Thursday, 29 September 2005

Sony RDR HXD910 Freeview HDD DVD Recorder


Sony have just launched two new DVD Recorders the HXD710 and the HXD910.

Both have Freeview receivers, HDD (160Gb and 250Gb) and DVD Recorded (all types except DVD-RAM). The HXD910 has the additional benefit of an HDMI output. This is really cool as for the 1st time you can get recorded Freeview content all the way to your display without it leaving the digital domain!

I'm struggling to get confirmation on prices - both machines have had reviews with prices being quoted of £400 and £500 (Sony quoted prices of £499 and £699!) The review price on HXD910 seems a bit cheap - why would anyone go for 710 when for an extra £100 you get 100Gb and HDMI output?

BTW the above picture is actually the HX910 - note the lack of a 'D' this is the non DVB/Freeview version of the machine which has been available for some time (Haven't managed to get a nice big picture of 910 anywhere yet)

I think I'm probably going to get the HXD910 before any of the rest of the system - at the moment my old Pioneer DVD player has stopped playing CDs, can only output on S-VHS (because I use RGB scart on TV for Freeview) and I don't have any way of recording any programmes (VHS machine is pretty ancient and unusable)

There are some new machines coming from Pioneer though which may give the Sony a run for its money (the maing argument being possibly twin tuners)

(c) Ethan Pinnell 2004

22 comments:

  1. Bill,

    Well done you appeared within the first page of my google search!! I would go for the 910 but it doesn't play SACDs. Catch you at the movie night.

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  2. So you searched for HXD910 and 'geek' right ? ;)

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  3. Bill, do you know if the Freeview function can be disabled as I have a Sky box and wonder about a conflict between the two tuners?

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  4. Maybe I don't understand your point - not sure what sort of conflict you could get ? - the 910 can record from external sources - so from your Sky box for example - but so what if it also tunes in DVB-T/Freeview channels as well ? - you don't have to watch them / use them...

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  5. I have tried to locate the RDR HXD910 at the guide price of £500 but cannot find it anywhere at that price. Any Ideas?
    And thanks for the tip on the missing "D" I nearly made that mistake.

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  6. Yeah = £500 was a bogus guide price. I ended up paying £620 for a multiregion version - still a good deal as far as I'm concerned.

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  7. That's interesting to find out that there is a multiregion version of the recorder. Do you know how to identify this version? Can I ask where you purchased your machine from?

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  8. As I understand it the HXD910 includes an up-converting function to generate 720p and 1080i output signals, giving great pictures on HD LCD/plasma displays. However, does anyone know whether this function is just restricted to the play back of DVDs or whether it is generally applied to the outputs of DVD, HDD and Freeview tuner? After all, the outputs of these sources is digital format SD, so all SHOULD be able to benefit equally from this excellent technology. Anyone know the answer? Also, is it CERTAIN that transfer between Freeview=>HDD=>DVD is purely in the digital domain? If ture, could be the highest quality form of Freeview available! Nick

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  9. So I want to watch TV record nother digital channel;

    Turn my old VHS Tapes into DVD

    I also have a digital TV so will there be conflict?

    Is this machine for me or should I look elsewher?

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  10. So it only has one freeview receiver so if you are recording a digital channel you can't watch another (using 910) - but you've got a digital tuner on your tv - so you CAN watch another channel - no problem. As for turning your old VHS tapes into DVDs you can rig up a VHS player and record to HDD and then burn to DVD.

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  11. Where did you get the 910hxd multiregon at 620 ?

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  12. I have looked at several freeview boxes with DVD/HDD but i want twin tuners to. not many to choose from, any advice ?
    I have seen some minus DVD but with USB output for PC. how long can the USB connection be for downloading to PC DVD

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  13. Chris Bashforth15 June 2006 at 13:17

    Does anyone know what happened to the HXD910 - it looked good on paper but seems to be unobtainable! Sony list it as a previous product!?

    Is there anything else on the market like it?

    thanks,
    Basher

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  14. Hi, Not sure if you can help with this, but it may interest you. I have a Sony RDR HXD910 which I've had for about 20 months. Unfortunately the hard disk has died, the machine fails to boot up. The drive inside is a standard 250Gb Maxtor. I have tried replacing the HDD with a standard HDD but it needs formatting. How is this done?

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  15. Formatting sony hxd910, press and hold HDD together for ten seconds, recommended by sony helpline

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  16. Good tip. Hope mine doesn't break any time soon.

    Must say that I hardly use it nowdays - have Sky HD+ which though I hate paying Murdoch any money, works like a dream.

    Its only very rarely I want to record 2 HD channels and then also watch or record another Freeview channel - which is when I go back to the Sony.

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  17. Don't let your memory faded away. You can store your heart touched memory onto a DVD. VHS tape s are now less popular than the DVD. Moreover DVD has the high quality sound and picture. CD & DVD duplication

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