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Sony RDRDC205B 250GB Digital HDD DVD Recorder with Integrated Digital Tuner

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  • 250GB Hard Disk Drive
  • Integrated digital & analogue tuner
  • On Screen Programme Guide with Silent Download
  • BRAVIA Sync
  • Photo TV HD

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 43 x 7.1 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 6 Kg
  • Item model number: RDRDC205B.CEK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 July 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,226 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

  • Integrated digital & analogue tuner
  • On Screen Programme Guide with Silent Download
  • BRAVIA Sync
  • Photo TV HD

Manufacturer's Description

The Sony DC205 Freeview+ DVD Recorder revolutionises the way you enjoy home entertainment, giving you the convenience to watch what you want, when you want. With a 250GB Hard Disc Drive (HDD) you can record and store up to 425 hours of high quality video easily. A simple to use 8-day Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) lets you plan your viewing and set recording times without fuss. The integrated Freeview+ DVB tuner gives you access to up to 50 free-to-air digital TV channels as well as 24 digital radio stations. Watching DVDs on the DC205 is equally rewarding, with Precision Cinema HD upscale technology from Sony for stunning picture quality. You can also playback your HD photos from your Sony HD camera, or play back music and home movies.

Sony electronic programme guide and Easy Recording

Plan your week's viewing using the electronic programme guide and use the new Easy Recording function to record a whole series at the touch of a button.

Watch your favourite programmes whenever
Today there are more TV stations than ever and not enough time to watch everything. Take control with HDD recording, a convenient way to enjoy your favourite home entertainment when you want to. Now you can plan your week’s viewing in advance, record the programmes you don’t want to miss directly to HDD and watch them at your leisure.

Large capacity to record and store
With a generous 250GB hard drive, the DC205 does away with the need for additional drives, discs or tapes. You can store up to 425 hours of high quality video on its built-in hard drive – enough for several of your favourite series.

Integrated digital tuner
The recorder offers a DVB-T tuner as standard which means you can receive FREEVIEW digital broadcasts. These offer up to 50 TV channels as well as 24 radio stations including entertainment. If a digital signal is not yet available in your area, a traditional analogue tuner is also included.

Easy to use menu
Using the eight day electronic programme guide makes planning your week’s viewing a breeze. Designed to make things as simple as possible, the new Easy Recording function makes light work of recording either single programme or a whole series. It’s also easy to browse what you already have stored on the HDD when you want to catch up with what you’ve recorded.

High quality direct recording
The DC205 boasts loss-less recording which means picture quality is maintained at the same level as that broadcast. This is made possible by recording the broadcasting stream directly to the hard disk, avoiding the MPEG decoding / encoding traditionally used by many DVD recorders. The result is a picture that always looks as good as the original broadcast.

Multi-format compatibility
The DC205 is compatible with an array of formats, giving you the ultimate in flexibility and choice. Playback compatibility includes DVD-R/RW/+R/RW and HDD. It also supports the DivX format so you can playback content from the internet on CD or DVD, plus HD photo playback. You can record straight to the internal HDD or on to DVD- R/RW/+R/RW.

Get connected
The DC205 offers a digital HDMI output socket for easy, high quality connection to your TV. Two SCART sockets allow you to connect with a variety of other devices, whilst the USB connection allows you to browse, transfer and play back music, photos or video content from a memory stick. With a single touch full contents from a Sony HDD CAM can also be downloaded to the hard drive – ready for viewing on a connected TV or for transferring to DVD.

Bring out the best in your DVDs
Upscaling means your DVDs will look stunning when played on the DC205. The recorder converts the Standard- Definition signal (480i) of DVD to 1080p and outputs a Full High-Definition equivalent resolution video signal for vivid, detailed images.

In addition, Precision Cinema HD Upscale technology generates each pixel correctly according to information received from the original source, whether film or broadcast and whether the pixel is in motion or still.

HDMI capable

An HDMI output means DVDs and HD photos will look stunning on your TV, plus you can use BRAVIA Sync to control the recorder and your BRAVIA TV with just one remote.

One touch playback with BRAVIA Sync
Take the hassle out of settling down for an evening’s entertainment - simply do it all with one remote control. Hook up your Sony LCD TV via HDMI with BRAVIA Sync and you’ll find a variety of operations are possible using just one button. Just push the Playback button to turn on the TV and the recorder and it will automatically switch to the HDMI input and play content from the hard drive or from DVD. When the TV power is turned off with the remote, the recorder is turned off as well.

Low power consumption helps the environment
High performance doesn’t come at the expense of the environment with the DC205. Even though its start up speed is less than 5 seconds it has an eco-friendly standby power consumption of less than 1W.

Pause Live TV
Don’t want to miss a moment of the action? The DC205 lets you pause the action on your favourite TV shows, movies or live sports, then pick up where you left off. With Simultaneous Record and Playback, you can also watch one show and record another, making sure that you never miss you favourite shows when they clash.

Photo TV HD
PhotoTV HD allows you to connect PhotoTV HD-compatible devices from Sony and see your photos in HD resolution. It brings your images to life with amazingly detailed textures and colours.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By JackyB on 13 Feb. 2010
This would be a superb product but for one simple fault! When replaying HDD recordings and time delayed recordings they freeze, skip and jump sometimes as much as 5 to 6 times an hour. Tried retuning, reset, the works live TV is a beautiful upscaled picture and so is playing back DVD's, but all the recordings we have are unwatchable. Returned the first device for a replacement, but that had the same problem from the outset, returning that for a refund. Contacted Sony support, only got an automated reply, no further response. The Sony website wants you to download new fimware to your PC, burn a CD and reflash the product. But the disclaimer agreement you have to agree to prior to doing this absolves them of any responsibility if an additional fault develops. In a product less than a week old this is simply not acceptable. We expected better of Sony.
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208 of 211 people found the following review helpful By G. Anderson on 7 Mar. 2010
I bought this to replace a Sony RDR-HXD560 which had decided to stop playing DVDs. Whilst I wasn't too pleased that the RDR-HXD560 had failed within 3 years of purchase, I was generally pleased with it as a HDD recorder, and hoped that the newer model would share it's user-friendly interface and features, as well as maybe bringing some new ones along to make life easier.

How wrong could I be.

I wish the more recent reviews had been available prior to my purchase - I wouldn't have bought it if they had! I'll try and list all the things I'm not happy with on the machine...

1). Only possible to record direct to the HDD. If you want a copy on DVD you have to then transfer it from the HDD to a DVD afterwards. On the face of it, not too much of a problem as most people would want to edit out the adverts etc, but the real problem is that dubbing is done in real-time and, whilst it's being done, you can't use the recorder for anything else. So, realistically, it has to be set to do it as you leave for work in the morning, or overnight (provided you have nothing to record whilst it's doing so).

2). The electronic programme guide defaults to "guideplus" which is half taken up with adverts. You can choose "freeview+" in the setup, but those less familiar with such things would take an age to find it.

3). As most people are aware, the channel order on freeview is pretty random. I, like I imagine most others, choose to rearrange them into a more convenient order - and to block out the rubbish like QVC, shopping etc. With this unit, as soon as you turn it off, it re-arranges the channels back into their original order! How pointless!

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve Oliver on 1 May 2010
First, I should say that I didn't buy this from Amazon (I normally buy all my kit via them) but I wish I had as it would be going straight back. But, as I'm so incensed by mine I thought I should warn others off.

This was bought to replace a solid and very well performing Sony HXD-690 which just worked and I only sold it whilst replacing all my AV kit at once. The RDR-DC205 apparently uses Sony innards unlike the HXD-690 which I believe used Pioneer components (my firmware update for that started with the word 'Pioneer'). This randomly freezes up and only a reset or removal of the mains plug will unlock it. Imagine that happening just as you go on holiday!

I now physically check the clock before I leave the house if I'm expecting it to record just to make sure it hasn't frozen.

Could I recommend it? Well it doesn't do what it says it should and Sony don't seem to 'know of any problems' so that would be a resounding no!

Avoid until Sony fix their firmware (or better, buy Pioneer).

Update: Locked up one last time - took 3 hours of constant resets before I could 'factory initialise' and now won't recognise the remote control (nor the Sony TV one which can also control it) so I can't go beyond 'system menu'. Complete rubbish. There should be a 'no star' option on this rating system.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andy K on 10 Aug. 2010
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I read all the reviews but decided to buy this item anyway because I'd just bought a new Sony TV and Blu-Ray, so I wanted a matching HDD DVD recorder. I hoped that after updating the firmware, I would be happy with my purchase....sadly I was wrong.

Firstly, the delivery was terrible! It's not Amazon's fault but they really shouldn't entrust the 'Home Delivery Network' courier with their business. I took the day off from work to take delivery of my eagerly awaited new machine and waited, and waited, and waited some more. I'd given up when at 20.45hrs a van pulled up and I watched the delivery driver throw a box out of the side of the van. It bounced across the road as he shut the van door. He then picked it up and threw it over my front gate. Once the driver was through the gate himself, he picked it up and threw it again into my front door. Obviously the driver prefers this method of attracting the homeowners attention rather than use the usual means of the door bell. He didn't speak but was very intimidating nevertheless. After I'd shut the door and opened the box, I was just glad that either myself or the DVD recorder hadn't been injured in the process.

The first thing I did was to check that it still actually worked (which, miraculously it did) then I updated the firmware and set it up. I have to confess that after that initial experience, I have never looked at the machine in quite the same way.

I agree with most of the other reviewers comments but in short, here are my pro's and con's:

1. If you use the program guide to record a program, it defaults to DR mode (digital record) which means you only have 87 hours of recording space on the HDD.
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