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Sony SVR-HD700

Sony SVR-HD700
alaScore 77

34 reviews

Aug, 2020

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 reviews of Sony SVR-HD700. The average rating for this product is 2.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony SVR-HD700 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Ashton Mills (

Sony SVR-HD700


The Sony SVR-HD700 is an easy to use and feature filled hard disk recorder for both standard definition and high definition TV (HDTV). Sporting two hi...

Easy to use, dual HDTV tuners, plenty of storage space


The Sony SVR-HD900 is an easy to use and feature filled hard disk recorder with 160GB of disk for both standard definition and high definition TV.

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Asher Moses (

Sony SVR-HD700


A pricey high-end PVR with plenty going for it, despite the limited EPG and lack of USB/Firewire connections.

Twin HD TV tuners ; Intuitive recording interface ; 160GB hard drive ; HDMI connectivity ; Effective design

No USB/Firewire port for interfacing with an external storage solution ; EPG is limited ; HDMI cable must be purchased separately ; Cycling through menus is slow at times

Overall, Sony's SVR-HD700 has a lot going for it and, despite the inability to pull recordings onto an external drive and the limited EPG, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to high-end PVR buyers.

Jul, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony SVR-HD700


Early versions of the firmware were simply horrible. However, the last version (1.20) is very stable and eliminates the 'splitting' of recordings altogether.

surprisingly reliable (seriously)

no editing options, broken EPG

Apr, 2009

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Sony SVR-HD700


This is the worst Sony product that I have ever purchased. I cannot beleive that Sony would release on the public before it was fully functional. The EPG is crap and even after the firmware upgrade the system is slow to respond to the remote control. A...

outweighed by cons

EPG is slow to load (why is it not updated all the time, surely the data is continually broadcasted and can be stored?). Slow to respond to remote control (channel changes)

Dec, 2008

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Sony SVR-HD700


almost all of my electonic equipment is Sony but this has to be one of the worst for quality and sony limited service centres so if you hapen to live near a dud ripoff service centre and your product is just out of waranty you may as well chuck it in...

good recorder when it works

unfortunatly when a product breaks down 4 times in 2 years and repairing it is so expensive that it can be cheeper to replaced it in such a short time its junk

Nov, 2008

Consumer review (

Sony SVR-HD700


My Sony unit is quite user friendly and does everything that I want of it. Problem is that it "freezes", "locks up" or "hangs" - if on playback it just stops with the latest frame of picture freezing on the screen, or if watching TV via the SVR-HD700...

Good picture, functionality

The unit freezing problem. Does anyone know how to fix the issue? I mean that I don't want to use the unit as a boat anchor

Oct, 2008

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Sony SVR-HD700


Wish there was something less than 1/10

I still believe that the unit specifications are great and I could have enjoyed it

Lousy service, poor communication and when the going got tough they prefer to refund than repair, so now I have to spend more to get an equivalent (It wont be a SONY)

Jul, 2008

Consumer review (

Sony SVR-HD700


Approach with caution!!!

Great Picture Quality ; Simple ; Can watch a recording and record 2 separate programs simultaneously ; Can set video throughput ie. 720p etc

Software/Firmware. HDMI ver 1.1 - believe to be causing a lot if issues people talk about, for me a power cycle until the HDMI light goes out and the relay drops is enough for it to reboot properly, this takes 30 secs though. Happens mainly when...

Jul, 2008

Consumer review (

Sony SVR-HD700


Bought unit in August 07. had lots of problems since.

When the unit works, while not the answer to all needs, it perform beautifully and its easy to use

The damned thing keeps breaking down and I get nagged by the women of the house. ( MAybe I should tape the nagging and send it to SONY)

Jul, 2008

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Sony SVR-HD700


Units works as it suppose to

The High definition is great

There is no editing of shows. Even my $130 digitec PVR does that ; Channels cannot be sorted as the user wants on the remote ; EPG programme guide is crap. How long do I have to wait for it to work?(Another thing the digitec does well)

Mar, 2008

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