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Sony SVR-S500

Sony SVR-S500
alaScore 69

58 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 reviews of Sony SVR-S500. The average rating for this product is 2.6/5, 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. There are mixed views on the size and image quality. Many are less positive about the reliability.

usability, price, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Sony SVR-S500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Sony SVR-S500 from The average user rating for this product is 2.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviewers are impressed by the design. The price also gets good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability, while the size and image quality get mixed opinions.

usability, price, design


50% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony SVR-S500 - Digital TV Recorder (DVR) with 80GB Hard Drive and Freeview

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Richard Arrowsmith (

Sony SVR-S500 review


Sony's SVR-S500 is an excellent, if slightly expensive, 80GB PVR that features a pair of integrated TV tuners for simultaneous watching and recording. If you can ignore some functionality flaws then recording and playback performance is outstanding

Sleek styling ; Dual TV tuners ; Decent digital images ; Excellent recording performance across all quality modes

Sparse connectivity ; No CI card slot ; Frustrating usability

Recordings using the standard (SP) mode are extremely accurate to the original, although the odd digital artefact does occasionally rear its head. Aside from a touch more shimmer around edges, the lower quality (LP) mode shows very little...

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: David Sadler (

Freezing box and very noisy

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: Louis Michaels (

Twin freeview tuner and hard disk drive

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: (

Sony SVR-S500


Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Regrettably, it's going back!


The Sony SVR-S500 is my first digital recorder and I am impressed by the functionallity of recording, pausing live TV etc. But th...

Aug, 2007

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Great piece of kit


We bought a Panasonic DVD-RAM recorder when they first became available, and it's OK. It has various drawbacks which this box comp...

Aug, 2007

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Works perfectly


I can not understand the negative comments in some of the reviews for this Sony SVR-S500 HDD DVD recorder. I have had mine for a m...

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

No Problems!


I nearly didn't buy the Sony SVR-S500 PVR (personal video recorder) because of some of the reviews but I am so glad I did! You ca...

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

How loud can a little box be????


The answer is too loud. I got the unit home and it looks great, set it up ok but as soon as it was plugged into the mains the fan...

May, 2007

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Beware!! Has critical software fault


The quality of the recordings on this Sony SVR-S500 set top box are very good BUT to record you need to have downloaded the Electr...

May, 2007

Product Specifications


Built-In Modem: No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
MHP (Multimedia Home Platform): No
Show View: No
Twin Tuner: Yes


Ethernet: No
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: No

Decoding Systems

Free-to-Air: Yes
Terrestrial:FTA Non-Upgrade

Energy Information

Energy Saving Trust Feature: No

General Features

Analogue Satellite Receiver: No
Reception Standard:Digital
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