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Sony RDR-VX530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 reviews of Sony RDR-VX530. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviews about the design and image quality are generally positive. The price and usability also get good comments. There are some critical views about the reliability and size.

usability, price, image quality, design

size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Sony RDR-VX530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 54/100 = Fair quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 user reviews of Sony RDR-VX530 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Opinions about the image quality and price are generally positive, but views are divided on the design. The reliability and size get negative opinions.

usability, price, image quality

size, reliability

66% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony RDR-VX530 DVD Recorder & VHS Combo PlayerSony RDR-VX530 DVD Recorder & VHS Combo Player

May, 2015

Expert review by: (

Sony Rdr-vx530


The Sony Rdr-vx530 is a very capable DVD Recorder/VCR Combo player that produces high quality recordings with relative ease. Like with most recording devices, there is software to learn, so there is a learning curve. This is a case where reading the...

Overall a good product, especially if you can get it for drastically less than MSRP

Consumer review by: crcomer1 (

Sony RDR-VX530


Bottom line, I wouldn't recomment this unit to anyone. It was kept in excellent condition and is document as "excellent" by repair shop but performance in 2nd year declined to the point of it only functioning as a player. As a recorder it has died.

DVD had good resolution at LP. Ease of programming

Loads VERY slowly. Softward has stopped working. Unit rejects all brand new disks. Unit won't erase, won't unformat, skips recordings, and timer programs jam and can't be edited. Must be deleted and reset

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: ephilyaw--2008 (

Sony RDR-VX530


1. If you copy your video to DVDs, many will not play on DVD players. Yes, the directions warn you of this and instruct you in the variety of recording options, but this doesn't really change anything. You still cannot watch the DVDs and we didn't have...

I thought it would be good for recording our tapes to DVD, but it's not

It does nothing good. See below for details

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: lisams1962 (

Sony RDR-VX530


I wouldn't buy it again that is for sure. In fact I have found that most of Sony products have problems. The only Sony I had that was good I bought like 20 years ago. I guess they don't make them like they used to.

I liked that it was a vhs and dvd player, and that it had all the right connections on the back needed

It was a total waist of money I spent on this product. I only used the vhs maybe 4 times then it stopped working. How wonderful for Sony that I couldn't find my reciept or had any idea if the warranty was still valid

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: Jamonit2008 (

Sony RDR-VX530


I went to a retail establishment that generally sells electronic products but mixes in re-furbed items with their "new" inventory. This store had too many returned RDR-RX530's for the same reason. "Disk could'nt be formatted".

Heavy-duty box - old school design a plus for deck stacking

Glitchy!!! Unit has possible software/hardware problem

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: madampoo (

Sony RDR-VX530


This is the second one i purchased. the first one quit accepting dvd-r discs that i bought. bought the second one so i could watch the discs i had allready recorded on the first one.

easy to use and understand

load problems

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: kardreader (

Not up to Sony's standard


I purchased the Sony RDR-VX530 and installed it in our family room, replacing a DVD player, primarily to be able to copy a few VHS tapes to DVD. I only used it occasionally for copying tape to DVD, and it did a decent job. However, shortly ...

Worked OK for the first year

Falls short of expected Sony quality

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: jbs24 (

Good for occasional recording


It's nice that this unit records on all sorts of DVD media, +R, -R, +RW, -RW. I found the best flexibility with +RW discs, maybe because most devices are +R compatible. Also if you use the +RW format, you never need to spend minutes to finalize the...

DVD/VHS combo, all DVD formats, easy to use.

slow to load/eject discs

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: midwestrecords (

VHS be gone! It's not as difficult as it seems...


I have boxes of VHS tapes sitting around the house. Marching band videos, special occasions, etc. I went to Best Buy looking for something to take care of the task. This DVD recorder was recommended by the staff at Best Buy, I had some gift ...

Quality of recording ; Convenience of single unit operation

Need to familiarize self with equipment to become an expert

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: midwestrecords (

VHS be gone! It's not as difficult as it seems...


Quality of recording ; Convenience of single unit operation

Need to familiarize self with equipment to become an expert

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications

Enhance your home theater experience with the easy-to-use convenience of the RDRVX530 DVD/VCR player. One-touch dubbing makes it simple to archive home VHS tape footage to DVD discs for long-term use. This compact recorder is designed with +R Double-Layer Disc compatibility for longer recording time. Go ahead and enjoy your multimedia of choice - whether music, movies or your favorite home recordings, the RDRVX530 DVD/VCR player is designed to perform.

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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Digital Storage Media

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Dimensions & Weight



Type:DVD recorder


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony

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TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


Device Type:VCR
Media Type:VHS

VCR 2nd

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