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Sony RDR-HXD970

alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 reviews of Sony RDR-HXD970. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews. Reviews about the design and image quality are overall positive. Some have doubts about the reliability, while reviews about the size and price are mixed.

usability, image quality, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Sony RDR-HXD970 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 user reviews of Sony RDR-HXD970 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other DVD Players on Reviews about the design and image quality are generally positive. Many are less positive about the size and reliability, and there are some mixed views about the price.

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98% 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

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: (

Sony RDR-HXD970 review


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

Aug, 2007

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony RDR-HXD970


A lot of freeview channels found. Hard disk has been reliable and I have copied onto DVD which is good.

I found the set-up really hard to understand. I wanted to just organise the freeview and the TV (without having a Sky box) and this proved to be quite timeconsuming and frustrating. I telephoned the Sony shop in Southampton and they helped me...

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: Chris (

Sony RDR-HXD970


Ease of setting recording. Title lists.

Sometimes doesn't record for no apparent reason

Feb, 2010

Consumer review by: James (

Sony RDR-HXD970


Easy to use guide and recording features, HDMI output with upscaling for DVD's, ability to copy DVD's that you have recoded yourself easily, big hard drive.

Unable to link record from Sony TV's using the TV guide, unable to record from digital and analog tuners at the same time.

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: Malcolm (

Sony RDR-HXD970


The simplicity of it use and its general convenience ie not having to get recordable DVD's ready at the time you want to record. Record what ever you want, when you want at the press of a button and transpose onto a DVD if or when you want at a later...

None experienced so far. Wife now records soap operas!

May, 2008

Consumer review by: geoffrey (

Sony RDR-HXD970


The Sony is very good at what it does and is very straightforward to use, the picture and sound quality is good. The set is is quick and straightforward.

The machine is very loud when it is switched on and even when in standby the motor unit comes on randomly for an extended period of time and is disturbing if you want to sit quitely and read.

May, 2008

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony RDR-HXD970


Mostly Integrated with Sony LCD Bravia 46" set. Can play music and display photo's from USB stick Good reording from Programme Guide

Channels slightly different to LCD Bravia. Remote Control not as intuitive as would expect

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: dicky1968 (



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...

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: Alan (

Sony RDR-HXD970


Excellent Pictures and Sound. It is user friendly. I am using a HDMI cable f connecting the recorder to my Sony Bravia LCD Television.

I have not found any yet.

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

HD out of date


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

Feb, 2008