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Sony RDR-HXD970

Sony RDR-HXD970
alaScore 78

105 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 105 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the reliability and value for money are on the whole positive. The design and image quality are also appreciated.

usability, image quality, design, value for money, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Sony RDR-HXD970 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Sony RDR-HXD970


alaTest has collected and analysed 69 user reviews of Sony RDR-HXD970 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on

usability, image quality, design, value for money, reliability

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony RDRHXD970 - 250GB Hard Drive DVD Recorder With FreeviewSony RDRHXD970 - 250GB Hard Drive DVD Recorder With Freeview

Expert review by:

Stuff magazine


Sony has thus far proven to be master of the DVD recording universe. And its latest hard-drive offering is its best yet

If you want the best, this is it. A peerless fusion of style and performance with an idiot-proof menu system

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I was looking to buy a HDD recorder for a while. After reading some reviews and visiting my local shop, I decided to hand my money over and buy the Sony D970B. I have been blown away by how easy this is to use, and paired with my 32 Sony Bravia LCD...


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HD out of date


HD out of date, surely a blue ray dvd recorder is on it's way, this one is yesterdays technology?...

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A heap of rubbish - avoid !


I have had this Sony RDRHXD970 DVD recorder for a couple of months now and quite frankly I wish I had never bought it !...

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Sony RDRHXD970/870/770 or Panasonic EX77 ???? or a Humax


I spent ages researching all this, a good 2 months. I was going to buy the sony 970 but at the last minute changed my mind and got...

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Excellent DVD recorder


We bought this Sony RDRHXD970 DVD recorder HDD two months ago and we are really impressed by all its functionalities. HDD recordin...

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Sony RDRHXD970B DVD Recorder 250GB HDD


This was a replacement for a Panasonic DHR95H.

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AVI's through USB port and on internal HDD


I've setup easier DVD devices than the Sony RDRHXD970 HDD DVD recorder - this was a bit frustrating, but got it to my satifaction ...

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No automatic buffering.


I was about to buy this Sony RDRHXD970 HDD DVD recorder to replace an old philips hd recorder when I saw the 'pause live tv' featu...

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sony new dvd recorders for 2007


The Sony RDRHXD970 HDD DVD recorder is a very good machine i bought the 970 to replace my sony rdrhx510 , but what many people won...


Product Specifications


BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):GUIDE Plus+
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: Yes
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling: Yes
3D: No
3D Ready: No
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Recorder
Integrated VCR: 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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