Inputs and Outputs Notes
Product Overview: The Sony
RDR-HX900 can record video and audio to blank DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW
discs, or to the built-in 160 GB HDD (Hard Disk Drive). The unit has a
front panel DV input jack (also referred to as iLINK or IEEE1394) for
dubbing from Mini DV and Digital 8 camcorders. Three line inputs (two on the rear
and one on the front) allow you to record from several sources. The built-in TV
tuner, along with VCR Plus+ and TV Guide On Screen, let you program your DVD recorder to catch your
favorite TV shows.
Blank Disc Types: This unit can
record on four types of blank DVDs. Here are the major differences in the disc
- DVD-R: You can record only
once on DVD-R discs (8x speed or slower, Ver.2.0)--they are not erasable or rewritable. You can readily
play finalized DVD-R discs on other DVD equipment.
DVD+R: You can record only
once on a DVD+R disc (8x speed or slower)--they are not erasable or
rewritable. You can playback only on DVD+R compatible players.
- DVD+RW: You can erase and
record over previously recorded material, however, it is more difficult to
edit recorded contents without another recorder. DVD+RW discs can be played
back on DVD+RW compatible players. (Compatible with 4x speed or slower DVD+RW
- DVD-RW: You can erase and
record over previously recorded material. (Compatible with 2x speed or
slower DVD-RW Ver.1.1, Ver.1.1 with CPRM). This disc can be formatted in two
different recording modes:
- DVD Video Format (Video
Mode): Disc recorded in this mode can be played in many other DVD
players, but editing is more difficult.
- DVD Video Recording Format (VR
mode): Discs recorded in this mode won't playback in other DVD
players as readily (VR compatible players only). Recorded material can
be edited right on the disc without disturbing the original recordings.
You can also manually create chapters whenever you like instead of at
fixed time intervals as on other discs or DVD-RW in Video mode.
Note: Discs that cannot be
recorded on include: 4x-speed compatible DVD-RWs (Ver.1.2/4x), DVD-RWs (Ver
1.0), DVD+RWs that are not 2.4x speed
compatible, dual layer discs, or 8 cm discs.
Recording Speeds: You can
select from six variable bit-rate speeds when recording to a blank DVD or seven
speeds for the HDD. The picture
quality generally improves as the recording time decreases. The recording speeds
and approximate recording times are:
4.7 GB DVD Recording
160GB HDD Recording Time
HQ+*: 21 hours
HQ: 33 hours
records pictures in higher quality than HQ on the HDD. "HQ"
appears in the display.
Dubbing: You can copy a
recorded title on the internal HDD to another disc, or vice versa. You can
select to dub one title at a time, or multiple titles at once. You cannot dub
copy-protected DVDs to the HDD, or a program containing copy-protection signals
from the HDD to the DVD. There are two dubbing methods:
- High-speed Dubbing: allows
you to dub from the HDD to a high-speed DVD (4x-speed DVD+RWs, 2x-speed DVD-RWs,
8x-speed DVD+Rs, 8x-speed DVD-Rs, or slower versions of each type) without
changing the recording mode. You can dub up to 24x speed, depending upon the
recording speed the program was originally recorded in, and the write speed
of the disc. (The 24x speed is reached when a program recorded in SLP mode
is dubbed to an 8x-speed DVD-R.)
- Rec Mode Conversion Dubbing:
allows you to dub from the HDD to a DVD, or vice versa, in a dubbing mode
that differs from the original recordings. For example, when you dub an HQ
title with its large data size in SP mode, you reduce the data size, saving
more titles using less space.
Chasing Playback: The Chasing
Playback feature, available when recording to the HDD and DVD-RW discs in VR
mode, allows you to view the beginning of a program while it is being recorded.
You do not need to wait until the recording finishes. Playback starts at the
beginning, and you can fast forward to the point that you are recording.
Simultaneous Record and Play: Simultaneous
Record and Play allows you to view a previously recorded program while recording
another program. Playback continues, even if a timer recording starts. While
recording to the HDD, you can play another title on the HDD or play a previously
recorded program on DVD. While recording to a DVD, you can play a previously
recorded program on the HDD. While recording to a DVD-RW (VR mode), you can play
another title on the same disc.
Instant Replay/Instant Advance:
Instant Replay jumps backward several seconds to let you replay a scene or
portion of dialog you may have missed, while Instant Advance jumps ahead several
seconds to quickly skip to another scene.
D/A Converters: This unit is
equipped with a 12-bit video digital-to-analog converter with 108 MHz processing
for high quality video performance. It also has a 96 kHz, 24-bit audio
digital-to-analog converter for playback of multi-channel Dolby Digital and
Audio CD/MP3 Playback: The
RDR-HX900 can playback audio CDs, CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3 files recorded
onto Data CDs (CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW). The MP3s must be recorded in ISO9660 Level 1, Level
2, or Joliet format for the recorder to recognize the tracks. The recorder can
recognize up to 499 MP3 audio tracks within a single folder. ID3 Tags cannot be
Copy Protection/Copy Control: Pictures
with copy protection cannot be
recorded on this DVD/HDD recorder. When the recorder receives a copy guard signal
while recording, the unit continues to record, but only a blank, gray-colored
screen will be recorded. Some
broadcasts that contain Copy Control signals may have one of three signal types:
Copy-Free, Copy-Once, or Copy-Never. The recorder limits the recording according
to the copy protection signal. Copy-Free encoded signals can be recorded at any
time on the HDD or with any compatible blank disc type. Copy-Never encoded signals can not be
recorded on this unit. Copy-Once programs can be recorded on the HDD or on a DVD-RW disc
formatted in the VR mode, and can be played only on CPRM-compatible equipment.
DV Dubbing: You can
transfer the contents from a MiniDV or Digital 8 digital video camera to
the DVD/HDD recorder. When the two units are connected via an i-LINK cable, the
recorder's remote controls the camcorder, allowing you to fast forward, rewind,
play in slow motion, and stop the tape to select the scenes you want to record. A single i-LINK cable is required for connecting the
camcorder and DVD recorder (item #158VMC4415).
TV Tuner: The
recorder has a built-in 181-channel TV tuner that is shared by both the HDD and
DVD, so you cannot simultaneously record different programs on the DVD and HDD. Once the recorder has been connected to the antenna or cable, the Easy Setup
guides you through the steps of setting the time, date, and searching for
Recording TV Programs: The
RDR-HX900 allows you to record programs in several ways:
- Manual Recording: Record the
currently tuned channel until you stop the recorder or the disc is full.
- Quick Timer: Record the
currently tuned channel in 30-minute increments up to 6 hours.
- Timer Recording: Set the
timer for a total of 30 programs, up to one month in advance. You
select the recorder you wish to use. There are three types of timer
- Manual Timer:, You set the
date, time and channel of the program manually.
- VCR Plus+: You can enter the PlusCode number (found in newspaper or TV Guide listings) for each TV
program you want to record. The date, time, channel and program duration are
- TV Guide On Screen: The TV
Guide On Screen system automatically displays a free television program list
up to eight days in advance, for a maximum of 120 channels. The data for
each television program is carried by local broadcast stations and is
received through the antenna or cable box. You can search for a program by
listing them according to category or in alphabetical order. Once you have
found the program you are looking for, the TV Guide On Screen system sets
the timer for recording.
Editing: This DVD recorder
offers various options for editing recorded material. Basic editing functions
include setting protection against erasure, labeling a title, erasing a title,
erasing multiple titles, and erasing a section of a title (A-B Erase). Some
discs offer more advanced editing options such as creating and editing playlists,
rearranging the title order, dividing a title into multiple titles, and
combining multiple titles into one title.
TVS (TV Virtual Surround): TVS
was developed by Sony to produce home surround sound with just a stereo TV, and
works only with multichannel Dolby Digital soundtracks. There are five TVS
- TVS Dynamic: creates one
set of virtual rear speakers
- TVS Wide: creates five
sets of virtual rear speakers
- TVS Night: creates five
sets of virtual rear speakers--effective at low volume
- TVS Standard: creates
three sets of virtual rear speakers--effective when you use two separate
- TVS Off: no surround
Child Lock: You can lock all of
the buttons on the recorder so the settings are not canceled or a disc is
ejected by mistake.
Parental Control: You can
restrict playback of some DVD videos according to a predetermined level, such as
the age of the users. Scenes may be blocked or replaced by different scenes. The
parental control feature is protected by a 4-digit password.
Remote Control: The supplied
remote control (RMT-D206A) can control the DVD recorder, as well multiple brands
of TVs (basic functions) and A/V receivers (volume only). If you own a Sony DVD
player or another recorder, you can change the Command Mode of the recorder to
one that doesn't interfere with the other player or recorder.
Inputs and Outputs
A/V Inputs: This recorder
features 3 audio/video inputs--two on the rear panel, and one on the front.
These inputs include stereo audio RCA jacks, as well as composite and
Component Video Input: You can
connect a cable box, satellite receiver, or other component with component video
outputs to the DVD recorder. You cannot connect an HDTV tuner to the component
video input, because it is compatible with standard definition interlaced
A/V Outputs: There are two
audio/video output (labeled "Line Out 1 & 2") on the rear panel, which includes stereo audio RCA jacks,
composite video and S-Video jacks.
Component Video Output: The
recorder can output video from the DVD and HDD through the unit's component
video outputs. You can select interlaced or progressive scan playback from the
Digital Outputs: This unit
offers a coaxial digital and a Toslink optical digital output. These outputs are
compatible with Dolby Digital and DTS, so you can connect the recorder to a
surround sound receiver built-in with Dolby Digital (DVD and HDD) and DTS decoders
You can also use the digital outputs to connect the DVD recorder to a MiniDisc
or DAT deck. Note: You must select the proper settings in the setup menu
for the type of digital output you desire.
Input: The front panel DV input allows you to connect the recorder to a
MiniDV or Digital 8 camcorder with a DV jack via a single 4-pin i-LINK cable. It
is compatible with the i-LINK standard, and allows you dub from the DV-compatible
device to the recorder. The DV IN jack is for input only. Note: Micro-MV
format digital video cameras are not compatible with this recorder, even though
they may have an i-LINK jack.
In/Out: The VHF/UHF In jack allows you to input antenna and cable TV signals
into the unit for recording your favorite programs. The VHF/UHF out jack outputs
the antenna/cable TV signal, however the video signal
from the DVD or HDD is not output through the VHF/UHF jack.
Set Top Box Control: The
RDR-HX900 can control several brands of cable boxes and satellite receivers
using the supplied Set Top Box Control. The IR emitter, which plugs into the
3.5mm mini-jack on the rear panel, can be attached to the cable box/satellite
receiver, and can tune the set top box to the proper channel for timer
recording. The DVD recorder does not have to be powered on in order to change
the channel on a compatible set top box.
Control S: You can control the
DVD recorder by pointing the remote at the TV when the Control S connections are
made to each component. A Control S cable, a mono mini-cable, is not supplied.
Note: The TV's input will not automatically switch to the DVD recorder
when a disc is played.
G-Link: The 3.5mm mini-jack
labeled "G-Link" is for service use only--it is not for use by the consumer.