Sony announced the RDR-HX900, a Dual RW compatible recorder with a high-capacity 160 GB hard disk drive and an advanced on-screen TV program guide.
The RDR-HX900 is compatible with DVD+RW/+R and DVD-RW/-R disc formats. For simple and precise screen navigation, it includes an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) and allows recording from broadcast programs via off-air antenna, cable, or satellite receivers.
Featuring a 160 GB hard disc drive, users can record and store up to 204 hours of their favorite TV shows on the RDR-HX900 recorder.In addition, the timer recording feature takes the hassle out of recording TV programs through an easy on-screen program guide.
The RDR-HX900 can record at HQ+ mode in the hard disk drive, which is approximately 1.5 times greater than the highest possible bit rate recording on DVD. The HQ+ mode, along with Dynamic Variable Bit Rate, provide high picture quality and especially beneficial when recording quick and complex motion images or playback from the HDD. In addition, the RDR-HX900 features 24 times high speed dubbing from HDD in SLP recording mode to a DVD disc.
The RDR-HX900 also provides seamless integration with compatible camcorders through its front panel i.LINK® interface for DV/D8 connection for easy tape to disc content transfer.
The RDR-HX900 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.
In the output phase, the RDR-HX900 recorder employs 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.
The new recorder also incorporates proprietary DVD playback technology called Precision Cinema Progressive™, 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 picture quality.
The RDR-HX900 will be available in November for about $1,000.