Pros Good for people who record on VHS infrequently and do not want to mess with VHS tapes.
Cons The Sony RDR-HX900 has some impressing specifications. * Supports DVD+/-R(W) * 160 GB Hard Disk Drive Being a DVD "plus" die-hard I have been waiting for a nicely priced DVD+RW with Hard disk drive. Finally got my hands on it a couple of days before Xm
Pros Handles high-speed motion, few artifacts
Cons Lacks features that cheaper Panasonics have for less money
Summary Very unimpressed. The #1 flaw is that it will not allow you to divide a title after saving to the hard drive. Other makes do. ... What to divide a 3-hour program into 2 1:30 programs after saving? Forget it! ... Will not let you set thumbnails that are transferrable during dubbing. ... Will not let you change the thumbnail for any format except DVD-RW. ... What to create chapter points and burn to a DVD-R? ... Forget about this also. ... Unlike Panasonics which maintain the chapter marks on high-speed burn, the Sony erased those. ... And you don't have the option of inserting them before finalization... Unless you use DVD-RW.
Actually, get use to the DVD-RW with this machine. The owners manual focuses primarily on the DVD-RW, and discusses use of the HDD to a much lesser extent.
In hindsight, this makes sense as with the exception of DVD-RW recording, this machine doesn't do a lot.
The postitives are that like the Panasonic DVD recorders, the Sony does capture with a variable bit-rate, and can handle high-speed motion without creating annoying picture-degrading artifacts.... Some makes can't say the same.
Pros Beautiful design, good recordings
Cons See my review please...
Summary Although I know Sony as an incredible TV manufacturer, my KV-40XBR800 and other Trinitron models have really treated me well, they are practicing questionable ethics. While other people are reporting similar grievances with other companies (Pioneer apparently doesn't report that the DVR-810H-S doesn't record well unless set to the ultra-fine recording mode, effectively limiting the hard disk space to approx. 16 hrs.) but nonetheless, I am upset. I didn't research this model enough.
The RDR-HX900 does not work well with digital cable boxes and satellite receivers. I have the set the unit up to a Scientific Atlanta set-top box from Cablevision. From December '04, when I bought the unit, to March '05, it worked fine. It was a true blast to use. I recorded Police Acedemy and Naked Gun, amongst others. Then, suddenly, the TV guide system stopped updating. Now it hasn't worked at all since early April. I cannot look ahead and set the unit to record programs while I'm out, which is hugely upsetting.
I've tried RCA inputs, S-video inputs, different cable boxes, resetting the system, speaking to 50% of the Sony support staff, attempting to trick it with a different zip code. What it boils down to is this: Sony is not advertising this. It is quite a common problem and because of this they deserve a collective, high-turnbuckle elbow drop in the groin.
I will be selling this unit on Ebay, clearly stating that it is only good for people who watch TV without a set-top digital box or satellite receiver. The TIVO interface is highly recommended, I owned a Series-2 recorder before this but swtiched thinking I could get a unit that didn't require a monthly fee, but, alas, I will have to pay for a monthly fee. Why is this? Why is the TIVO system better for TV-guide interfaces? Is it the capital they have?
Pros Very satisfactory picture quality even at LP speed (3hrs per DVD). Cable box controller works well with timer (aside from channel switching problem outlined below). Limited ‘A-B Erase’ editing works well enough and recordings on DVD can be imported to a
Cons TV Guide On Screen feature will NOT work with many (all?) digital cable boxes. Won’t work with any Time Warner NYC digital box (confirmed with Gemstar & TWC). Whenever the unit is powered off it will endlessly cycle through channels (+1 every 25 sec
Pros I read several user opinions about the TV Guide not working with the Sony RDR-HX900 and digital cable, and almost didn't buy this product. While it did take the better part of a day (as suggested in the manual) for the TV guide to sink with my digital ca
Cons I haven't uncovered any.