Pioneer DV-525 DVD Players

4.3/5 (464 Reviews) MSRP : $425.00


Product Description

DVD/CD Player with Dolby Digital/DTS - 10-bit Video DAC - 24-bit/96kHz audio DAC - Component Video output - S-Video and composite video output - Optical, coaxial and analog audio output


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TimJ a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2014

Bottom Line:   
I bought the Pioneer DV 525 in 2000 because we were moving out of the US and wanted a dual voltage, region free DVD player. It was terrifically expensive at the time, I think $450. Although we only ever used it as a DVD player, never used any of the more advanced input and output options, it worked perfectly for over 13 years. Good value for money I'd say! Only recently it has started to have some playback problems, screen blocking and freezing. I've cleaned the lens and fingers crossed it gives another 13 years of service....

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by thegoose a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2005

Bottom Line:   
This unit has been a dream to own. It has surpassed my wildest imagination on some of the fuctions it has been able to perform. When I purchased this unit I was just as yellow about DVD's as the next person. The purpose for me buying this unit was more for AUDIO than VIDEO. I was looking for a unit that would allow me to playback CDRW's and to my delight not only did the unit work flawlessly in that arena it also played back un-finalized CDRW's and CDR's as well. By me being in the music industry as a Disc Jockey that was a big plus. Since then I have all but discontinued the use of any regular CD player in my house. I also went out and purchased 2 DV-C503's to use in other areas of my house solidifying the death of all my old CD players. I could hardly believe the beautiful sound being heard from these units as I used them to playback all types of music in my house. By the way! It was no joke in the picture department either. I have always been a big fan of Pioneer Electronics because they have always been a cut above the rest in the technology department. They have always given us technology the other companies have yet to explore at any price.

At the beginning of this review I stated that this unit has been a dream to own and it has been. Now time for the nightmare. I like so many other owners of this unit started experiencing the issue of the door continuously opening and closing after the first year of ownership. Not only has it happened to this unit It also appears on my other 2 units which are the DV-C503. I don't know what happened here but Pioneer really dropped the ball on that technology. Everyone I know has the same issue with this unit and any other manufactured circa 2001. If you ask me I think that we all need to get together and have Pioneer do something about these short-comings.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $359.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hermione_newline27 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This is one of the greatest mid-range DVD Players ever created by Pioneer. Not even the newer Pioneer models today could hold a candle to this one. It has pin-sharp picture quality when compared to newer Pioneer DV-355(which I own) and can be also a little bit revealing when playing some poorly produced DVDs. In this case, the picture artifacts. However, as good as this DVD player sounds, it is not without flaws. This unit have problems playing certain Paramount titles that are released in the pre-2000 era cause I had problems playing titles like The Relic. About half across the movie, the player will stop streaming out audio. This particular problem will not go away until you "rectify" it. To do so, when the abovementioned started, you just have to stop the movie for a few seconds and then play it, the movie resumes from the point where/when it lost the audio stream. Another flaw, when use extensively on a daily basis, the laser lens life might be shorten. Mine has been "decommissioned" for quite sometime already for the unit's lens "gave up" just a little under 2 years of usage. I still have the unit with me and I intend to get the lens replace. Still, despite these few glitches, this unit is one of the best there is.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $499.00

Purchased At:   Safe Superstore



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by JKB a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Worked great when I first got it, however at time went on, I began noticing certain DVD's not playing in the machine. Wasted a lot of time exchanging DVD's thinking I had defective DVD's, writing lots of e-mails to studios who produced the DVD. Had engineers send me the layer change information, because often movies would just 'hang up' and stop, sometimes the picture breaking up. Found that DVD's that once played in the past wouldn't play again, often ejecting themselves, sometimes even turning the player off! Eventually tried the same DVD's in another machine and found them to work fine. Finally pulled it out of my stereo cabinet and threw it across the room, at 2:00 in the morning when I had to pull a spare, cheap $40.00 dollar Apex, Wal-Mart special I kept as a back-up, rewiring my stereo rack to watch a movie.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Crutchfield



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Abel a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2003

Bottom Line:   
great picture + sound. unit has not given me trouble playing DVD's, VCD's, + CDR's. This unit has been great to me over the past many years. hell it's been so long i don't remember when i bought it. i do remember i bought it when it first came out... well the only problem i have with the unit it the annoying problem with the disc tray. it will open fully then close again automatically. ejecting again, it may stay open. quite annoying.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City




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