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Review Of Sony GX3

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Rasczak, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. Rasczak

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    For those interested there is a review of the Sony GX3 in the latest issue of Home Cinema Choice. Rated 4/5 overall; Highs were style, picture and sound; lows were component output issues and boring disk menus.

    Review doesn't seem upto the normal callibre of HCC IMHO. They neglect to mention the machine writes to DVD-R for example :eek: Nevertheless worth a read if your considering this machine (which offers a cheap , full equipped DVD-RW recording with RGB in).
     
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    Desperately trying to refrain from this GX3 (or pss GX7) as my old Sony player packed up after 14m... and I really want a (MULTI REGION!) Pio 5100!!!

    When they say boring menu's what exactly do they mean? Anyone any first hand experience?

    I thought the menu's on my old Pio 7000 were pretty crap - are they an advance on those?

    Is the review online anywhere?

    Ta!
     
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    do you look at the menu when watching a film or recording????
     
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    No but you don't look at the film when you're using the menu.

    Do you look at you're DVD recorder when you watch the film? You still don't want a horrible looking one...
     
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    have you seen the sony ITS PURE HORNY :devil:
     
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    What issues there are with component output?
    Does GX3 convert all inputs to component (scart rgb in to component out)?
     
  7. Rasczak

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    The 'issues' with the GX3 component output are that if you select it, you can't use RGB in/out (without disabling the component output). Also the output is not progressive - but you probably knew that already.
     
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    I could have lived without progressive scan but not being able to convert rgb input to component is a deal breaker for me. Does GX7 have same limitations?
     
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    I think so - I can check for you at the weekend if you like. Or perhaps a GX7 owner could run a quick test?
     
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    Thr GX3 looksamazing, and I would love to get it in black (sad, but would go with everything else on display). Sony say it is not available in UK in black, but is in europe but can't (or won't) confirm compatability.

    Does anyone know if european machines would be compatible in UK? I have a Loewe Aventos TV.
     
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    Rasczak, if it is no problem please check.
     
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    From speaking to a friend who owns the Sony it seems it does feature the same limitation re the Component connection.
     
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    I own a GX7 ; unfortunately, it is either RGB in/out OR component out. GX3 has the same functionality.
     
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    hey xyberbat whats your view on the pq of dvds on the gx7
     
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    Pre-rec or recorded.

    Pre-rec are as good as any player I've owned (including Pioneer 737, Sony 900 etc). Sound is stunning and better (IMO) than the HS2 I had. Picture is in my eyes better than the HS2 which I feel didn't handle black very well.

    Recorded are superb on top 3 settings (ie60-120 m) excellent on 180 (pixellisation only visible on fade out) and merely very good on the rest.

    HTH!
     
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    clh if you dont mind could you please let me know hat settings on your dvdr are set to you know bnr etc ps what tv you got not being nosey interested
     
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    TBH mate after having them set at some levels I returned them all to 0. I think I may have left colour at +1 but that's it!
     
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    My TV is a 28" Sony KV28WS35 (the Silver flatscreen one). No complicated setup other than turning brightness up.
     
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    I pretty much agree with what CLH stated wrt PQ. My "old" player is a Pioneer 535, and the GX7 is far superior in all aspects to that. Before the SONY, I had a Philips DVDR1000 recorder, which I am glad to be rid of. For stereo CD playback, I still prefer my Pioneer DVL919e as a transport.
    I played around with the video and recording settings, and then finally returned them all to 0, except when I record from VHS tapes; then I use a video NR setting of 2. (rest=0)
    Viewing is done via a Sony VW10HT projector on a 108" diag. white screen, or on a 32" widescreen Philips TV, using RGB from SCART; Amp lifier is Pioneer AX10, all audio connections are digital.
     
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    Ditto - looking back I still can't believe I paid almost £1000 for that machine!
     
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    I picked up a copy of 'Essential Home Cinema' today and was a bit concerned about their review of the GX3 - they basically slated it's pre-recorded DVD playback quality, in particular "Heavy pixelation and blocking on facial areas".

    This seems to be in contradiction to everything else I've heard about the Sony, including the review in 'What Video and Widescreen TV'.

    Most of the good comments in this thread about playback refer to the GX7, rather than the cheaper model.

    I was just about to order one but doubts are creeping in. Are there any GX3 owners out there who can reassure me?
     
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    I wouldn't think the internals on DVD playback are any different at all.

    And I CAN confirm the GX7 has superb playback quality.
     
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    Slix,
    I have had the Sony GX3 for 3 weeks now and have redorded from TV almost evryday since I bought it and have excellent results everytime.

    I have watched 3 pre-recorded films (all of which I have on VHS) and the Sound and Picture are excellent on the GX3. Makes a VHS picture look Pants!!!!

    It's a cracking machine and I am glad I bought it.
    If you have any doubts about the Sony GX3, Don't.

    Buy it with confidence :clap: .
    You'll not be sorry.

    ATB
     
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    Thanks CLH and mark67 - much appreciated.
     
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    Does anyone know how to change the rf channel on the gx3?!

    cheers.
     

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