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Sony RDR-VX515

alaTest has collected and analyzed 97 reviews of Sony RDR-VX515. The average rating for this product is 2.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. People really like the design. The price is also appreciated, but many are critical about the size and image quality.

usability, price, design

reliability, image quality, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Sony RDR-VX515 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 79 user reviews of Sony RDR-VX515 from The average user rating for this product is 2.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on People really like the design. The price is also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the image quality. There are some negative reviews about the size and reliability.

usability, price, design

reliability, size

37% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony RDRVX515 DVD RecorderSony RDRVX515 DVD Recorder

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Melissa Perenson (

RDR-VX515 DVD Recorder/vcr


Sony's RDR-VX515 is a combination DVD and VHS unit that packs some cutting-edge components: It's one of just two recorders we tested for or January 2006 roundup (the other being the Pioneer DVR-633HS) to support dual-layer discs, which increase the...

The RDR-VX515 lacks support for VCR Plus+ codes or any other scheme for automatically scheduling recordings. You have to manually enter recording details, including those for each instance of a program you wish to record regularly. The recorder does...

Dec, 2005

Expert review by : Ben Patterson (

Sony RDR-VX515 review


Sony RDR-VX515

Supports all four DVD formats plus double-layer DVD+R discs; easy-to-use menus; decent editing options; outputs VHS via component-video; FireWire input.

No S-Video input in back; so-so recording quality for VHS-to-DVD dubs; poorly designed remote; no IR blaster or VCR Plus functionality.

Sony's RDR-VX515 VHS-DVD recorder combo scores big with its support for double-layer DVD+R discs but drops the ball with its so-so VHS-to-DVD dubbing quality.

Oct, 2005

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Convenient for copying old VHS to DVD


My wife bought this product for us for Christmas, as she was tired of seeing the ever-expanding VHS collection taking over so many bookshelves. After she bought the product, I looked at the reviews here at epinions and found that several of them ...

Convenience in copying VHS to DVD

Very strict enforcement of copy protection

Apr, 2007

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Convenient for copying old VHS to DVD


Convenience in copying VHS to DVD

Very strict enforcement of copy protection

Apr, 2007

Consumer review (

A piece of garbage


I've had this recorder for more than a year - I should have returned it when I had the chance. It's rare when something actually records as expected, and that goes for recordings from TV and from VHS to DVD dubs. Most times, the video/audio freezes 3/4...

Easy to install

Poor recording quality - if it records at all

Feb, 2007

Consumer review (

Antiquated equipment...we're returning it!


Wouldn't know.

Changing channels one at a time!

Jan, 2006

Consumer review (

Not Worth the Money



Machine stated tapes were "Protected" - they were not.

Jan, 2006

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Don't buy this!


Clear picture on most DVD's

Ate my +RW DVD. Couldn't get the player to stop or eject the DVD.

Jan, 2006

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looks good, plenty of connections S-video output,necessary cables incl

disk finalize takes way to long, the whole setup menu is not intuitive

Jan, 2006

Consumer review (

A GOOD but VERY Challenging novelty- Sony's RDR-VX515 DVD/VCR Recorder may save your day!


UPDATE: I have changed my mind. After successfully updating our clunky VHS Copies of "ShowBoat - 1936" and "ShowBoat -1988" movies; I am much more impressed by the utility of this type of AV Recorder. The 1936 Version came from a Turner Classic Movies ...

Excellent Playback Capabilities- Records DVD to VHS & ViceVersa, or from external video/audio sources.

A novel, very challenging device- very poorly organized user manual.

Dec, 2005

Product Specifications

Sleek and compact, the RDR-VX515 is the perfect accompaniment to your home theater. This DVD/VCR player has DVD+RW/+R, DVD-RW/-R recording compatibility, enabling you to store footage on multiple formats. Also featuring one touch dubbing, which makes it easy to archive old home VHS tape footage to new DVDs, the unit also offers an i.LINK digital interface and Digital8 input, for simplified digital recording of home movie footage from a camcorder to a DVD. Also includes a new slim-line chassis and compatibility with +R double-layer DVD discs for longer recording time. Next time your friends and family stop by for a movie, pre-recorded game, or to listen to music, impress them with the RDR-VX515 DVD Recorder & VHS Combo Player from Sony. The hits keep coming with the RDR-VX515 recorder from Sony.

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Type:DVD recorder/ VCR combo

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Type:DVD recorder


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony

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Device Type:VCR
Media Type:VHS

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