The Good Easy installation. DivX support.
The Bad Single tuner only. Remote layout could be better.
The Bottom Line Sony's latest PVR is functional, but the lack of a dual-tuner really hurts.
|Sony RDR-HDC300||Foxtel iQ3||Topfield TRF-7170||Humax HDR-7500T||FetchTV|
|Price||$749 Typical Price||$749 Typical Price||$749 Typical Price||$749 Typical Price||$749 Typical Price|
Sony hasn't gone all out for the visuals of the RDR-HDC300. It's a big (430x71.5x258mm) and heavy (4.1kg) box with a primary black finish. Pop down the front face and you'll be greeted with convenient AV inputs for USB, FireWire, S-Video and composite connections, as well as recording buttons that add a dash of red to the otherwise monochrome visuals.
The RDR-HDC300's remote control is quite busy, but it avoids the common trap of having too many similar buttons grouped closely together. Channel switching is a different size to playback features, making those functions easier. For a unit designed for recording television we do wish it had a slightly more distinct recording button.
The single most astonishing feature of the RDR-HDC300 — and indeed its sibling products, the RDR-HDC500 (AU$849) and RDR-HDC100 (AU$549) — is that they all only feature a single digital tuner. We'd regard dual tuners as something of a minimum requirement for any PVR-style solution at this price point, and being limited to single channel recording is terribly limiting.
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