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Sony RDRHXD770 120Gb HDD/DVD Recorder with HDMI - £149.99

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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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    marcusdawg
    decent...its got divx!:) :)
    fathazza
    im pretty interested in this, but i cant find any reviews of it anywhere.

    anyone else had any more luck than me?
    GDawes
    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.
    fathazza
    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.
    nick_sub
    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).
    wallstreetcrash
    Mmm... looks very interesting, are there any similar priced ones from Panasonic/Samsung for me to compare with?
    BMR
    BMR6 years, 10 months ago #7Show comment tools Reply
    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.
    Searcher2
    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).
    wallstreetcrash
    Searcher2
    Also - no DVD recorders have twin tuners (in response to a post above).

    Thanks! :thumbsup:

    SAves me searching for one.
    ThunderBolt
    Can't find a region hack... Says on some forums that you need to pay for it... PAY? Heheh!!!
    src
    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
    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.
    quizmaniac
    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
    Richyyy
    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.
    wallstreetcrash
    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.
    paulace
    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.
    rayman
    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.
    shell99
    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 ????
    scottyf
    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.
    src
    src6 years, 10 months ago #20Show comment tools Reply
    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.

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