Pros Copys/Plays all DVD types, Copying is easy, copy's great
Cons Pricey, Poor remote design, irritating glitches when playing DVD's and CD-VCD's
Summary I finally decided to spend the buck$ and get a VCR/DVD recorder a couple of weeks ago. After using and then taking back a Panasonic DMR-E75VS ($299)- Wouldn't play DVD+ or DVD-RW+ disks- and then a JVC ($349), - where do I start?- I wound up with a Sony RDRVX500. Let me say it does an OUTSTANDING job copying tapes. Simple to use, it can record/play any DVD-+ disk and so far no problem using Memorex or RiData disks.
There are a few gripes. For some stupid reason, Sony decided to put somewhat pointy edges on the corners of the remote instead of rounding them off. If you hold the remote in your hand for any length of time, one of the bottom edges tends to dig into your palm.<P>Also, when playing a DVD, if you play around with the FF, Pause, and Play buttons too much the DVD will "freeze" and the only way to break it loose is to shut the unit down.
Last thing: When playing a CD-VCD, if you use the FF button, and then hit play, the unit will go back to the start of the first video chapter all over again. I haven't contacted Sony about these problems yet.
I might just buy a cheap DVD player (I highly recommed the Panasonic DVD-S27UPS from Wal-Mart.) and use it to play disks and leave the Sony for recording.
Bottom Line- For copying, it's great. Super. Outstanding. For playing DVD's and VCD's, it's fine... as long as you don't play around with the pause, FF, and rewind buttons. I hate the idea of paying $500 for this unit, but as long as it will continue to copy fine, I guess I can live with it.
Pros Creates DVD disks ok but ...
Cons You can't see the video files on a PC.
Summary Sony hides all VOB and VIDEO TS folders after burning on their decks. (I tested it myself and spoke with a Sony rep who agreed that this is the case with their model.) So if you plan to edit any of the footage on a PC or Mac, forget it. You're locked into Sony's DRM Hell. Stay away!
Pros Works with DVD+/-R and +/-RW disks.
Cons The first time I used the machine it crashed 5 times and had to be turned off and back on again to get it working. Also, the recording quality is poor compared to my other DVD recorder (a Toshiba unit). The A-B edit feature which I wanted to use for dele
Pros A great picture on playback
Cons Where do I start?......
Summary When I record on DVD at any speed at sometime during the playback the program will stop for a split second then resume. This happens at least once during all recordings. The only way I found to stop this stop and go is to finalize the DVD. That gets to be kind of expensive when you just want to record a TV program for watching. I have even tried Sony brand DVD's to no avail.
There are certain store bought DVD movies where the sound seems to be wavy. The sound gets a little quieter than normal over and over. This does not happen when I play the same disc in another brand player.
Finally whenever I insert a blank DVD to record a couple of TV programs. The unit records the first couple fine, but thenext day if I try to continue to record a message comes on saying "disc is full and can no longer record" even thought I recorded at SP and have only two 1/2 hour programs recorded it says disc is full. I can't even erase the disc. I am working with Tech Support with these problems. Again the most annoying problem is the stop then go playback.
Pros A LOT of Features
Cons A LOT of Features-and price..had I paid full price
Summary As with a lot of gadgets, of the electronic ilk, here is again an example of what I believe to be a useful, well crafted item. I have read (only for about an hour) the user guide, and so far, I'm able to record from my sat-box to DVD. THATS COOL! I also have read that this is an excellent unit for converting tape to DVD. THAT, also, IS COOL. I just wish that the available features were laid out in the manual in a more coherent design. Sony should ship a DVD along with this unit, that examples ALL of the features, and how to use them!Updated
I was at a (ughhh) Sears (gimme a break-I live in the remote North Coast) and some senior sales clerk ( about 16, never heard of JVC) was placing this unit BACK on the shelf. I asked whats up, and was told it was a return ,and had to be sold as used! BUT, with a NEW 1 Yr. Warranty. Sadly (hee-hee) the clerk had dropped the tag from $499 to $299. I OWN it! In fact, for $100, I ADDED two years to the bumper-to-bumper warranty, that includes coverage, I was told by the associate, "even if yer cat pees on it!" What more could a person want?!