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Magnavox MDR515H

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 reviews of Magnavox MDR515H. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and design. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability. There are some mixed reviews about the size.

usability, price, design, image quality


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Magnavox MDR515H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 user reviews of Magnavox MDR515H from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The price and usability are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the size. There are some negative opinions about the reliability.

usability, price, image quality, design


82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Magnavox 500GB DVR and DVD Recorder MDR515H - Refurbished

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: (

Hard-drive DVD recorder


Experts and users say that DVD recorders with hard-disk drives are the easiest to use and leave owners most satisfied. Unfortunately, most manufacturers have stopped offering these in the U.S. The remaining models, such as the Magnavox MDR515H/F7, fall...

Easy to use, stores up to 620 hours of video, built-in tuner, can pause live TV

No program guide, must be programmed manually

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: UncleStu (

All Aces- Go J&R!


The Magnavox model 515 Refurb arrived promptly in like-new condition. The HDD recorder is great for time-shifting my 80+ yr-old Mom\'s favorite TV shows. Since these HDD-DVRs have been discontinued, refurbs are now the only game in town- and J&R excels...

Fast Recording","Fast Setup","Simple Controls

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Gary the PM (

great product


Setup is poorly explained in manual. Spent hours trying to set up with no success. Finally called and got proper way to set up in less than 30 min. Manual should illustrate the easy way. Once set up the unit works great,

Attractive Design","Fast Recording","Simple Controls

Confusing Set Up

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Robbie (

Magnavox 500GB DVR


I use to time shift TV shows mostly. I have three units and can record shows at the same time. That way I never miss a show I want to see. They are easy to setup and program. I have been using the Philips version of this unit since 2007. These are the...

Attractive Design","Fast Recording","Fast Setup","Simple Controls

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Joe (

Refurbished but works like new


Manual is in depth but confusing. Records easily to hard drive and DVD as well as from one to the other.

Attractive Design","Connect external devices","Easy dubbing to DVD","Instant replay and pause","Record to hard drive

Manual confusing

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: cromagnon (

Cut cable co\'s & commercials out 4 good


I use the MDR515H with a tube tv set,powered phillips antenna and a zinwell hd receiver box to get NYC OTA channels. I now can record my shows ahead of time & skip commercials & watch pass thru channels @ same time. It took me a couple of days to...

Attractive Design","Fast Recording

Nov, 2011

Consumer review by: Saki (

Good recorder


I use it for recording tv shows to watch later. It is especially useful for football games. I give them an hour and a half head start and skip all the commercials and half time and I don\'t have to be home by the time the game starts.This recorder can...

Confusing Set Up

Aug, 2011

Consumer review by: JOECHEESE (

Great Value!


I wanted a recorder with digital tuner, large HDD, and HDMI. This unit has all these features at a bargain price. I am a bit disappointed that it cannot use DVD- RAM discs and does not dub DVD>>HDD at high speed.

Attractive Design","Excellent tuner","High Quality Picture

Clumsy Editing","High speed dubbing 1 way","No DVD-RAM","Operations not intuitive

Apr, 2011

Consumer review by: wajo3 (

A New and Improved HDD-DVD Recorder


The Mag 515 is a std def (SD) DVD recorder (DVDR) with hard disk drive (HDD), DVD burner and digital tuners for antenna and cable TV. It\'s the 7th generation of a design that began in 2007 with the award-winning Philips 3575 designed specifically for...

Attractive Design","Fast Recording","Fast Setup","Simple Controls

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: sounddude (

I Found The Deck To Replace VHS


As a professional in the television and film industries, I'm pretty demanding. The machines I have in the house are all professional level decks. So when they started to age and I knew that I would eventually have to replace one or both of them, I ...

Multiple inputs & outputs including HDMI, RCA, 500-GB HDD, high-speed dubbing, chasing playback

Deck can lock up, no auto scheduler, no wide-screen

Jul, 2011