Summary: Like so many others have reported, the DVD is garbage. It came installed with a Sony Wega TV in our fifth-wheel travel trailer, and played perhaps 5 DVD films before crapping out. All we got after that was something like "Initializing" on a blank screen, and nothing else. However, there's a good (sort of) ending to the story. We took our RV to the dealership for some warranty work, and while there our rig and several others was/were broken into by thieves.
Summary: I should've read all of the reviews as well before making a purchase. The product was GRRRRRREAT when I first purchased it a year ago...Now, I will not play ANY CD OR DVD. I've even used discs right out of the package. I've grown up on Sony products and I am disappointed that they produced such a poor quality product at such a high price. I do not recommend that anyone purchase this unit.
Summary: Here is a good one. My dvd/vcr worked flawlessly for almost 3 years. The dvd had zero issues.... until now. It seems every dvd you put into the unit freezes and stops. The sound also cuts out. My belief is after having some success with this unit and comparing that to the reviews here is that you should not take a chance on buying it. Just not worth the gamble for the price!
Summary: I bought this unit a few years back and now am in the market for a DVD Read/write combo unit, so I decided to see how well I did before when purchasing this unit. After reading most of the reviews, it is apparent to me that you can either get 1 of 3 units when you purchase. A piece of junk, and unreliable problematic one, or one that just hasn't shown any issues yet. I can say that all of the negative reviews are correct.
Summary: I got this unit thinking that it would be great since it is a Sony. It was easy to hook up and at basic testing seems fine. The unit does have mp3 cd and jpg cd playback which is nice. I personally haven't had any dvd playback issues as others have but I have been disappointed with the quality. When hooked up to a 100 watt amplifier with the volume at less then 1/4 this unit even when off produces an noticeable annoying electronic whinny noise.
Summary: Sony is a name that I always thought I could count on, but this DVD/VHS combo has me afraid to buy another Sony product. It stops on every DVD it plays - brand new, used, slightly scratched, totally unscratched, whatever. It happens sometimes early on in the movie, more often an hour into it. When the player was still under warranty, I took it in to get fixed.
Summary: I am thankful for all the reviews (the good, the bad, and the ugly). A few minutes ago, I WAS a perspective buyer-emphasis on WAS. After reading the reviews, I came to the conclusion that the good reviews were the exception rather than the norm. Prior to reading these reviews, I went to my.sony.com and looked up DVD players. This one interested me because it's a combo (unfortunately, the only combo that SONY makes thus far). It's only by chance that I'm here.
VCR not adequate for watching pre-recorded TV programs
Catherine Deagan, Amazon
28 July 2003
Summary: Two features convinced me to buy this: 1. Easy setup for recording tv programs -- which I was very satisfied with. 2. Has commercial skip (which was described to me by the salesman that it would know, from the increased volume level of the commercials, to stop fast forwarding when the regular program started to playback.) However, it DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY.