I have just started to use my 5005, and, after some initial set-up glitches, so far all off cable-connected programs have recorded smoothly.
When I recorded at the four hour mode, at first I was disappointed at the reception; however, I realized that I could adjust the picture thru my HD Samsung TV, and the somewhat murky look vanished to a clearer, richer resolution.
The only reservation I have at this point is that is has occurred to me that write once only discs have to be perfect in that one try. I thought the DVD-RW & DVD+RW discs which are erasable to be the answer; however, I was told by a retailer that those will very likely not play on DVD players, even after intialized. They are really for that recorder only. Is this true?
Anyways, it got me to re-think about the 5045 and its greater flexibility in recording & storage.
However, with all the talk I'm reading on-line about out of sync problems with the latter, do you still think that the 5045 is currenly as reliable a recorder as the 5005?