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Sony RDR-GXD500

Sony RDR-GXD500
alaScore 75

12 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews of Sony RDR-GXD500. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price. The image quality is also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative views about the size.

usability, image quality, price


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Sony RDR-GXD500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony RDR-GXD500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on People really like the price. The image quality also gets good feedback, but many are critical about the size.

usability, image quality, price


88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony RDRGXD500 DVD Recorder with Digital Terrestrial TunerSony RDRGXD500 DVD Recorder with Digital Terrestrial Tuner

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: (

Stuff magazine


The Sony RDR-GXD500 will write to all DVD recording formats and has composite S-Video, Scart, RF inputs and composite S-Video, RGB Scart, component, RF, digital optical and coaxial outputs

A simple idea, well executed. If we were choosers we'd ask for progressive scan – but we are beggars

Oct, 2006

Expert review by: Richard Arrowsmith (

Sony RDR-GXD500 DVD recorder/tuner


At a time when convergence is one of the most commonly used words in the home cinema vocabulary, it?s surprising that Sony?s RDR-GXD500 is the first DVD recorder to come equipped with a built-in digital TV tuner...

The first DVD recorder equipped with an integrated digital tuner offers fine ability across all aspects of performance ;

For no obvious reason there's no progressive scan video capability

Still, it may have been some time coming but Sony's RDR-GXD500 has been worth the wait. If the space beneath your set is already overcrowded with assorted equipment, consider the convenience of a system that allows you to receive Freeview digital...

Apr, 2005

Consumer review by: Steve Gibbs (



A good player, with future-proof compatibility standard. Easy to use, although menu systems feel a little slow.

Freeview and analogue tuners are great. Integration of EPG with recording is helpful, and simple to use. Multi-format compatibility means my old DVD player (now in kid's room) will play back the stuff I record.

The fan is quite noisy, and can be slightly off-putting when watching films. I've noticed some pixelation occurring on sports programmes I've recorded, but that could be put down to my freeview reception. No SACD capability.

Mar, 2005

Product Specifications


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


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

General Features

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


Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
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: No


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording: No
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: No