Input and Output Notes
Product Overview: The Sony
RDR-HX715 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 TV Guide On Screen, let you program your DVD recorder to catch your
favorite TV shows.
HDMI Output: The HX715 features
an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output, letting you enjoy
superior quality digital picture and sound from one cable when connected to a TV
or A/V receiver with an HDMI input. You can use the HDMI output to connect to a
TV with a DVI input by using an HDMI-DVI adapter. Since DVI does not carry audio
signals, a separate audio connection is needed from the DVD player to the TV.
Note: The DVI jack must be HDCP compliant.
Video Scaling: The unit can
scale video signals to High Definition quality 720p or 1080i and output them
through the HDMI jack. In the Screen Setup menu, you can select the HDMI output
as 480p (720 x 480p), 720p (1280 x 720p), 1080i (1920 x 1080i), or Auto (player
selects the highest resolution acceptable to your TV).
Blank Disc Types: This unit can
record on five types of blank DVDs. Here are the major differences in the disc
- DVD-R: You can record only
once on DVD-R discs (16x speed or slower, Ver.2.0, Ver.2.1), they are not erasable or rewritable,
play finalized DVD-R discs on other DVD equipment
DVD+R: You can record only
once on a DVD+R disc (16x speed or slower), they are not erasable or
rewritable, you can playback only on DVD+R compatible players
DVD+R DL (Dual Layer): You can record
once on a DVD+R DL disc, 2.4x speed
- 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 8x speed or slower DVD+RW
- DVD-RW: You can erase and
record over previously recorded material (Compatible with 6x speed or
slower DVD-RW Ver.1.1, Ver.1.2 with CPRM). This disc can be formatted in two
different recording modes:
Recording Speeds: You can
select from eight variable bit-rate speeds when recording to a blank DVD or the HDD. The picture
quality generally improves as the recording time decreases. The recording speeds
and approximate recording times in hours are:
4.7 GB DVD
Dual Layer DVD
records pictures in higher quality than HQ on the HDD.
Dubbing: You can copy a
recorded title on the internal HDD to a 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 (8x-speed DVD+RWs, 6x-speed DVD-RWs,
16x-speed DVD+Rs, 16x-speed DVD-Rs, or slower versions of each type) without
changing the recording mode, dubbing time varies based on the original
record speed and the DVD speed
- Rec Mode Conversion Dubbing:
Allows you to dub from the HDD to a DVD, or vice versa, recording in a mode
different from the original recording (example: dub an HQ
title with its large data size to SP mode, you reduce the data size, 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 10 seconds to let you replay a scene or
portion of dialog you may have missed. Instant Advance jumps ahead 30
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
When the sound doesn't match the pictures on the screen, you can adjust the
delay between the picture and the sound. The delay can be adjusted from 0 to 100
Audio CD/MP3 Playback: The
RDR-HX715 can playback audio CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, 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 with a bit rate up to 160 kbps for the recorder to recognize the tracks. The recorder can
recognize up to 199 folders with up to 200 audio tracks within a single folder
(maximum 999 combined files and folders). The mp3PRO format is not supported.
JPEG Disc Playback: This unit
will play JPEG files recorded onto CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO
9660 level 1/level 2, or Joliet formats and recorded on DVD-ROM, DVD+RW, DVD+R,
DVD-RW, DVD-R discs using Universal Disc Format (UDF). You can display images in
a slideshow and rotation images clockwise or counterclockwise.
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.
TV Tuner: The
recorder has a built-in TV tuner to receive UHF, VHF, and cable broadcasts. Like
a VCR records to a VHS cassette, TV shows can be recorded to the HDD or blank
DVDs for time-shifting or archiving. 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 receivable channels.
TV Guide On Screen: The TV
Guide On Screen system is a free interactive television program guide that receives its data from local broadcast stations, a cable box or a direct cable connection; the TV Guide On Screen feature doesn't work with satellite TV services or over the air digital television broadcasts. It
displays up to eight days of program listings, including titles, descriptions,
and promotions. The data for each television program is carried by the broadcast
stations and is received through the antenna or cable box. Beyond the
channel/time chart, you can find a program by listing them in alphabetical
order, according to category, or using a key-word search. Once you have found
the program you are looking for you can set the timer to record it. You can also
have the guide Remind you a program is starting without recording it.
Recording TV Programs: The
RDR-HX715 allows you to record programs in several ways:
- Manual Recording: Record the
currently tuned channel until you stop the recorder, the HDD or disc is full,
or eight hours passes, whichever comes first
Quick Timer: Record the
currently tuned channel in 30-minute increments up to 6 hours
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
Timer Recording: There are two types of timer
- Manual Timer: You set the
date, time and channel of the program manually
- TV Guide On Screen: Choose
a program listed in the TV Guide On Screen; this will work for shows received from local broadcast stations, a cable box or a direct cable connection; this feature won't work with satellite TV services or over the air digital television broadcasts.
When the auto chapter function is turned on a new chapter is created
approximately every six minutes during 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/DVD+RW only).
Recordings on the HDD and a DVD-RW in VR mode offer more advanced editing options such as creating and editing playlists,
rearranging the title order,
combining multiple titles into one title, erasing individual chapters, and
dividing a title into multiple titles (HDD only).
TVS (TV Virtual Surround): TVS
was developed by Sony to produce home surround sound with just a stereo TV or
stereo receiver. 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
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.
Child Lock: You can lock the
disc tray to prevent children from ejecting the disc.
Remote Control: The supplied
remote control (RMT-D218A) can control the DVD recorder, as well multiple brands
of TVs (basic functions) and A/V receivers (volume only). If you own another Sony DVD
player or recorder, you can change the Command Mode of the recorder to
one that doesn't interfere with the other player or recorder.
Input and Output
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 outputs on the rear panel, each 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 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 (4-pin i-LINK) allows you to connect the recorder to a MiniDV
or Digital 8 camcorder with a DV jack via a single 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-HX715 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
G-Link: The 3.5mm mini-jack
labeled "G-Link" is for service use only, it is not for use by the consumer.