I've had the 5005 for 8 months==perfect picture at 6 hour recording over about 350 disks. My problem has been media compatibility. Can't find any disk (name brand and cheapo's) that work reliably. Want to try verbatim and imations but can't find them except mail order from the UK. (TDK, TY, Sony, Maxell all have about a 30% failure rate except TY has 100% failure if removed from machine before finalization!)
I've had the 5045 for two months. Very good media compatibility except again I can't find RW media that will work past 2-3 recordings. However, after about 50 disks, the harddrive on this unit has totally failed. Taking it back to Costco.
Also--just a gripe==the button editing on this unit could easily be vastly improved by being "intelligent." Erasing commercials should only take a click at the start and a click at the end. Two clicks==not the 30 or so it takes now if recording anywhere except the beginning of the drive.==and why don't they use a Dvorak keyboard?