My DVDR History:
Imported Philips 880 from Australia to US because I wanted to start on major project of transferring my vcr collection to disk. Didn't want the 985 because I really needed the 2.5 hr mode. Started having glich problems in about 3 months (I call gliches the little skips you get when it suddenly puts 2 chapter marks in a recording and hides the one second between them. This was temporarily solved by using a better quality disk. But in another 1.5 months, there were gliches everywhere, no matter the media. Then Make Edits Compatible" started to destroy my chapter marks. The Philips 75 came out and I immediatley got 2 of them. The first one was great and lasted for 2 years before it started to intermittently timer tape in B&W (using svideo and EXT2). Brought it back twice for repair, but philips is useless in my opinion unless they just replace the mechanism.
The second 75 stated having gliches in about 6 months and found a lovely home as a paperweight in my closet. I bought another 75 which was good for almost a year before having the B&W timer recording problem. I then tried a 615, but returned it because I hate the new menu system and the implementation of hiding chapters. Maybe its because I wasn't used to it, but it seemed very awkward to me. I then decided that I wanted to finish my project, which had a long way to go, on the old menu system, which means Philips 75s or 77s. I ordered 4 77s from Amazon, and all 4 of them lost several chapter marks after Make Edits Compatible. However they recorded well, and my 75s, which were having problems with a clean color recording, had no problem in editing. So I sent one 77 to Philips repair (another useless exercise), returned 2 to Amazon for a refund, and kept one for timer recording. I then edit the disks from the 77 on my 75.
I then decided that if I was going to need 2 recorders (a 75 for editing and a 77 for recording) I had better get them cheaply and stock up. I now own about a 10 recorders, some 75s and some 77s, gotten from ebay. I called Philips and had them send me an update disk for the 75 and 77. Previous updates had not helped. This one did not help the editing problems of the 77s, but does seem to help the B&W recording problem on the 75.
By the way, the desire to hide commercials was enough to stop me from going to the -R camp. Also, my machines get a huge amount of wear. My main vcr transfer machine runs generally between 14 and 20 hours a a day (I dub tapes during the night). My second recording machine runs 4 to 10 hours a day. My editing machine probaably edits about 3 or 4 hours a day. How can I do all of this. It helps being retired.