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Sony GX3 or Pioneer 220

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by AlexR, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. AlexR

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    Hello

    Having read this forum over the last month, I've come to the conclusion that I need either a Sony GX3 or Pioneer 220. I've decided to purchase a DVD writer for my PC for camcorder footage and will wait for Telewest to match Sky+ (admittedly, could be a long wait!). I have a girl of 2 who will be able to reach the recorder !! I also have another DVD player, in another room, that does not support DVD-RAM.

    I do need RGB In and Out.

    Should I buy a Sony GX3 now or wait for the Pioneer 220? Any opinions on quality or noise would be appreciated. Is there any other machines I should look at.

    Any help appreciated.

    Regards
    Alex
     
  2. kingsize

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    Purchased the GX3 one week ago after 2 years of misery with a Philips 880.

    Superb build quality, silent running, fantastic record and playback picture quality, v. good quality on extended record modes, very legible display on main unit, best remote control I have used...

    As to disc editing DVD-RW in VR mode is superb and intuitive; DVD+RW is stripped down (ie no a-b edits, more linear type of recording) but still very good.

    Compatablity vey good. RGB in and out.

    Honestly, cant reccommend it highly enough.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. Rasczak

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    Of the two the Sony GX3 is the superior machine quality-wise: it has a high quality DAC, component output (interlaced only) and is, of course, dual format. However the Pioneer has numerous features above and beyond the Sony:
    - Time-Slip & Chasing Playback
    - Disc navigation thumbnail chapter view
    - NTSC/PAL Recording
    - MP3 and WMA playback (on CD-R)
    - Jpeg Photo Viewer (including support for Kodak CD and Fuji Colour CD)
    Crucially the Pioneer also has more recording modes - it has 32 in all - whereas the Sony only has 6.

    Toshiba DR2 might be worth a look - will have full RGB input/output and support DVD-RW, DVD-R and DVD-RAM - but this might be a month or so before release yet.

    Be aware of the new Sony models on the horizon as well - these will be effectively the same as the GX3/GX7 but will offer Timeslip (on DVD-RW only) and DVD+R recording. They will likely be expensive though whereas the Sony GX3 is now available at (almost) normal DVDR prices. The new machines will be announced in September.
     

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