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Pioneer Elite DVR-57H

Pioneer Elite DVR-57H
alaScore 63

13 reviews

Jan, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews of Pioneer Elite DVR-57H. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Comments about the usability and image quality are on the whole positive, but some have doubts about the price.

image quality, usability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Pioneer Elite DVR-57H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 63/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: Adrienne Maxwell (

Pioneer DVR-57H DVR/DVD Recorder


It baffles me that the digital video recorder hasn't caught on with mainstream consumers. Everyone I know who's spent 10 minutes with one of these gems is instantly addicted. It has a VCR's functionality, a digital cable box's user-friendliness, and a...

Feb, 2004

Consumer review by: max (

Great idea, but poorly executed


Easy to use

recorded picture quality is poor

Jun, 2004

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Pioneer Elite DVR-57H 120 H DVR


Consumer review by: d3drturner (

Pioneer dvd-rws and faulty Pioneer design


Based on my experience with the Pioneer Elite 7000 dvd-rw I will never again buy any Pioneer product. After having not used it to record for quite some time I went out and bought some new 1x/2x dvd rw's. I put the dvd-rw in the drive and it spun for ...

had a decent picture when it worked

was destroyed due to Pioneer firmware bug

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: d3drturner (

Pioneer dvd-rws and faulty Pioneer design


had a decent picture when it worked

was destroyed due to Pioneer firmware bug

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: macfaden (

A great product -- and at a great price too


This was my first TiVO box ever. I had been pushing off till HD TiVO/OTA model would be available as I don't want Sat a connection. So I finally decided to go for an existing unit that had OTA/Coax when the price came down. Boy howdy has it ever. The ...

Its a TiVO. Best remote to control ever.Reasonable connections (component video, digital audio).

No digital coax rca output jack -- just optical.Initial setup over phone jack slow.

Aug, 2004

Consumer review by: retired-navy (

No regrets


After months and months of researching which DVR and/or TiVo to buy I finally settled on the Pioneer DVR 57H over all else, even Pioneer's other DVR. I do not regret paying the extra cost. Real world experience has shown that a 40 GB hard drive will ...

Installation guide is excellent, recorded picture is excellent, noise is not noticable.

Probably a little too costly but...

May, 2004

Consumer review by: lunapark (

Pioneer Elite DVR-57H (120 GB) DVD Recorder


Good recording quality, Quiet, Easy to navigate menus

Minor Pixelation in SP mode(2 hours on DVD)

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: lunapark (

Pioneer Elite DVR-57H DVD Recorder


I found the DVR-57H extremely easy to setup. Setup time was probably 45 minutes for the initial setup. It is important to understand in my opinion, that this maybe a home audio/video piece, but for all intents and purposes, it is a PC. It has a bios,...

Good recording quality, Quiet, Easy to navigate menus

Minor Pixelation in SP mode(2 hours on DVD)

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: glycera (

A fine choice


I installed this unit about two weeks ago, and am perfectly happy with it. It replaces my Philips type 1 TiVo, with 14 hour’ s recording capacity (which , three years ago, I thought would be quite enough!). After much comparison shopping, I ordered...

Integrated TiVo and DVD recorder/player functions ; disc capacity ; documentation


Dec, 2003

Product Specifications

This is arguably the most sophisticated and useful entertainment machine on the market, with next-generation viewing and recording features. The DVR-57H makes "Find it - Store It - Burn it" a reality. Can you say "world's first"? Included with the DVR-57H - with no startup cost or monthly fees - is the revolutionary TiVo Basic Service. Setup is very simple, and finding and scheduling your favorite shows is a breeze. With the built-in 120GB hard drive you can record up to 120 hours of material - off the air, cable, or satellite, or your home movies - for short-term storage and viewing. With the DVR-57H, there's no going back to the old way of watching TV. And those shows and other content you want to keep for longer? Burn them onto a DVD-R (permanent; cannot be erased) or DVD - RW (can be erased/written over many times). The DVR-57H 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-57H 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-57H also features Dolby Digital and DTS Digital surround sound outputs, plus CD and MP3 compatibility. The Elite DVR-57h is equipped with a heavy duty, double-layered chassis that reduces vibrations and provides better signal readout accuracy. The result? Improved video and audio reproduction.

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 Elite

MD System

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Network & Internet Multimedia

Functionality:Digital audio playback / Digital photo playback


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Television Type: None

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


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VCR 2nd

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