We got this machine after upgrading to a digital TV. We had used a Magnavox recorder with built-in tuner successfully for years, but it had no digital tuner. Using the converter box required manually changing channels after recording instead of time programming several shows on different channels and turning the unit off. Our main complaint about this unit is that it writes to disc before changing channels when you have set up timed recording. This causes either losing the last part of one show or the first part of the next show. If you are lucky, the show that is ending has done so earlier than the start time of the next one and all you miss are the commercials. It would be better if you could enter times down to the seoonds, i.e. 9:29:30 for a stop time, 10:00:00 for the next start on a different channel.
You do have to be careful about setting the clock. User error on our part caused the clock to reset to Eastern time (we are Pacific), so we didn't record the program that had been entered. We just set the unit to manual clock to override that.
Like many other reviewers, we don't care for the gray lettering on the remote control, but memorizing the location of a few key buttons (commercial skip, time recording, setup) is fairly easy.
It does seem to skew the image (this may be user error too) - it seems to be slighly elongated, but not unbearable. We really haven't taken the time to experiment to see if there are other settings we should be using. We use Sony, Memorex and Fuji +RWs and have had no problems.
Setup was a breeze compared to our old Magnavox, but the experience with that may have made the process easier. The manual is certainly easier to understand.
All in all, this unit is a a good one for the price.
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