Sony RDRHXD770 120Gb HDD/DVD Recorder with HDMI - £149.99 - HotUKDeals
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# Silver.

# 120Gb hard disc drive.

# Up to 340 hours recording time.

# Dolby Digital sound system.

# 2 channel stereo.

# Supports region 2 coding.

# Dual layer.

# DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-Video, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, (CD-DA), Video CD, SVCD, DivX, MP3 CD, Kodak picture, JPEG playback compatibility.DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R double layer disc, (8.5Gb disc) recording capability.

# Dual format.

# Built-in digital tuner.

# Electronic programme guide with 8 days programme support.

# Pause function.

# HDMI output socket.

# Upscales up to 1080p.

# DVI input socket.

# 2 SCART sockets.

# PAL progressive.

# Freeview playback approved.

# BRAVIA Theatre sync.

# Remote control requires 2 x AA batteries (supplied).

# Size (H)7.65, (W)43, (D)28.6cm.

# Weight 4.9kg.
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#1
decent...its got divx!:):)
#2
im pretty interested in this, but i cant find any reviews of it anywhere.

anyone else had any more luck than me?
#3
DVI Input?

can it do RGB recording and dolby digital sound recording?

How about firewire in?

Seems a good price. Cant find on sony site however.
#4
i rather assumed it was a twin tuner job too, lack of the extra tuner is making me hesitate on the buy button

i found a review for the model up here http://www.trustedreviews.com/tvs/review/2007/08/06/Sony-RDR-HXD870-Digital-Video-Recorder/p1

i think the only difference between the two is hdd size.
#5
I read somewhere that this model wasn't available (or at least was very uncommon) in the UK. Try looking for reviews on the larger capacity versions (I think there's a 160Gb one and 2 with even higher capacity).
#6
Mmm... looks very interesting, are there any similar priced ones from Panasonic/Samsung for me to compare with?
#7
the one link gave it a good review so have reserved one for pick up tommorow giving me a chance to read some more reviews, on paper it looks good, however one point of note, the picture shows black but the only option at reservation i got was silver.
#8
The Panasonic and Sony DVD recorders seem to be the most respected. I haven't time to look into the coding of the different ones but there is a Sony RDR HXD970 which is 250GB and HXD870 which is 160GB... so it would be easy to assume the 770 is the same but a smaller hard disk still. But never assume - compare the specs.

The equivalent Panny are [COLOR=#0000ff]Panasonic DMR-EX77[/COLOR] and EX87.

All are apparently very good - but check AVForums.... got to dash!

Also - no DVD recorders have twin tuners (in response to a post above).
#9
Searcher2
Also - no DVD recorders have twin tuners (in response to a post above).

Thanks! :thumbsup:

SAves me searching for one.
#10
Can't find a region hack... Says on some forums that you need to pay for it... PAY? Heheh!!!
1 Like #11
I have resevered one, Thanks OP, One thing you need to make sure is what firmware version it has as there are some timer recording bugs but a firmware update has just been put out to sort this problem. Have a look at this thread on AVForums :- http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=666649 and the update is here :- http://support.sony-europe.com/hav/downloads/downloads.asp?l=en&m=DVD%20Recorders&f=FW_DVDR but the AVForum thread is worth a read for info on burning the Firmware onto a CD.

The 770(120GB) / 870(160GB) / 970(250GB) / 1070(500GB) are all the same DVD Recorders except for Hard Drive size, They all share the same user manual :-
http://pdf.crse.com/manuals/3113760111.pdf

Other than Argos the only other place that seem to sell the 770 is Tesco for £219.97
#12
Note that this isn't a freeview model and Argos are a little overpriced to start out with, £50 extra gets you an extra 40g on the hard drive and a freeview tuner on amazon.

My early generation Sony dvd recorder is built like a Sherman tank and has the advantage of reading every DVD format as does this by the look of it. I'm not sure if they've resolved it but load times for discs are therefore a little longer. Panasonic have an instant record function.
#13
no freeview??

what does built in digital tuner mean then:thinking::)

i think you will find all the 70 series sonys have freeview:)

excellent price thanks op

heres it in tescos
http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.200-3265.aspx

ian
#14
ThunderBolt
Can't find a region hack... Says on some forums that you need to pay for it... PAY? Heheh!!!

Sony recorders don't have the easy remote-activated region hacks that most machines have. You actually need a factory remote to remove the region coding, or to buy the machine from a dealer who'll pre-hack it for you.

Region-hacking is one feature you need to buy a cheaper and lesser-branded machine to find.
#15
Sybarite
Note that this isn't a freeview model

Are you sure?

Tesco has it as a freeview model, and the pic says DVB, unless its the wrong pic.
#16
Sybarite
Note that this isn't a freeview model and Argos are a little overpriced to start out with, £50 extra gets you an extra 40g on the hard drive and a freeview tuner on amazon.

My early generation Sony dvd recorder is built like a Sherman tank and has the advantage of reading every DVD format as does this by the look of it. I'm not sure if they've resolved it but load times for discs are therefore a little longer. Panasonic have an instant record function.


Of course it has Freeview! I own the RDRHX870 which I upgraded from the RDR-HX725 (same size hard drive). The new machine has some nicer features and some features that the first one was better at, but that's another story. With regards to twin tuners, if you do your research as I did, you'll find that combined DVD and PVR recorders nearly all have the single digital tuner (the RDRHX870 also has an analogue tuner). This is no problem for me as like a lot of people, I have upgraded my TV which has a digital freeview tuner built in, and the amount of times that I need to record two channels you can count on one hand.

What I like about the Sony's is that they are bullet proof it so happens that you get a "lock up". I have never lost a timer recorder through this and when restoring the power, the unit goes through a recovery process and indicates this on its display. It's funny that src mentions the timer recording issue as I have just started to find that my unit is dropping timer recordings for no reason (the old one was fine) so I'm off now to the Sony site to upgrade the firmware. I would still recommend this unit though as the DVD/HDD recording, editing and dubbing are fantastic, and especially useful if you want to convert your old videos or camcorder stuff to dvd.
#17
Sybarite probably means they're not region free out of the box, although you can have them flashed to make them multi-region.

Digital tuner is a 'FreeView' receiver.
#18
paulace
Of course it has Freeview! I own the RDRHX870 which I upgraded from the RDR-HX725 (same size hard drive). The new machine has some nicer features and some features that the first one was better at, but that's another story. With regards to twin tuners, if you do your research as I did, you'll find that combined DVD and PVR recorders nearly all have the single digital tuner (the RDRHX870 also has an analogue tuner). This is no problem for me as like a lot of people, I have upgraded my TV which has a digital freeview tuner built in, and the amount of times that I need to record two channels you can count on one hand.

What I like about the Sony's is that they are bullet proof it so happens that you get a "lock up". I have never lost a timer recorder through this and when restoring the power, the unit goes through a recovery process and indicates this on its display. It's funny that src mentions the timer recording issue as I have just started to find that my unit is dropping timer recordings for no reason (the old one was fine) so I'm off now to the Sony site to upgrade the firmware. I would still recommend this unit though as the DVD/HDD recording, editing and dubbing are fantastic, and especially useful if you want to convert your old videos or camcorder stuff to dvd.


you mention the dreaded lock-up, I have at present the hxd710, awesome bit of kit, just that it was the 1st gen of HDD recorders and suffers regularly with locking up, always needs power down and going through the recovery process, do these new machine lockup alot ????
#19
excluded from the 30 day money back

i was going to wait for the christmas sales and try and get a panasonic 77 but might just get this instead

pity i couldnt have a play about with it then take it back if its no good


strange every dvd recorder with hdd or freeview is excluded but non freeview ones are not.
#20
Just picked my up and just taking it out the box to try out later tonight.

Note the Argos description is wrong they are Black and not Silver coloured units. And as many have said it has a Freeview (Digital) Tuner built-in as well as Analogue Tuner like most DVD/DVD HDD recorders these days.
#21
Can someone please advice how I would connect this to my V+ box and transfer recorded programmes to it?

The problem is I don't have an aerial connected to my LCD and watch all channels via my V+ box.

I also have a Toshiba HD DVD player. Will I be able to connect this to it?

Sorry for all the questions.
#22
hey guys, the description does say for this that it upscales, however, does it only upscale dvds? or does it also upscale the freeview?
cheers :)
#23
Just wondered if it has a buffer like the Phillips units do.

With the Philips as soon as you turn on the unit, it stuts to buffer the channel it's on, so if you miss something you wanted to record, you can rewind the live tv and then record from any point.

Mike
#24
IWannaBeAdored;1342175
Can someone please advice how I would connect this to my V+ box and transfer recorded programmes to it?

The problem is I don't have an aerial connected to my LCD and watch all channels via my V+ box.

I also have a Toshiba HD DVD player. Will I be able to connect this to it?

Sorry for all the questions.

Yes i would like to know this also?
I have no aerial & would like to transfer programs and also transfer camcorder mini dv tapes to it if possible? on me camcorder i have a lead with red white and yellow connectors , it connects to my TV easily so would this mean if i buy the above i could record to this Sony player?
Also does this have USB?
#25
shell99
you mention the dreaded lock-up, I have at present the hxd710, awesome bit of kit, just that it was the 1st gen of HDD recorders and suffers regularly with locking up, always needs power down and going through the recovery process, do these new machine lockup alot ????


sal007
hey guys, the description does say for this that it upscales, however, does it only upscale dvds? or does it also upscale the freeview?
cheers :)


Just to answer your questions. First of all, I have just realised that it hasn't locked up on me yet and I've had it since September. Secondly, it DOES upscale freeview as well as DVDs.
#26
Hi, does anyone know if this dvd player has a usb slot?
#27
Yes it has a USB slot and DV Input for Camcorder transfer or you can transfer with Analouge input via the composite input (Yellow(Video), White/Red(Audio). Have a read of the manual it should answer all the questions http://pdf.crse.com/manuals/3113760111.pdf
#28
Great bit of kit for the price... Voted hot. :thumbsup:
#29
does this come with component leads? or hdmi?
can you record and watch at the same time? pause tv ect?


cheers
#30
The price of this DVD recorder is good but not exceptional. For an extra £50 you can have it delivered and get an extra 40GB.
http://www.soundandvisiononline.com/moreinfo/index.asp?product_id=13135
However, I paid the same amount 18+ months ago for a Panasonic Freeview DVD recorder without a hard disk.
#31
chrisgcox3
does this come with component leads? or hdmi?
can you record and watch at the same time? pause tv ect?


cheers


No Component or HDMI cables included. You can pause live TV, Yes you can record and watch at the same time.
#32
But you can't watch a second channel as it's single tuner only... :)
#33
No it has two tuners, One Digital(Freeview) and one Analogue, You can record (Digital or Analogue) and watch something you have recorded or watch a DVD while it's recording.
#34
Hello, can anyone else confirm if all units are black? Did anyone got silver one as in the description?

Regards
#35
Searcher2
The price of this DVD recorder is good but not exceptional. For an extra £50 you can have it delivered and get an extra 40GB.
http://www.soundandvisiononline.com/moreinfo/index.asp?product_id=13135
However, I paid the same amount 18+ months ago for a Panasonic Freeview DVD recorder without a hard disk.


true and if you prefer panansonic amazon are doing this one which is well rated.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-DMR-EX77EB-K-Recorder-Up-Conversion-Freeview/dp/B000QDGS7A/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1197547989&sr=8-2

this sony is still a great deal though and 120gb hd will be enough for most people.
#36
mieciux
Hello, can anyone else confirm if all units are black? Did anyone got silver one as in the description?

Regards


Confirmed by me on page 2 of this thread, They are black units not silver, Argos description is wrong. As far as I am aware only the 870 is available in silver or black the rest (770, 970 and 1070) are only available in black.
#37
could i for example, record tv, and play computer games at the same time? such as wii ,360,ps3
#38
src
Yes it has a USB slot and DV Input for Camcorder transfer or you can transfer with Analouge input via the composite input (Yellow(Video), White/Red(Audio). Have a read of the manual it should answer all the questions http://pdf.crse.com/manuals/3113760111.pdf


i don't think the usb can be used for video playback, just audio - pretty sure i've read somewhere that sony's only allow audio playback through usb - i would think this is important for those who are purchasing thinking they can play films etc through the usb connection.
#39
Never said it can play Video Files via USB Slot, But you are correct in that the USB Slot cannot be used for Video Playback.
#40
src
Confirmed by me on page 2 of this thread, They are black units not silver, Argos description is wrong. As far as I am aware only the 870 is available in silver or black the rest (770, 970 and 1070) are only available in black.


As my question before, hasy anyone else ordered that and can confirm that it is in black?

I've seen your post and that why I want to get some other opinions.

Regards

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