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I bought this dvd recorder about seven or eight months ago. I'm a bit of a sony fan, and prior to buying this model, I owned a previous model which didn't have a hard disc drive. I thought this would be a cheap alternative to sky plus. To an extent, this does deliver the goods, but its not without its flaws. The pros: Decent storage space, good picture quality, HD upscaling The cons: Interface is not great, in fact its really quite poor. Series link doesnt always work TV guide facility is aweful, and looks like a throwback to old-school teletext. I really wanted to like this product, I bought a sony W series HD TV and thought that this would complement it nicely, however if I am honest, this really is a poor mans sky plus, and its mainly the interface that lets it down, I'm usually quite techy, but it took me a good while to get my head round this player. On the whole, its good, so if you can get one cheap, go for it. But, don't buy it and expect sky plus, as you will be mightily dissapointed! Come on sony, you can do much better!! My advice? Wait and see what sony PS3's TV recorder is like when it comes out later in the year!
The range of Sony HDD/DVD recorders opens up new ways of accessing and enjoying not just television but photographs, music and personal video. Hard disk drive (HDD) recording gives you enormous control over your viewing. Live TV can be paused and resumed, even when you are recording, and you can record live TV at the same time as watching a previously stored program.
Film fans with large screen televisions can benefit from HQ+, a high bit-rate recording mode, which greatly reduces noise distortion especially during fast motion scenes. Alongside this HQ+ recording mode, range of HDD/DVD recorders offer owners of HD and Full HD capable televisions a chance to experience greatly enhanced picture quality while viewing standard definition (SD) content.
This Sony's range of HDD/DVD recorders goes well beyond simply recording TV. In fact each has the potential to become a digital content hub in the living room. The wealth of inputs on offer makes it an easy matter to connect digital cameras, Handycam with a DV output and USB flash drives, so you can build up libraries of photos, personal video and music on the hard drive. You can view pictures and video directly on the TV screen and listen to music via the TV or other connected audio equipment, or even print your photos directly using a PictBridge-compatible printer.