Pros Plays records VHS tapes, Plays DVDs
Cons Bad software not working for recording on timer.
Summary I purchased one of these units this week and am now on my second one in an attempt to get one that works as stated. The major problem with this unit appears to be in the operation of the DVD recorder. In trying to record TV shows, after the recording ends, the unit turns off with the INF WRITE flashing on the display. That's it, the only way to turn it back on is to insert a tape or unplug the unit which then has to go back through setup. You have a 50-50 chance of not having the recording be there based on the last three days of attempt to record!
The second unit not only has the problems of the first, but has added skipping to a recorded track!
Almost every piece of audio/video equipment I have is Sony, but this one is going back!
"digitally digital"on by denie77
Pros unit looks sharp
Cons digitally over controling of what you want to do
Summary nice attractive case houses an overly controlling box of digital flim flam that won't let you record things that you want to record. Too often the unit flashes a message when I hit the record button, telling me that the program I want to record is "write protected" when it isn't a write protected program. I've missed out on a lot of programs because the unit will not record programs. It seems to be too over controlling of what it allows me to see and record. The unit also takes too long a time to initiate it's turn-on sequence which makes you miss out on about the first 60 to 120 seconds of what you are trying to watch when you first turn on the unit. It's a complicated unit that limits much of what you record as well as having long initiation times to prepare to allow you to record and/or just watch a program. It's like the unit is pre-occupied with getting itself ready to limit you on just about anything you want to do. The VCR part of the recorder is a joke as far as I'm concerned...it's not like your old regular VCR because it is so digitally pre-occupied with pre-initiating seguences and digital controls to limit what you can and cannot do that it is easy to get flustrated with it and wish that you never bought the thing in the first place. Before I bought this unit I was told to wait for a year or two so that the manufacturers can get their act together and make units like these more user friendly. But instead I took a chance and bought one anyway and for the price that I paid I don't feel that I got a decent deal.
Buyer beware....wait for a year or two or maby three before purchasing a unit like this in order to give the manufacturers a chance to make the units more user friendly and not so digitally controlling that you are not able to do much with it. If you aren't a rocket scientist then I most certainly cannot reccomend this unit nor any units like this.
Pros Sony name, dual-deck with NTSC tuner, FireWire MinIDV input, Progressive-scan capable
Cons Unit simply doesn't record DVD-R's, nor dub correctly from VHS.
Summary I'm a loyal Sony fan, and usually try to stay on the Sony ES side of things. I was hoping this Sony RDR-VX530 would be one unit for atleast 5 things: NTSC tuner, VHS playback, DVD playback and dubbing VHS to DVD and dubbing MiniDV to DVD.
But it simply won't burn reliable DVD-R's (source: MiniDV). Nor will it even dub from VHS to DVD as advertised. Pausing the VCR and pressing the "<-- Video" button yields nothing. The unit doesn't even budge. Nor does going VHS to DVD via the Setup Menu route; unit never kicks into record.
I've burned 4 DVD-R's and all failed to Play on other set top DVD Players (a JVC and another mid-line Sony), though the discs would play back on my G4 running OS X 10.3.9 and Apple's DVD Player v4.0. The DVD-R disc brands that I were tested were: Memorex, Maxell, Verbatim and "Platinum" (no name).
So, it's likely that I'll return this combo unit and go for stand-alone decks for dubbing from VHS and MiniDV to DVD-R's.
C'mon Sony, we expect more reliability from you thatn thatâ€¦
Pros Easy to read manual
Cons More cables should be included
Summary I have a sony VX515, and purchased the VX530 as a second unit for another Tv in our home.
It works fine, as the older one does. Of course, I read the manual to find out how to use it, which I recommend everyone to do.
Pros Easy to setup and start using.
Cons Problem recognizing DVD -R discs.
Summary While this unit could play discs, the only one I really wanted to see was unrecognizable. According to Sony, there is a "known problem" with certain types of -R discs that were not recorded on this unit. However it took 2 calls to customer service to get this explanation. I returned it.