Input and Output Notes
The versatile Sony RDR-VXD655 DVD-recorder and VHS-combo player with built-in HD
tuner features an intuitive graphical interface making programming your
recordings easy. The unit features seven VHS recording speeds letting you record
up to 8 hours per tape while allowing you to record on a wide variety of DVD
formats, including DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW; for up to 8 hours on a single-layer
disc. Plus, the DVD/VHS recorder allows you to enjoy the convenience of
one-touch recording from disc to tape or vice-versa. The DVD/VHS recorders lets
you experience high picture-quality playback from a wide variety of formats,
including DVD, VCD, VHS, SVHS, music CD and more. The unit also features
progressive scan playback, HDMI output and 720p/1080i upscaling from DVD/VCR to
deliver optimal picture quality to your television set. You can even control
your DV and Digital8 camcorder for editing via the unit's front-panel i.LINK
Built-In HDTV TV Tuner: The RDR-VXD655 features built-in ATSC/NTSC/QAM
tuners which allow recording of standard definition or high definition
programming. High Definition
signal through this recorder is converted to Standard Definition signal during
recording. Television broadcasts can be recorded to blank DVDs or VHS tapes.
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
HDMI Output With 1080i
Upscaling: The RDR-VXD655 reads the data
on a standard DVD disc or VHS tape and upscales the video resolution to 720p or 1080i
resolution to match your compatible HDTV. This allows for you to enjoy the
best in video performance while delivering digital video and audio over one
simple HDMI cable.
One-Touch Copy: You can record from the
unit's built-in VCR to the unit's built-in DVD-recorder or vice-versa with
single press of a button.
- VHS to DVD: You can easily record a
VHS tape to a DVD disc. The recorder takes each recording on the VHS tape
and automatically divides them into titles as they are dubbed to a DVD disc.
These titles are then further divided into chapters at either 5 or 15-minute
intervals according the DVD/VHS recorder's settings.
- DVD to VHS: You can record a DVD
title to a VHS tape. When you record copy-protected software to a tape, the
picture may appear disrupted when you play back the tape. You can also
select titles or scenes and dub them all at once from a DVD to a VHS tape.
On-Screen Display: The following three
On-Screen Display Menus are mainly used to operate this DVD/VHS recorder.
- System Menu: The System Menu
provides entries to all of the recorder's main functions such as Title List,
Timer, Edit, Dubbing, Disc Setting and Setup.
- Sub-Menu: The Sub-Menu displays
options applicable only to the selected item from the main System Menu. The
displayed options differ depending on the situation and disc type.
- Options: The Options Menu allows
you to search for a Title/Chapter/Track, check the playing and remaining
time of a disc, or change settings for Audio/Angle/Subtitle. The displayed
options differ depending on the media type.
TV Type: This feature allows
you to select the aspect ratio of the unit's video output to match your
television. You can select from 16:9 Wide, 4:3 Letter Box, or 4:3 Pan Scan.
Digital Wide Control: Digital Wide
Control is effective for wide signals on digital broadcasts. When recording a
digital channel, select a setting depending on the media type to be recorded.
You can choose from 16:9 Wide or 4:3 Letter Box.
Black Level: This feature allows you
to raise the standard black level when the TV's picture appears too dark.
Picture Control: This feature allows
you to adjust the video signal from the DVD/VHS recorder to obtain the picture
quality you want. You can choose from the following settings.
- Dynamic 1: produces a bold
dynamic picture by increasing the picture contrast and the color
- Dynamic 2: produces a more
dynamic picture than the Dynamic 1 setting by further increasing the picture
contrast and the color
- Standard: displays a standard
- Cinema 1: white colors become
brighter and black colors become richer and the color contrast is increased
- Cinema 2: enhances details in
dark areas by increasing the black level
- Personal: allows you to adjust
the Contrast, Brightness, Color and Hue independently and manually
Virtual Surround: When you
connect the unit to a TV or a stereo receiver with two speakers, virtual surround lets
you enjoy surround sound effects by using sound imaging to create virtual rear
speakers from two speakers. There are three levels of virtual surround - Surround
1, Surround 2, and Surround 3, creating progressively more surround effect. The
surround effect is only output from the analog RCA audio jacks, not digital.
Closed Caption: You can select a service from
several closed captions services for programs that are broadcast with Closed
Caption. Digital Closed Captions allow you to adjust the following - Character
size, Character style, Character color, Character opacity, Edge color, Edge
type, Background color, and Background opacity.
Note: Digital Closed Captions cannot be
Child Lock: You can lock all of
the buttons on the recorder so that the settings are not canceled by mistake.
Control: You can restrict playback according to a predetermined
level. You can select a parental control rating from 1-8, which is protected by
a 4-digit password. There is also a child lock which disables all the recorder's
Display Dimmer: You can set the
display to Bright, Dim, Auto (dims when power is off) or Off (turns off the
lighting when power is off and maintains the lighting when power is on.
Remote Control: The supplied
remote control (RMT-D241A) can control the DVD/VHS recorder, as well multiple brands
of TVs (basic functions). 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.
Multi-Disc Compatibility: The unit features a built-in, multi-format DVD recorder. The
Sony RDR-VXD655 DVD/VHS recorder is compatible with the
following discs formats.
- Recordable And Playable Discs:
The unit will record and playback the following 12cm DVD-video discs.
- DVD+R (up to 16x speed),
DVD+RW (up to 8x speed), DVD+R DL (up to 8x speed), DVD-R (up to 16x
speed), and DVD-RW (up to 6x speed),
- Playable Only Discs: The
unit can playback the following discs but cannot record to them.
- DVD-video, DVD-RAM, Video CD,
CD, CD-R, CD-RW, Data CD, Data DVD, and 8cm DVD-R/W and DVD+RW
MP3 Playback: This unit will
play MP3 files recorded onto CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs
using the ISO 9660 level 1/level 2 and Joliet formats. The recorder will
recognize a maximum of 499 audio tracks within an album. Only one session of a
multi-session MP3 recording on DVD can be played. The DVD/VHS recorder is not compatible with the MP3PRO and will not
display ID3 tags.
JPEG: The DVD/VHS recorder will play JPEG
image files recorded onto CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs using the ISO 9660
level 1/level 2 and Joliet formats. The recorder will recognize a maximum of 999
audio tracks within a folder. Only one session of a multi-session recording on
DVD can be played. JPEG images can be enlarged, rotated and played in a slide
show manner. When a disc contains both MP3 audio tracks and JPEG image files,
you can enjoy a slide show with sound
Recording Speeds: You can
select from eight variable bit-rate speeds when recording a DVD. The picture
quality generally improves as the recording time decreases. The recording speeds
and approximate recording times on a 4.7GB blank disc are:
HQ (High quality)
SP (Standard mode)
SLP (Super long play)
Recording: The RDR-VXD655 offers several ways to record:
- Manual Recording: Record
the currently tuned channel or line input until you stop the recorder or the disc is full
- Quick Timer (One Touch
Recording): Each press of a button records the
currently tuned channel in 30-minute increments, up to 8 hours (14 hours, 30
using a dual layer disc)
- Timer Recording: Set the
timer for a total of 12 programs up to one month in advance, set the
date, time, channel, and recording mode (speed) of the program manually
Synchronized Recording: Set
the DVD/VHS recorder to automatically record from a connected component that has a
timer function (cable box or satellite receiver), when the other component
turns on, the recording starts automatically
- One Touch Dubbing Via DV
Input: The unit features a DV Input and an "One Touch Dubbing" button on
the front panel which allows for the easy
copying of your personal content from a DV/Digital 8 camcorder to a DVD disc
in order to preserve your recordings for a long time, or to share it with
your relatives and friends.
Pictures with copy protection, including most commercially-recorded DVDs, cannot
be recorded on this DVD/VHS recorder. The recorder stops when it detects a copy
signal. 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 with any compatible blank disc type. Copy-Never
encoded signals can not be recorded on this unit. Copy-Once programs can be
recorded on a DVD-R/RW disc formatted in the VR mode, and can be played only on
Basic Editing: Basic editing is
possible on DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW VR Mode and DVD-RW
- Rename Title:
Enter a title name up to 32 characters
- Erase Title:
Erase the entire title
- Protect Title (DVD+RW and DVD-RW
VR mode only): Protects
title from accidental erasure
- Divide Title (DVD+RW and DVD-RW
VR mode only): Choose a
point to divide a title
Advanced Editing: In addition
to basic editing, video recorded on DVD-RW in VR mode can be edited further:
- Erase Chapter:
Erase individual chapters within a title
- Playlist Edit: Create a playlist on the same disc as the original recordings without
disturbing the original recording, the playlist allows you to play the recorded scenes
in any order, since a playlist doesn't require much disc space, you can
create numerous playlists on one disc
- Combine Titles: Allows you
to combine two titles into one
- A-B Erase: You can erase
an unwanted portion of an original recording by selecting a starting point
(A) and an ending point (B) of the portion you want deleted
DVD Auto Chapter: This feature
automatically divides a recording (title) into chapters by inserting chapter
markings at specified intervals. The markings are inserted while the recording
is being made. You can insert chapter marks every 5 or 15 minutes or turn this
feature completely off.
Dynamic Range Control: This feature
makes the sound clear when the volume is turned down when playing a DVD that
conforms to "Audio DRC". You can choose from the following settings.
- Standard: normal position
- TV Mode: makes low sounds clear
even if you turn the volume down
- Wide Range: gives you the feeling
of being at a live performance
VHS Recording: The unit
features a built-in Hi-Fi stereo, 4-head VCR. The RDR-VXD655 can record and
playback in the VHS format. It cannot record in the Super VHS (S-VHS) format but
will play back S-VHS.
Recording Modes: The DVD/VHS
recorder can record in two modes (speed): SP or EP. The maximum recording time
is as follows:
2 hours 40 minutes
Recording Methods: You can
record to the DVD/VHS recorder using any of four methods:
- Timer Recordings: You can
set the timer for a total of 12 programs up to a month in advance. The
maximum length of recording depends upon the tape being used (Maximum
recording on a T-120 tape is 6 hours). Note: The total number of programs
includes both DVD and VCR timer recordings.
- One-Touch Timer Recording:
You can set the recorder to record in 30-minute increments up to 6 hours.
- Non-Timer Recording: After
selecting the recording mode (SP or EP), you can press the record button and
the unit will record the presently tuned channel until the tape is full or
the recorder is stopped.
- Synchro Recording: You can
set the recorder to automatically record programs from connected equipment
that has a timer function (such as a satellite tuner). The equipment should
be connected to the Line 1 Input jacks. The recorder starts only when a
video signal is detected at the Line 1 Input.
SQPB: The DVD/VHS recorder will
play tapes recorded in VHS or S-VHS formats. The unit has SQPB (S-VHS Quasi
Playback), and tapes recorded in S-VHS are played back at VHS quality.
Tracking: You can manually
adjust tracking if the recording quality is too poor to be remedied by the
DVD/VHS recorder's automatic tracking (a tracking meter appears during the
Indexing: The DVD/VHS recorder
automatically marks the tape with an index signal at the point where each
recording begins. This allows you to easily find the beginnings of your
Auto Play: This feature allows
the unit to start playback of a VHS tape as soon as it is inserted into the
Auto Repeat: This feature
allows you to play back a VHS tape repeatedly. The unit rewinds the tape to the
beginning and restarts playback automatically.
Advance: This feature advances
one frame during pause mode and fast forwards the current scene for 30 seconds
Replay: This feature replays
the previous scene during playback.
Input and Output
Front Panel A/V Input: The DVD/VHS
recorder features a composite video and S-video input along with a pair of left
and right RCA audio inputs on the front panel behind a manual fold-down door.
DV Input: The DVD/VHS recorder also
features a DV IN jack on the front panel of the unit behind the same fold-down
door. The unit's DV input conforms to the iLINK standard. This input allows you
to connect a digital video camera to the DVD/VHS recorder via an i.LINK cable so you
can record or edit from a DV/Digital8 format tape to a DVD disc.
Rear Panel A/V Input: The unit features a
rear panel composite video input along with a set of stereo audio RCA jacks.
HDMI Output: The RDR-VXD655
features an HDMI output for transfer of digital video and audio via a single
cable to your HDTV for DVD and VHS playback.
Video Outputs: The RDR-VXD655 has
composite video, S-video, and component video output. Either interlaced or
progressive video can be output through the component video jacks.
Analog Audio Outputs: There are 2
sets of analog RCA audio outputs on the rear panel.
Digital Audio Outputs: This
unit features an optical and coaxial digital output to connect to your Dolby
Digital/DTS receiver. The HDMI Out jack cannot output Dolby Digital/DTS signals,
so either the optical or coaxial digital output must be connected to your home
theater receiver to enjoy Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound.
UHF/VHF Out: This output will pass RF signals input through the UHF/VHF In connection, but the unit will not output DVD or VHS video or audio signals through the VHF/UHF (antenna) output.