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Sony RDR-GX257 Recordable DVD Player with HDMI Upscaling, Black

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  • HDMI output w/ up to 1080p upscaling for DVD/VHS
  • Line Input Recording (Non-Tuner)
  • BRAVIA Sync for Theater
  • Compatible w/ DVD-RW/-R/+RW/+R/+R DL, & DVD RAM media
  • DVD-Video/Video CD/SVCD/CD-DA (CD-R/-RW) playback
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight5.5 pounds
Product Dimensions9.7 x 17 x 2.2 inches
Item model numberRDR-GX257
Color NameBlack
  
Additional Information
ASINB001I59HSW
Best Sellers Rank #61,114 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9.4 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 13, 2008
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: RDR-GX257
  • Color Name: Black
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Product Description

The Sony RDR-GX257 DVD Recorder is the perfect companion for your digital video recorder. Line Input Recording (non-tuner) lets you record your favorite TV shows from your cable or satellite set-top box. You can also use the One Touch Dubbing function to copy your photos and home video from compatible USB2 or i.LINK-based digital cameras and camcorders3. Additionally, experience your DVDs in near HD-quality with HDMI upscaling (up to 1080p). You can also enjoy music and digital images from CD and DVD media encoded with MP3 audio or JPEG image files.

Customer Reviews

So save yourself money and aggravation, don't buy this or any Sony product.
historian
This could be a digital TV tuner for over the air broadcast or a cable box or a dish box.
kireviewer
The only available recorder Walmart has is the Sony DVD Recorder, RDR GX257 model.
Jesse Allen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

87 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Ashram on January 7, 2009
The Sony RDR-GX257 is a low-cost, tunerless DVD-Video recorder that manages good recording quality at the two faster speeds and isn't too difficult to use.

Normally, a recorder that performs its designed function well enough and with sufficient ease would, at least, deserve four stars. Unfortunately, in the case of this recorder, it earns two stars because, for the price, it lacks features that similarly priced competitive units have, such as the Toshiba D-R410 or, for a few more bucks, the Panasonic DMR-EA18K.

One feature that is lacking on the Sony is recording support for dual layer recordable discs. This problem itself may not be an issue, except there are units similarly priced that do support such media. Support for dual layer media on both -R and +R media would've added a bit more flexibility to this model that you get from the aforementioned Toshiba and Panasonic models.

Another feature that is lacking are s-video inputs, so you will never be able to record high resolution analog formats, such as S-VHS or Hi-8, to their fullest. On top of that, there are no s-video outputs. There are other players that have s-video inputs (and outputs) at the same price point, so why Sony decided to omit this from this model is baffling, especially since these inputs are included on the mentioned Toshiba and Panasonic players.

What is even more baffling was that the model that the RDR-GX257 replaced, the RDR-GX255, had these features! What in the world was Sony thinking?!

In all, because the features that were in the previous generation model did not get incorporated into the current model and that you can have more features at around the same price from someone else, it is very hard to justify this machine.

In all, I don't recommend this one.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sonya Bilbrey on February 9, 2010
I read a lot of the reviews on this product and did not have very high hopes but seeing as all the stores that I went to did not have a large selection of dvd recorders I had to get this model. What I found that the setup was fairly easy if you are technical savvy, if you know what I mean. Well I got it set up to my satellite receiver and I said I was going to test the recorder first, so I got on of my dvds that I use from my computer, DVD+R, which cannot be re-recorded on once it has been recorded on. And what I got was a perfect picture with no 6 second record, like a previous reviewer said, it recorded everything that I wanted it too, it was fairly simple for me. I like to read the instructions that come with the product as it makes getting to know the product a whole lot easier. I suggest if you are going to set this up to give yourself some time to read the operating instructions, because you will not have trouble with this machine. Thanks and I hope this helps.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazoner on February 26, 2010
This dvd recorder is somewhat hard to use, BUT it switches the cable box for you on a timer. The Toishiba 420 does not do that. That makes this recorder 100x more useful than the Toshiba, because I often want to record on several different channels in advance.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Hojati on January 29, 2010
I have owened one of these puppies for about a year now. I ran into this PRODUCT on your site and saw the reveiws. It really does not make sense. I have to say you need to know what you are purchasing. Once you know that, then you can actually see that this product does what it's supposed to do with ease. I have no issues with it at all. I use it frequently with no issues. As for the machine itself, it plays quietly, and would suggest it to anyone onverting old VHS or Hi-8 to DVD as well as someone recording digital satellite or digital cable instead of using a DVR.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kireviewer VINE VOICE on December 12, 2009
It is important to note that this recorder does not have any tuners, limiting its usefulness.

Whether this is right for you, depends on how you are going to use it. If you just want to transfer VHS tapes on to DVD, then this would be OK.

You won't be able to record TV shows without some sort of external tuner. This could be a digital TV tuner for over the air broadcast or a cable box or a dish box.

But, in any case, you will not be able to record a high quality video picture. You will only be able to record in standard definition and not in widescreen.

For copyright protection (so people can't copy high defintion signals), no commercial DVD recorder comes with component or HDMI inputs. They only have composite inputs and in some cases, like with this player, S-video inputs. But, composit and S video are lower qualify.

I prefer a DVD recorder with digital ASTM and QAM tuners. With these, you can take direct digital signals from either over the air, or directly from a cable and record higher definition DVDs in widescreen.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By The Frogfighter S on December 2, 2008
Maybe it is just my machine.. but I bought this and a pack of DVD-RWs to replace my VCR, Big mistake! I set the timer for over the Thanksgiving holiday and when I got back I had all of 5 seconds of an hour long program recorded to the disc and nothing else (I had set the timer for 3 separate hour long programs). I tried again, set the timer, being more careful to ensure I wasn't making a mistake, and again I got less than 10 seconds of an hour long program. So I tried to manually record and found that the player would stop recording after a few seconds and I'd get a Huge: Cannot Record Copy write Protected error across my screen whenever I tried to record Anything! It wouldn't even record a 30 second commercial and when it Errored when I tried to transfer Home movies from VHS to DVD I gave up! I have had it for 7 days now and needless to say I am returning this machine first thing tomorrow morning!
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