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Sony RDR-VX500 DVD Player/Recorder with VCR

by Sony
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  • Combination DVD recorder/player and VCR with VCR Plus+ electronic program guide to simplify advance recording
  • Plays and records DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and VHS videocassette
  • Plays MP3 music and JPEG image CD-R/CD-RW
  • i.Link digital-video input for camcorders (DV/D8)
  • VHS to DVD and DVD to VHS dubbing ability (subject to Macrovision anti-piracy protection)
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Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight15.8 pounds
Product Dimensions25.3 x 16.4 x 7.9 inches
Item model numberRDRVX500
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Color NameSilver
  
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ASINB0002KQR2S
Best Sellers Rank
Shipping Weight15.8 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableJune 19, 2006
  
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  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: RDRVX500
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Video Head Quantity: 4
  • Video Tape Playback Speed: LP, SP
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Product Description

Product Description

Consumers with large VHS collections can now make digital archives of their favorite content with Sony's new DVD Recorder/VCR combo, the RDR-VX500. Offering format flexibility with DVD+RW/+R/-RW/-R recording compatibility and easy bi-direction dubbing from VCR to DVD recorder, sharing and archiving memories and onto a digital format has never been more convenient. In addition, it allows for DV/Digital8 Camcorder tapes to transfer onto DVD discs via an i.LINK connection.

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Now you can make digital archives of your favorite VHS tapes and copy your homemade DVDs to share with friends and family on VHS. Sony's RDR-VX500 DVD recorder/VCR combo saves space while simplifying component hookups. Offering broad format flexibility through DVD+R/+RW and DVD-R/-RW versatility, the deck permits dubbing from VHS to DVD and from DVD to VHS (subject to Macrovision anti-piracy technology in the source media).

In addition, the recorder sports a handy i.Link digital-video interface so you can copy DV/Digital8 camcorder tapes directly to long-lasting recordable DVDs. Other features include progressive-scan output for DVD (480p) for high-quality video reproduction on high-definition and HD-ready TVs, JPEG digital image and MP3 music playback from CD-R/CD-RW, and VCR Plus+ programming for easy navigation and control.

Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

Customer Reviews

This unit is not one of Sony's best efforts.
BDG
For discs to be available for use on other DVD players, you must first finalize the discs.
J. Brasseale
If you have old VCR tapes, this is the perfect way to convert them to DVD.
Carolyn P.

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96 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Jose Barajas on May 19, 2006
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So ive had this unit for almost a year and wanted to wait long enough to write a review on it, im usually not quick to judge and it was a good thing i waited. First let me tell you that I did some very, very thorough research before purchasing ANY of these barely new DVD/VHS recorders and it came down to this one and the panasonic one, after going over every single review on this website i noticed many complaints were based on the shipping and handling and that ovbiosuly has nothing to do with the quality of the unit itself so i thought they were both pretty even as far as the reviews but i went with this sony unit since i trust the brand and many of my other equipment is sony as well...let me tell you the first surprise was getting the unit in a heavily smashed box !!! I was then understanding why there were so many bad reviews on the handling of this unit. Luckily for me only the remote control cracked a bit but was still able to use it without any problems, the unit itself was very well secured so nothing was wrong with it but i will tell you guys this if you get it from amazon you get it at your own risk because the delivery guys are not careful at all so good luck first off getting it home safe.....

Ok now to the main subject, the unit itself, from day one it was the easiest and most simple unit to use, the menu is basically all on a very easy to use onscreen format. As far as the recording goes if you record straight from tv is just as easy as recording with your vcr. I mainly bought this unit to transfer a big collection of tv shows i have on vhs onto dvd. It is very simple to do this, you simply select record from vhs to dvd press enter and it starts recording!!!
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164 of 172 people found the following review helpful By B Ardell Young on November 26, 2004
This DVD was my third choice behind Go Video and Pansonic until reading various complaints from owners of Go Video/Pansonic machines about neither playing foreign DVD/CD and how difficult both players were to install and operate.

Sony player has played several discs that were not made on it and it is very easy to install and use. Price was over $ 100.00 lower than above mentioned brands and was the cheapest player/recorder on the market.

My only complaint is the remote, which has so many buttons it makes you stop and think about what you want to do.
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121 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Newman on March 3, 2005
No complaints here. I have used this primarily to transfer videotapes to DVD. This has worked flawlessly each time and then works on any DVD player I put the finalized DVD into. The manual is clear, as such devices go. Efficient and hassle-free, as one would want.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Jenkins on August 18, 2005
Unfortunately, my experience with this unit hasn't been totally satisfactory. In the four months that I've had it, its been in the shop twice. Since each repair visit takes on average about a month, I've only had two months of use.

I'll start with the positive. The dvd portion is great. I've had no problem either playing or recording dvds on this unit. The instructions are easy to follow, and the end result speaks for itself. The one slight drawback is that it takes about two minutes to load and format a recordable dvd . So you can't put in your disc and expect to start recording immediately. If you do that, you're going to miss the first two or so minutes of your program. I would advise people to load/format recordable dvds ahead of time, so that you have them on hand for those unexpected recordings.

The major disappointment has been the vcr portion. From day one, tapes that were recorded on other units would not play on it. By the same token, tapes recording on this unit would not play on other vcrs. After noticing this, I took the unit in to be fixed (by Best Buy). A month later, I got it back and found the same problem. So I took it right back (to Best Buy). A month later, I got it back and found the same problem.

In the end, the vcr portion has been "repaired" twice, yet still has the same problem. Not wanting to lose the use of the dvd portion for another month, I just hooked up my vcr to it, and use that when I want to view my old vhs tapes. It works out fine. But if I had known this was going to happen, I would have just bought a SONY dvd recorder, and saved myself the hassle and the money.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Peter of Westminster on July 30, 2005
I tend to tune out technological change until something breaks and I need a new gadget -- so I expect a bit of pain when I buy something new as I usually have a bit more of learning curve than many folks. When my VCR bit the dust three weeks ago, I went out to get another and saw the RDR-VX500. I have been surprised how pain-free it has been -- had it set up and connected to our LCD HDTV in a couple of minutes, and the one button transfer recording on the front panel between the VCR and DVD could not be simpler. Have recorded about a third of my old VHS-C tapes to DVD without a hitch, and I've played them on our three household desktops, our laptop, and a couple of low end DVD players without a problem. (Have used both DVD-R and DVD+RW disks.) The quality of the reproduction on the DVD is of course excellent, but the VCR, too, does a noticably fine job -- it is not at all hard to watch on a fairly good HDTV screen. Finally, while there are many buttons on the remote, they are sensibly laid out, and not as bad as many remotes with which I've struggled. I'm very pleased with this machine and recommend it to any protoneoluddite like myself.
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CONSUMER ALERT: This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009 to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the U.S.'s transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322), or visit the commission’s digital-television Web site at: www.dtv.gov.