Bought one labor day monday and imediately popped in a 250 gig drive which fired right up and worked after some thrashing and noise. The recorded stuff looks good, the editing functions are pretty primitive but work with some effort, the machine will not accept other burners so far, I tried:bigsmile:
The tuner is mono :a but it does record everything that comes in from other sources as stereo, it doesn't have vcr plus or any type of guide, it does record from the component inputs and might even set 16x9 properly.
I have messed with it a lot, pulled it apart, put it back together, tried everything. Its great for the money and the ability to add bigger drives. it's lacking in a proper stereo tuner and better editing capabilities.
It does record very well to all the media I have tried so far, does all flavors of plus and minus, will not do DL or RAM has like 8 speeds instead of flex record and will do 2.5 hour mode.
I still like my OLD Panasonic e-80h machine as far as layout, editing, ease of setup etc, but it was 400 bucks several years ago and the drive cannot be upgraded to anything bigger and its formats for recording are pretty limited.
It is based on Philips parts and is basicly the same unit as the one for 300 they sell with a 160 gig in it, so if you know how their setup is thats what you get.
It also has firewire inputs and a empty header on the board for USB too so I spose if I wired up a plug or found one from the other philips unit it would also work.