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Sony RDR-HXD870 - DVD Recorder With 160GB Hard Drive - With Freeview - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

by Sony
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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  • Capacity HDD : 160 GB
  • HDMI Output
  • HD 1080p upscaling
  • Digital TV Tuner
  • Advanced Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
  • DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD-RW/DVD+RW Recording (dual RW compatibility)
  • DVD-RAM/DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD-RW/DVD+RW Playback
  • High Picture Quality : HQ+ recording
  • Pause Live TV
  • DV Terminal (i.LINK") : Program Dubbing/One Touch Dubbing/Advanced Program Dubbing

Region Two Playback Only

Blu-ray players and DVD players sold by Amazon.co.uk play UK (Region Two) Blu-ray discs and DVDs only. Discs from other regions will not play on these products.


Product details

  • Item Weight: 7 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 7 Kg
  • Item model number: RDRHXD870B.CEK
  • ASIN: B000OQ7878
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Mar 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,837 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Box Contains

  • Main unit
  • Instructions
  • Remote control


  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    136 of 136 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Pity About The Lousy User Manual! 30 April 2008
    By DicKip
    Once you've cracked the instructions, this machine will transform your TV viewing, but until Sony can write a decent manual, what is a potentially 5-star product can only justify 4 stars (what's the use of a fantastic product that people have difficulty understanding?). After all, it's only a gadget to get more out of watching the telly!
    This machine is almost bloated with features, to the point that virtually no one will benefit from everything it offers on day-1, and for many users some features may remain unused forever (rather like some of those obscure programs on our washing machine!). For the person who is used to the latest digital TV functions, getting used to this unit will be easier, but someone making a leap from analogue to digital and replacing a VCR with a hard drive machine, initially it may seem a leap too far!
    Something I really like is that by entering a code, the unit's remote control now operates (basic functions only) my Toshiba TV as well.
    To get the most out of this machine, you need a good user manual, and I have to agree with other reviewers that the manual is probably the worst I have ever come across. It may all be in there somewhere, but finding it is another matter. For example, something as simple as setting the TV's aspect ratio is hidden away in a small table on page 144, with no reference to it in either the Table of Contents or the Index. Also, much of what is written is poorly explained. Terms are used that are not made clear, so you just hope you've got it right!
    Some reviewers say that you can't record one programme and watch another. This is wrong, but tends to confirm that the user manual could be better.
    The machine itself has 2 tuners - 1 digital and 1 analogue.
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    53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sony RDR-HXD870 = Very capable machine 6 May 2008
    Hard disk recorder with upscaling DVD recorder at a reasonable price. Best features for me are series record and 1080p HDMI output (DVDs look great even with a cheap HDMI cable). Most of the complaints I've read on Amazon seem to fit into 4 main categories:-

    1. An expectation that it is a PVR. It does not claim to have twin digital tuners. Most modern TVs usually have an internal Freeview receiver, which is fine if simultaneous recording isn't required.

    2. Trouble reading the manual. It's true the manual tends to go into unnecessary detail about advanced settings and modes. I rarely have any need for the manual because I find the recorder and the remote control intuitive. I recommend just playing around with it for 20 mins. It's easy enough to setup (suggest using a SCART cable initially and then migrating to HDMI), it scans all the digital channels automatically. The only option I had to set was the choice of EPG.

    3. Weak reception. I don't have any specific problem so cannot comment. It performs just like any other Freeview receiver I've had.

    4. Missed timer recordings. I recommend checking the firmware is at least version v1.65. Easy to do - full details are on Sony's website.

    My only gripes are minor:- I'd love to move HDD recordings into folders and the EPG just looks a bit dated compared with the one on my Sony TV.

    An undocumented feature is that it is also capable of reading DVD-RAM disks, so I was able to dub recordings made on my old Panasonic machine with no trouble.
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    95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
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    Having had this for a week now I can heartily recommend it. I spent some time researching these machines as I wanted one that had the following features:

    1) HDMI output

    2) 1080p upscaling

    3) S-Video and iLink (Firewire) input for converting my camcorder footage to DVD

    4) Digital Freeview Tuner (and analogue back-up)

    5) Decent size hard drive

    Not only does it provide these it also has a great user interface, lots of advanced features and makes recording and archiving camcorder footage and off-air recording a cinch. I had also heard that these fan cooled devices created a high level of ambient noise (like a PC). This Sony is damn near silent! Picture and audio quality is excellent. Overall - very highly recommended, and because of its usability a real bargain.
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    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product 22 Nov 2007
    By Rob S TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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    When I purchased a Sony TV from Amazon this came as a free offer.

    Its great, the DVD player is very good, quality is excellent, I can't say I can notice a massive improvement via the HDMI (HD cable) upscaling, but its still a lot better than my old Sony DVD.

    What make's this special is the Freeview tuner and built in Hard drive, I have had a couple of the Thomson Freeview boxes with hard drives which were good, but the Sony is so much better, the picture used to always drop out with the Thomson, It's a rare thing with the Sony, which means It has a better tuner.
    It's also got a large storage capacity, where as I was always deleting on the Thomson to make more space.
    Very easy to use, all you do is select the menu, (which is like the teletext menu), select the program you want to record, press the red button and that's it, It will start recording when the program starts, how I ever managed with a video recorder?
    It's not the cheapest DVD player, but would give it a consideration, If I need to buy another I would not hesitate.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    It does all it says it should in the instruction manual. You can't ask for more than that. JG,
    Published 9 days ago by John G.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Nice piece of tech
    I ordered this for my sister. She adores it!

    Never had an error writing the DVDs. The quality is unbeatable!!! Read more
    Published 4 months ago by John Spandli
    4.0 out of 5 stars SONY RDR-HX - DVD RECORDER WITH 160 GB HARD DRIVE WITH FREEVIEW -...
    The recorder was well packed and delivered two days early. It appeared to be in a new condition and came complete with cables and remote and a link to download the manual. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by David Armour
    5.0 out of 5 stars Blank recording problem solved
    wonderful machine again!! human error!! I had the 'in' & 'out' aerials in the wrong place. need to be for digital recording only now we don't have analogue, so just swapped them... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Yvonne R.
    5.0 out of 5 stars does exactly what it says it will
    I bought this, it is quirky, but does work. I bought a samsung as t also had a blue ray player, it was rubbish (see review, and buy sony only)
    Published 7 months ago by A. Blenkinsop
    5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
    an excellent product which does exactly what it is supposed to. there is nothing else to add to that statement
    Published 10 months ago by Gordon Granger
    1.0 out of 5 stars DONT DO IT
    DVD PLAYER WONT PLAY DVD'S AFTER ONLY 18 MONTHS. TRIED TO CLEAN LASER, NO CHANGE. TYPICAL SONY! WOULD NOT ADVISE ANYONE TO BUY ONE OF THESE
    Published 18 months ago by ALBO
    1.0 out of 5 stars Just terrible
    I own a lot of Sony technology. TV, PS3, Mobile, Stereo. And I'm very happy with all of it.

    However - this is by far the biggest piece of rubbish I have ever wasted... Read more
    Published on 22 Jan 2011 by Russ HP
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD Recorder still going fine
    Have had this for a few years now but its the best DVD Recorder I have ever had.
    Picture is really good using SP and LSP recording modes cannot really tell any... Read more
    Published on 6 Nov 2010 by D. Fortune
    4.0 out of 5 stars 5 star recorder, 1 star manual.
    This is an excellent recorder, purchased as an exact replacement for the same model destroyed by rain water penetrating down the aerial coaxe. (Only use solid core coaxe). Read more
    Published on 5 May 2010 by M. Hudson
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