October 21, 2005

Home video review: Sony RDR-VX515

As published on CNET.com:
"Chronic tape collectors looking to archive their epic-length VHS cassettes to DVD will rejoice with the arrival of Sony's RDR-VX515 ($400 list), the first VHS-DVD combo recorder we've seen that supports double-layer blank DVDs. Each DVD+R double-layer disc is capable of storing 4 hours of video in SP mode and as much as 16 hours in the lowest-quality SEP mode. This quad-format (DVD+R/+RW/-R/-RW) deck boasts solid editing options and easy-to-use menus, but it also has its share of shortcomings. The most surprising is the deck's middling VHS-to-DVD dubbing quality, which falls short of less expensive competing decks, including the Panasonic DMR-ES30V or the Lite-On LVC-9006. Neither of those can do double-layer, however, so if you're looking to dub your extralong VHS tapes to disc, the Sony RDR-VX515 is the only game in town."
Used with permission from CNET Networks, Inc. Copyright 2005.

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