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Sony RDR-HXD870

Sony RDR-HXD870
alaScore 81

447 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 447 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the finish and design. The price and image quality are also appreciated. Views are divided on the reliability.

usability, image quality, price, design, finish

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Sony RDR-HXD870 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 272 user reviews of Sony RDR-HXD870 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on

usability, image quality, price, design, size

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony RDR-HXD870 - DVD Recorder With 160GB Hard Drive - With Freeview - BlackSony RDR-HXD870 - DVD Recorder With 160GB Hard Drive - With Freeview - BlackSony RDR-HXD870 - DVD Recorder With 160GB Hard Drive - With Freeview - Silver.

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Sophistication and affordability in one package

Feature rich ; Connectivity ; Picture quality ; Well designed remote

Sluggish Guide Plus EPG ; Some noise in SP


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Sony RDR-HXD870 Digital Video Recorder


Sony has thrown everything into this recorder - you could probably even use it for the washing up!

The RDR-HXD870 is a magnificent hard-disk/DVD combi recorder that boasts a staggering array of features (including the all-important Series Recording) and killer performance. But the biggest bonus is the price – at just over £200 it’s much more...


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Sony RDRHXD870


The Sony RDRHXD870 appears to offer an impressive range of features -- including 1080p upscaling and a USB port -- for an attractive price.

Outlook Coming in at an affordable price point, the RDRHXD870 appears to offer an impressive range of features. Until Blu-ray recorders hit the market, a device like this is one of the few options for archiving TV recordings and home movies.

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Sony RDR-HXD870


But there are many more strings to its bow, such as the ability to upscale recordings and DVDs to 1080p, 1080i and 720p through the HDMI output. It also records onto a wide range of DVD formats, including DVD-RW and DVD+RW, plus single and dual-layer...

Series Recording, picture quality, features

Frustrating Guide Plus EPG

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Sony RDR-HXD870


The RDR-HXD870 comes from a new breed of cutting-edge digital recorders that offer 1080p upscaling, allowing you to make the most of DVDs and TV recordings on Full HD TVs. But this is merely the tip of the iceberg

Feature rich, Connectivity, Picture quality, Well designed remote

Sluggish Guide Plus EPG, Some noise in SP

Abundant features, comprehensive connections and killer 1080p picture quality combine to amazing effect

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Sony RDRHXD870


Excellent, easy to use, great build quality. Only prob I have is trying to change the input to watch something on L1 when recording digital TV (my older 760 model has no problem doing this though).

Easy to use, HDMI upscaling of Foxtel

Can't change input when recording

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Sony RDRHXD870


Very good

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Sony RDRHXD870


Love it. Replaced my old video/DVD player combo with this about 6 months ago & haven't looked back. SO easy to use - love the thumbnail pics to find what I've recorded, flexible & versatile.

Easy to use, well designed controls, mostly intelligent layout & functions. Recording is now a breeze! The Guide function (& ability to set timing recording from it) is great though it takes a LOOONNNGGG while to come up at times - which may not be...

WIsh it had an HD tuner. Dislike the startup time it takes (if the show's on already, you can't press ON & hit Record & get it going instantly). Hard to stop it Timer Recording, though I figured it out eventually

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Absolute piece of crap! I have tons of DVDs that I had recorded from TV/FOXTEL onto my old DVD recorder....they all play just fine in every other player I own. Got this one and not one of them will play....keeps saying "cannot play disc" and "no...

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Sony RDRHXD870


First one I bought I thought (and was told by Sony) that it was faulty. The playback from the hard drive would freeze, I could not access the EPG at all, nor could I access captions (or subtitles) for my hearing impaired mother. I exchanged it for a...

The A-B editing feature. Love it

Everything else. Lots of bells & whistles on paper but good luck trying to get them to work

Product Specifications


BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):GUIDE Plus+ / No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View: No


DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB Interface:No / Yes
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling:No / Yes
3D: No
3D Ready: No
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Recorder
Integrated VCR:DVD + VHS / No
Static / Portable:Static
Table / Portable:Table


Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: Yes
DVD Audio Playback: No
DVD-R Playback: Yes
DVD-RAM Playback: Yes
DVD-RW Playback: Yes
DVD+R Playback: Yes
DVD+RW Playback: Yes
HD-DVD Playback: No
PC Streaming: No
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: Yes


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording: Yes
DVD-R Recording: Yes
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: Yes
DVD+R Recording: Yes
DVD+RW Recording: Yes
HD-DVD Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No
MPEG4 Recording: No


DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby: No

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