SONY or PIONEER

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  1. banyantree

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    I am considering buying either a SONY RDR-HX900 or HX1000 or a PIONEER DVR-720H.

    I have a Pioneer PDP-434HDE, Pioneer DV-969AVi and Pioneer VSX-AX5i-G.

    My main requirements are: hard disk size, ease of use, format compatability and of course picture quality. Since I will be more than likely using the 969 to view any recordings I will not be using it as my main source as a player.
    Cost is also not really a concern.

    I would prefer a player with i-link to avoid buying additional cables.

    Most of the major magazines are raving about the new SONY however I am curious as to how the Pioneer performs.

    Any advice?

    cheers.
     
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    From comments elsewhere in this forum, the Sony's editing is pretty limited. IMHO the Pioneer's is flexible and easy to use. They call a recording a Title...
    You can divide titles, combine them for copying to DVD (some restrictions regarding aspect ratio combinations) erase sections within a title (e.g. ads), insert chapter marks.
    When copying HDD to DVD all the editing can be done in the Copy List, leaving the HDD undisturbed.
    Piioneer also has 32 recording modes in units of 15, 10 and 5 minutes from 6 hours to 1 hour per DVD.
    This means you can record to HDD in the mode which will fit your target DVD best when copied (bearing in mind copyright rules), without resampling.
    e.g. a 2hr 15 min film is too long for an standard SP DVD and not long enough to drop to LP. So you use MN19 at 2hr 20 mins. The High Speed copy creates the DVD in the same mode.
    The four standard modes are as normal, e.g. SP = 2hrs and is same as MN21.
    You can download the Pio manual from Support in http://www.pioneer.co.uk/uk/body.jsp
    I know if no advantages in having +R(W) as well as -R(W). If you want DVD editing you can use -RW disks in VR mode.
     
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    Well done, eddyad
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    Moreover Pio can read DVD+R ( what I've discovered lately ) :clap: .
     
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    thanks eddyad.

    will probably opt for the Pioneer given your information.
    It looks a lot sleeker too.
    was really hoping that the pioneer would have HDMI however i guess i can live with component seeing as my main source the 969 had HDMI.
    The i-link connection is located at the front of the recorder and I was wandering if it was any use connecting this upto my ax5i? It would appear that its more useful for camcorder editing which i am not interested in.
    any thoughts?
     
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    The PIoneer does not have Component Video output. It has Composite, s-video and RGB.
    I think the Panasonic and Toshiba have Component output.
     
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    The Pioneer has Component out but not IN. Only RCA and S video.
    Just bought my set and cannot believe how slim it actually is.
    Editing is a complete breeze and picture quality is superb although not as good as the 969 (obviously)
    still playing around with it but so far so good.
     
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    UK models do not have component.
     
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    I forgot you guys use scart instead of component.
    We also get to buy the equipment out here very cheap.
    The recorder cost me S$1300 which is about 405 pounds!!!
    Anyone coming out here on holiday should seriously consider buying your hardware here.
     

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