|DVD Type||DVD Recorder|
|Built-In Combo Features||DVR/Hard Drive Recorder, VCR|
|Number Of Discs||1|
|Playable Disc Formats||CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R Dual Layer, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-VR, SVCD, VCD|
|Features||Letter Box Conversion, Pan & Scan Conversion, Parental Lock, Progressive Scan|
|Playable File Formats||JPEG, MP3|
|Progressive Scan||With Progressive Scan|
|Video Upconversion||1080i (HDTV)|
|Audio DAC||16 bit / 96 kHz|
|Surround Sound||Dolby Digital (Digital out only), Virtual Surround|
|Inputs||Analog Audio x 1, Composite x 1|
|Outputs||Analog Audio x 2, Component x 1, Composite x 1, Digital Audio Optical x 1, HDMI, S-Video|
|Front Panel||Audio Input, Composite Input, S-Video Input, iLINK DV Input|
|On Screen Display||Yes|
|Record And Play Features||Cable / Satellite Receiver Control, One Touch Recording|
|Recording Speeds||EP, HQ, HSP, LP, SEP, SLP, SP|
|DVD Recoeding Time||8 hours|
|VCR Video heads||4|
Average review score based on 114 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I purchased the Sony RDR-VX525 Recorder mainly to copy my aging collection of VHS media memories to DVD. In doing so I found that my old VHS tapes held their information quite well even though some are as old as 15+ years. For this the recorder worked superbly. I have also used the AV firewire to connect my digital camcorder for copying. That feature works superbly as well. The HDMI hook-up is as simple as can be and the picture being upconverted makes for a wonderful movie watching experience. Ok enough for the plusses now there are a couple of things that need mentioned. First this unit does not have a built in tuner of any kind so a digital tuner to record broadcasts is a must if that is your motive for buying this unit. Second, the instruction manual tends to jump around a lot referring to previous pages and forward to do this or that. It could be made a lot simpler. a Final complaint for this unit is the lack of a screen saver feature that some models have. When this model finishes copying a tape or what ever the source may be it displays a blank all bright white screen. This can be damaging to your TV's screen if left unattended. But that's all the negatives I have at this time. Sony has always pleased me with good quality products and has not disappointed me with this one.
I bought this Sony RDR-VX525 DVD/VCR Recorder to replace my broken Toshiba DVD recorder (2 years old) and Pioneer VCR (2.5 years old). The HDMI connector makes the picture crystal clear rom DVD. What a wonderful movie watching experience! One-Touch DVD to VCR copying is really a wonderful feature. So far the only complaint I have for this unit is the incompatibility of DVD format. I tried 4 different DVD-RW or DVD-R brands to find only one DVD-R works so far.
Value, design, functionally, ease of use. Sony has done it again
with this little gem by providing the consumer a quality DVD/DVD+/CD/CD+/VHS player/recorder at a modest price. Now you can reduce your old bulky VHS collection to shiny new DVD's with the touch of a button. The Sony RDR-VX525
can do it all while providing great Stereo/Surround/DTS sound & fantastic
picture quality for todays high-tech audio/visual systems & back it up with
proven realibility & a solid warrenty. Thanks Sony!
I've been wanting an HDMI compatible DVD recorder compatible with my Hi Def TV. I don't like that the RDR-VX525 has no video input (cable) but otherwise I like the unit very well. Recording is a bit difficult even though I have a Sony TV the IR connections to change and record different channels is not compatible. Editing scenes and shows recorded on DVD-RW is easy.
I gave this SONY DVD Recorder/VCR Combo a GOOD rating. I have movies in DVD and VCR formats so I needed something that will play either.
Positive - Easy to set up, easy to operate. I had to set up additional cables to accomodate DVD recording. But once I had it set up, it was like my old DVD/VCR combo except this is black in color and both the DVD and VCR has the recording abilities. SONY got some good quality in their products.
Negative - I don't have the right TV model to be able to use the TV remote functions. Caution! Read the manual first! I fiddled around with the menus and changed a couple of settings. Next thing I know my remote stopped working! This model has the ability to change remote signal frequencies if you have other SONY products (stereo, home theatre, etc.) I later figured
Have not had a chance to try out the recording functions. Will have to test it out before I try to record a special event.
Overall it's a good product made by SONY. I didn't bother with the extra warranty stuff. I will be using it for a year or two anyhow. LJK.