Originally Posted by Rammitinski
The HX715 was indeed sold in the US, and it had an NTSC tuner and TVGOS. It immediately followed the HX900 (I remember it very well from my Crutchfield catalogs at the time.
Okay, it seems I got the x15 mixed up with the x25: sorry about that, folks.
Somehow I got confused, and thought the difference between the x15 and x25 was the same as the difference between the x80 and x90 (which is, they're simultaneous model lines but the higher numbers have the more elaborately featured DTV tuners for the Europeans who want or need the extra features). Apparently the the x15 was the last USA model and the x25 was an update to it sold only overseas (and perhaps in Canada before the ill-fated 780).
Personally I don't recall seeing any threads here on the x15 specifically, just occasional questions about upgrading the 525 or 725, but if Rammitinski says the x15 threads are here, they're here (Rammi is a big fan of the GX-900, so he would know
.) Its hard to keep track sometimes of when each mfr "left the building" and took their DVD/HDD models exclusively to Europe and maybe Canada. Most of the Sony-owning members I've assisted with HDD replacements had the 525 and lived in Europe, so thats what stuck in my brain.
I wouldn't worry too much about the RDR-HX715 having TVGOS issues as bad as the Pioneer 633: nothing
has issues as bad as the 633 (I know, I've repaired enough of them). The only issue you might have with the Sony TVGOS would be loss of the TVGOS analog signal in your city, an on again/off again phenomenon reported on AVS extensively. You should still be able to use the 715 manually in the absence of TVGOS data. Although I remember reports here about one Sony model that relied completely on the TVGOS for basic functions, and is effectively crippled if it can't pick up the signal: perhaps Rammitinski could jump in and identify it, as it might be a poorer choice than other Sonys?