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Sony RDR-HX900

Sony RDR-HX900
alaScore 76

229 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 229 reviews of Sony RDR-HX900. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Sony RDR-HX900 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 229 reviews)

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony RDR-HX900


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony RDR-HX900 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other DVD Players on

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony RDRHX900 DVD Recorder with 160GB Hard Drive

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony RDR-HX900


alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of Sony RDR-HX900 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on

67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony RDR-HX900 DVD Recorder with 160 GB Hard Disk Recorder

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Ben Patterson (

Sony RDR-HX900


Review: When we first laid eyes on the gorgeous silver faceplate of Sony's new 160GB DVR/DVD recorder combo, we could barely wait to hook it up to our home theater. Our pulse quickened when we beheld the easy setup and the oh-so-cool animated menus,...

Excellent recording quality; high-speed DVR-to-DVD dubbing; sleek design; cool animated menus; top-notch connectivity options

Ballyhooed TV Guide programming guide doesn't work with digital cable or satellite; half-baked DVR functionality; no repeat modes; pricey

Sony's slick, promising 160GB DVR and DVD recorder combo is hobbled by a well-nigh useless programming guide.

Oct, 2004

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Sony RDR-HX900 DVD Recorder review

Apr, 2005

Expert review by: Jeremy Roche (

Sony RDR-HX900


Sony's flagship DVD recorder supports a wide range of DVD formats and has a 160GB hard drive that can store up to 204 hours of video.

Supports +R and -R DVD media ; 160GB hard disk can record up to 204 hours of video ; Plenty of A/V connections, including digital audio ; Animated menus ; High-speed dubbing from HDD to DVD

Can't pause live TV ; No electronic program guide ; Expensive

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Mar, 2005

Consumer review by: schnegcj (

Great, but not perfect


I love this DVR. I have not made the leap to digital and use regular cable so it's almost perfect for my needs. The EPG works fine with the TV Guide information provided by my cable system. There are 2 major flaws that drive me nuts. First, I cannot...

Quality of video, loaded with flexible features

Won't read disks from computer

Jul, 2005

Consumer review by: drumboney (

Not good for digital cable and sattelite receivers


Although I know Sony as an incredible TV manufacturer, my KV-40XBR800 and other Trinitron models have really treated me well, they are practicing questionable ethics. While other people are reporting similar grievances with other companies (Pioneer...

Beautiful design, good recordings

See my review please

May, 2005

Consumer review by: Z3Roadstar (

Unless you specifically want to record in DVD-RW, get a Panasonic instead


Very unimpressed. The #1 flaw is that it will not allow you to divide a title after saving to the hard drive. Other makes do. ... What to divide a 3-hour program into 2 1:30 programs after saving? Forget it! ... Will not let you set thumbnails that are...

Handles high-speed motion, few artifacts

Lacks features that cheaper Panasonics have for less money

Apr, 2005

Consumer review by: jobiwan (

Fantastic unit with lots of capabilities


This is my 2nd DVD recorder (my 1st was a Philips) and I am delighted with it! TV Guide set itself up within 3 hours, I've used it to make timer recordings with no problem, and YES, WITH DIGITAL CABLE. I split the incoming cable from the wall and ran...

Extremely versatile, huge capacity, easy to learn how to use. Easy setup

Wish editing features were a bit better

Mar, 2005

Consumer review by: (

A really nice unit


Feature Rich! Excellent well built unit. Large HD. Sony quality and service is excellent compared to others

Timer recording adds one minute at beginning and end of recording, very annoying. A - B delete does not allow precise editing. No DirectTV Sat guide or TIVO interface. Can not pass through HDTV signal through component inputs and outputs

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: (

TV guide does work!


I read several user opinions about the TV Guide not working with the Sony RDR-HX900 and digital cable, and almost didn't buy this product. While it did take the better part of a day (as suggested in the manual) for the TV guide to sink with my digital ca

I haven't uncovered any

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: (

A very useful product


Very easy to use. Hassle free recording. Easy editing and dubbing from firewire hanycam

Can not divide a title up into smaller titles on HDD, only from CD-RW using playlists. Does not handle JPEG or Picture cd

Feb, 2005

Product Specifications

Sony has pioneered home digital recording with the launch of the first full dual RW/R DVD recorder with massive hard disk drive capacities. The high-end model, RDR-HX900, not only offers dual RW/R format compatibility with high-capacity hard disk drive storage, but also longer video recording time at a much higher picture quality level. With massive hard disk drive capacities of 160GB, the RDR-HX900 enables users to store up to 204 hours of recordings in the longest recording mode (equivalent to 34 DVD discs). The RDR-HX900 is full dual RW/R compatible (recording and playback of both DVD+RW/-RW and DVD+R/-R), giving users the widest selection of recording and viewing choices and ensuring hassle-free sharing of recorded DVDs with friends and family. All in all, the RDR-HX900 is the "must have" digital recording solution to replace the VCR. Sony lets users create high-quality DVDs by making sure that its recorders recreate the video source signals as accurately as possible. The RDR-HX900 features recording in the new HQ+ mode. By recording on the hard disk drive at a rate of 15Mbps (normal rate: 9Mbps), users can achieve recordings at a higher quality level than standard DVD discs. By using Dynamic Variable Bit Rate (VBR) dubbing to a DVD disc, superior quality DVD recordings are obtained, as quick and complex motion images are captured more precisely. Two-Pass Encoder Technology used by commercial production companies to author pre-recorded DVDs has been adapted for the RDR-HX900's Dynamic VBR Dubbing. The RDR-HX900 is equipped with advanced technologies not only in the encoding process, but also in the "pre-/post-encoding processes". In pre-encoding stage, Time Base Correction, Pre Frame Noise Reduction and Pre Video Equalizer technologies are employed. In post-encoding stage, Frame Noise Reduction, Block Noise Reduction, and Video Equalizer are employed to create rich, balanced images and to minimize picture interference. Sony's proprietary Precision Cinema Progressive Technology, which incorporates Pixel-by-Pixel I/P Conversion and V-edge Compensation technologies are employed to augment and balance video elements. The RDR-HX900 is also equipped with a 12bit/108MHz D/A Converter to deliver exceptional picture quality. Users can record, playback, store and edit TV and home movie footage quickly and easily. It has never been easier to create users' own DVDs - perfect for would-be filmmakers. Sony's i.LINK technology lets users plug in a compatible camcorder and, with one touch of a button, transfer camcorder footage to the HDD or DVD. They can also select scenes on camcorder and then record their selection automatically to DVD and HDD. When transferring HDD recorded contents to DVD, users can select the best way of dubbing for ideal recording. High Speed Dubbing allows users to make copy quickly (up to 24 times speed) without any picture quality degradation. Rec. Mode Conversion Dubbing allows users to change the recording quality to archive the long time recorded title in one disc. The RDR-HX900 offers a user-friendly Advanced Graphical User Interface (GUI) and G-Code timer recording functions. Simultaneous record and playback enables users to record and play back from both the HDD and DVD (DVD-RW VR mode only). Chasing playback allows them to watch while they can record and even skip scenes to catch up with real time. The recorded titles are comfortably displayed with thumbnail images that make accessing content simple.

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Type:DVD recorder


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Product Line:Sony

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