|Sony RDR-GX355 DVD Player w/Remote|
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|DVD Type||DVD Player|
|Built-In Combo Features||DVR/Hard Drive Recorder|
|Number Of Discs||1|
|Playable Disc Formats||DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R Dual Layer, DVD-RW, SVCD, VCD|
|Features||Letter Box Conversion, Pan & Scan Conversion, Parental Lock, Progressive Scan, Upscaling, Upconverting|
|Playable File Formats||JPEG, MP3|
|Progressive Scan||With Progressive Scan|
|Video Output System||NTSC|
|Video Upconversion||1080i (HDTV), 720p (HDTV)|
|Audio DAC||32 bit|
|Surround Sound||DTS (Digital out only), Dolby Digital (Digital out only), Virtual Surround|
|Inputs||S-Video x 1, iLINK DV Input|
|Outputs||Component x 1, Digital Audio Coaxial RCA, HDMI, S-Video|
Average review score based on 8 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I am a video pro who makes cable TV shows. I use Final Cut Pro - Studio 2 and DVD studio pro to make DVDs. These tools do a high quality job and there are none that are better. However, my 4 core Mac Pro still can take hours to render and compress the files. Sometimes things need to air in short order!
Using a Matrox MXO box, broadcast quality SD video comes of the extra DVI port off the computer. S-Video output goes to Line 2 input on the DVD recorder. Audio comes from a USB audio output box. A simple play on the computer and pressing record on the DVD recorder makes for a good quality DVD recording that can air from the playback center at the local cable company.
I have 2 things that I did not like:
1) The new Sony formats form folders that are "Locked" when opened on the desktop. The VIDEO_TS and AUDO_TS folders can not be seen. This reduces the software that can be used to re-import video into Final Cut Pro (FCP). I can use HandBreak to make MP4 video files, but those files don't import into FCP currently. I wish Sony had an option to turn this locking off.
2) There is an iLink IEEE 1394 port on the recorder. It would be nice if there was a way to output directly from the computer's FireWire port into this to burn a DVD directly by making the DVD recorder act like a tape deck.
Price wise - the recorder is a great price for what it does. The Matrox MXO is $1000 though which is a bit pricy as a combo with the DVD recorder.
I purchased two of these DVD recorders, one connected using HDMI, the other using component cables. The quality of picture using HDMI is remarkable. Almost life like. I have seen BluRay and this is close as you can get without the expense. The record feature is very easy to use. I recommend these players for the price as these are high quality devices for very reasonable prices.
I like the ease of setting up a recording session and the easiness of the setup for use. I have had many Sony VCR's and TV's before so I had an idea what to expect and I was not disappointed. The input selection is great as well as the variety of recording times. Overall this machine lives up to the Sony name for a quality system. I have had trouble with previous DVD recorders in the way it did not finish a good disk but not on this machine. It was so easy to do my first recording on it with minimal setup and a finished disk worked terrific with no problem setting up the title and finalizing it at the end. Overall this machine should be easy for a first timer as well as a old pro at recording their favorite videos.
I purchased a Sony RDR-GX355 DVD Recorder/Player almost a week ago and receiced it in 4 days from Miami,FL to CO.
After opening the box and getting it hooked up to my system, the unit performs flawlessly and has more features than I ever dreamed it would.
I am thoroughly pleased with my purchase.