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  • I recently got myself a new TV, but I was disappointed to find that it couldn't record to my regular analogue DVD recorder
  • There were so many HD/DVD recording devices, and all of them offered the best quality at unbelievably low price
  • I then came across the Sony RDR-DC505, which I decided to buy
  • Its main function is to record stuff from the TV, and I found that it did this with astonishing simplicity
  • Granted it's a bit pricey for what it is, but I found that it does a very good job of recording my favourite programs in whatever format I want without too much of a hassle

    • by James Amulyoto
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      I recently got myself a new TV, but I was disappointed to find that it couldn’t record to my regular analogue DVD recorder. This meant that I also had to get a new DVD recorder, since recording stuff from the TV is one of those life’s pleasures that I and my family simply can’t do without. I went in search for one of these, and I was immediately baffled by the sheer variety of products on the market. There were so many HD/DVD recording devices, and all of them offered the best quality at unbelievably low price. Finding the right one for me was a task, since most of them had features that I simply didn’t need or had none of the features that I required. I then

      came across the Sony RDR-DC505, which I decided to buy.

      This has a capacity of 500GB and has an inbuilt Freeview tuner. It can also pause live TV, and also has an on-screen guide. It also has direct recording, in addition to recording to nearly all formats of CD/DVD. It has 850 hours of recording time and a 32 month maximum reservation event timing function.

      This device looks like a standard DVD player, though it’s a bit bigger, presumably due to more contents. It has a selection of stickers on the lower left part of the device, showing its capabilities and features. On the right there’s a digital clock and just below this are the play, pause and stop buttons. The DVD slot is at the clock’s left.

      When I got home and unpackaged it, I went through the instruction manual and found it very easy to set up. It took me only a matter of minutes to connect the recorder to the TV, and the on-screen instructions for the set-up were very easy to follow. Once I had it all set up, I was ready to start using the machine. Its main function is to record stuff from the TV, and I found that it did this with astonishing simplicity. All I had to do was switch on the recorder and the TV, choose the program I wanted and press record. This recorder comes with a timer which allows you to schedule the recorder to start recording at a particular time, and it was very easy to understand ...


      • Sony RDR-DC505 Combined AV Recording Device
      how to use it using the user manual. One thing I loved about this recorder was the fact that it could record onto the internal drive, or onto a DVD. It can record on most DVD formats, and I normally use DVDs to record movies which I can watch later.

      Picture and sound quality from the media saved on the hard drive is very good, similar to the one recorded on DVD. However, I found that the quality of media on a DVD is also pegged to the quality of the DVD you use; several times I have used very poor quality DVDs and as a result whatever I had recorded didn’t come out as well as one would want. This device also has a conditional access module, which

      allows you to add a subscription package such as ESPN. I looked at the subscription prices for such and the cost wasn’t very encouraging, so I decided to stick to free channels at least for the time being.

      There are other similar devices on the market for much cheaper and offering the same specs, but I would be very cautious about them. With the Sony, at least I was assured of some quality, and so far I have not been disappointed. Granted it’s a bit pricey for what it is, but I found that it does a very good job of recording my favourite programs in whatever format I want without too much of a hassle. I would gladly recommend it, and I know that whoever buys it won’t get disappointed.




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