Sony has introduced a new range of recorders featuring hard drives and DVD writers. The RDR-HXD1095 is the flagship model, boasting a 500GB drive, analogue and digital TV tuners, and BRAVIA Sync which allows it to be controlled from the same remote control as a Sony BRAVIA TV.
As you’d expect from such a unit, there’s full PVR functionality, the ability to burn programmes to DVD, capacity for up to 1,420 hours of standard definition TV on the hard drive, and upscaling to 1080p.
Additionally, there’s a HDD camcorder connection allowing direct digital dubbing from any of Sony’s standard definition Handycam HDD camcorders, plus X-Pict Story which makes it easy to create a slideshow of images stored on the hard disc.
Even if you’ve already got a Sky HD box for recording high definition programmes, or one of the PVRs from Sky / Virgin / BT, the massive hard drive and DVD functions on this unit may still be worth considering. After all, you can never have too many boxes under your TV, can you?
Available from July, pricing to be confirmed.