Product Type: Sony DVD recorders
Newest Review: ... yes they do the job but they look outdated. This is not what I expected from a Sony product. Cosmetically the Sony RDR-HXD995 is not t... more
It does the job, but better expected from Sony.
Member Name: NPA81
Date: 15/01/11, updated on 15/01/11 (43 review reads)
Advantages: Quality of recording
Disadvantages: Difficult to set up, poor instructions and poor navigaton menu
I bought the Sony RDR-HXD995 about two years ago now from my local Comet store. I decided to buy a DVD recorder as I am unable to receive Sky+ in the apartment block that I live in. The Sony RDR-HXD995 stood out from the others available because of the 250GB internal hard drive (this allows 36 hours of high quality recording or around 700 hours of standard quality) and the opportunity to record onto DVD's, plus the Sony branding.
Setting up the Sony RDR-HXD995 was not straight forward. The instruction manual was over complicated. I hardly ever have any problems with setting up electronic equipment but the instructions added to my confusion rather than making it simpler. Once set up it is relatively self explanatory to use, the navigation menus are simple to follow (much easier that using the instruction manual). However the navigation menus are of poor quality, yes they do the job but they look outdated. This is not what I expected from a Sony product.
Cosmetically the Sony RDR-HXD995 is not too bad, the black color and silver trim matches my TV, however this is a large item, it does stand out in comparison to my Xbox 360 and standard Sky box.
The quality of the recording is excellent; it surprised me how quickly 36 hours of recording can be used up. I have not bothered with the standard recording as anything I want to keep I placed onto DVD and anything that I did not need to keep was deleted. The deleting of items is extremely easy and only takes a couple of seconds to perform. Placing an item onto DVD is also very simple (all discs must be formatted first), this option appears when a new disc is placed into the Sony RDR-HXD995. Transferring from the hard drive to a DVD takes around 5 minutes for a 60 minute recording.
To be able to record and watch another channel at the same time you must have two digital receivers (one is in the Sony RDR-HXD995). Most modern televisions tend to have digital integrated. I do not see this as a problem but I can see others thinking it is.
My final comments are regarding the DVD player. I forget that this is available on the Sony RDR-HXD995. I tend to use my Xbox 360 to watch DVD's, I am not sure if this is just out of habit or it takes longer to set up than my Xbox 360 does. Also please note that I have not gone into detail on the technical features of the product I have included what I thought was important.
Summary: I expect better from Sony, expecially for the price.
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