World Cup special: Best DVD recorders and PVRs

Capture the pain and the passion of this year's World Cup with a high-definition PVR

Sony RDR-HDC500 Full HD HDD/DVD recorder (RRP: $799)

As the official sponsors of this year’s FIFA World Cup, Sony is touting the RDR-HDC500 directly to footy fans. It will allow you to capture all the action from South African in astonishing Full HD (it says so right here).

The Sony RDR-HDC500 comes with a 500GB hard drive and possesses a very friendly user interface. The inclusion of a DVD recorder also means you can burn your favourite matches to disc – without using a PC. Other highlights include 1080p upscaling, a USB port for media playback, Bravia Sync, DivX support, a DTS Digital output and the ability to pause live TV. Unfortunately, the RDR-HDC500 doesn't have dual HD tuners or any fast dubbing options. Nonetheless it remains a reasonable option for chronicling the World Cup.

Read our full review of the Sony RDR-HDC500 .

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