Sony rdr-gx3

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  1. bluesfan

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    If anyone is looking for a simple dvd recorder without HD I can recommend. Quality is second to none, menus easy to use. Only a few left as Sony new models soon.

    Having sent back Philips dvd80 and Pioneer 420 I should know as I'm fussy.

    Got mine in black from Germany £250.
     
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    Other posts on this model have suggested that although the picture quality is impressive, the fan can be quite noisey.

    What's your opinion? With the TV off and standing about 2 metres away what's the noise like?
     
  3. bluesfan

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    All fans are noisy whatever people say. Slightly bigger fan more hum than whine.
    I thought the fan was less noisy than the Pioneer 420 but then that it combined with the HD.

    I am considering fitting a fanmate but up to now isn't too bad and I sit 3ft away.
     
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    I have just got GX3, to replace my Philips 880 (I know!); had changed it for a Philips D70 (my transitional machine before a new HDD/DVDR Digital, probably next gen Toshiba), but took this back quickly when Sony's came down in price. Can use all my many +RW discs, but can now buy new -RW discs ready for new machine. Sony can act as a secondary recorder then.

    Fan noise minimal; I sit close to it, and no difference from Philips (if not less!).

    Only thing I miss is 2h:30min rec mode which I had on Philips, and can't edit anything on +RW; and -RW VR mode is not compatible with portable player or any other players I have, so basically lost editing capability if using on other machines. But I can live with that. Sony feels a much better quality machine. Heartily recommend it; although I have had it only a couple of days!
     
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    If you have a PC then why not follow the VR to DVD-R conversion guide found here. If you don't already have one PC DVD burners can be picked up from £50.

    Depending on how long you spend on menus etc the conversion can take just minutes of your time (and maybe an hour of processing/burning on your PC). On the other hand if you become a menu/chapter point perfectionist then it can take hours ;)
     
  6. bluesfan

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    I use a Plexor 708a on my pc. It supports both +rw and -rw.
    The editing issue is no big deal; to be honest I haven't the time to take out adverts.
    Design wise it's the best looking dvd recorder about (esp in blk). Ugly Panasonic take a lesson.
     
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    Thank you Rasczak; the only error you make is responding to me as if I was anything other than cheap! All the recordings I would use on a portable are going to be temporary recordings, so wouldn't waste -R on that! Thanks for tip though. I have simple requirements really; best thing is the quality of the recordings from Sky rather than any other editing requirements.

    Also thanks for all your comments to everyone; extremely illuminating, (I don't know where you get the time, you need to watch more TV like me),
    especially on next generation HDD/digital recorders; I think I might skip the Sony (appears they have just one an award) and wait for the Toshiba next year.
     
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    It works with DVD-RW, DVD+RW and DVD+R too ;) but I get your point.
     
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    Can you make the gx3 multi region,just bought one.
    As for fan noise,hardly noticable tbh.
     
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    The fan noise on the Sony is not noticeable...build quality and picture quality as well as ease of use are all A+. I will highly recommend it, especially as the price is plummeting due to the release of the new model. I am in the process of making mine multi region. Will keep you posted. It is supposed to be a simple remote control hack.
     
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    am looking too,cheers.
     
  12. Hyp3rion

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    I also have the rdr gx3, nice machine. The fan is audiable but you only notice it when you turn the tv off for bed ;)
    I got mine chipped almost straight away from DvD codes , they sent a hacked remote along with a prepaid recorded delivery slip so you can send the remote back afterwards :clap:
     
  13. paulr

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    So how does that work then?
     
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    They send you a preprogrammed remote, you point and push the red button, machine goes beep, send remote back :cool:
     
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    A bit concerned about how safe it is though,i'd rather sony did it for me.
     

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