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Sony RDRHXD860S 160GB HDD HDMI DVD Recorder (discontinued by manufacturer)

by Sony

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  • Capacity HDD 160 GB
  • HDMI Output
  • Digital TV Tuner
  • Advanced Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
  • DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD-RW/DVD+RW Recording (dual RW compatibility)

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Product details

  • Item Weight: 662 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 8 Kg
  • Item model number: RDRHXD860S.CEK
  • ASIN: B000HD6888
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 Aug 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,910 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Hard Drive DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner and HDMI....

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Seahorse VINE VOICE on 30 Mar 2007
My motivation for buying a HDD/DVD recorder was to remove a myriad of shiny boxes from underneath my new wall mounted plasma screen. What is the point in having a slim TV if it has a stack of silver boxes underneath and doesn't save the space?

I chose the Sony for three reasons, firstly that it had HDMI output, secondly because it supported DivX and thirdly because, being a Sony, I was confident I would get good compatability with my Camcorder (also a Sony).

It was easy to set up out of the box, I plugged in the HDMI cable to the TV, the aerial routed through the recorder to the TV and the digital coax to the sound system. Tune in to the digital freeview was fast and efficient - in two minutes we were up and running.

The first thing to strike me was the quality of the picture, the picture was of much higher quality than the native tuner of the plasma screen (and the screen is a premium brand), and this was a delightful surprise. The DVD player is easy to use and remembers where you are in a film if you want to stop. My old DVD player would do this for any disk you put in and remember it if you took it out and watched another, but the Sony does not do this, which is a shame as it has a hard drive and should be capable of it. Picture quality of the DVD is even sharper and crisper than the freeview pictures.

The HDD recording function is very useful, programming is via the standard EPG table and you click on the programme you want to record and that's about it. There are lots of other nice features around this, where it will delete watched items if you haven't looked at them for a long time and allow you to lock treasured items. Pausing live TV works as well, but you have to pause for a minimum of two minutes.
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113 of 115 people found the following review helpful By BWallace on 18 Dec 2006
This is review is really just to answer some previous reviews and to second some of the corrections made by others. You can add time onto a current recording and yes you do have to wait 2 mins to un-pause live tv. But if you are going away from the tv for less than 2 mins just don't pause it, we got by for years not pausing on conventional tv tut! It's only 2 mins!

It will accept just about any dvd you use unlike alot of others i looked at that will only accept dvd-r(w), as opposed to dvd+r(w) and vice versa. There is a slight delay on button response from the remote but you get used to it and you'll only notice when navigating menu screens, not on play, rewind and forward etc.

One review said wait 6 months until the software is sorted out then buy. The trouble with that is that technology moves on so quickly that if you wait for something better you'll never buy anything!

Lastly, this won What Hi-Fi magazine's DVD product of the year with 5 stars out of 5. I did ALOT of looking around and in my admittedly humble opinion, was the best I could find.

Added September 09: Nearly 3 years old now and I've not had a single problem! After reading some of the problems others had I think must have got lucky! I bought a new external aerial, brilliant. Even the analogue picture is good! All Freeview 100%. Now my Sony Vaio, THAT does suck....
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By BigTim on 12 Dec 2006
Got mine bundled with a 40w2000 TV and it's a very good replacement for my old Sony freeview box and Philips DVD player (read: it blows them out of the water).

DVDs via the HDMI connection in particular are superb and the easy to use EPG to record freeview programmes (now also with series link on BBC channels) is a simple joy to use.

Also, to correct a previous comment - you *can* set the timer to auto-pad the recordings from the epg (by 1, 2, 3, 5, or 10 mins). It's in the setup configuration, I suppose not everyone reads the manuals ;o)

There *is* a delay when pausing live TV, in common with all DVD recorder HDD combos - this is because, unlike PVRs, DVD recorders do not buffer live Digital transport streams. They decode and re-encode and it takes time for this to happen to the HDD. Doesn't bother me as the reason to pause TV is leave the room for a minute and I can always catch up when I return by fast forwarding.

Unlike others I've not found the fan noise bothersome either - I can barely hear it (quiet hum) in my setup even when everything else is off. My central heating makes more noise!

One minus point though is the start up time. When you want to play a DVD and press eject, the player starts to wake up and takes 30secs to minute to get its act together before ejecting the tray. If you get impatient and press eject again it takes that as cancelled action and starts loading the disc. Grrrr.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Mr C on 8 Dec 2006
I had been thinking for some time about replacing my ageing VHS and I am glad I did. Having read countless reviews I settled on the 860S as it has a good sized hard drive, Freeview and DVD drive.

Make no mistake, this product has far more to offer than a VHS and therefore if you want to get the most out of it, it is a bit more complicated (The manual is 120 pages, not to mention all the buttons on the remote!).

Recording from Freeview works very well and is quick too. The series record function is also useful, and with an 8 day EPG guide you can plan the weeks recording in advance and watch at your convenience. If you have a satellite or cable TV box plugged into it, setting a program to record takes a little bit longer, and you have to set the satellite/cable too. Having now got used to this, the results are just as good and I can watch the cable whilst recording from the Freeview.

If you have more than standard TV recording / DVD playing in mind, it is worth speaking to your local Sony centre or going in store to try before you buy, as I did with recording old VHS tapes to DVD. Connecting the VCR to the unit with a scart lead and recording 4hr tapes to the hard drive, and then to DVD worked really well.

Burning to DVD works well and you can adjust the quality and therefore the amount of space needed when you first record to the hard drive, and when you burn to DVD. High speed dubbing to DVD is also a useful function.

Recording quality is absolutely excellent and for this reason I give it the 5th star. In Standard SP mode you can't tell that you are watching a recording, I haven't felt the need to record in HQ.

Overall an outstanding solution to replacing VHS & DVD player alike, and once again very quick delivery from Amazon.
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