updated 04:35 pm EST, Thu January 22, 2009
Toshiba Vardia DVRs
Toshiba recently introduced two new Vardia-series DVRs, including the 500GB-capacity RD-G503 and the 300GB RD-E303. Both sport also sport a DVD burner and are capable of recording video in MPEG-2 TS and in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC formats. A secondary remote is included with each DVR, offering a limited number of buttons to perform simple tasks, allowing owners to put away the full-function remote.
The Vardia DVRs are capable of upscaling standard DVDs to near-HD quality, while a built-in ground and BS/110 degree CS digital tuner are built-in to receive TV programming. The delete function can be set to erase partially recorded TV programs that get cut when the power goes out to prevent wasting hard drive space. Dual-layer and rewritable DVDs are compatible with the Vardia DVRs. Connecting either DVR to a compatible Toshiba HDTV allows users to control both devices via a single remote.
The integrated video DAC is a 10-bit/148.5MHz unit capable of supporting 1080i or 720p resolutions, while the simpler 10-bit/108MHz supports 480i/480p resolutions. Audio is handled by a 24-bit/192kHz DAC. Connections on the DVRs include an HDMI link, a D4 connection, S-video, composite and RCA audio along with an optical audio output. Inputs are made up of two S-video connections, two composites, and two audio RCA pairs, while an Ethernet port allows for hooking up to a home network.
The G503 is available in both white and black, while the smaller capacity E303 will only be offered in black. Both Toshiba DVRs will be released on February 1st, priced at the equivalent of about $790 and $680 for the RD-G503 and RD-E303, respectively. There is no indication if the DVRs will be sold in other markets. [via Impress]
Toshiba Vardia RD-E303
Toshiba Vardia RD-G503K