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Sony SVR-S500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of Sony SVR-S500. The average rating for this product is 2.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Satellite Receivers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design. The price is also appreciated. Many are negative about the reliability, and the size and image quality get mixed opinions.

usability, price, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Satellite Receivers the Sony SVR-S500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 65/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 user reviews of Sony SVR-S500 from The average user rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Satellite Receivers on Opinions about the design and price are generally positive. There are some mixed comments about the size and image quality, and there are some critical reviews about the reliability.

usability, price, design


45% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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

Sep, 2016

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

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

SVR-S500 problems


I've had my Sony SVR-S500 dvd recorder since Sep 06 and it has been ok apart from requiring a 10 second power down occasionally wh...

Apr, 2007

Consumer review by: Mike (

Sony SVRS500S


Excellent concept

This is a device made by some else and rebadge by Sony - very poor I bought the device because of the Sony name! Slow to tune. 7 day guide is unreliable. Changing channels is so slow. Any menus that come up switch to a 'grey' screen giving a very out...

Jan, 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
Table / Portable:Table