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Sony RDR-HX 510

Sony RDR-HX 510
alaScore 77

118 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 118 reviews of Sony RDR-HX 510. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Sony RDR-HX 510 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 118 reviews)

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony RDR-HX 510


alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 user reviews of Sony RDR-HX 510 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other DVD Players on

99% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony RDR-HX510 DVD Recorder with 80GB Hard DriveSony RDR-HX510 DVD Recorder with 80GB Hard Drive

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Guy Cocker (

Sony RDR-HX510 review


If you like to retain quality when recording to DVD, then the RDR-HX510 is for you, because you can now record that 2-hour movie in the highest quality to a dual-layer DVD. This extra functionality doesn't cost too much over Sony's previous recorders,...

Dual-layer DVD writing ; Beautiful menu and editing system ; Sleek looks

Small hard drive ; No i.Link input ; No separate infrared sender ; Lacks Freeview tuner

Recordings are made in Dolby stereo and they sound nice and clear across the whole range of recording levels, especially if you use either of the digital audio outputs. We were also surprised at the quality of the DVD video playback -- this is a player...

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: Ben Camm-Jones (

Sony RDR-HX510S


When combined hard disk and DVD recorders first appeared they struggled to convince people they represented good value for money. But with prices dropping, consumers are starting to realise that such products aren't merely aspirational. In fact,...

If there's one quibble we have about the RDR-HX510S it's the price - you can buy cheaper models with equivalent specifications. However, we can appreciate that the Sony is a very high-quality model offering plenty of features. And it's an absolute...

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: (

Sony RDR-HX510 Review


The perfect companion for that sexy new LCD screen you persuaded the missus you need? No it's not a comfy sofa and a pint but the latest in DVDR / HDD combination from Sony.

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: daryl storey (

Sony RDR-HX510S 80GB


Ease of use

Used only 6 times in 14 months before it suffrered total 'hard disk failure ; According to Sony this is 'not exceptional' and refused to accept liability

If this is acceptable quality by Sony's definition don't buy Sony

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Excellent, but short-lived


I purchased this Sony RDR-HX510 PVR as a replacement for an earlier similar Sony (non-HD) model, which had developed an irreparabl...

Jun, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Frustrating for ex-Tivo user, but overall Excellent

May, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

The right decision!


I was lucky enough to receive this Sony RDR-HX510 DVD recorder for Christmas and I use it every day. At first I was not sure if a ...

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Typical Sony - excellent


When I decided to move from VHS I extensively researched the issue and came to the conclusion that although DVD technology is not ...

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

A must-buy.


This Sony RDR-HX510 DVD recorder is a very nice piece of kit indeed. I encouraged my dad to buy it after reading the reviews on th...

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Resign your video recorder to the scrapheap !


Bought this lovely piece of kit last week and have not been disapppointed! So much more convenient than a video recorder as everyt...

Nov, 2005

Product Specifications


BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View: Yes


DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
UPnP: No
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling: No
3D: No
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Recorder
Integrated VCR: No
Static / Portable:Static
Table / Portable:Table


Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
DVD Audio Playback: No
DVD-R Playback: Yes
DVD-RAM Playback: No
DVD-RW Playback: Yes
DVD+R Playback: Yes
DVD+RW Playback: Yes
HD-DVD Playback: No
PC Streaming: No
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: Yes


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording: Yes
DVD-R Recording: Yes
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: Yes
DVD+R Recording: Yes
DVD+RW Recording: Yes
HD-DVD Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No
MPEG4 Recording: No


DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby: No