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ShampBabe 3:33pm on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 
Bought this at the local ASDA... appeared to be the best make from an otherwise nondescript bunch. The most expensive (though not really expensive. Makes strange quite loud noises periodically (every few hours on standby) and so I took it back to where I purchased it from. This Sony RDR-GX120 dvd recorder is the worst piece of equipment I have ever bought. Things started to go wrong after a week.
Fergus 1:07am on Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 
If I would buy a Sony DVD recorder again. ... Easy to use Unreliable I would just like to say that I have one of these DVD Recorders and it is rubbish. We had.
MarkusBaumeister 4:33pm on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 
The Sony RDR-GX120 dvd recorder is without a doubt the worst piece of kit that Sony have ever had made in Hungary.
jcl 11:46am on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 
But for the most part Sony have made the system easy enough for the novice. Most of the menu is navigated by directional keys and an enter button.
bkunkel 11:55am on Thursday, June 10th, 2010 
Sony RDR-GX120 Duel Format/Dual Layer DVD Recorder This a good product, but the instructions for setting it up were not clear at all.
vasek 9:59pm on Friday, April 30th, 2010 
great dvd recorder !! I am very , very pleased with this dvd recorder ! You get what you pay for... I was looking for a decent quality DVD recorder to back up my sky + box. This is it.
Garbledwords 10:13pm on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 
This Sony RDR-GX120 is a great dvd recorder, easy to set up and use, however I cannot get the videoplus to work successfully.

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DVD Recorder

Operating Instructions

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2006 Sony Corporation


To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture. To avoid electrical shock, do not open the cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel only. The mains lead must be changed only at a qualified service shop.
This appliance is classified as a CLASS 1 LASER product. The CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT MARKING is located on the laser protective housing inside the enclosure.
Notice for customers in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland A molded plug complying with BS1363 is fitted to this equipment for your safety and convenience. Should the fuse in the plug supplied need to be replaced, a 5 AMP fuse approved by ASTA or BSI to BS1362, (i.e., marked with or mark) must be used. If the plug supplied with this equipment has a detachable fuse cover, be sure to attach the fuse cover after you change the fuse. Never use the plug without the fuse cover. If you should lose the fuse cover, please contact your nearest Sony service station.
Disposal of Old Electrical & Electronic Equipment (Applicable in the European Union and other European countries with separate collection systems)
This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product shall not be treated as household waste. Instead it shall be handed over to the applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. By ensuring this product is disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potential negative consequences for the environment and human health, which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling of this product. The recycling of materials will help to conserve natural resources. For more detailed information about recycling of this product, please contact your local Civic Office, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product.


This unit operates on V AC, 50/60 Hz. Check that the units operating voltage is identical with your local power supply. To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not place objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on the apparatus. Install this system so that the mains lead can be unplugged from the wall socket immediately in the event of trouble. VIDEO Plus+ and PlusCode are registered trademarks of Gemstar Development Corporation. The VIDEO Plus+ system is manufactured under license from Gemstar Development Corporation.


The use of optical instruments with this product will increase eye hazard. As the laser beam used in this DVD recorder is harmful to eyes, do not attempt to disassemble the cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel only.
This label is located on the laser protective housing inside the enclosure.

On recording

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits set out in the EMC Directive using a connection cable shorter than 3 metres.
Make trial recordings before making the actual recording.


Caution: This recorder is capable of holding a still video image or on-screen display image on your television screen indefinitely. If you leave the still video image or onscreen display image displayed on your TV for an extended period of time you risk permanent damage to your television screen. Plasma display panels and projection televisions are especially susceptible to this.
If you have any questions or problems concerning your recorder, please consult your nearest Sony dealer.
On compensation for lost recordings
Sony is not liable and will not compensate for any lost recordings or relevant losses, including when recordings are not made due to reasons including recorder failure, or when the contents of a recording are lost or damaged as a result of recorder failure or repair undertaken to the recorder. Sony will not restore, recover, or replicate the recorded contents under any circumstances.

On safety

Should any solid object or liquid fall into the cabinet, unplug the recorder and have it checked by qualified personnel before operating it any further.

On power sources

The recorder is not disconnected from the AC power source (mains) as long as it is connected to the wall outlet, even if the recorder itself has been turned off. If you are not going to use the recorder for a long time, be sure to disconnect the recorder from the wall outlet. To disconnect the AC power cord (mains lead), grasp the plug itself; never pull the cord.


Television programmes, films, video tapes, discs, and other materials may be copyrighted. Unauthorized recording of such material may be contrary to the provisions of the copyright laws. Also, use of this recorder with cable television transmission may require authorization from the cable television transmitter and/or programme owner. This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights. Use of this copyright protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision, and is intended for home and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision. Reverse engineering or disassembly is prohibited.

Eight Basic Operations Getting to Know Your DVD Recorder
1. Inserting a Disc. 26 2. Recording a Programme. 26 Checking the disc status while recording. 27 3. Playing the Recorded Programme (Title List). 28 4. Displaying the Playing/Remaining Time and Play Information. 30 Checking the playing/remaining time. 31 Checking the remaining disc space. 31 5. Changing the Name of a Recorded Programme. 32 6. Labelling a Disc. 33 7. Playing the Disc on Other DVD Equipment (Finalise). 34 Finalising the disc using Z (open/close) button. 34 Finalising the disc using Disc Information display. 34 8. Reformatting a disc. 35

Timer Recording.36

Before Recording. 36 Recording mode. 36 Recording stereo and bilingual programmes. 36 Unrecordable pictures. 37 Timer Recording (Standard/VIDEO Plus+). 37 Setting the timer manually (Standard). 37 Recording TV programmes using the VIDEO Plus+ system. 40 Using the Quick Timer function. 41 Adjusting the recording picture quality and size. 41 Creating chapters in a title. 42 Checking/Changing/Cancelling Timer Settings (Timer List). 42 Recording From Connected Equipment. 44 Recording from connected equipment with a timer (Synchro Rec). 44 Recording from connected equipment without a timer. 45


Playing. 46 Playback options. 48 Adjusting the picture quality. 49 Adjusting the delay between the picture and sound (AV SYNC). 50 Searching for a Title/Chapter/Track, etc. 50 Playing MP3 Audio Tracks. 51 About MP3 audio tracks. 52 MP3 audio tracks that the recorder can play. 52 About playback order of albums and tracks. 53

Erasing and Editing.54

Before Editing. 54 Erasing and Editing a Title. 54 Erasing multiple titles (Erase Titles). 55 Erasing a section of a title (A-B Erase). 55
Settings and Adjustments.57
Aerial Reception and Language Settings (Basic). 57 Channel Setting. 57 Channel Sort. 59 Auto Programme Title Labelling (TV Guide Page). 59 Clock. 60 OSD (On-Screen Display). 61 Video Settings (Video). 61 Audio Settings (Audio). 64 Recording Settings (Recording). 66 Disc Settings (DVD). 67 Remote Control Settings/Factory Settings (Others). 69 Easy Setup (Resetting the Recorder). 70


Additional Information.71
Troubleshooting. 71 Self-diagnosis Function (When letters/numbers appear in the display). 76 Notes About This Recorder. 77 Specifications. 78 Guide to Parts and Controls. 79 Language Code List. 82 Area Code. 82 Index. 83
Quick Guide to Disc Types
Recordable and playable discs
Type Disc Logo Icon used in this manual Formatting (new discs) Compatibility with other DVD players (finalising)


Automatically formatted in +VR mode (DVD+RW VIDEO)
Playable on DVD+RW compatible players (automatically finalised)


Automatically formatted in +VR mode (DVD+R VIDEO)

The remote performs the following:
Buttons TV [/1 TV 2 (volume) +/ TV PROG +/ Operations Turns your TV on or off Adjusts the volume of your TV Selects the programme position on your TV Switches your TVs input source
Check that Easy Setup (page 18) has been finished. If Easy Setup has not been finished, first perform Easy Setup. Press SYSTEM MENU.

The System Menu appears.

Select SETUP, and press ENTER.
To operate the TV/DVD button (for SCART connections only)
The TV/DVD button switches between the recorder and the last input source selected on the TV. Point your remote at the recorder when using this button. When you connect the recorder to the TV via the SCART jacks, the input source for the TV is set to the recorder automatically when you start playback. To watch another source, press the TV/DVD button to switch the TVs input source.
Select Others, and press ENTER.
If the Command Mode for the recorder has not been changed, set the Command Mode for the remote to the default setting of DVD3. If the Command Mode for the remote is changed to DVD1 or DVD2, you will be unable to operate this recorder.
Select Command Mode, and press ENTER.
Changing programme positions of the recorder using the remote
You can change programme positions of the recorder using the number buttons.

Number buttons, SET

Select a Command Mode (DVD1, DVD2, or DVD3), and press ENTER. Set the Command Mode for the remote so it matches the Command Mode for the recorder you set above.
Follow the steps below to set the Command Mode on the remote. 1 Hold down ENTER. 2 While holding down ENTER, enter the Command Mode code number using the number buttons.
Command Mode Code number DVD1 DVD2 DVD3 number button 1 number button 2 number button 3
Example: for channel 50 Press 5, 0, then press SET.
3 Hold down both the number and ENTER buttons at the same time for more than three seconds.
To check the Command Mode for the recorder
Press x on the recorder when the recorder is turned off. The Command Mode for the recorder appears in the front panel display.

Step 6: Easy Setup

Make the basic adjustments by following the on-screen instructions in Easy Setup.
Easy Setup - Clock The recorder will automatically search for a clock signal. If a clock signal cannot be found, set the clock manually using </M/m/,, and press ENTER. Easy Setup - TV Type (page 61) If you have a wide-screen TV, select 16:9. If you have a standard TV, select either 4:3 Letter Box (shrink to fit) or 4:3 Pan Scan (stretch to fit). This will determine how wide-screen images are displayed on your TV. Easy Setup - Component Out If you are using the COMPONENT VIDEO OUT jack, select On.

DVD recorder VCR TV

Be sure to connect your VCR to the DVD recorder and to your TV in the order shown below. To watch video tapes, watch the tapes through a second line input on your TV.
Line input 1 VCR DVD recorder TV Line input 2
The SMARTLINK features are not available for devices connected via the DVD recorders LINE 3/ DECODER jack. When you record to a VCR from this DVD recorder, do not switch the input source to TV by pressing the TV/DVD button on the remote. If you disconnect the recorders mains lead, you will not be able to view the signals from the connected VCR.
Connecting to the LINE 2 IN jacks on the front panel
Connect a VCR or similar recording device to the LINE 2 IN jacks of this recorder. If the equipment has an S-video jack, you can use an S-video cord instead of an audio/video cord.

VCR, etc.

Audio/video cord (not supplied)

to LINE 2 IN

DVD recorder : Signal flow
z Hint When the connected equipment outputs only monaural sound, connect to just the L(MONO) and VIDEO input jacks on the front of the recorder. Do not connect the R input jack.
b Notes Do not connect the yellow LINE IN (VIDEO) jack when using an S-video cord. Do not connect the output jack of this recorder to another equipments input jack with the other equipments output jack connected to the input jack of this recorder. This may cause noise (feedback). Do not connect more than one type of video cord between the recorder and your TV at the same time.
Connecting to a Satellite or Digital Tuner
Connect a satellite or digital tuner to this recorder using the LINE 3/DECODER jack. Disconnect the recorders mains lead from the mains when connecting the tuner. To use the Synchro-Rec function, see below. Do NOT set Line3 Input of the Scart Setting to Decoder in the Video setup when making this connection.
Satellite tuner, CanalSat, etc. SCART cord (not supplied)
If the satellite tuner can output RGB signals
RGB signal images can be displayed on the TV screen, but cannot be recorded. If the satellite tuner can output RGB signals, connect the TV SCART connector on the satellite tuner to the LINE 3/DECODER jack, and set Line3 Input of Scart Setting to Video/RGB in the Video setup (page 62). Note that this connection and setup disable the SMARTLINK function. If you want to use the SMARTLINK function with a compatible set top box, see the instructions supplied with the set top box.

Insert a recordable DVD.

Press INPUT SELECT repeatedly to select L3. Press REC MODE repeatedly to select the recording mode.
For details about the recording mode, see page 36.
b Notes The recorder starts recording only after detecting a video signal from the connected equipment. The beginning of the programme may not be recorded regardless of whether or not the recorders power is on or off. During Synchro-Recording, other operations, such as normal recording, cannot be performed. To use the connected equipment while the recorder is standing by for Synchro-Recording, cancel Synchro-Recording by pressing c z SYNCHRO REC. Be sure to turn off the connected equipment and press c z SYNCHRO REC to reset Synchro-Recording before the timer recording starts. The Synchro Rec function does not work when Line3 Input of Scart Setting is set to Decoder in the Video setup (page 63). The Synchro Rec function does not work with some tuners. For details, see the tuners operating instructions. While the recorder is standing by for SynchroRecording, the Auto Clock Set function (page 60) does not work. To use the Synchro Rec function, you must first set the recorders clock correctly.
If the timer settings of a SynchroRecording and another timer recording overlap
Regardless of whether or not the programme is a Synchro Rec programme, the programme that starts first has priority and the second programme starts recording only after the first programme has finished.
First programme Second programme will be cut off
Press the pause (or play) button on the connected equipment to cancel the playback pause status.
The connected equipment starts playback and the playback image is recorded by this recorder. To stop recording, press x REC STOP on this recorder.
z Hint You can adjust the settings for the recording picture before recording. See Adjusting the recording picture quality and size on page 41.
Recording from connected equipment without a timer
You can record from a connected VCR or similar device. To connect a VCR or similar device, see Connecting a VCR or Similar Device on page 19.
When recording a video game image, the screen may not be clear. Any programme that contains a Copy-Never copy guard signal cannot be recorded. The recorder continues to record, but a blank screen will be recorded.
Press INPUT SELECT to select an input source according to the connection you made.
The front panel display changes as follows:

programme position

Press REC MODE repeatedly to select the recording mode.

Dolby Digital

MPEG (DVD VIDEOs only) Selects the type of MPEG audio signal.
PCM Select this when the recorder is connected to an audio component without a built-in MPEG decoder. If you play MPEG audio sound tracks, the recorder outputs stereo signals via the DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL) jack. Select this when the recorder is connected to an audio component with a built-in MPEG decoder.
Audio DRC (Dynamic Range Control) (DVDs only)
Selects the dynamic range (difference between soft and loud sounds) setting when playing a DVD that conforms to Audio DRC. This affects the output from the following jacks: LINE 2 OUT R-AUDIO-L jacks LINE 1 TV jack LINE 3/DECODER jack DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL) jack only when Dolby Digital is set to D-PCM (page 64).
Standard TV Mode Wide Range Normally select this position. Makes low sounds clear even if you turn the volume down. Settings and Adjustments Gives you the feeling of being at a live performance.
DTS (DVD VIDEOs only) Selects whether or not to output DTS signals.
On Select this when the recorder is connected to an audio component with a built-in DTS decoder. Select this when the recorder is connected to an audio component without a built-in DTS decoder.

Downmix (DVDs only)

Switches the method for mixing down to two channels when you play a DVD which has rear sound elements (channels) or is recorded in Dolby Digital format. For details on the rear signal components, see 4. Displaying the Playing/Remaining Time and Play Information on page 30. This function affects the output of the following jacks: LINE 2 OUT R-AUDIO-L jacks LINE 1 TV jack LINE 3/DECODER jack DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL) jack when Dolby Digital is set to D-PCM (page 64).
Dolby Surround Normally select this position. Multi-channel audio signals are output to two channels for enjoying surround sounds. Multi-channel audio signals are downmixed to two channels for use with your stereo.
48kHz/96kHz PCM (DVD VIDEOs only) Selects the sampling frequency of the audio signal.
48kHz/ 16bit 96kHz/ 24bit The audio signals of DVD VIDEOs are converted to 48 kHz/16 bit and output. All signals containing 96 kHz/24 bit are output without conversion. However, the signals are output at 48 kHz/16 bit if copyright-protected signals are contained.
b Note 48kHz/96kHz PCM setting has no effect when audio signals are output from the LINE 2 OUT (RAUDIO-L) jacks or LINE 1 TV/LINE 3/ DECODER jack. If the sampling frequency is 96kHz, signals are simply converted to analogue signals and output.


TV Direct Rec (DVD+RW/DVD+R only)
Recording Settings (Recording)
The Recording setup allows you to adjust recording settings.
Allows you to easily record what you are watching on the TV using SMARTLINK. Turns off the TV Direct Rec function.
Press SYSTEM MENU while the recorder is in stop mode. Select SETUP, and press ENTER. Select Recording, and press ENTER.

The Recording setup appears with the following options. The default settings are underlined.

Auto Chapter

Selects whether to automatically divide a recording (a title) into chapters during recording.
On Inserts chapter marks at approximately 6 minute intervals. No chapter mark is inserted.
b Note The actual chapter mark interval may vary depending on the amount of information contained in the video to be recorded.

DVD Rec. Settings

Bilingual Recording Selects the sound to be recorded on the recordable disc.
Main Sub Records the main sound for the bilingual programme. Records the sub sound for the bilingual programme.

Timer Settings

On Automatically adjusts the recording mode to enable the entire programme to be recorded (page 38). Turns off the function.

Disc Settings (DVD)

The DVD setup allows you to adjust parental control and language settings.
When you have already registered a password, the display for entering the password appears.
Press SYSTEM MENU while the recorder is in stop mode. Select SETUP, and press ENTER. Select DVD, and press ENTER.
The DVD setup appears with the following options. The default settings are underlined.
Enter your four-digit password using the number buttons, then select OK and press ENTER.
Select Standard, and press ENTER. The selection items for Standard are displayed.
Parental Control (DVD VIDEO only)
Playback of some DVD VIDEOs can be limited according to a predetermined level, such as the age of the users. Scenes may be blocked or replaced with different scenes.
Select Parental Control in DVD, and press ENTER. If you have not entered a password, the display for registering a new password appears.
Select a geographic area as the playback limitation level, and press ENTER. The area is selected. When you select Others, press the number buttons to select and enter an area code in the table (page 82). Then select OK and press ENTER.
Select Level, and press ENTER. The selection items for Level are displayed.
z Hint If you select Others in DVD Menu, Subtitle, or Audio, select and enter a language code from Language Code List on page 82 using the number buttons.

b Note If you select a language in DVD Menu, Subtitle, or Audio that is not recorded on the DVD VIDEO, one of the recorded languages will be automatically selected.
The lower the value, the stricter the limitation. Discs rated higher than the selected level will be restricted.
Select the level, and press ENTER. The Parental Control setting is complete. To cancel the Parental Control setting for the disc, set Level to Off in step 6. To change the password, select Password in step 3, and press ENTER. When the display for registering a password appears, enter a new four-digit password using the number buttons, then select OK and press ENTER.
b Notes If you forget your password, you will have to reset it by selecting Parental Control of Factory Setup in the Others setup (page 69). When you play discs which do not have the Parental Control function, playback cannot be limited on this recorder. Depending on the disc, you may be asked to change the Parental Control level while playing the disc. In this case, enter your password, then change the level. Language (DVD VIDEO only)
DVD Menu Switches the language for the DVD menu. Audio Switches the language of the sound track. When you select Original, the language given priority in the disc is selected. Subtitle Switches the language of the subtitles recorded on the disc. When you select Audio Follow, the subtitle language changes according to the language you selected for the sound track.
Remote Control Settings/ Factory Settings (Others)
The Others setup allows you to set up other operational settings.
Press SYSTEM MENU while the recorder is in stop mode. Select SETUP, and press ENTER. Select Others, and press ENTER.
The Others setup appears with the following options. The default settings are underlined.
Power Save mode does not function when there is a timer setting with PDC/VPS set to On in the Timer List, even if Power save standby is set to On. The SMARTLINK features are not available while the power is off when Power save standby is set to On. To reduce the number of times that the fan turns on automatically, set Power save standby to On.

Command Mode

Changes the Command Mode of the recorder if other DVD equipment is assigned the same Command Mode. For details, see If you have a Sony DVD player or more than one Sony DVD recorder on page 16.

Factory Setup

Allows you to select the setup settings by group, and return them to their default settings. Note that all of your previous settings will be lost.

TV programme reception does not fill the screen.
, Set the channel manually in Channel Setting in the Basic setup (page 57). , Select the correct source using the INPUT SELECT button, or select a channel of any TV programme using the PROG +/ buttons.
TV programme pictures are distorted.
, Reorient the TV aerial. , Adjust the picture (see the TVs instruction manual). , Place the recorder and TV farther apart. , Place the TV and any bunched aerial cables farther apart. , The aerial cable is connected to the AERIAL OUT jack on the recorder. Connect the cable to the AERIAL IN jack.
TV channels cannot be changed.
, The channel is disabled (page 58). , A timer recording started, which changed the channels.

There is no sound.

, Re-connect all connections securely. , The connecting cord is damaged. , The input source setting on the amplifier or the connection to the amplifier is incorrect. , The recorder is in reverse play, fastforward, slow motion, or pause mode. , If the audio signal does not come through the DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL) jack, check the Audio Connection settings in the Audio setup (page 64).
The picture from equipment connected to the recorders input jack does not appear on the screen.
, If the equipment is connected to the LINE 1 TV jack, select L1 in the front panel display by pressing PROG +/ or INPUT SELECT. If the equipment is connected to the LINE 2 IN jacks, select L2 in the front panel display by pressing PROG +/ or INPUT SELECT. If the equipment is connected to the LINE 3/DECODER jack, select L3 in the front panel display by pressing PROG +/ or INPUT SELECT.

Sound distortion occurs.

, Set Audio ATT in the Audio setup to On (page 64).

Sound is noisy.

, When playing a CD with DTS sound tracks, noise will come from the LINE 2 OUT RAUDIO-L jacks, LINE 1 TV jack, or LINE 3/DECODER jack (page 49).
The playback picture or TV programme from the equipment connected through the recorder is distorted.
, If the playback picture output from a DVD player, VCR, or tuner goes through your recorder before reaching your TV, the copyprotection signal applied to some programmes could affect picture quality. Disconnect the playback equipment in question and connect it directly to your TV.

The sound volume is low.

, The sound volume is low on some DVDs. The sound volume may improve if you set Audio DRC in the Audio setup to TV Mode (page 65). , Set Audio ATT in the Audio setup to Off (page 64).
The picture does not fill the screen.
, Set TV Type of the Video Output in the Video setup in accordance with the screen size of your TV (page 61).

, The disc does not have enough space. , Insert a recordable disc inside the recorder.
The recording mode indication is incorrect.
, When the recording is less than ten minutes, or if a picture with little movement is displayed for more than ten minutes, the recording mode indication may be displayed incorrectly. Note that the actual recording itself was correctly made in the selected recording mode. , After playing titles recorded in EP and SLP mode, the recording mode indication may change depending on the recorded programme.
Five numbers or letters are displayed in the front panel display.
, The self-diagnosis function was activated (see the table on page 76). Additional Information
The disc tray does not open after you press Z (open/close).
, It may take a few seconds for the disc tray to open after you have recorded or edited a DVD. This is because the recorder is adding disc data to the disc.
The clock does not appear in the front panel display when the recorder is turned off.
, Dimmer in the Others setup is set to Save Power (page 69).
The disc tray does not open and LOCKED appears in the front panel display.
, The disc tray is locked. Cancel the Child Lock (page 47).

Remote control

The remote does not function.
, Batteries are weak. , The remote is too far from the recorder. , The remotes manufacturer code returned to the default setting when you replaced the batteries. Reset the code (page 15). , The remote is not pointed at the remote sensor on the recorder. , Different command modes are set for the recorder and remote. Set the same command mode (page 16). The default command mode setting for this recorder and the supplied remote is DVD3. , Press x (stop) on the unit while the recorder is turned off to check the current command mode.
The disc tray does not open and TRAY LOCKED appears in the front panel display.
, Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
The disc tray does not open and you cannot remove the disc after you press Z (open/close).
, Turn off the recorder. Once the clock appears in the front panel display, disconnect the mains lead. (If the recorder does not turn off or if the clock does not appear in the front panel display, disconnect the mains lead anyway.) Connect the mains lead again while pressing down A on the recorder, and release the button when the disc tray opens. Then, keep [/1 on the recorder pressed for about ten seconds until WELCOME appears in the front panel display.

Self-diagnosis Function (When letters/numbers appear in the display)
When the self-diagnosis function is activated to prevent the recorder from malfunctioning, a five-character service number (e.g., C 13 00) with a combination of a letter and four numbers appears in the front panel display. In this case, check the following table.
First three Cause and/or corrective characters of action the service number C 13 The DVD is dirty. , Clean the disc with a soft cloth. The DVD/CD is not inserted correctly. , Re-insert the disc correctly.
RECOVERY appears in the front panel display.
, The recorders recovery function was activated when the recorder was turned on because the power was turned off or failed during recording. Leave the recorder on until RECOVERY disappears from the front panel display.
FAN ERROR appears in the front panel display.
, Check that the vent on the rear of the recorder is not blocked. Then, immediately disconnect the mains lead. Leave the recorder off for a while, then re-connect the mains lead, and press [/1 on the recorder.
E XX To prevent a malfunction, the (xx is a number) recorder has performed the self-diagnosis function. , Contact your nearest Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility and give the fivecharacter service number. Example: E 61 10
Mechanical sound is heard when the recorder is off.
, While the recorder is adjusting the clock for the Auto Clock Set function or scanning the programme positions for the PDC/VPS function, operational noises (such as the internal fan) may be heard, even when the power is off. This is not a malfunction. , To reduce the number of times that the fan turns on automatically, set Power save standby to On in the Others setup (page 69).

Notes about the discs

Notes About This Recorder

On operation

If the recorder is brought directly from a cold to a warm location, or is placed in a very damp room, moisture may condense on the lenses inside the recorder. Should this occur, the recorder may not operate properly. In this case, if the recorder is on, leave it on (if it is off, leave it off) for about an hour until the moisture evaporates. When you move the recorder, take out any discs. If you dont, the disc may be damaged.

To keep the disc clean, handle the disc by its edge. Do not touch the surface. Dust, fingerprints, or scratches on the disc may cause it to malfunction.
Do not expose the disc to direct sunlight or heat sources such as hot air ducts, or leave it in a car parked in direct sunlight as the temperature may rise considerably inside the car. After playing, store the disc in its case. Clean the disc with a cleaning cloth. Wipe the disc from the centre out.

On adjusting volume

Do not turn up the volume while listening to a section with very low level inputs or no audio signals. If you do, the speakers may be damaged when a peak level section is played.

On cleaning

Clean the cabinet, panel, and controls with a soft cloth slightly moistened with a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder or solvent such as alcohol or benzine.
On cleaning discs, disc/lens cleaners
Do not use a commercially available cleaning disc or disc/lens cleaner (wet or spray type). These may cause the recorder to malfunction.
Do not use solvents such as benzine, thinner, commercially available cleaners, or anti-static spray intended for vinyl LPs. Do not use the following discs. A disc that has a non-standard shape (e.g., card, heart). A disc with a label or sticker on it. A disc that has cellophane tape or sticker adhesive on it.

On replacement of parts

In the event that this unit is repaired, repaired parts may be collected for reuse or recycling purposes.


System Laser: Semiconductor laser Channel coverage: PAL (B/G, D/K, I) VHF: E2 to E12, R1 to R12, Italian A to H, Ireland A to J, South Africa 4 to 13 UHF: E21 to E69, R21 to R69, B21 to B69 CATV: S01 to S05, S1 to S20 HYPER: S21 to S41
The above channel coverage merely ensures the channel reception within these ranges. It does not guarantee the ability to receive signals in all circumstances. For details, see Receivable channels (page 58).
LINE 1 TV: 21-pin CVBS IN/OUT S-Video/RGB OUT (upstream) LINE 3/DECODER: 21-pin CVBS IN/OUT S-Video/RGB IN (RGB signals cannot be recorded) S-Video OUT (downstream) Decoder DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL): Phono jack/ 0.5 Vp-p/75 ohms COMPONENT VIDEO OUT (Y, PB/CB, PR/CR): Phono jack/Y: 1.0 Vp-p, PB/CB: 0.7 Vp-p, PR/CR: 0.7 Vp-p General Power requirements: 220-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz Power consumption: 20 W Dimensions (approx.): 291 mm (width/height/ depth) incl. projecting parts Mass (approx.): 3.1 kg Operating temperature: 5C to 35C Operating humidity: 25% to 80% Supplied accessories: Mains lead (1) Aerial cable (1) Remote commander (remote) (1) R6 (size AA) batteries (2)
Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.
Video reception: Frequency synthesizer system Audio reception: Split carrier system Aerial out: 75-ohm asymmetrical aerial socket Timer: Clock: Quartz locked/Timer indication: 24-hour cycle (digital)/ Power back-up duration: 1 hour Video recording format: MPEG-2, MPEG-1 Audio recording format/applicable bit rate: Dolby Digital 2 ch 256 kbps/128 kbps (in EP and SLP mode) Inputs and outputs LINE 2 OUT (AUDIO): Phono jack/2 Vrms/10 kilohms (VIDEO): Phono jack/1.0 Vp-p (S VIDEO): 4-pin mini DIN/Y:1.0 Vp-p, C: 0.3 Vp-p (PAL) LINE 2 IN (AUDIO): Phono jack/2 Vrms/more than 22 kilohms (VIDEO): Phono jack/1.0 Vp-p (S VIDEO): 4-pin mini DIN/Y:1.0 Vp-p, C: 0.3 Vp-p (PAL)


Technical Bulletin

Date Ref. No. Model


RDR-GX120, RDR-GX220, RDR-GX330, RDR-GXD360, RDR-HX520, RDR-HX525, RDR-HX720, RDR-HX722, RDR-HX725, RDR-HX727, RDR-HX730, RDR-HX920, RDR-HX925, RDR-HXD560, RDR-HXD760


Set Freezes after WELCOME Message on FL Display SYMPTOM The set may freeze after WELCOME appears on the FL display, and may refuse to power on. NOTE
This symptom is very similar to the SATA cable issue described in Technical Bulletin 06HV027, but must not be confused with it. Therefore, make sure to check the procedure below BEFORE applying TB 06HV027. CAUSE Voltage output of the DC-DC converter IC is not correctly stabilized. SOLUTION N The output of the DC-DC converter is a square pulse. Please measure at pin 3 of the IC, using an oscilloscope. Check that the signal is within the [WAVEFORM] specifications. Proceed according to the flowchart below.
Refer to the table below when exchanging IC601. Board RD-060 Ref. IC601 Description IC MP2105DJ-LF-Z Part number 6-708-889-01
Sony Europe (Belgium) NV Customer Satisfaction Europe Quality & Service Engineering 1/2
After exchanging IC601, confirm the oscillation frequency to the below values. Oscillating frequency Interpulse time 1.050.2MHz : 0.85~1.25 MHz



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