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Specification for Sony RDR-HX510

Main characteristics
Functionalities: Video Recorder
Analog Tuner: PALSECAM
Audio Support: MPEG Audio
Recorder
HDD Size: 80 GB
Programmable Timer: 30 Events
Convenience
Record And Play Features: Chasing PlaybackPause Live TV
Instant Skip / Replay: Replay
OSD: Yes: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish
Additional Features: Parental Lock
Included Accessories: Remote Control
Inputs / Outputs
Inputs: Composite x 1S-Video x 1
Outputs: Composite x 1S-Video x 1Component x 1Analog Audio x 1Digital Audio Coaxial x 1
Other
Height: 6.5 cm
Width: 43 cm
Depth: 32.8 cm
Weight: 4.9 kg

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★☆☆☆☆

“The Sony RDR-HX510 looks quite nice but has a dim...”

Written on: 09/04/2009

The Sony RDR-HX510 looks quite nice but has a dim display-almost invisible
PDC function very unreliable-cannot trust it ever
expensive to say it has no digital tuner
cooling fan audible disappointing… Read Full Review

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Written on: 22/12/2014

i have just bought one of these, not fron new from auntion site and cant understand why clock display is so dim also

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★★★★★

“Excellent machine and well worth the money. £129.99.”

Written on: 19/09/2007 by raymondbuttery (1 review written)

Excellent machine and well worth the money. £129.99… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“A good machine, but a very big question mark over the...”

Written on: 03/04/2007 by frenchman (1 review written)

A good machine, but a very big question mark over the quality of the machine… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“It is complicated to get all the right settings. To...”

Written on: 25/05/2006 by r llewellyn (2 reviews written)

It is complicated to get all the right settings. To get the most out of the Sony DVD Recorder RDR-HX510 DVD recorder you will have to study the manual very carefully, but it will be worth it in the end.

Recording even EP (extended play) is excellent… Read Full Review

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“After two weeks of frustration we actually gave up and...”

Written on: 20/04/2006 by Neil Wardle (1 review written)

After two weeks of frustration we actually gave up and sent our Sony RDR HX510 DVD recorder back, as we could not get the recorder to record from VHS… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Don't forget that the Sony RDR HX510 DVD recorder is...”

Written on: 17/02/2006 by muzzy (1 review written)

Don't forget that the Sony RDR HX510 DVD recorder is an analogue tuner, so if you have a set top box this thing is not for you. But if you own a traditional TV on a cable system you won't be disappointed.

It is very easy to use, and the hard drive is silent.

The quality of sound is much better than the rivals.

Unfortunately you can't be creative enough with backgrounds and other stuff because there is no choice.

It is reliable and fast for the copying from HDD to DVD, but if you want to use… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“The Sony DVD Recorder RDR-HX510 is unable to receive...”

Written on: 14/02/2006 by CaroKen (1 review written)

The Sony DVD Recorder RDR-HX510 is unable to receive 5.1 Surround Sound Inputs
Not 1080i capable only 480i
Produces Simulated Surround Sound w/ Progressive Scan... nice but

* Point: If you think you can record HD w/5.1 to your TiVo - DVR - or straight into the DVD-R and get the same or similar quality - forget about it
Better wait another year… Read Full Review

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Stevetc's Response to CaroKen's Review

Written on: 28/02/2007

Sony do not say that the recorder can receive 5.1 digital or do they say it records HD...SO...my question is..why buy the product and then run it down by complaining what it cannot do.

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★★★★★

“After a few frustrating hours when setting the Sony...”

Written on: 30/01/2006 by lmf (1 review written)

After a few frustrating hours when setting the Sony RDR HX510 DVD recorder up (due to my own slowness at getting my head around how the various bits of equipment worked together), I am extremely happy with this DVD recorder. It is easy to operate and creates excellent quality recordings. The only function I haven't yet succeeded with is the Synchronised Recording - I can get my freeview box to turn on with the timer function, but the DVD recorder doesn't then kick in. Perhaps the kind people… Read Full Review

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“I wonder if anyone can help me, as some seem to have a...”

Written on: 26/01/2006 by male82uk (1 review written)

I wonder if anyone can help me, as some seem to have a bit of knowledge here. My grandparents recently bought the Sony RDR HX510 DVD recorder, and they have a Sky+ box too. They were told that they would be able to record from the Sky+ box onto the DVD HDD and burn to DVD, yet nobody has been able to do so yet. They have since contacted a Sony service centre shop who are trying to help, but they haven't got back to them with any information as yet, as Sony themselves said that it wasn't their… Read Full Review

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Stevetc's Response to male82uk's Review

Written on: 16/05/2006

Not sure if this is too late for your enquiry.....BUT.....select the program you want to record on your Sky box, then make sure you have the DVD set on the blue light(HDD) and press record. After recording press stop and then insert a blank DVD into the slot.If the blank is new it will automatically format itself first. After it has formated press Title list and curser down to 'Dubbing' then simply press 'Start'. If you want to play the recording in another DVD player you must finalise it after. Hope this helps you.

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★★★★★

“I find the Sony DVD Recorder RDR-HX510 very easy to...”

Written on: 07/01/2006 by mart100 (1 review written)

I find the Sony DVD Recorder RDR-HX510 very easy to use. Editing of recordings is simple, as is dubbing from HDD to DVD or vice-versa.

The synchro recording feature is great if you want to record from a set top box… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Just got a Sony RDR HX510 yesterday after owning a...”

Written on: 08/06/2005 by kevcurt (1 review written)

Just got a Sony RDR HX510 yesterday after owning a Sony RDR-GX3 DVD Recorder for about 1 year. I know it's early days but I am very impressed at the outset. Extremely easy to use. Can't hear the hard disk at all. Can do lots of amazing things like copying DVD to HD and vice versa. Chasing playback (start watching a recording while it's still recording.) Watch this space but so far so good… Read Full Review

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Jimbob54's Response to kevcurt's Review

Written on: 30/06/2005

Quick question Kev,
been looking at this item for myself and noticed it has 2 scarts but only one is RGB compatible. I would be wanting to record from Sky box using RGB (better quality than composite) then playback to TV again with RGB. This possible from your experience?

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Kevcurt's Response to kevcurt's Review

Written on: 10/01/2006

You will have to make sure you are watching freeview through a line input on the RDR-HX510. That is L1, L2 etc. Pause should then work ok. hope this helps.

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Jimbob54's Response to kevcurt's Review

Written on: 09/01/2006

I have a sky box and can pause live tv.
Have you got the freeview box going into the recorder via scart socket L3?
Presumably you then have a scart out of L1 to your TV and no separate scart directly linking TV and freeview box. If set up like this and you have L3 selected on the input selection on the recorder, HDD selected as the recording medium and should then be able to press pause and have a "pause" icon appear on the tv screen. Leave it paused at least 10 secs and then press pause or play to set it running again. hope this helps!

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Lmf's Response to kevcurt's Review

Written on: 06/01/2006

I don't seem to be able to use the pause function if watching tv through my freeview box. Have you had a similar problem or am I simply doing something wrong?
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<br>Would appreciate your thoughts as you clearly have more DVD experience than I do!

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Roy Bacon's Response to kevcurt's Review

Written on: 21/12/2005

Possible with use of 3-input Scart Switch from Maplin ( Currently on offer at £9.95 ) this has RGB feedthro'

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