Sony will ship four new Blu-ray disc recorders into the Japanese market this November. The company says its new models “offer strengthened functionality to give improved performance in the key areas of high picture and sound quality, long-duration recording, and easy operation.”
The BDZ-T70 and BDZ-T50 both feature 320GB and 250GB drives respectively, while the 500GB BDZ-X90 (pictured) is optimized for home theatre use and features DRC-MFv2 picture enhancement. The 320GB BDZ-L70 joins the X90 model in offering network connectivity. All the models can record in AVC-MPEG-4 as well as MPEG-2. AVC-HD gives 50 hours of HD recording on a 50GB BD blank, or 105 hours on the largest hard drive. A fast-dubbing mode, allows one hour of material to be burnt in three minutes.
The models will range from 140,000 to 200,000 Yen each. It’s predicted that the Japanese market will see sales of 2 million HD recorders annually by 2009. As yet, no market exists for HD disc recorders outside of Japan.