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Sony RDR GXD500

“recording expectations not what i expected”

Written on: 17/07/2012 by mikeybk (2 reviews written)

I bought a new Sony DVD recorder thinking it had features similar to another brand a friend of mine had. Well, not true. It didn't record a few shows, so back to the directions. The directions were difficult to follow too… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GXD500

“This DVD has big problems. ”

Written on: 02/01/2011

This DVD has big problems.

It freezes up constantly - as confirmed by other reviews

It can't format 4X DVD+RW - you may be lucky once or twice but generally NO.

In short, it doesn'y come up to spec - it's a con.

I've had problems with Sony TVs and will NEVER buy Sony again… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GXD500

“I'v had this Sony DVD Freeview rdr-gxd500 after...”

Written on: 28/07/2010

I'v had this Sony DVD Freeview rdr-gxd500 after getting it free with my Sony Wega TV in Jan 2001. It performs well when it doesn't hang! It seems ALL Freeview boxes have an in-built non-tolerance of fluctuating Digital signals which hang up this box regularly. Even pressing the buttons too quickly can hang the freeview unit... patience is required with this as it cannot cater for multiple button presses. The whole unit has to be power cycled to get it to respond to any remote or local button… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GXD500

“The Sony RDR GXD500 would be a good product if it...”

Written on: 31/03/2008

The Sony RDR GXD500 would be a good product if it didn't start to freeze, Sony don't look like they will issue a software upgrade to fix :-(… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GXD500

“The Sony RDR GXD500 has been the 2nd Sony product that...”

Written on: 03/03/2008

The Sony RDR GXD500 has been the 2nd Sony product that has packed in just after warranty expires. I thought that by buying a good make and paying extra would give quality. NEVER AGAIN… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GXD500

“Not only does the Sony RDR GXD500 constantly freeze...”

Written on: 22/02/2008 by pirate1 (1 review written)

Not only does the Sony RDR GXD500 constantly freeze up, but it refuses to play certain disks. It has a fast view and rewind view that only works on 3 settings. Setting one is just faster than normal viewing. Setting 2 is not quite double speed. Setting 3 is 50million times faster and will show random screen shots instead of playing them in a sequence. It is impossible to see or find any part of the dvd you want to watch. I paid £500 for this brand new. To be honest it has put me off sony. Also… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GXD500

“Had to be returned under warranty, took 4 months to...”

Written on: 06/01/2008

Had to be returned under warranty, took 4 months to get it back, Sony would not extend the warranty to cover the time they had it. Since then it has been "iffy", now refuses to respond to either the remote or the front panel buttons. I am not going to but another Sony, unlike other "quality" manufacturers they don,t seem to care… Read Full Review

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Solarchart's Comment

Written on: 29/06/2008

It seems that everyone with this model has problems with the intermittent freezing. I have managed to find a bit of a work-around to this when it happens. The best thing is to press and hold the stand-by button on the front of the machine for about 20 seconds, and the machine will then firstly switch off. Then once this has happened, push the button once to start it again. Sometimes it then powers down again, sometimes it will re-boot, and then power down again. If this happens just press the power button once more,and it will start. I usually then push the on-screen TV guide button to check that its working OK. Sometimes it seems to be OK after this for a while, other times, it may freeze daily or at worst, several times a day> Its a shame because the other functionality it has is far better than many other products.

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Sony RDR GXD500

“Normally I would say a excellent machine except when...”

Written on: 26/11/2007 by car19 (1 review written)

Normally I would say a excellent machine except when the fault appears, which to say the least, is intermittent and therfore you can not trust it… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GXD500

“SONY: Try and buy 2x DVD-RW disks. So easy to get 4x...”

Written on: 11/07/2006 by Morn (3 reviews written)

SONY: Try and buy 2x DVD-RW disks. So easy to get 4x speed (or faster) disks but the Sony RDR GXD500 dvd recorder cannot cope with them. All the fancy DVD+RW features of my old Philips DVD Recorder are NOT SUPPORTED on this machine. Consider yourselves sacked SONY, as I move to another manufacturer, taking friends and family with me to a new manufacturer of choice!… Read Full Review

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Pingucottage's Response to Morn's Review

Written on: 27/09/2006

What is the problem with 2X you are not using them for recording speed are you! I have no trouble getting 2X disks, Sony make them!

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Morn's Response to Morn's Review

Written on: 28/09/2006

For certain features to work, one must use 2x DVD-R. However it is much easier and cheaper to get 4x DVD-R's. The fact that this machine does not recognise these (newer) 4x disks is ridiculous.

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Sony RDR GXD500

“I have waited & waited to move into the world of DVD...”

Written on: 12/11/2005 by njm (1 review written)

I have waited & waited to move into the world of DVD recording under the telly, but now I have, what a joy. I have a built in Freeview Sony TV, so now I can watch one Freeview station while recording the other! Great
I am so impressed with this unit, I have bought one for my parents because they will find it simple to use & better than their old VCR… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GXD500

“The Sony RDR GXD500 is the first digital television...”

Written on: 18/04/2005 by Fearmor (2 reviews written)

The Sony RDR GXD500 is the first digital television item I've ever owned. Generally the build quality of the item is very good but learning to "drive" it took me three or four days and even now have not mastered all the features.

The thing that really upset me was that for an item so expensive (circa £300.00) it was not possible to receive subscription programmes such as Discovery Channel from Topup TV as it it did not have the requisite card slot and there was no way of attaching an… Read Full Review

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