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Sony RDR-VX555

Sony RDR-VX555
alaScore 65

93 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and value for money. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Many are negative about the reliability.

usability, image quality, value for money, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Sony RDR-VX555 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 65/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 93 reviews)

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Amazon review summary for Sony RDR-VX555


alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Sony RDR-VX555 from The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on

image quality, usability, value for money, design

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony RDR-VX555 Tunerless DVD Recorder/VHS Combo PlayerSony RDR-VX555 Tunerless DVD Recorder/VHS Combo Player

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You can do better IMHO


Clean look, HDMI out

Where to start? I bought mine at Costco. It skips like crazy while playing DVDs. First I thought it was damaged NetFlix rentals but when we played a brand new DVD right out of the box and it skips there is a real design flaw IMHO ; Recording is poor...

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Excellent unit


This unit has been superb. It performs exactly as specified and has been very easy to use, even for my non-technical family members. It has a large mix of advanced features, but the user interface in the on-screen menus is one of the best I've seen and...

This is not a con to me at all, but make sure you understand that this unit does not contain a frequency tuner (analog or digital). It is NOT meant to be hooked up directly to your cable/satellite connection and automatically decode the signal for you;...


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Freezes/hangs on playback


I purchased the RDR-VX555 to replace my years old Sony VCR and planned to primarily copy some VHS to DVD as well as record programs from my DVR. It does these functions OK. However, I expected that this would also replace my older DVD Player (DVP...

Not too hard for a geek to operate

Freezes or hangs during playback of about 10% of commercial DVDs I've tried

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Seemed like it would have been a good product but...


I bought the Sony RDR-VX555 with the intent of archiving a lot of family VHS tapes onto DVD. At the store, the interface for doing so seemed quite elegant, straightforward and downright simple - one button. Looked safe enough to even hand it over to my...

Easy to use interface for copying between DVD and Video and Video to DVD.

Not as straightforward as the interface made it seem.

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Seemed like it would have been a good product but...


Easy to use interface for copying between DVD and Video and Video to DVD.

Not as straightforward as the interface made it seem.

Product Specifications

Enhance your TV and movie watching with the high quality RDR-VX555 DVD recorder and VHS combo player. Intuitive graphical interface makes programming your recording easy. Seven VHS recording speeds let you record up to 8 hours per tape. Plus, enjoy the convenience of one-touch recording from disc to tape or the reverse. The DVD deck lets you experience high picture-quality playback from a wide variety of formats, including DVD, VCD, VCR, VHS, SVHS, music CD and more. Progressive scan playback, HDMI output and 720p/1080i upscaling from DVD/VCR deliver optimal picture quality. You can even control your DV and Digital8 camcorder for editing via the i.LINK interface.

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

MD System

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Device Type:VCR
Media Type:VHS

VCR 2nd

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