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Philips DVDR5520H

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 reviews of Philips DVDR5520H. The average rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The design and price are also appreciated, but the reliability and usability get critical comments.

price, design, image quality, size

usability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Philips DVDR5520H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Philips DVDR5520H from The average user rating for this product is 2.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other DVD Players on Reviewers really like the size. The image quality is also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the reliability. Reviews are divided on the usability.

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21% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips DVDR5520H/05 - 160 GB Hard Disk/DVD RecorderPhilips DVDR5520H/05 - 160 GB Hard Disk/DVD Recorder

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Danny Phillips (

Philips DVDR5520H DVD/HDD Recorder


We liked Philips' DVDR5570H recorder, so things look promising for its almost identical DVDR5520H sibling.

Satellite and cable set-top boxes can be connected to the RGB-capable SCART input and, thanks to Guide Plus EPG and supplied G-Link infra-red transmitter, you can make timer recordings from any satellite or cable channel. The deck remotely changes the...

Feb, 2011

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Philips DVDR5520H DVD Player/Recorder overview


Philips (DVDR5520H) Video Disc Player/Recorder

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Philips DVDR5520 review


Philips machine offers reasonable recording and playback

5.1 recording ; Good AV ; Funky clickwheel remote

Ponderously unresponsive ; Can’t transfer 5.1 to (compatible) DVD ; No optical input

Some nice features, but there are a few frustrating aspects here which stop us from recommending this deck wholeheartedly

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Martin Pipe (

Philips DVDR 5520


Depending on which of the six recording modes you choose, up to 180 hours of video cam be crammed onto the HDD. The 5520's USB 2.0 port allows you to copy JPEG, DivX and MP3/WMA files at will between the DVD, HDD and solid-state USB memory devices....

5.1 recording, funky clickwheel remote, strong AV performance

Ponderously unresponsive, 5.1 audio can only be played on the 5520

Sep, 2008

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Jan, 2009

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Philips DVDR5520H


The clock is very strange as it stays at the time you have closed the DVD player for a very long time and then starts moving. It is NEVER at the correct time and the manual is not very good at explaining how to rectify this problem. Another problem is...

Jan, 2009

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Philips DVDR5520H


Not used it extensivley yet but operates easliy with set up easy with onscreen prompts.

Jan, 2009

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Easy to use menu wth a sleek turntable on the remote.

None, i can't fault this machine

Dec, 2008

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Menus are easy to use as is the guide+ for selecting TV programmes to record. Silent in use.

Use with a camcorder gave various problems which required resetting. Does not allow connecting an external hardisk and does not allow copying video files to the USB port (even if they come from a camcorder). Fairly slow startup.

Dec, 2008

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picture quality

only 1 tuner slow menu

Dec, 2008

Product Specifications


Audio D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/96kHz


Color of product:Silver

Disk Drive

Hard Drive Capacity:160
Maximum HDD recording time:180
Total Storage Capacity:160

Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):7
Power consumption (typical):42

File formats

Audio formats supported:MP3, PCM, WMA
Video compression format:MPEG2
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Hard Drive

Hard Drive Capacity:160
Maximum HDD recording time:180
Total Storage Capacity:160

Management Features

Handheld remote control: Yes
Programmable events:40

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):17.1 x 13.4 x 2.64
Disc types supported:DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL
Optical disc recording:DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, HDD, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL
Playback formats:MPEG1, MPEG2, DivX 3.11, DivX 4.x, DivX 5.x, DivX 6.0, DivX Ultra
Power Requirements:220-240V, 50Hz

Packaging Data

Package weight:14.3

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) in:1
Composite video out:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.1
RF ports quantity:1
S-Video in:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
S-Video out:1
S-Video outputs quantity:1
SCART ports quantity:1


Power consumption (standby):7
Power consumption (typical):42


Disc types supported:DVD+R DL,DVD-R DL

Technical Details

Device type:Recorder
Internal memory:160
Slide show: Yes


Analog signal format system:PAL I, SECAM B/G, SECAM D/K
Video D/A Converter (DAC):10-bit/54MHz

Weight & Dimensions