Product Type: Sony DVD recorders
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Sony RDR-HXD790 DVD recorder is a fairly basic model but does what it says on the tin
Member Name: elainemilton
Advantages: Easy to series link and excellent playback of DVDs
Disadvantages: Not as user friendly as some products I have used, takes a bit of getting used to
I purchased this DVD recorder when we moved into our new flat, as our Sky+ didn't work properly in the new property (we couldn't record one thing and watch something else) and I wanted something that I could transfer things from the Sky box on to, so I could watch them while the Sky was recording something else.
It was easy enough to set up with our television, although I feel that the picture quality on its Freeview and terrestrial channels is not particularly good and is quite fuzzy. This could be the aerial in our flat however so be aware of this. It has a fairly basic menu which is not the most user friendly I have ever seen and is quite ugly, however it does do the job well once you have figured out how to use it and records individual programmes to hard disk, and has a series link button which means that you will never miss an episode of a favourite series. This is a bonus for us as our Sky box can't be trusted to record programmes without going wrong or failing to change channels, so it's nice to have a backup on the DVD recorder, although we still try to use our Sky box where we can for recording due to the big difference in picture quality.
It was a bit of a fuss trying to transfer programmes from the Sky box to the DVD hard disk, I am not particularly technical and found it difficult to get my head around the set up, but with help from my husband we did finally work out how it was done and this has proved very useful.
Playback is excellent however and the picture quality of the DVDs that we have played is extremely good, crisp and clear with good colours.
Overall not a bad product although it could be better as it wasn't the cheapest on the market, it could do with being more user friendly with easier to follow instructions for synching with other products and the picture quality is quite poor (assuming it's not our aerial).
Summary: An average product from Sony, does what it says on the tin but could be more attractive & simple
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