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Pioneer DVR-810HS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 reviews of Pioneer DVR-810HS. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. People really like the design. The usability is also mentioned favorably, but comments are divided on the image quality. Some have doubts about the size and price.

usability, design

reliability, price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Pioneer DVR-810HS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 63/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Pioneer DVR-810HS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of Pioneer DVR-810HS from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on People really like the usability. The price and reliability get less positive reviews. There are some mixed opinions about the image quality.


reliability, price

59% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pioneer DVR-810HS DVD Recorder with TiVo Basic ServicePioneer DVR-810HS DVD Recorder with TiVo Basic Service

Jun, 2018

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Cant be recording a show and watching live tv at same time

Oct, 2004

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Don't waste your money


Easy to Use

Poor picture Quality

Apr, 2004

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Good Idea, Poor Execution


Two units in one -- TiVo & a DVD recorder!

Poor picture quality and unacceptable burned DVD quality

Mar, 2004

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Not Worth the Money


Combines TiVo and DVD recorder into one unit.

Fails DVD recording 40% of the time.

Feb, 2004

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pioneer dvd recorder DVR-810 hARD DRIVE PROBLEM




Aug, 2007

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Don't buy this unit!


some things work well

unreliable channel record programming

Jul, 2005

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Pioneer DVR-810H (80 GB) DVD Recorder


Video Quality, Faroudja DCDi, up conversion, TiVo Basic, Easy Recording of programs in Now Playing.

No editing, can't record transferred content, low quality input, no flexibility, Disk at once, expensive.

Dec, 2004

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Pioneer DVR-810H DVD Recorder / Player with TiVo - If you can live with limitations


The Good: Excellent Video Quality (For a Tivo), Faroudja DCDi, high resolution up conversion of video and converts analog sound to digital for easy hookup, Tivo Basic service for fee free use, nice Tivo menu on recorded disks, good quality recordings, ...

Video Quality, Faroudja DCDi, up conversion, TiVo Basic, Easy Recording of programs in Now Playing.

No editing, can't record transferred content, low quality input, no flexibility, Disk at once, expensive.

Dec, 2004

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The Future is NOW!


I wanted a DVD recorder for quite some time and when I first heard about Pioneer joining a DVD recorder with TiVo, I knew this was what I wanted. But, then I saw the price! When it was released to the consumer market, the 810H was north of $1100! Too ...

So easy to use...You'll wonder why you didn't have one before!

You can only record one channel at a needs a dual tuner.

Oct, 2004

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Great second DVR - not versatile for TV junkies


TV archive junkie here's the scoop There are several great reviews already posted that give very accurate information about the Pioneer 810 so I did not want to re-invent the wheel. I have to say I found mine online new for $450 so I was not as ...

records quicker than real time - fill up full DVD in one hour

can't copy transfered shows from other tivo, stuck with original record speed, can't customize menus

Oct, 2004

Product Specifications

The amazing DVR-810H is a videophile's dream: TiVo service, an 80GB hard drive, next-generation viewing and recording features... and the list continues. This machine will forever change how you find, watch, and record video. The DVR-810H comes with the revolutionary TiVo Basic Service included, with no startup cost or monthly fees. Pioneer is the world's first company to offer this powerful combination. Setup is very simple, and finding and scheduling your favorite shows is a breeze. With the built-in 80GB hard drive you can record up to 80 hours of material - off the air, cable, or satellite, or your home movies - for short-term storage and viewing. You can actually control live TV: pause it, reverse it, play it in slow motion. You can even watch a recorded program from the beginning, while the recorder simultaneously finishes the recording. With the DVR-810H, there's just no going back to the old way of watching TV. And those shows and other content you want to keep for a longer period of time? Burn them onto a DVD-R (permanent; can't be erased) or DVD - RW (can be erased/written over many times). The DVR-810H features up to 18x record speed, so you'll be able to dub a 1-hour program to DVD in basic EP quality mode in just over 3 minutes. (DVR Version 2.0 4X Media.) You can even record content to the hard drive while dubbing different content from the hard drive to a DVD. It's fast and easy, and the content remains in a digital state throughout, so the quality level is very high. The DVR-810H features PureCinema 2: 3 Progressive Scan for a more film-like presentation when watching movies; a 9-bit/27MHz video DAC for a truly superior picture; Faroudja Directional Correlation De-interlacing, or DCDi, for a smoother, more natural picture; and a sophisticated noise reduction circuit which can achieve an amazing 6-10dB of noise reduction. The DVR-810H also features Dolby Digital and DTS Digital surround sound outputs, plus CD and MP3 compatibility.

Cassette System

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CD Recorder

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CD System

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Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder / HDD recorder

Digital Player (Recorder)

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Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Type:DVD recorder


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pioneer

MD System

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Network & Internet Multimedia

Functionality:Digital audio playback / Digital photo playback


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TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


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VCR 2nd

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