Pioneer DVR-550-HX DVD recorder reviews and price comparison

10 customer reviews
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This DVD recorder is a good all rounder.

£999 at 1 retailer out of 410 retailers checked

8.3 out of 10 based on 10 reviews.
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Harold, Fleet, Hants.

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
It has an EPG
Bad points:
North East Hampshire cannot receive BBC Digital, therefore I cannot effectively use the EPG without leaving the sky box on at all times. I cannot forward select programmes to be recorded without leaving two boxes switched on at all times and even then it often does not work. This would not matter too much if the recorder could be manually forward programmed.
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 5.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Aug 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Excellent functionality
Bad points:
Can be tricky to remember how to perform functions that are not often used - but this is understandable given the very good array of functions
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Mar 2008

george, nr newark

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very satisfied with this high quality product,After some initial difficulty in set-up,(probably due to my inexperience) now find it straight forward in using it .
Bad points:
Instruction manual could be better explained to help the less experienced.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Jul 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use; quiet operation; actually plays Xvid as well as Divx
Bad points:
Nothing major; a second tuner would be nice.
Overall rating 9.0
Speed 9.0
Reliability 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Sep 2007

Pat, Leeds

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent picture, navigation menus are easy to use
Bad points:
Long pause with black screen before displaying menu or guide. You can cycle through the inputs, but not select one directly. Needs two aerial inputs (one digital, one analogue) or you have to but a splitter and two more cables - knocks the total price up. Needs analogue input to get EPG for digital channels - or at least it did for me. The manual offers two EPG sources but the digital one was "You cannot use this feature now". Fine with analogue. No eject button on remote (though my All-in-One CAN eject!). Two "Input select" buttons on handset - one for DVD, one for TV if you're using same make TV - confused me at first. Style is a bit 1980's.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 6.0
Value for money 10.0
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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 Dec 2007

Paul, Coventry

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great features including variable hd settings, gemstar+ and ca slot.
Bad points:
Chunky remote control with strange jog control and I don't care for slider panel.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 Jun 2008

Product Features

Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 160
Playback formats DVD Plus R
Playback formats DVD Plus RW
Playback formats DVD-RAM
Playback formats DivX
Playback formats Super Video CD
Playback formats DVD-R
Recording format Double layer
Recording format DVD-RW
Recording format DVD Plus R
Recording format DVD Plus RW
Recording format DVD-RAM
Recording format DVD-R
Upscaling Yes
Connections HDMI
Connections USB
Extra functions Electronic Program Guide
3D No
Freeview or Freesat tuner FreeSat
Number of scart ports 1
Weight (g) 4300
Release date 2007-06-05

Also known as: Pioneer DVR-550HX-S, Pioneer DVR550HX, PIONEER DVR550HXS, Pioneer DVR550HX-S, Pioneer DVD

 

Manufacturer's Description

You can store and play almost every kind of media format, including DivX compressed movie files and content from your camcorder.

Copying DivX films, JPEG photos or music files (MP3 and WMA) from the PC to the recorder is easy. Connect your computer via USB and simply drag and drop the required files onto the hard disk.

Gracenote DatabaseMusic CDs can be copied at the touch of a button and stored on the hard disk along with the relevant track information from the Gracenote Database ® installed in the recorder.

This model enables a scaling option up to 1080p via HDMI. So you’re guaranteed the highest viewing resolution.

It has an integrated DVB-T and analogue TV tuner which enables you to receive and record a host of terrestrial radio and TV programmes in outstanding digital quality. If you use pay TV, you can plug your smart card directly into the recorder’s CI slot, no additional decoder box required.

Have more control over how you watch TV with the pause live TV feature, offering you the flexibility to pause the programme you’re watching and record it in real time. Press the play button when you want to pick up where you left off.

And above all, the system is easy to control; one straightforward remote gives you quick and easy access to all the functions and content. The remote’s Home Media Gallery 3keys function gives you rapid, one-touch access to the DivX films, photos and music you’ve saved on the recorder.


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