1kyle Posted January 4, 2007 Report Share Posted January 4, 2007 (edited) Great stuff here -- a HIGH DEFINITION TV DVD recorder that doesn't need Blu-Ray either.I suspect more and more DVD-RECORDERS will become Hard disk based with facilities for copying to external DVD.I like this one particularly since it has a MASSIVE 500 GB hard disk and even provision for an external hard disk when the internal one is full. It will also play and record to all current DVD formats.It also has HDMI output which gives very high quality indeed when connected to an LCD or Plasma TV having an HDMI connection even at "Normal TV" resolution - i.e not HDTV.http://www.pioneer.co.uk/uk/products/45/13...HX-S/index.htmlFor HD TV this to me seems the way to go. Keep the HD recordings on Hard Disk until you've watched them and then if you want to archive these copy to "normal removable media". If sony think that adults are going to watch TV or Movies using the Blu Ray disc from a PS3 (or is it an XBOX) console then they are totally barking up the wrong tree.The only draw back with this Pioneer model is that it won't play HDTV from removable media (standard DVD only), however since you can get a whole slew of HD movies from SKY TV in the UK or can or download from the Net via subscription / cable services this isn't such a horrible drawback as might be imagined. You can get around this anyway by re-loading the recording back on to the hard disk as DATA (assuming you saved it as DATA rather than copied it as DVD Video).This recorder will of course play back standard DVD's plus all your own from DVD-RAM, DVD+/-R(W) and D/L discs as well.Note that as it has an HDMI slot it can record HDTV movies directly from a SKY+ HD Box to its own internal HD as well or from any other HDMI equipped devices. The SKY+ HD box has its own 160 GB hard disc so you probably wouldn't do this unless you want to save permanaetly the HDTV content which you would then copy from the Pionerr machine to standard DVD's or another Hard Disk as DATA (not DVD Video).A 500 GB hard disk can easily hold over 1400 HOURS of TV which equates to around severa hundred 2 hour movies at standard resolution or around 200 ( or more) HDTV 1080p High Definition TV 2 hr movies so you've got ample time to watch and archive before the disk gets full.I used to think SONY was THE company for electronics and innovation -- but it seems to be sadly lacking in Vision or Leadership currently - Their BRAVA LCD TV's and some sensors for DSLR's being 2 notable exceptions.This is EXACTLY the type of product SONY should be bringing out -- I can see this being a very popular device totally in tune with how a lot of DVD content is being delivered in future and totally avoids being involved in the new "Format Wars".Nice one Pioneer. A real winner here.Cheers-K Edited January 4, 2007 by 1kyle Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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