The sony may sound & look good, but a recent review said that the only form of editing was delete and copy... :(
I have had a toshiba RD-XS32 for a few months now, and I will say it is well worth it to learn the complexity of the controls - you can do pretty much all that you would do with a PC, (copy, move, delete, edit out ads with fine precision, copy out part of a recording to make a new segment, merge two or more recordings in any order, etc, etc, at high speed..) and the functionality - no-fuss recording, and trick-play is great..
I am also looking to replace my old DVD player (most newish DVDs will play DVR and PC content better than my old one!) and I was sorry to see that the sony wasnt that functional..
I'll have to just wait for a good review of this phiillips...