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Sony RDR-HXD1065 is a DVD recorder with 250GB hard disk drive for up to 387 hours of TV recording without the need for blank discs. It features twin a...

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Review of "Sony RDR-HXD1065"

published 02/01/2008 | dobieg
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Cons No High Definition support
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"Excellent, but not high definition"

Don't let the number confuse you, this is NOT an High Definition recorder (If I'm wrong, then tell me!)

Sony use an alphanumeric convention with their products, RDR-HXD1065 indicates that this is a high-end digital DVD-Hard disk recorder - Having tried for nine months, I've not been able to play or record high definition content on this system.

In spite of these drawbacks, I still find it an immensely useful piece of kit.

The model has now been superseded, but there seems to be plenty of these available online, and at a substantial discount from the original £500 price tag.

The RDR-HXD1065 blurs the distinction between where an 'ordinary' recorder finishes off, and a multimedia PC starts.

It *looks* like a DVD player, and indeed all the control functions present every appearance of this. Buried deep inside is a massive 250Gb hard disk, which SONY claim can hold up to 350 hours of video content (that's fourteen and a half days at 24 hours a day!)

It ALSO acts as a CD/DVD player, offers a bewildering number of connectivity options, as well as providing a means of storing MP3 tracks and JPG pictures.

Other than high definition, the only other formats of any note which are missing are DivX, SACD and support for dual layer DVD+R media. It won't play Sony's own SACD format disks, but that's a bit like saying your VHS video doesn't do Betamax (a technically superior format which the world chose to ignore, in both cases)

If I had to sum up the RDR-HXD1065 - I'd say 'almost sky plus for digital terrestrial'.

You can 'pause' live TV, but only if you happen to be on the channel at the time.

You can 'playback' at 1,3x with sound, so an hour long doccumentary only takes 45 minutes to play back!

The unit sports two UHF connectors, one for analogue, the other for digital. I see virtually no reason for this, other than imagining the analogue tuner could be at the opposite end of the internal circuitry, and a socket is probably cheaper than an internal connection.

There's nothing I can receive on analogue which I can't get on Digital, so I've never tried it - the only benefit of having such a facility is if you can't get digital signals, you can use 'steam' TV, although 2007 saw the first region in the UK switching off the analogue channels.

There's a few SCART and RCA Phono inputs, all of which can be used to link your other kit, S-video, FIREWIRE, and USB,
OUTPUTS include Progressive Scan, HDMI and G-Link (whaterver it is!)

SO much for 'on paper' - what's it like in 'real life'

- Blissfuly easy is the short answer!

The documentation is up to Sony's usual high standards, although most of the features are reasonably intuitive.

It supports up to 40 programmed events, however this includes 'series recording' so Eastenders on BBC1 (for example) is one entry, in spite of several transmissions being broadcast during the week.

The system provides Electronic programme Guide on the digital tuner, so all you have to do is identify the entry on the schedules and select it (either one off, or series).

No such facility exists on Analogue.

The only downside is that you have to find time to watch all the programmes you select!
'Dubbing' allows you to transfer content from the hard drive to DVD or CD (or vice versa) although you wouldn't expect to be able to do this with protected content.

You can download your JPG pictures from digital camera and place the content in galleries, and create 'slide shows' with a number of transition effects and background music, which can either be displayed 'from the box' or dubbed onto DVD.

Were I to be given 'three wishes' on this machine, I'd ask for an Ethernet port to allow this to stream content over a network, but if you're into that then you're well into 'multimedia PC' territory, and strangely enough Sony make precisely those sorts of machines, so don't expect a future model to support this!

All this functionality comes at a small cost, and in this case it's silence.
Compared to a PC, the unit is whisper quiet however there's an internal fan which makes a gentle whirr noise - only detectable if you're in a quiet room and the TV isn't playing.

The 'Firewire' socket allows you to record directly from many digital camcorders to hard disk (and subsequently to DVD) There *are* basic editing features, although the menu structure is pretty basic, and you certainly shouldn't expect 'broadcast quality' editing - if you're heavily into post-production, invest in a 'proper' media editing PC suite!

This is a SERIOUSLY versatile piece of kit, which, given recent price drops, should provide the average home user far more functionality than they'll ever need, and at a decent price.

I happened to acquire one for 'free' when I bought a 46" Sony TV, and so I really shouldn't grumble. Were I aware of the limitations, I might have paid an extra couple of hundred quid for the 'media PC' bundle which was on offer, but that would have been a whole new can of worms!

If someone offers one of these under £350, then bite their hand off!
The other advantage of the unit is that if you already have a pile of SONY kit, the remote controls are compatible.

The unit is pre-programmed to 'region 2' - and in my case that isn't a problem, some retailers offer to 'chip' the unit for an extra £25 HOWEVER consulting GOOGLE this would seem to be a 'soft' upgrade using a proprietary 'universal remote controller' where a 'magic' sequence of keystrokes removes the encoding.

Altogether a hugely versatile machine, and unlikely to disappoint, unless you mistakenly expect High Definition support.

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  • nathaninnit published 02/01/2008
    I wouldn't say you're a miserable old git, and your reviews show a lot of promise, but what I would say that it is a shame you don't share your time around Ciao a bit more freely having only given 100 ratings to the near 3000 you've had in return.
  • harrisjalil published 02/01/2008
    thanks for the information mate --harris :-)
  • CPTDANIELS published 02/01/2008
    Great review. Very interesting
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Product Information : Sony RDR-HXD1065

Manufacturer's product description

Sony RDR-HXD1065 is a DVD recorder with 250GB hard disk drive for up to 387 hours of TV recording without the need for blank discs. It features twin analog and digital tuner for clear TV reception and up to 8 days TV program information displayed on-screen.

Product Details

Product Description: Sony RDR-HXD1065 - DVD recorder / HDD recorder with digital TV tuner

Product Type: DVD recorder / HDD recorder with digital TV tuner

Dimensions (WxDxH): 43 cm x 29.1 cm x 5.8 cm

Weight: 4.8 kg

Colour: Silver

DVD: DVD recorder - NTSC, PAL

TV Tuner: Digital tuner

Internal Storage: Hard disc drive - 250 GB

Audio: Stereo

Remote Control: Universal remote control - infrared

Power: AC 230V ( 50/60 Hz )

General

MPN: RDRHXD1065S.CEK, RDR-HXD1065

Product Type: DVD recorder / HDD recorder with digital TV tuner

Width: 43 cm

Depth: 29.1 cm

Height: 5.8 cm

Weight: 4.8 kg

Enclosure Colour: Silver

System

A/V System Recommended Use: Home

Parental Lock: Yes

Parental Control Type: Password

Max Recording Capacity: 387 hour(s)

Features: Progressive scanning (line doubling), simultaneous recording and playback, variable bitrate (VBR), chasing playback, time base correction (TBC)

Audio System

Output Mode: Stereo

Digital Audio Format: Dolby Digital output, DTS digital output

Connectors

Optical Digital Output: Yes

Coaxial Digital Output: Yes

DVD

Type: DVD recorder

Media Type: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAM, SACD, SVCD, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R, Kodak Picture CD, DVD, CD, Video CD

Recordable Media: DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL

Media Format: NTSC, PAL

Video D/A Converter: 12bit / 108MHz

Audio D/A Converter: 24bit / 192kHz

Recording Mode: SP, LP, EP, HQ, HSP, SLP, LSP, ESP

Programmability: 30 events / 1 month

Media Load Type: Tray

Supported Digital Video Standards: DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2

Supported Digital Audio Standards: MP3

DVD Repeat Modes: A-B repeat, all

DVD Features

Video Noise Reduction: Yes

TV Screen Saver: Yes

DVD Additional Features: JPEG photo playback, Block Noise Reduction

Digital Player (Recorder)

Internal Storage: Hard disc drive - 250 GB

Recording Features

Synchro Start: Yes

High Speed Dubbing: Yes

TV Tuner

Type: Digital tuner

Channel Coverage: UHF:21-69, VHF:2-12, Cable:1-20

Reception System: PAL-L, SECAM-I, SECAM-D, SECAM-B, SECAM-K, PAL-B, SECAM-G, PAL-G, PAL-I, PAL-D, SECAM-L, PAL-K

Video Features

Electronic Programme Guide: Showview, GUIDE Plus+, VideoPlus+

Programme Guide Features: Timer Programming

Clock & Alarm

Clock: Yes (digital)

Timer: Record

Remote Control

Type: Universal remote control

Technology: Infrared

Connections

Connector Type: RF input - rear ¦ RF output - rear ¦ G-Link Interface ( mini-phone 3.5mm ) - rear ¦ HDMI output ( 19 pin HDMI Type A ) - rear ¦ Component video output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - rear ¦ Composite video/audio output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - rear ¦ S-Video output ( 4 PIN mini-DIN ) - rear ¦ 2 x SCART ( 21 PIN SCART ) - rear ¦ S-Video input ( 4 PIN mini-DIN ) - front ¦ Composite video/audio input ( RCA phono x 3 ) - front ¦ IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) ( 4 PIN FireWire ) - front ¦ USB - front

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Universal remote control

Power

Type: Internal

Voltage Required: AC 230V ( 50/60 Hz )

Power Consumption Operational: 58 Watt

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