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Sony Reveals Six Blu-ray Recorders


Sony Reveals Six Blu-ray Recorders

As the main proponents of Blu-ray, it isn't surprising to see Sony pushing the format heavily. Nonetheless, seeing Sony Japan push six new models into the spotlight does almost smack of overkill - not that we're complaining. Especially when said Blu-ray players are actually recorders and, even pack hard drives.

So what do the BDZ-X100 (above), BDZ-X95, BDZ-L95, BDZ-L55, BDZ-T75 and BDZ-T55 have to offer? Well, all six recorders are up to BD-Live standards, offer 1080p/24 playback and can record in HD to their built in hard drives, as well recordable Blu-ray media. All of the recorders also offer 14-bit colour depth reproduction, also known as Deep Colour; not that any content is available - still.

The X100 and X95 pack 1TB and 500GB drives respectively, dual HDMI outputs(!), a USB input for transferring files two and from the recorders and Sony's Digital Reality Creation - Multi Function version 3 video processing chip. The L95 packs a 500GB hard drive and a set of card readers (including MemoryStick, SD and CF) while the L55 packs no such readers and a 320GB drive and both offer a pair of USB ports. Last up, the T75 and T55 both pack 320GB drives.

Both X-series, the L95 and both T-series Blu-ray recorders also offer DLNA capabilities, even working as servers for video and photos stored on their hard drives, allowing other devices on a network (say a PC or PS3) to access that data and play it - funky! Finally on the main features front, all but the T-series offer AVCHD playback direct from a connected HD video camera.

No UK release information yet, but at least a couple of these models should find their ways to our shores. In Japan the X- and L-series recorders go on sale from the end of this month, with the T-series following a fortnight later.













September 3, 2008, 6:16 pm

Great! Another load of players that look almost identical.

I'm intrigued by the inclusion of hard drives and HD recording capabilities. Are these the first non-PVR style devices that will allow you to record high definition content? Will they record/copy: 1) Blu-ray discs direct to their hard drive, 2) HD content from a Sky HD or Freesat HD box, 3) SD/HD content from other sources? If not, what's the point of the hard drive?


September 4, 2008, 2:38 am

Orinj - your question is simple... the answer is tricky. Most Hi-Def content, either broadcast or supplied on disk is protected by a form of DRM called HDCP. HDCP basically allows the content producer/broadcaster to dictate what it's consumers can do with the video content they buy. It's early days right now, but expect mixed results (sometimes including an inability to get the record button to work at all) depending on the video source & content you're trying to record.


September 4, 2008, 10:47 pm

This is great news if you don't live in England!! The above comment says some of these models wiil reach our country, but when??!! Are we going to have to wait for the next 10 years before we actually get to catch up with the non EU countries & get bestowed with these items? which by then will be antiques!! If the reason we don't have Blue Ray recorders on sale here yet is because the companies or associations can't get there acts together to agree on standards,will we ever get them? DVD recorders with hard drives are now commonplace over here, so why not Blue Ray ? Now that the main HD format war is over, and Blue RAY seem to be going for it & with HD Freesat now available, I envisage the demand for recording HD content form Satellite etc will be far higher.I for one, have been awaiting these Blue Ray recorders preferably with built in hard drives ( and who knows a built in HD Freesat tuner or two or three etc!)ever since the launch news of Blue Ray some years ago! So come on Sony, get your act together with the industry and start producing these machines over here or at least importing them to England so we can start utilising them!


September 4, 2008, 11:55 pm

This is fantastic news. Are there any plans for any of these machines to have Freesat tuners?


September 5, 2008, 3:20 am

I'm familiar with the restrictions posed by HDCP but what about those Terabyte AV servers that rip all your Blu-Rays and DVDs and store them in one place.

Besides, it still doesn't tell us what on earth the hard drives in these machines will allow you to do. It may appear that these are Japanese only models so we may never get to see them.

brian 6

October 3, 2008, 3:20 pm

can you please tell me when the blu-ray recorders will be on sale in this country and where will i be able to buy one?

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