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Sony RDR-HX510S - under £300 and an easy bypass for copy protection

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by ejay26, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. ejay26

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    Hi,

    After reading some great Best Buy reviews I decided to go for a Sony RDR-HX510S.
    The high street price seems to be around £400, with the cheapest on-line coming in at just under £300 from some dodgy sounding companies around Birmingham.
    Dixons on-line (www.dixons.co.uk) have it listed @ £314 + £6 delivery, so I didn't mind paying a bit extra for a reputable name.
    At the checkout I was prompted for a Promotion Code, and a quick search on Google gave me the code DISCOUNT25 which knocked £25 off the price!
    I ordered on Monday evening and it arrived via DHL (with on-line tracking reference) on Wednesday afternoon - all for £296, you can't beat it.

    I'm very impressed with the machine, it does everything it says on the box and oozes quality.
    I tried to record a Blockbusters DVD and it politely declined because it was copy protected.
    However, I put the DVD into my portable Goodmans player and connected it to the Sony's front AV input (Line 2) and hey presto - it recorded straight to DVD-R with no problems.

    I think this could be the start of a beautiful relationship!

    Eddie

    (I'd be interetsed if anyone can recommend a good universal remote control, as the Sony's doesn't work my LG TV, as I hoped it would, and I'm now drowning in a sea of remotes!)
     
  2. pjskel

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    Harmony 688 - £100 ish, but very nice. Tendancy to eat batteries every 10-21 weeks with typical use, so you may want to consider the 850 with its colour display (touch) and recharging station for £125 ish.
     
  3. denbighG

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    Forgive my ignorance, but isnt copy protection a DIGITAL thing? I think you are connecting an analogue signal to the AV input, or am I wrong about that?
     
  4. ejay26

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    It probably is an analogue signal going back in.
    I'm no purist - but the quality of the copy is very good.
    The other benefit is that it's a disc to disc copy, so it saves time over dumping to HDD then dubbing back to DVD.

    Eddie
     
  5. denbighG

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    Yes.. digital signals are put in/out over an optical link, exclusively, I think.

    I used to get almost digital quality reception of terrestrial TV, and now do in France, which went onto my high-cost-quality VHS recorder. I can easily compare the two: digital source vs analogue source, and I cant see that much in it. I repeat, I use(d) high quality stuff, not the cheapo rubbishy VHS recorders which flooded the market in the last 8-10years.

    So, it is consistent that the recordings via analogue should be pretty damn good. :cool:
     

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