Sony RDR-HXD995 review

This DVD recorder ticks all our boxes for spec and performance – and it has a gargantuan 250GB hard disk Tested at £280.00

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Our Verdict

Ticks all our boxes for spec and performance – if you want a huge hard disk, this should be your weapon of choice

For

  • Stylish, simple to use
  • good specification
  • excellent TV picture and recordings
  • good DVD picture

Against

  • Not much at all

How much TV content do you really need to keep on your recorder's hard disk? Can you settle for burning those must-see-but-actually-never-got-round-to-watching movies to a disc, or must they remain on your hard disk? And are you really going to watch the rest of Ashes to Ashes or accept it just wasn't the same?

We only ask as the premium for this, the Sony RDR-HXD995, over the cheaper RDR-HXD890, is chiefly accounted for by its monstrous 250GB hard disk.

On-screen menus are easy to navigate
The unassuming, yet stylish 'HXD995 is very easy to navigate. The connection that sets this one apart from the cheaper model is the CI slot for TV cards, should you wish to top up your channels.

Elsewhere, there's an HDMI out with 1080p upscaling, two USB ports, a DV input and a digital audio coaxial output, alongside the Scart, component and S-video selection.

There are analogue and digital tuners (digital supports pause live TV), while disc compatibility is exhaustive, with only dual layer DVD+-R/RW discs off the menu.

The icing on the cake is a clean, detailed and involving DVD picture when using the recorder's on-board scaler. Sonically this recorder is decent too, digital audio making a decent stab at filling our room and delivering detail and dynamics.

So another full thumbs-up for a Sony DVD recorder – you just have to decide how much storage you need.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Brand NameSony
Product TypeDigital Video Recorder
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberRDRHXD995B.CEK
Product NameSony RDR-HXD995
Product ModelRDRHXD995

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • RDRHXD995 Digital Video Recorder
  • 1 x RF Cable
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AA Batteries

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USB StandardUSB 2.0
SCARTYes
FireWire-iArray
Component VideoYes
USBYes
Composite VideoYes
Proprietary InterfaceG-link

Audio

Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3

Video

Video SystemPAL, SECAM
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsDVD Video, Video CD, SVCD, DivX

Physical Characteristics

Width43 cm
Depth28.8 cm
Height7.7 cm
ColourBlack
Dimensions7.7 cm (H): 43 cm (W): 28.8 cm (D)

Technical Information

Maximum Recording Time710 Hour
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes

FireWire-i

LINKYes

Image

Image FormatsJPEG

Storage

Hard Drive Capacity250 GB