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Great recorder, but...
on March 15, 2005
It's a great recorder, but the remote is terrible, operating only Philips DVD, not even a Philips TV. So, unless you want a $100 universal remote and can find one that will operate this with TiVo etc., you're stuck with a minimum of two remotes.
Like all DVD recorders, fast forward is slow, slower than a VCR and much slower than TiVo. That's what the "chapters" are for I guess. (TiVo really spoils you when you try to operate any other equipment.)
And I've had problems with the Timer operation. The recorder often misses the recording time, not by an hour or 1 minute, but by 20-25 minutes. Weird.
Other than that, the quality of the recordings is fantastic, as good as any commercial DVD. It's fairly easy to navigate, though the manual is ... like most manuals today, pretty bad.
I think I'd go Sony if I had to do it over again, though I doubt if the cons would be much different. What I want is something that's as easy to use as a CD, as fast as a TiVo, and whose remote works with my TV. For that matter, what I really want is for someone to do all this stuff for me...