[QUOTE=franksony;2244247]1. I just joined this forum today. I also have a Sony RDR-GX7. I was hoping to find an answer to the problem that you are having. I tried Maxell DVD+RW a few years ago. They do not work in the RDR-GX7. At first I had good luck with Memorex DVD+RW discs. After 3 years of rewrites, they became unreliable. I then tried a spindle of Sony DVD+RW. They work fine.
A few months ago, however, I tried another spindle of Sony DVD+RW and only about half of the discs would format. Last week I tried another spindle of Memorex DVD+RW. None of them would format–all generate the trusty C1300 dirty disk error message.
This recorder seems to be extremely sensitive to the way the discs are manufactured. You said that the Verbatim work fairly well. How recently have you purchased some DVD+RW Verbatim discs? I am beginning to wonder if manufacturers have changed something in the specifications of the DVD+RW discs and they will not format on the RDR-GX7 any more.
On another forum I found someone who claimed to have a firmware upgrade for this recorder. I asked him to send it to me, but I never received anything. Sony denies that there is a firmware upgrade.
- Two months ago I purchased a Panasonic DMR-EZ28. It does not record HD, but does upconvert to 1080p. It has a good picture and formats anything I put in the tray. I am using the five year old Memorex discs that I first started using in the RDR-GX7–the ones that became unreliable in the RDR-GX7. They work fine in the Panasonic. I have also formatted Maxell and Sony. I am happy with it. It has a few quirks–but nothing that cannot be worked around.[/QUOTE]
Hi, I thought the dirty disc message meant something else as I clean all my blanks quite well before putting them into the recorder. I usually use Verbatim (-R) blanks sold @ Sam’s club. Recently they changed the discs- the new ones say “Inkjet Printable DVD (-R) 16X”. The old ones didn’t have the inkjet on them. These are OK with the recorders most of the time.
I don’t usually watch the blanks when the door closes to observe the 'Disc is formatted" message, but the Maxell’s (-R) will load & I pause the recording initially. After perhaps 2-5 minutes I get the C-1300 message and that disc goes in the PC room. One year ago I bought a 50 pk. of the same Maxell discs & they gave no trouble.
I also have no trouble with (+RW) discs. I only have the problem with (-R) media. As to the Panasonic- where did you buy it and @ what price?
All things considered- These decks are only 450 res. and I get HD programming through Dish. I would be satisfied with 1080i res. for now if the price is not too high for the recorder you mention.
I also have a Sony model # BDP-BX1 Blu-ray DVD player and both the sound & picture are great in 1080p. It gives no trouble like all my other Sony products with the exception of the RDR-GX7’s.
One other question- how does the PQ compare with the RDR-GX7 & the DMR-EZ28? I figure it must be much better if it goes up to 1080 res.
Thanks for the input. It gives me a start on a new recorder.