Philips DVDR985 DVD Recorder
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Philips DVDR985 DVD Recorder

  • Features: Multilingual Slow Motion Function Letter Box Conversion Pan & Scan Conversion Parental Lock Upscaling, Upconverting
  • Playable Disc Formats: DVD CD DVD+R CD-RW CD-R DVD-RW DVD-R VCD
  • Type: DVD Recorder
  • Playable File Formats: MPEG2
  • Progressive Scan: With Progressive Scan
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Philips DVDR985 DVD Recorder

Product Review Summary

Based on 36 user reviews
17% recommend this product
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Consumer Reviews


this made me laugh

byoneillwfx Nov 25, 2010
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros nice tech specs
Cons they all broke
Recommended it? No

flashacks to 2003! this machine broke for almost every person who bought one. store clerks told me almost every unit had been returned or attempted to after warranty. I went through three is six months, then they gave me a 975 and that broke too. total junk. Read full review »


Wish there was a class-action for this POS DVDR985

bygladdys65 Jan 28, 2007
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Easy disk editing when it worked.
Cons Too selective on Disk media/speed, premature failure.
Recommended it? No

I, too, have had several errors with the Philips DVDR985 unit. Like others, it worked flawlessly during the warranty period. Thankfully, I opted for an extended warranty when I initially purchased my unit. It stopped recording to +R disks. After contacting tech support, I was told the same rah-rah... Read full review »


Disc Error - Manufacturing Defect

bydjrock Jul 9, 2006
1 Helpfuls 2 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Good looking unit with great features.
Cons Inherent write laser defect resulting in DISC ERROR and damaged DVD's. Very poor...
Recommended it? No

Philips is fully aware of the problems with the DVDR 985. The write laser has an inherent defect which results in "DISC ERROR".

It is purported that a memo was issued some time ago to address customer concerns regarding the widespread defect which results in the demise of this unit after... Read full review »

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Product Details and Features


Exterior Color Silver


Recording Formats MPEG2 • MPEG1
Recordable Disc Formats DVD+RW • DVD-R
Recording Speeds HQ • EP • LP • SP


Remote Control Universal
Parental Control Yes
Record And Play Features One Touch Recording


Inputs Audio (via SCART) • S-Video (via SCART) • Composite (via SCART) • RGB (via SCART) • iLINK DV Input • RF (TV) x 1 • S-Video x 2 • Composite x 2 • Analog Audio x 2
Audio/Video Outputs Composite (via SCART) • Audio (via SCART) • S-Video (via SCART) • RGB (via SCART) • Composite x 1 • Digital Audio Optical x 1 • RF x 1 • Analog Audio x 1 • Digital Audio Coaxial RCA • S-Video
Front Panel S-Video Input • Composite Input • iLINK DV Input • Audio Input


Surround Sound Virtual Surround


Video Output System SECAM • PAL • NTSC

Key Features

Features Multilingual • Slow Motion Function • Letter Box Conversion • Pan & Scan Conversion • Parental Lock • Upscaling, Upconverting
Playable Disc Formats DVD • CD • DVD+R • CD-RW • CD-R • DVD-RW • DVD-R • VCD
Type DVD Recorder
Playable File Formats MPEG2
Progressive Scan With Progressive Scan

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Brand Philips

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