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Sony RDRGX300 vs Pioneer DVR320

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

  1. videonasty

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    OK, its a match up between the Sony RDRGX300 & the Pioneer DVR320. Which on is the better model?

    I know the Pioneer DVR320 can record on any DVD format, can the Sony also do the same? I will be mostly recording of the TV & Sky.

    Opinions please? :thumbsup:
     
  2. Benfica

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    Pioneer DVR320 only records on DVD-RW / DVD-R (Video Mode) or DVD-RW (VR mode).

    Best regards.
     
  3. videonasty

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    Sorry. Do you know how it compares with what the Sony can do?
     
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    the Sony is DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD-RW/DVD+RW Recording (dual RW compatibility).
     
  5. videonasty

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    Sweet! That looks like the better model?

    I get lost with all these numbers added onto the end of the newer models?
     
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    Getting a DVD recorder based on the formats is records onto is a bad idea - get a DVD recorder that suits your needs.

    The technical differences between DVD-RW/-R and DVD+RW/+R are minimal: the only real difference is who gets the licence fee from the media you buy and the fact that DVD-RW/-R are better supported as they are officially part of the DVD specification. Whatever format you use though the end result will be a disk that plays in most DVD players.

    First things first if you do not require iLink (for digital camcorder) then it should be between the Sony RDRGX300 and the Pioneer 220. The only major difference between the 320 and 220 is this iLink socket so if you don't need it don't pay for it. If you DO need it then don't go for the Sony as it doesn't have it (look at the next model - the RDRGX700).

    But to answer your original question:

    In the Sony's favour the machine has much better build than the Pioneer. It is a much better DVD player and, at recording lengths under 2 hours, has much better recording picture quality. It also has progressive scan output and, provided you use DVD-RW disks, you get all the features associated with DVD recorders (i.e. Timeslip, editting, playlists).

    In the Pioneer's favour you have more flexibility: it has a system of 32 recording modes so you can adapt the bitrate to fit a recording onto a disk. It also records slightly longer (2hrs 20mins) at full resolution before you get the drop in PQ.

    All this said though have you thought of machines such as the Toshiba DR3 or Panasonic E55? I personnally rate both of those above the Pioneer and in many respects above the Sony.
     
  7. videonasty

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    Thanks for excellent detailed opinion. :thumbsup: To be honest I'm probably gonna go with the Sony. I don't need the ilink, but I have a thing for Sony.

    Thanks again :)
     
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    Has the Sony RDRGX300 got the component option?
     
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    Yes - although you may have to disable RGB input to get it (I may be wrong on that - this was the case with the GX3 but I haven't tried yet with the GX300).
     

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