Product Type: Sony DVD recorders
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A Stunning Sony
Member Name: cooney352
Advantages: Great editing abilities, very fast and efficient
Disadvantages: Useless without the remote, get the bigger hard drive
I bought this box for the intended purpose to record tv whilst i was away driving or doing other things so i could watch them at a later date and that's exactly what it allowed me to do.
The Recorder itself is a good looking, versatile box with lots of neat little features which can be accessed through the menu on the remote. Setup is quick, easy and is ready to go with both analogue and digital tuners picking up a good 100 or so channels between them (although the analogue one won't be of any use after the digital switchover). It worked seamlessly with the sky box allowing me to access the sky tv guide and select the programs i wanted to watch. It has a series link option which is really handy for anyone who wants to record a whole series as the recorder will automatically pick up each episode for you! In terms of dubbing quality you have a wide range of choice between very low quality to extremely high quality, although it's hard to fit more than one tv show onto a dvd at extremely high quality. It plays back dvds too so this can replace any existing dvd player you may own and has a 160gb hard drive to store all the recorded shows on.
I love the editing ability you have on the machine before you dub. It allows you to chop out all of the adverts within a minute or so and if there are little tail bits of adverts remaining afterwards you can do it frame by frame. You can delete any unwanted videos in a matter of seconds and the dubbing itself only takes about 10 minutes depending on the quality.You get so much control over what you can dub onto a dvd it's a great piece of kit to have in home.
The downsides are that if you lose the remote, your recorder becomes pretty much useless in terms of dubbing and editing. You can still manually record and play dvds but not much else.
If i could go back and purchase again the only thing i would change is the size of the hard drive. 160GB doesn't get you very far in this day and age. Personally i feel this is something much mroe worthwhile than a sky+ box as it is free to use minus the initial cost of course!
Summary: A fantastic box of technology
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