Japanese Pioneer announced today three new HDD/DVD recorders supporting the HDD add-on function, the DVR-540H (160 GB HDD), the DVR-640H (250 GB HDD), and the DVR-RT50H (combination VHS/DVD with a 160 GB built-in HDD), and a 250 GB add-on hard disk drive HDD-S250.
All of the three new HDD/DVD recorders can simply connect to the HDD-S250, an add-on HDD, to hold additional storage space of 250 GB. It allows users to copy recordings between the built-in HDD and the add-on HDD connected to the recorder, set timer recording directly to the add-on HDD, and select chase play during recording onto the add-on HDD.
The new recorders offer various functions including: the Simple Remote Control to help even entry-level users easily and smoothly record and playback, Disc Navigation's quick view mode where the thumbnail video plays short excerpts from throughout the selected title, and Jukebox to store and playback WMA/MP3 data on the recorders' HDDs as well as music CDs.
Pioneer HDD add-on compatible HDD/DVD recorders and add-on HDD will be available in Japan in April and late June 2006 respectively. No retail prices are suggested.
[Common for DVR-540H, DVR-640H and DVR-RT50H]
The HDD-S250, 250 GB add-on HDD, can be easily connected to the new recorders. By replacing the add-on HDD, users can increase the available space for recording as many times as needed. Dubbing between the built-in HDD and HDD add-on connected to the recorder, timer recording directly to the add-on HDD and chase play of recordings stored on add-on HDD are possible.
New Disc Navigation- Quick-View mode
When in the Disc Navigator, the thumbnail video plays short excerpts from throughout the selected title. It allows users to locate their desired recording easier.
The new DVD recorders support the recording and playback of Dual Layer DVD-R, DVD+R Double Layer, DVD-RAM*3, DVD+R/+RW, and DVD-R/DVD-RW discs, including the VR-mode recording to a Dual Layer DVD-R disc.
For additional information visit http://www.pioneer.co.jp