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The digital switch over made my trusty video tape recorder defunct, so I bought a RDR-HXD790B a couple of months ago.
Like its name, the instruction manual is far from user-friendly (it's a weighty 167 page tome.) I think this is because it can offer a massive amount of features and is compatible with a wide variety of hardware.
Unlike its operating manual, the recorder itself is very user-friendly and has a good selection of useful features. It offers the facility to record a whole season in one go and to pause live TV. The 120 GB hard-drive allows you to record about 20 hours of HQ TV. (You can water down the quality of the recording to extend this time.)
Whilst the recorder has many excellent points, it also has some drawbacks. Here are a couple of them:
When viewing the 'guide' dialogue box, the volume and picture are lost.
You are unable to scroll down page by page when viewing the 'guide' facility.
There is a distracting bright blue or bright yellow button on the front of the recorder, which stays on all the time.
The remote control's design is far from ergonomic - The channel up/down buttons are placed at the very top of the remote - not thought out at all.
There is only one tiny exit button (I don't think it will last!) There is no "swap" button to flick between 2 channels.
Despite these relatively minor problems, this is a fantastic bit of kit. I would certainly buy it again.
You can record hours offilms and TV programmes on the Sony RDR-HXD790B's 120 GB internalhard drive. What's more, this device uses upscaling to deliver 1080p high-definition imagesfor all your DVDs, and the RDR HXD -790B can read DivX and record to DVD-/+R and-/+RW. It also has a built-in Freeview tuner so you can also enjoy loads ofdigital TV channels. The RDR HXD 790 B is a fully-functional device that can beused to store JPEG photos and MP3 music files, and with its built-in USB 2.0 ports,data transfer is quick and easy. This player and recorder also has PictBridgecompatibility, a DV entry and HDMi port. With the RDR-HXD790B DVD player and recorder you canenjoy all your favourite TV programmes in HD, over and over again!