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Sony RDR-VX500 DVD-VCR Combo

Sony RDR-VX500 DVD-VCR Combo
alaScore 70

63 reviews

May, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 reviews of Sony RDR-VX500 DVD-VCR Combo. 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.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Sony RDR-VX500 DVD-VCR Combo is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony RDR-VX500 DVD-VCR Combo


alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of Sony RDR-VX500 DVD-VCR Combo from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on

61% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony RDR-VX500 DVD Player/Recorder with VCRSony RDR-VX500 DVD Player/Recorder with VCR

May, 2018

Expert review by : Ben Patterson (

Sony RDR-VX500 review


Intro Sony's easy-to-use VCR/DVD combo recorder does a fine job of transferring VHS tapes to DVD--but that's just the beginning. The RDR-VX500 boasts excellent video quality and, compared to other models such as the Panasonic DMR-E75VS , offers a few...

Records to four DVD formats; FireWire input; easy to use; very good VHS transfer image quality.

Expensive; no S-Video input on rear panel; negligible video noise reduction; poorly designed remote.

This easy-to-use VCR/DVD combo recorder can dub to lots of recordable formats, but it does cost more than the competition.

Feb, 2005

Consumer review (

DVD/VCR Recorder Combo: good for all projects


I received the Sony RDR-VX500 VCR and DVD recorder as a Christmas gift back in 2005. Since then, I have recorded dozens of DVDs both from VHS tapes and from live programming with DirecTV. This combo is very easy to set up, and the remote very ...

Easy to use, quality product

Don't forget to finish DVDs to play elsewhere

Nov, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony RDR-VX500


None! More expensive then the competition and never has worked properly!

Everything but the VHS side!

May, 2006

Consumer review (

This electronic tech of 30 years is pleased.


Supports 4 DVD and CD disks, MP3 and JPEG. Very Versatile.

Only two speed tape drive. Disk and title naming is arduous.

Nov, 2005

Consumer review (

Great Entry Level DVD Burner!


Easy to use, very good transfers from VHS, easy to transfer VHS to DVD

Unable to remove irritating "Checking Disc/Disc Loading" from TV display when loading any DVD

Nov, 2005

Consumer review (

Great Entry Level DVD Burner!


I bought this recorder because I would like to archive my old VHS home video tapes, some dating as far back as 1987. I don't dare play these tapes anymore for fear of deteriorating them any further. And that's the main reason we don't play our wedding ...

Easy to use, very good transfers from VHS, easy to transfer VHS to DVD

Unable to remove irritating "Checking Disc/Disc Loading" from TV display when loading any DVD

Nov, 2005

Consumer review (

Sony's Quality seems to have gone downhill lately


Good feature set, fair ease of use.

Terrible firmware design, terrible product reliability.

Oct, 2005

Consumer review (

Sony RVR-VX500 DVD recorder vcr Combo...It's going back to the store today.


Well built sharp in appearance. Simple and direct recording functions. Easy of operation.

Recording quality in VCR and DVD was disappointing. No better than standard VCR.

Sep, 2005

Consumer review (

Sony RDR-VX500 excels in variety of ways


Great features, fairly simple to operate, works with all 4 major types of disc media

Reliability is suspect as mine is in the Sony service center for repair right now.

Jul, 2005

Consumer review (

One of the better recorders - doesn't like copied movies, though


For many in the mainstream, the rock solid performance will be just right.

A little pricey, and it doesn't seem to like copied DVD movies.

Jul, 2005

Product Specifications

The RDR-VX500 is the perfect combination for your home theater. This DVD/VCR player has DVD+RW/+R, DVD-RW/-R recording compatibility and one button dubbing from VCR to DVD or DVD to VCR. With i.LINK Interface for DV/Digital8 Camcorders, Progressive Scan Technology Output for DVD at 480P and VCR Plus+ Timer Recording, the RDR-VX500 combines convenience and advance functionality for your viewing pleasure.

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


Product Line:Sony

MD System

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Television Type: None

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


Device Type:VCR
Media Type:VHS

VCR 2nd

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