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Philips DVDR5520H

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

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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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Philips DVDR5520H

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 19 user reviews of Philips DVDR5520H from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk.

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reliability

21% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk 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

Expert review by:

Philips DVDR5520 review

 

Philips machine offers reasonable recording and playback

5.1 recording ; Good AV ; Funky clickwheel remote

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

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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

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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...

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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

Consumer review by:

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

Configuration

BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
DVB-C: No
DVB-S: No
DVB-T:DVB-T (MPEG2)
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):GUIDE Plus+ / No
HDTV: No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View:No / Yes
Video-on-Demand (VoD): No

Connectivity

DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
UPnP: 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

Playback

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

Recording

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

Sound

DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby:Dolby Digital Plus
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