Junk, would not play back the DVD's on other recorders
1 December 2010
Summary: This is an unrealiable product. I spent many hours copying old family VHS to DVD and I am now finding that these DVD's don't play on other recorders. They freeze up. I even put it in a sony DVD player and it locks up. What a bunch of junk. I also coppied DVD footage from my Digital 8 camera to dvd and that didn't work either. Would never recommend this. Big waste of money and time!
Summary: This is my second player with this model and it still freezes during DVD playback. Very frustrating for a machine that costs $217. As I can now see with most other customer reviews, I am not alone with this problem. Sony should at least provide for replacement of this unit with a better model since this is the second model RDR-VX525 that I've had this problem with over a 1 year period.
Summary: 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.
Sony RDR-VX525 Video Cassette Recorder/DVD Recorder
H. P. Macarthur, Amazon
18 September 2009
Summary: 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.
Summary: This thing has never worked right. should have taken it back but thought maybe i wasn't doing something correctly. it only records sometimes. sometimes with a decent picture sometimes like i use rabbit ears. it tries to record on its own when i turn it on then won't respond to the remote.wont shut off until i pull the plug , just a complete piece of junk and i have lots of other sony items but i despise this waste of money and time.
Sony DVD/VCR Recorder-RDR-VX525...Paid for itself, for me!
David Kosanke, Amazon
17 August 2009
Summary: I bought this unit back in April-2009 for the sole purpose of transfering home movies from VHS to DVD before they deteriated, or for that matter, the dreaded tape Break. Just to have someone transfer a home movie over to DVD was running me $30 for the first 2 hours. I have 13 to transfer, you do the math. I looked everywhere: walmart, sears, k-mart, target, costco.....
Summary: I would not recommend this product. Neither of the two features I need most from this Sony -- DVD player and DVD recorder -- work. The DVD player freezes all the time and there's no way to get past that point (FF, REW, etc. nothing works). Plus, with some DVDs all of a sudden there will be this extremely loud squeal or static sound and, well, that's the end of being able to watch that DVD. I've cleaned the DVD player several times but that hasn't helped.
Summary: We have yet to have a Sony that is reliable and works appropriately. This one is a Sony PIECE O' CRAP as usual. Should have learned our lesson with the first one but no, we had to get this one, and we've been SORRY since. When it does actually write the information to disc, the disc usually skips during playback. If it does write the information to disc, it will NOT finalize the disc, will, thus, corrupt the disc, and then eject with DISC CANNOT BE PLAYED OR WRITTEN!
Summary: I bought this to migrate old VHS home movies to DVD. Know that the unit defaults to format Sony DVDs as video versus the DVD-RW. The one-touch record feature is nice, but you will spend multiple hours figuring out the GUI to do your projects.