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Sony RDRGXD500 DVD Recorder with Digital Terrestrial Tuner

by Sony

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  • DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD-RW/DVD+RW Recording (dual RW compatibility)
  • Chasing Playback
  • DVD Video/CD/Video CD Playback
  • Favourite Channel list / Channel Lock / Digital Text ( View/Rec ) / EPG / Digital ( Freeview )
  • CD-R/RW Playback and MP3 Playback
  • DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD+R/DVD+RW Playback
  • S-Video In/Out, Analog AV In/OUT, Digital Audio Output
  • 2X Scart (1 including RGB input)
  • 12 bit/108 MHz D/A Converter
  • Pre/Post Frame Noise Reduction
  • Pre/Post Video Equalizer
  • STB Synchro REC

Region Two Playback Only

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 6 Kg
  • Item model number: RDRGXD500
  • ASIN: B0006QALUM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 24 Nov 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,941 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

An excellent DVD Recorder with an integrated Digital Terrestrial Tuner, 30 Digital TV channels and 20 radio channels are available through Freeview.

Sony DVD recorders gives you the freedom of compatibility - which means you can easily share DVDs with friends, as they can play back your movies on virtually any DVD-video player! Plus, Sony Dual Compatibility DVD recorders conveniently let you record on DVD-RW/+RW/-R/+R storage media.

All Sony DVD Recorders continue to support the Dual RW format for the best compatibility with DVD media. They are also compatible with the new DVD+R Double-Layer format offering double the capacity of regular DVD+R/RW discs to enable you to put over 10 hours of recording onto one DVD!

Additional features of the RDRGXD500 include, one touch timer recording, 8-Day EPG and Simultaneous record and playback.

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165 of 169 people found the following review helpful By james19635 on 31 Dec 2004
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I've been looking at DVD recorders for some time now. There are a number of very cheap recorders around. But I decided to go for the quality of Sony. This recorder is excellent. The built in freeview tuner is a real bonus. If you want to record off TV, simply find the program in the EPG and hit record - job done. The quality of the recording is excellent. I've only used it on "SP", which gives two hours on a single DVD, and it's hard to spot any difference with the original. Of course, you can record from an external source, which is again excellent quality. Using a RW disc allows you to edit the recording (i.e. delete those adverts and "60 seconds news updates"). I'm very impressed with this recorder. It does have a built in fan, but it seems that all recorders do, but this one is not too intrusive. I've also managed to play back the discs it records on my (over 5 years old) standard DVD player.
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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb 2005
I'm very pleased with this recorder which I have owned for a few weeks now. With recorder, player and freeview all in a single box and a remote which will also work for main brands of TV, it cuts down the clutter which pleased the wife too! Recording is very easy: just find the program on the electronic program guide, which covers seven days ahead, and select. The picture quality is very good in video mode at the standard SD quality level, and I have been using mostly DVD-RW discs for recording. If you record in video mode you need to finalise these before you play them in 'standard' DVD players. If instead you record in VR mode you have more options, for example viewing whats being recorded from the start while the recording continues. Discs recorded in VR mode can played without finalising (useful as this can take 30 minutes), for example in a PC with some up to date dvd software, but will not play in many DVD players. However with the latest version of Nero on the PC it is possible to convert VR discs to video mode in one step.
On the negative side there does seem to be a little pixilation for fast action recorded at the standard quality level in VR mode, and the player had compatibility problems and locked up a couple of my DVD-R disks. To get the disks out I needed to unplug the recorder and then plug in again, whilst holding down the eject key; somewhat inconvenient. I also noticed minor lipsync issues on one disk. Finally multi-region would have been useful, and now seems to be available from some vendors.
Overall though I am very pleased with this machine, it is fairly easy to use, a well designed menu system and many useful options, all in a single neat box, and records very good quality DVDs.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 July 2005
I have to say the recording quality of this machine is great, its looks great and the menu driven interface is great. BUT it can only record about 2 hours on one DVD disc at normal quality (fine picture), which is its bad point, it does about 4 hours at the lowest quality but its like watching a bad video!
OK this machine has freeview built in great, but it let down by not having a hard drive, if you are thinking of buying this to record freeview programs don't. Get a recorder with a hard drive and buy a separate freeview box to plug into it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Reed on 13 Mar 2012
Having previously owned a Sony for a couple of years which developed a fault, I was given the run around by a Sony service centre after paying £50 to get it repaired, before Sony 'HQ proper' stepped in.

They agreed that service from the Ilford, London Service centre for various reasons had been attrocious. For £80 they would provide a new RDR-GXD500. I agreed to go with this as, beyond developing a fault, my previous dvd recorder had been not bad at all.

Two years ago my RDR-GXD500 arrived and while not as easy to navigate did the job... mostly. That is, until a month ago.

Almost exactly two years on, the RDR-GXD500 was fine one minute and closed down the next and now is a paperweight.
Power goes in, nothing comes out. The freeview doesn't work, the dvd tray won't open, or if it does it doesn't close, so the dvd player won't work; the hard-drive is now inaccessible.

I need to weigh up whether to spend a further few £ to try to repair something less than 2 years old, which I don't think they will be able to do after my previous experience of Sony service centres. I have told Sony, and received a reply that it is now out of warranty. This I knew. Don! I just wanted them to know that a product of theirs that was used a reasonable amount of times, but not heavily, has gone 'bang' and stopped working after just 2 YEARS! Their approach and response felt like "got your money. So, tough." I wasn't expecting a new player/recorderor anything but they neeed to know their products aren't good when they fail in such a way after a short space of time. And now I see they no longer make this product. It is "tough", as Sony are now unlikely to be the recipients of my hard earned cash from now on.
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