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Philips DVDR5520H

Philips DVDR5520H
alaScore 81

32 reviews

Apr, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the value for money. The usability also gets good reviews.

image quality, usability, value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Philips DVDR5520H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 32 reviews)

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Philips DVDR5520 review


Somewhat more run-of-the mill in styling terms than the quirky Philips DVD recorders of old, the DVDR5520 combines DVD recording with 160GB of HDD capacity, a single digital tuner and HDMI upscaling all the way to 1080p.

5.1 recording ; Good AV ; Funky clickwheel remote

Ponderously unresonsive ; Can’t transfer 5.1 to (comatible) DVD ; No otical inut

Expert review by:

Philips DVDR5520H


The 5520 incorporates a USB 2.0 port for 'complete file transferability'. In other words, you can copy at will between the DVD, HDD and USB

5.1 recording ; Good AV ; Funky clickwheel remote

Ponderously unresponsive ; Can't transfer 5.1 to (compatible) DVD ; No optical input

Upscaling works well subjectively, although the 5520 fails the HQV jaggies test

Expert review by:

Philips DVDR5520H DVD/HDD Recorder


We liked Philips' DVDR5570H recorder, so things look promising for its almost identical DVDR5520H sibling.

Satellite and cable set-top boxes can be connected to the RGB-capable SCART input and, thanks to Guide Plus EPG and supplied G-Link infra-red transmitter, you can make timer recordings from any satellite or cable channel. The deck remotely changes the...


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Philips DVDR5520H review


Not a bad all-rounder. We like the picture and sound quality and there are enough features to justify the asking price, but we were annoyed by how the menu system operated at times

Picture and sound quality ; Design

Menus are quite slow at times and rather annoying

Conclusion Overall, we rather like the Philips DVDR5520H. It's a competent machine, which has an awful lot of very useful features and it seems to be priced sensibly. It's not always the most usable device though, and we'd suggest that you'll get...

Expert review by:

Philips DVDR 5520


Depending on which of the six recording modes you choose, up to 180 hours of video cam be crammed onto the HDD. The 5520's USB 2.0 port allows you to copy JPEG, DivX and MP3/WMA files at will between the DVD, HDD and solid-state USB memory devices....

5.1 recording, funky clickwheel remote, strong AV performance

Ponderously unresponsive, 5.1 audio can only be played on the 5520

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Amazon review summary for Philips DVDR5520H


alaTest has collected and analysed 18 user reviews of Philips DVDR5520H from The average user rating for this product is 2.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on

value for money, image quality

22% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips DVDR5520H/05 - 160 GB Hard Disk/DVD RecorderPhilips - DVDR5520H DVD Player/RecorderPhilips - DVDR5520H DVD Player/Recorder

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Philips DVDR5520H


Upscaling picture quality is fantastic- especially when you have a LARGE HDTV. Plays DIVX directly from a USB pen

The EPG was a bit fiddly to sync

Product Specifications


BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):GUIDE Plus+ / No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View:No / Yes


DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling: Yes
3D: No
3D Ready: No
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Recorder
Integrated VCR: No
Static / Portable:Static
Table / Portable:Table


Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: Yes
DVD Audio Playback: No
DVD-R Playback: Yes
DVD-RAM Playback: No
DVD-RW Playback: Yes
DVD+R Playback: Yes
DVD+RW Playback: Yes
HD-DVD Playback: No
PC Streaming: No
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: Yes


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording: Yes
DVD-R Recording: Yes
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: Yes
DVD+R Recording: Yes
DVD+RW Recording: Yes
HD-DVD Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No
MPEG4 Recording: No


DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby:Dolby Digital Plus