Sony unveiled a lineup of dual compatible +RW/- RW DVD home recorders. They're designed for both first time users as well as sophisticated time shifters and produce high quality DVD recording and unsurpassed picture performance from a variety of original sources.
Compatible with popular DVD+RW/+R and DVD-RW/-R discs, the new DVD recorders give
users the widest selection of recording and viewing choices. The three new models
also incorporate several picture improvement technologies to create enhanced DVD
recordings and an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI). In addition, these
models offer easy recording from broadcast programs via off-air antenna, cable, or
The new RDR-GX300 includes many advanced features found in last year's model such as the proprietary Precision Cinema Progressive™, a DVD playback technology which incorporates Pixel-by-Pixel I/P Conversion technology to augment and balance DVD-video elements. Additionally, a 12bit/108MHz Video D/A Converter ensures high picture quality.
It also features Time Base Correction, Pre Frame Noise Reduction and Pre-video
Equalizer technologies that rebalance and equalize video content before it is
recorded onto a DVD, improving the original source content even before the encoding
process begins. This impressive process is especially beneficial when recording from
lower resolution video sources such as VHS tapes and older camcorder media formats.
In the output phase, the RDR-GX300's Post Frame Noise Reduction, Block Noise
Reduction and Video Equalizer technologies combine to produce a richly textured
visual rendition while minimizing picture interference caused by background
artifacts or distortion.
New features added to the recorder include chasing playback, simultaneous recording
and playback (DVD-RW VR mode). Chasing playback allows viewers to rewind the recorded material while it's still recording to view and catch up to the real time recording. Simultaneous recording and playback allows viewers to watch pre-recorded content while recording new content on the same disc.
Another convenience feature new to the recorder is its ability to control satellite
receivers and cable boxes through the unit's IR blaster. Instead of fumbling with
two remote controls when using the "timer" function to record your favorite program,
the RDR-GX300 remote control allows users to select the channel directly from the
set top boxes.
The RDR-GX300 DVD dual RW recorder will be available in July for about $500.