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Sony RDR-VX525 DVD/VHS Player/Recorder

by Sony

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Brand NameSony
Item Weight17 pounds
Product Dimensions18 x 14 x 4 inches
Item model numberRDR-VX525
  
Additional Information
ASINB000S5INFQ
Best Sellers Rank #45,895 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight17 pounds
Date First AvailableJune 18, 2007
  
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  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: RDR-VX525

Product Description

<UL> <LI>Preserve and share your personal content quickly and easily with the high quality RDR-VX525 DVD recorder and VHS combo player from Sony®. <LI>Your favorite memories, TV shows that you love, video recordings or anything else can be preserve

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Customer Reviews

The operating instructions are terrible.
H. P. Macarthur
Ok so it doesn't copy old vhs movies because of copyright issues.
Jon S. Leslie
I have just gotten this dvd player to replace an other of mine.
the mad one

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By C. Schwartz on September 20, 2007
My wife has been bugging me for the last year or so to convert all of our
VHS video tapes that I took of the kids to DVD's. Some are 20 years old
and though stored under ideal conditions could become fragile. I chose
this deck mainly because it was a Sony and I have had good luck with
their products.

I have not been disappointed. It has performed perfectly. Very easy to
use for dubbing. Once you have your DVD loaded and your VHS tape
loaded, it's push one button and it starts. It stops automatically after either
the DVD is full or the tape is empty, whatever comes first. You then
push a couple of buttons on the remote to "finalize" the disk and you are
done. On the high quality and standard modes the picture looks just like
the orginal.

This deck will also record TV shows and sourcing from video cameras.

Excellent value !

Chris
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Craig W. on December 11, 2007
I have mixed feelings after having purchased this DVD Combo this summer. Some DVDs play flawlessly, but others skip so badly they aren't viewable. Also, sometimes it's impossible to shut off subtitles. Even when going through the DVD menu, the subtitles will still play. You must click options on the player remote and shut it off that way. Several cases...the movie Spygame with Redford and Pitt. Skips and jumps through the hole flick, subtitles cannot be shut off at all. You can actually hear the DVD player head or something internal buzzing trying to do error correction. Transformers..first viewing was flawless. Now it skips towards the end of the movie. Last night wathced Talladega Nights, first 3/4 movie was fine. Got to last 30 minutes or so and and it started skipping. May wind up sending it in for repair. Spygame played flawlessly on my previous DVD only Panasonic.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By fih on March 18, 2008
I received this as a gift, it WILL NOT RECORD ANYTHING from my satellite receiver, says "copy protected" I planned on using this to record programs I could not watch becaude I was working. A dvd PLAYER would do all this product can do for a LOT less $$$.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By the mad one on March 22, 2008
I have just gotten this dvd player to replace an other of mine. Guess what???? I am taking it back. It will not play other DVD's that I have recorded on my other recorder, and oh yes they have been finalized and they will play with no problem on other dvd players. On the Sony, they will not play. One may play for a moment and then the picture will hang up and sound will stop a few seconds later. Just can't get any of the DVD's recorded to play.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jon S. Leslie on January 27, 2008
Ok so it doesn't copy old vhs movies because of copyright issues. I was expecting that. but after 6 tries, I finally got an old vhs of some tv shows to record onto DVD-R disks. The manual is overwhelming and does a rotten job of walking you through a sample recording. So I finally figured out that I needed to Finalize the DVD, but guess what? the DVD was only usable (fully) on the sony unit. It would play on my laptop, but no chapters, I had 360 as one big chapter, plus the time index was only up to the 24 minutes. so chapter 18, at the 24 minute mark, was for minutes 24-360. Apparently the timer thing is busted on the sony recorder as well. because I had same 24 minute marker as the last chapter on it as well.

The dvd wouldn't even play at all on a regular, DVD player hooked up to my TV.

I want my weekend of frustration back.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Flanagan on November 9, 2009
EDIT: I hooked up an external VCR to the unit to test to see if the output quality would change. It worked like a charm! Copying a DVD from an external VCR is the way to go if you want the highest quality you can get from a VHS. Though, it won't change the fact that a DVD copy OF a VHS is always going to be VHS quality no matter what you do. But, with the external VCR there was no graininess or lines.

I bought this unit a month ago to archive some old VHS home movies. Nothing copyright protected. The unit does what it says it will do, but the output quality is rather poor.

The VCR portion of the recorder is really lacking in quality. On my unit I notice that there are diagonal lines that flow throughout every recording I make. Mind you, these are home movies without copyguards. The overall picture quality is rather grainy. I have thought about attaching a separate VCR to the unit to overcome the issue, but I have not tried that yet.

The DVD player seems to work fine for now. I have had no complaints. It hasn't frozen on me yet.

One of my BIG gripes about this product is how drawn out the DVD creation process is. The owner's manual is 127 pages long. That is a lot of garbage to sift through. I majored in Media Arts ... I know a lot about video equipment. The backwards way this unit works blew my mind. The editing mode is completely barebones and not ONE single DVD I have created has a menu!!! And I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to create a menu on the DVDs!

So if you want a DVD that is the exact quality as a VHS (or even POORER in some cases) and don't want the luxury of having a menu, this is the recorder for you. I gave it three sta
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. P. Macarthur on September 18, 2009
I used to think that the name Sony meant that you were buying the best. Then I bought this POS. The operating instructions are terrible. The darn thing won't record worth a damn (it won't even record my home movies without some problem developing). It frequently locks up in the finalization mode regardless of the amount of time remaining on the disc that is being recorded. Play back is terrible. This POS is the Edsel of video recorders. Consequently, I wouldn't buy another Sony product even if it had the best rating in the world. Don't buy this product and if you do, plan on using it as a paper weight as that is all it is good for.
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