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Philips DVDR5520H

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 reviews of Philips DVDR5520H. The average rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The design and price are also mentioned favorably, but the reliability and usability get less positive comments.

price, design, image quality, size

usability, reliability

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.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Philips DVDR5520H from The average user rating for this product is 2.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. Many are critical about the reliability, and there are some mixed views about the usability.

price, image quality, size


21% 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

Oct, 2015

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

Some nice features, but there are a few frustrating aspects here which stop us from recommending this deck wholeheartedly

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Danny Phillips (

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...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Martin Pipe (

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

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

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

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Philips DVDR5520H


abilility to record freeview whilst watching other channels ; ease to set up recordings

original set up

Jun, 2008

Consumer review by: Tim (

Philips DVDR5520H


This model is fine for playing DVDs, and the Time-Shift Buffer (silly name for live TV recorded to the hard-drive) is great to pause live tv and watch an hour later or to go back over 6 hours of previously watch programs

The key things to know are as follows ; 1.You can't transfer recorded TV to the DVD burner (except in DVD vob format), or to the USB memory card. This is a really big downer as to get TV recorded from the hard drive you have to burn a DVD and then rip...

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: Margaret (

Philips DVDR5520H


Always liked Philips Products. This machine is sleek and good looking!! Would recommend it excellent value for the money

Can take a while to load

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: Barrie (

Philips DVDR5520H


Very versatile modern machine

May take a while to get used to operating

Mar, 2008

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
Video-on-Demand (VoD): No


DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: 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


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