Summary: Same story as the rest of the reviews...works for a while and then gives the disc error problems. I have thousands of dollars worth of Sony equipment and I've decided that based on a couple of experiences with their products and customer service, I will not buy any more. It's obvious this is a widespread problem and I will not pay $114 to fix a piece of junk that will inevitably fail again.
Summary: I bought this unit 2 years ago, and have not had any problems, until I bought new Dvd blank media this week... I have had some older disks that I didn't use up... Too my shock, it said disk dirty error... and it just hung there... How are we suppose to use this equipment, I paid around 600 dollars for this, and now it's not able to be used... People with Betamax recorders could still buy blank tapes years after it was created..
Summary: Like a lot of other people, my RDR GX7 has started the deadly "Disc Error/Can't Play this Disc" message. This occurs with discs I recorded and from new dvds from the studios. Sony says to unplug for an hour which works from time to time but inevitably the same problem occurs. The whole unit is effectively dead now. Bought it about 3 years ago.
Summary: Like other reviewers, my machine worked well for about two years. I too started getting the "dirty disc" readout while attempting to record. I sent the unit to Sony for repair in Laredo TX. Admittedly, SONY handled the repair promptly but, to my extreme irritation, the unit AFTER REPAIR still displayed the "dirty disc" warning. Now, not only am I out the purchase price but, I am out another $128.00 plus shipping for the repair that did not work.
Summary: After loving this unit for two years, it suddenly started giving "dirty disc" messages on brand new perfectly clean discs. Sony has no factory Authorized service for this unit and phone support told me to "take it to Walmart." Local repair says parts alone will cost $270. I paid 500. they now sell for 250. but in my opinion are worthless after two years. I used to be a seriously brand loyal Sony addict. No more.
Summary: When I first bought this machine it worked great and I had nothing but glowing comments about it. Then it started to malfuntion with the "dirty disc" message so I switch to Sony DVD-R and that stopped. But, then it started to not read and burned discs at all. Now it won't read ANY disc and the dics that I burned from old tapes won't play on ANY machines. I'm glad I saved all my old tapes. I see that they have discontinued this model. That ought to tell us something.
Summary: DO NOT BUY THIS CRAPPY PIECE OF JUNK!! I purchased this unit with faith in SONY. Well forget it!! after 4 months the unit failed and began reading "disc dirty" half way through each recording. I sent the unit back for repair. They claimed to have "fixed it" but when I received it back it STILL failed on each disc (note that these failures RUIN the disc!). They sent me a brand new unit. GUESS WHAT..?! It failed after 3 months with the SAME PROBLEM!!
the superior audio/picture is no longer good enough
17 August 2004
Summary: I keep buying Sony products because I have convinced myself that audio quality and perhaps picture quality is the best on the market. So I keep telling myself to put up with all of the flaws and limitations and there are many! First flaw - SUSCEPTIBILTY TO BREAKDOWN. (And, no, I handle everything with care!
Summary: I bought this recorder because of the features and the ability to record in -RW VR mode, which means I do not have to finalize the disc and can play this recorded disk in any of my other DVD Players. Well only in the -RW VR mode whatever you have recorded, when you play it back it ALWAYS FREEZES on the very last frame of the playback and the only way to stop it is to manually push stop, the pause light comes on and it is stuck.
Don't understand all the raves, this product is worthless !
Andrew I. Munro Sr., Amazon
1 January 2004
Summary: Having read the glowing reviews on Amazon, I purchased this machine and am terribly disappointed at it's performance. My main reason for selecting this model was that it uses DVD-RW format, amongst others. On inserting a disc, it tries to format it and then rejects it - saying 'dirty disc' on the display. I have tried several brands and have had the same issue. I even took my discs to a local retail store and got the same error message on their machine.