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Trying to record off DVR

I have just purchased the Sony RDR-GX355 DVD RECORDER connected to a Phillips model:47PFL5432D/37 TV by a HDMI cable and also connected to Direct TV DVR by component cable. Last night I wanted to record a movie off the DVR so I got the movie going and hit record but nothing happened. What am I doing Wrong?

This recorder has a top box controll feature, on set up you have a few DirecTV codes that I have tried all 15 codes and that is not working either.

Your advice will be helpful.

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I feel sorry for anyone who bought this piece of junk.

Nothing but problems. Flashes in recordings when constrast and scenes change. Black and white picture when it goes nuts and very often distorted or NO sound forcing you to stop and resume. Subtitles start automatically on every disc you put in, very annoying. Sony DVD remotes don't work at all on this box, which is also frustrating if you have kids and the original remote is often missing.

I am embarrassed to own this. I misread the box thinking it had component inputs for recoding. Not HD I thought...but component is definitely acceptable. To my horror there was only composite (Yellow Red White inputs)!. It's purposely designed this way so you can't get good quality recordings. In other words whatever you connect to the YRW is going to come out VHS lousy quality on your nice set.

This is like buying a cassette player to record your CD collection. I copied a couple shows for the kids and the poor quality and strobing backgrounds were too much to stomach on my Sony HDTV. The HDMI upscaling did NOTHING to improve the picture quality. I try them both separately and then together and toggled between both inputs and while there were some color shifts there was no difference in detail. I have many years in Photoshop so I knew what I was looking for.

The upscaled image actually looked worse than the original.

The only GOOD thing about this recorder is that it has a decent laser. It plays scratched discs that I know hung up the old player and goes through the rough spots without a single skip.

It also plays DVDR's that only played on the computer before.

The Jpeg slide feature is not impressive and the times I've tried to show I was reluctant to make anyone wait around while I fumbled around with the clumsy controls.

There are some overseas Sony models that have built in digital tuner, hard drive AND dvd burner with HDMI input so you can record right off the cable or digital channel and store it and later burn to a DVD and not loose any quality.

By the time US models have any decent capability we will have moved on to some other format.

It's the same for DVD burners. The 8.5 GB disks are still +$3/ea. even though the burners have been out five years or more!

Buy yourself an HD recorder and standard DVD player.

Make sure you read the box a couple times since "near HD quality" is often touted since it's most likely Component In instead of HDMI In. Check outside of the US for the best boxes. Also keep in mind how much storage HQ you can hold. The early models only hold 30 Hrs.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008


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