The Toshiba RD-A1 HD DVD recorder will face competition from Blu-ray (sans-cartridges) in Japan before the end of the year, Sony confirmed while showing off the device during their Dealer Convention 2006. Other than showing the device, they were incredibly short on details. No price, no official name, not much in the way of specs just a box and some hype, who does Sony think they are, Apple? We know it will be HDD equipped, but capacity, speed, tuners? You're on your own for now, but be sure to check out the pics, from a purely aesthetic standpoint the Sony Brr (Blu-ray recorder) definitely has the gargantuan 1TB HDD RD-A1 beat.

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Sony standalone Blu-ray recorder due by year-end in Japan