lot and oozes quality.
#8
im looking for a dvd recorder to transfer my old vhs and camcorder tapes. does this have that facility also?
#9
urbanlegend11
im looking for a dvd recorder to transfer my old vhs and camcorder tapes. does this have that facility also?


Pretty sure it can do this as it has an svideo input on the front as well as video, audio, firewire and USB front connectors. So I think you can just play and record the footage.
#10
Nice, has HDMI as well. I'm going to wait for the Freesat PVRs though, but this is a great deal for the Sony.
#11
have had this and a humax, the humax wins by 50 miles a much better machine.
#12
ravenheart
I need an excuse to get one of these. Someone think of one for me.


worto03
argh me too - am I allowed to buy myself an early Christmas prezzie out of the joint account?


How about this ... the govt is about to nationalise your savings, so spend it while you can :w00t:
#13
Heat added, seems to tick all the boxes - but one question, does it play DIVX discs, or files from a usb stick?
#14
you can get this for £149 from Amazon if you use the £20 lovefilm voucher :whistling:
#15
Barreltum
Heat added, seems to tick all the boxes - but one question, does it play DIVX discs, or files from a usb stick?


I have the 120 GB version ... sadly these devices play Divx from a disc only ... damn annoying.

Other than that its a fine bit of kit.
#16
montgomery19
have had this and a humax, the humax wins by 50 miles a much better machine.


HuMax PVR's and this Sony HDD DVDR are vastly differrent beasties.

So in what areas are you drawing a comparison?

PS please state what viewing device/ media you are using and what output conditions you are applying on the Humax and Sony.
#17
Sony and humax are both PVR`s humax and sony both used on a high end toshiba full HD tv. Sony lacks a decent menu system, no preview of channel when using the epg, upscaling of dvd`s showed no noticable difference, can only record one channel at a time. Humax fantastic menu, can record 2 seperate channels and watch another, preview in epg mode, also plays photos and music from HD as the sony does. Manual is actually written well not like the sony. The only plus on the sony for me was the ability to burn recorded programs to disc but even that isnt straight forward.
#18
TygerTyger
I have the 120 GB version ... sadly these devices play Divx from a disc only ... damn annoying.

Other than that its a fine bit of kit.

cool thanks - that answers that...
discs are so cheap it's no big deal burning a Divx movie on one.

Mmmm, now - do I get one of these or the humax... why don't they just make things simple and provide DVD recorders with twin tuners?
banned#19
which would be the humax one you would be comparing to ? isn't there a free sat pvr coming out which would be better to wait for ?
#20
Barreltum;3151670

Mmmm, now - do I get one of these or the humax... why don't they just make things simple and provide DVD recorders with twin tuners?


I have a Humax and a separate DVD recorder (no hard disk) for backing up onto. In the absence of a twin tuner DVD recorder I think this is still the way to go.

I know 2 people who have DVD recorders and I am pretty sure neither of them have copied anything onto DVD-R from the hard disc. If you want to be able to record from external sources e.g. video camera, VCR you will need a DVD recorder.

I think the theory is that the Humax records the incoming signal as is - so is as good as the original quality whereas the Sony converts the signal to a DVD format so loses a bit of the quality - though from comments this seems to not be noticable.

However, the picture from my Humax is noticably better than from the tuner in my Panasonic so I always watch TV through my Humax - therefore I do have use for the 2 tuners. I didn't think I would record 2 programs at once - but I do. With the advent of series link it is possible that you have 2 programs on the Sony which at some point clash without you knowing about it and you will miss one (I guess it decides which it misses - you don't choose). I know this can happen on the Humax but there would have to be 3 clashing at the same time.
#21
Hi Toonarmani
How do you get the £20 Voucher to buy this on Amazon
Thanks Brikel

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