Pros ONLY Tabletop Unit that supports DVD+R DL at this time
Cons Can not copy movies from your own Tivo- Not enough Input Choices
Summary I upgraded from a Phillips DVDR77 to this unit the other day. While this unit has some great features, the cons are very annoying.
First, it is obvious that Sony is high on controlling "GREAT" digital copies of anything, Therefore, this unit lacks both a Component Video Input AND an S-Video Input (On the rear panel.. there is one ont he front which is for a cam actually and is akward).
Also, it will NOT ALLOW me to dub movies from MY TIVO to the unit. it says they are copyrighted. Phillips unit does NOT do this. I am paying a LOT for Cable... a LOT for Tivo... A LOT for this Unit, and BLANK DVDs. So I would feel that dumping from Tivo to a DVD shouldn't be some taboo item. I am not looking to copy DVD discs illegally, but cmon... this is just making room on my Tivo for more shows.
Luckily this can be overcome by spending a hundred dollars on a video box at Best Buy. But still... Not happy about this.
The unit has some great features, but some missing. The menu looks good and organized, however you can NOT set the thumbnail that appears like you can on the Phillips (for DVD+RW, which is what I use mostly).
It also takes a LONG time for a DVD to load. I read that on the 500 reviews, and it is still the same here. However, I can wait a few seconds when it comes to that.
The picture looks pretty good, and this is the ONLY UNIT on the market right now (besides its sister unit the 315) which supports DVD+R Dual Layer discs. Which means you can store 4 movies of good quality on one disc. Also, at the worst quality setting, you can get 14 hours of video on there!
Overall, I DO LIKE the unit. Some peopel say the manual is hard to use, however, when you have tha tmany features, it is tough to make it EASY. That is why there is an index and a pdf you can search! The manual shows the basics then goes into more depth, like most.
This plays all sorts of media.. DVD+R, +RW, -R, -RW +R DL etc. it has powerful editing in the DVD-VR mode. The dubbing is good, and I was ablwe to get rid of my old analog VCR.. I hate analog things blech!
When you record a show off cable, it actually puts the show name in the title list which is convenient. Unfortunately, that does not happen if you use the video enhancer, which seems to stripthat info off as well as the "copyright" code.
I Do reccomend this unit, however, do note the cons I have wrote.
Pros Easy dubbing from VHS to DVD
Cons Complicated manual, long DVD loading time, Can't record to DVD from TIVO
Summary The main reason for getting this unit was to record from VHS to DVD and to DVD from a TIVO unit. It will not record from the TIVO unit, the most I was able to accomplish was the audi portion of saved programs. The quality of recordings from VHS to DVD is only fair at best. I just bought this unit and plan to return it as soon as I can research a unity that does both.
The manual is complicated, no doubt because of all the features. (Most of which I will never use)
It did perform nicely when recording from TV
to DVD. Quality seemed better than average.Updated
After fumbling around through the manual and not finding the solution to record from a Tivo unity to DVD, I discovered that the satellite HD-DVR was set at 720P. The sony can not record HD, (neither can any other dvd recorder at the moment). After setting the satellite unti to 480i, it recorded the saved programs from Tivo.
"Kool, but..."on by Standard
Pros One touch reording
Cons Ate my disk!!!
Summary This brand spanking new unit ate my disk (MEMOREX dvd+RW) after I recorded a 2 hr tape...the manual says it auto finalizes a +RW
disk, but it never came out.
After replugging it, it then said Child Lock, then continued to load my disk (I stopped it aft 10min).Updated
Ok, I swapped it for another and it seems to work...apparently the finalizing process takes longer than 10 minutes (does the manual say that??? Noooo!!!!)
Knowing this, I'd revise my rating to neutral as I havent done any good quality transfers yet.
Pros Dubbing dvd > vhs > dvd is easy. I just got it two days ago. I always liked sonys operators manuals.. It helps in the learning curve.
Cons I didnt come across any cons.
Summary I would buy it again... I did some research before I purchased. I use dvd+rw dvds and it works. I learned you need to finalize the dvd before it can play in the pc. The video i work with is from covert law enforcement camera systems which is a challenge because of low light etc.
The different types of DVD disks confuse me.
Again,,, the learning curve is helped by the reading the manual and practicing.
Pros Easy copying videotapes to DVDs
Cons Can't play the DVDs anywhere else or copy them
Summary My wife and I bought the Sony RDR VX515 with the idea of copying our 20+ year collection of videotapes to DVDs and sharing favorites with family and friends. The copying was easy, we played them back and enjoyed them. Then came the disappointments. I tried to copy them on our PC's DVD writer and it couldn't even read any of them. Neither could the MAC's. Neither could the Audiovox DVD player. Nothing else but the Sony recorder will play them. We can not share them with family (which they may be thankful for, but that's beside the point) and that was the major reason for the purchase. If nothing else can read them, in the future without the original recorder the CDs will be worthless since I won't even be able to migrate the information. We're taking the recorder back to Best Buy.