Summary: This is all I wanted for Christmas 2 years ago. Researched and thought this was the best buy in both quality and duribility. So I got it and have used it almost daily since then. Today, 2 years later it just quit; has no power at all. One issue I had with this recorder was it would not record some old VHS tapes that are copy protected. I was disappointed because I wanted to preserve these VHS tapes on DVD.
Summary: I bought as copy of the pionerr DVD recorder from Best Denki in Singapore and the recorder can do feature like simple edit after recording, record TV programme, copy non protected disc, writing bad disc, record from camcorders, line in recording from any deivce like VCR by using program L1 (line 1) and the playback could play multiregional purchased DVD and play RCE disc of code 1 (columbia tristar/sony picture based disc).
Summary: It took me a few months to decide which DVD Recorder I would buy. Pioneer, of course, has an excellent name and their products are usually reliable and are top quality. I have DVD Players by Pioneer and also external DVD/CD recorders for my PC, so after much research I gave the 520H-S a shot. And I'm very satisfied -- everything worked right away: the hook up, the recording quality and all the features of this DVR are just excellent.
Summary: I've had the unit for about two weeks now, so am still exploring, but am happy with it so far, especially after the saga of purchase. Originally bought a Hitachi, discovered it wouldn't work without activating TIVO, then went through TWO Panasonic EH-85s without either one ever working right (tech support finally hypothesized that the factory got a bad batch of chips, installed them in consecutive units, and shipped a bad batch to the retailer).
Summary: For many years, I have VCR taped all of our favorite television programs for later viewing. As juggling the different tapes is cumbersome and viewing quality ranges from acceptable to poor, I have been closely watching the DVD/HD recorders for some time as a replacement for VCR taping and to put all our family VHS tapes onto long-lasting DVD.
Summary: I got this DVD/HDD recorder a few years ago and at the time it was one of the best solutions on the market. The main attraction was the hard disk drive where all the video recordings could be stored until you watched them or burned them to a DVD . This was hugely appealing as it negated the need to buy DVDs to use for mainstream recording. As a DVD player the machine provides very good quality and equally when recording to the hard drive.
Pros: Great range of features, HDD
Cons: Slow copying to DVD, could have bigger capacity HDD
Summary: excellent quality and good price. if u have a dual-format computer DVD drive then there really is no worries. And forget out using DVDs and Videos for all your regular recordings, just use the HDD which will hold loads of films and TV programs.
Summary: I always read the manuals BUT this recorder was so EASY and self explanatory that i put it away . I am a pioneer fan now. BTW the pioneer dv490v player will read all VR discs produced by the 520H (finalised or not)