Originally Posted by bron
I have an HX-900, too, thanks in part to you, and I love it. Gets my vote as maybe the best HDD recorder ever made in terms of quality. Tried hard to get another and never could. Finally got a Toshiba XS-35 which is good except very sensitive to the CPMS flags.
I used to use my 2 LiteOn 5005's (with the patch) to copy DVD's and they were very good for this, but now I do it all on my laptop or desktop PC. With the new multi-drives it's a snap. You can buy a great Phillips DL, DVD-RAM, +/- R/RW external drive for as little as $40-50 at NewEgg.com when on sale, if you don't already have a burner.
Anyway, you can make a digital (lossless) copy of DVD's on your PC or laptop - that's the way to go. Use DVD-Decryptor, DVD_Shrink, ImgBurn, etc. (all free) or other software. Lots of info all around but post here or PM me if you have any questions and I'll be glad to help.
If you are burning mostly non-protected stuff you record off TV, then you might want to give the Toshiba XS-35 a look. It has very full-featured editing capabilities and the best Menu generation features I've ever seen in a HDD recorder. Takes some reading and head-scratching to figure out the interface, but once you do, it's awesome. Comes close to PC software in features. Image quality close to the HX-900 (rare to find!). You can even save images from your recorded video and use them as Menu backgrounds. Pretty cool! (It has some quirks, but I'm getting used to them. It is a bit picky about media used. Another advantage of the PC approach is a wider range of media compatibility and almost limitless flexibility.)
Yep, still love my HX-900, and it is going strong.
Near me in NW Pennsylvania, there is a Sony Outlet store.
About 3 months ago, they had a few REFURBISHED HX-900's for $179+tax and a BRAND NEW HX-715 for $199+tax.
I bought the HX-715 to give it a shot because it had the title divide, the SSP mode(2HR 30min), and it was an upconvert DVD player as well with HDMI out.
i tried it out, but returned it because the newer TVGuide Menu on that unit did not play well with Time Warner Cable.
It always set the clock ahead 3-4 hours for some reason and cost me some recordings at the time(this was in April, and Friday Night Lights, LOST, Smallville, ER episodes were getting really good coming down the stretch) and this really pissed me off.
But I could kick myself in the ass for doing it because about a month later, TWC got the TVGuide thing straightened out(My HX-900 NOW receives it's TVGuide data with no problems after going "DARK" when TWC took over in Nov. 2006 from Adelphia, who ALWAYS sent it out with no problems), but I had already returned the unit to the Sony Outlet store, and proceeded to inform another poster(FAS, I believe) where to go get one since he was near where I am.
Next time I will keep my mouth shut
Keep all the goodies for myself.
Thanx for the recommendation on the external DVD recorder, but I am just such an amateur/novice when it comes to computers that I don't trust myself with installing new software and gettinng it to work right.
I got an Open Box Panny ES15 for $85 out the door from Circut City the other day, and am happy with it.
I have had Panny's in the past, and liked them alot. the LP mode is EXCELLENT, and the FR mode(Boy, I wish my Sony had that) is excellent up too 2HR 55min. EXCELLENT RESOLUTION on one DVD-R.
Plus, like the Sony, the Panny "plays well" with MIJ(and Taiwan) MAXELL DVD-R/-RW/+RW. Never a bad burn yet on either the Sony or the Panny with that media, and I just picked up the last of the MIJ Maxell 50PK's in my area, at least that I know of.