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Sony RDR-VX515

alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 reviews of Sony RDR-VX515. The average rating for this product is 2.3/5, 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 also gets good views. Some have doubts about the image quality and reliability.

usability, price, design

reliability, image quality

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 65 user reviews of Sony RDR-VX515 from The average user rating for this product is 2.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Comments about the design and price are overall positive. There are some mixed reviews about the image quality, and many are less positive about the reliability.

usability, price, design


34% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony RDRVX515 DVD Recorder

Jul, 2015

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: (

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

Consumer review by: Jack (

Problem after problem with this machine


Nice features like direct digital dubbing from camcorder

Many features don't work easily or at all

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: lainnepa (

"Its a workhorse. So far ,, so good."


I would buy it again... I did some research before I purchased. I use dvd+rw dvds and it works. I learned you need to finalize the dvd before it can play in the pc. The video i work with is from covert law enforcement camera systems which is a...

Dubbing dvd > vhs > dvd is easy. I just got it two days ago. I always liked sonys operators manuals.. It helps in the learning curve.

I didnt come across any cons.

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: Jim in Maryland (



My wife and I bought the Sony RDR VX515 with the idea of copying our 20+ year collection of videotapes to DVDs and sharing favorites with family and friends. The copying was easy, we played them back and enjoyed them. Then came the disappointments. I...

Easy copying videotapes to DVDs

Can't play the DVDs anywhere else or copy them

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: rae1973 (

"Not nearly as good as advertised"


The main reason for getting this unit was to record from VHS to DVD and to DVD from a TIVO unit. It will not record from the TIVO unit, the most I was able to accomplish was the audi portion of saved programs. The quality of recordings from VHS to DVD...

Easy dubbing from VHS to DVD

Complicated manual, long DVD loading time, Can't record to DVD from TIVO

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: Standard (

"Kool, but..."


This brand spanking new unit ate my disk (MEMOREX dvd+RW) after I recorded a 2 hr tape...the manual says it auto finalizes a +RW

One touch reording

Ate my disk!!!

Oct, 2005

Consumer review by: MikeRadio (

"Good Choice - Lots of Features"


I upgraded from a Phillips DVDR77 to this unit the other day. While this unit has some great features, the cons are very annoying.

ONLY Tabletop Unit that supports DVD+R DL at this time

Can not copy movies from your own Tivo- Not enough Input Choices

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: fisherman (

Home Video recorder

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: wtmitchell3 (

Convenient for copying old VHS to DVD


Convenience in copying VHS to DVD

Very strict enforcement of copy protection

Apr, 2007

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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Combined Device

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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