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Sony RDR-VX515

alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 reviews of Sony RDR-VX515. The average rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. People really like the design. The price also gets good feedback, but the image quality and reliability get negative views.

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 69/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony RDR-VX515

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 user reviews of Sony RDR-VX515 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. People really like the design. The price is also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the reliability. There are some mixed comments about the image quality.

usability, price, design

reliability

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

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

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: Melissa Perenson (pcworld.com)

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 (cnet.com)

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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Consumer review by: wtmitchell3 (epinions.com)

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

Consumer review by: wtmitchell3 (epinions.com)

Convenient for copying old VHS to DVD

 

Convenience in copying VHS to DVD

Very strict enforcement of copy protection

Apr, 2007

Consumer review by: kdc32 (epinions.com)

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 by: grimmts (epinions.com)

Antiquated equipment...we're returning it!

 

Wouldn't know.

Changing channels one at a time!

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: gjb49 (epinions.com)

Not Worth the Money

 

None

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

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: smiley558 (epinions.com)

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

Consumer review by: t5amigo (epinions.com)

DO NOT BUY

 

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 by: ASourdough4 (epinions.com)

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
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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.

Cassette System

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CD Recorder

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CD System

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Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder/ VCR combo

Digital Player (Recorder)

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Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.1in
Height:3.3in
Width:16.9in

DVD

Type:DVD recorder

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Manufacturer:Sony
Model:RDR-VX515
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony

MD System

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Radio

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Television

Television Type: None

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1

VCR

Device Type:VCR
Media Type:VHS

VCR 2nd

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