This has been out family dvd player/recorder for several years now, and in the time it has served us well.
I can't say much about the actual task of conecting it to your tv, as I had no part in that, but I have been told by my father that it was quite easy, and I believe the other review says as much.
The DVD player takes about 29 secons to turn on and get fully loaded. From there you can choose the DVD or the Hard-drive (HDD) function.
The DVD functions allows you to pop your DVD in and play it. Loading of the DVD is really quick once the player is on, and the picture and sounds quality is quite good.
The HDD function is really what makes this DVD player stand out for me. From here there are several functions:
Firstly you can view a tv guide, which tells you all of the programmes that are on, both today, and about a week in the future. From here you are also able to set programmes to record with the press of the red button. By pressing the yellow button you can view all of the programmes that you have set to record, and extend the time (for example if you want to make sure you don't miss the end of a film).
You can also choose to look at the actual hard drive, which shows you all of the things that you have already recorded. You have 160 GB of storage space, and I find that a 2 hours film is about 3.4 - 4 GB, so there is plenty of space for all of your stuff.
This is also where you are able to burn DVDs. Its a very simple and self explanatory process to do. You just pop in your blank DVD, go to the list of all recorded items, and select the one you want to burn to DVD.
What I think is great is that you can cut the breaks out of any films that you have recorded, whether they be at the beginning, at the end or in the middle. Not only does this allows you to cut down the size of films so they fit on one disk, but it also means when you come watch it again, you don't have to constantly skip through the breaks
There's a whole load of features that make this DVD player versatile and so suitable for its purpose. I have never had any issues with it, and have to say its one of my favourite pieces of technological equipment.
I inherited this item from my aunt as she couldnt get it to work, turns out it has a common fault with the hard drive on it.
So my experiences with it when it was working were very good. The player has a very nice interface as most sony products do. Output wise its very equipt, on the back you have 2 Scart sockets, 1X component progressive out, 1x red, white and yellow composite out, on the front is a composite an S-Video input and a DV input to link your sony camcorder to.
The player plays dvds very nicely with little disk loading times. The picture quality is very good considering the price of the DVR. The tuner built in isnt that great as its only analogue but this isnt to much of a problem as there are 2 scart inputs for recording digital TV.
The only downside to this product is the Hard drive fault i've experienced, this is easily repaired by buying a new 160gb drive and fitting it only i havent got round to doing it. The player becomes fully unusable when the hard drive is broken, the dvd player itself is perfectly fine, but when you turn it on it gives you the message 'HDD Error' rendoring the player useless.
I would say that this player is very nice but i would advise you to buy something a little more dated because this doenst have HDMI and were all getting ready for HD content, so no upsampler here