Originally Posted by srfrdan
checked out the mag, looks good. upconverts too. modern version of the pan.
Other than the fact that they are both HDD/DVD recorders, I don't really think they are comparable, feature-wise. There are reasons the Panasonics cost more. But the Magnavox is a good unit for the money, and will do the basics just fine (the "refurbed" ones from J&R are the best, "cheapest" deal out there).
The "upscaling" in the Magnavox isn't anything special. It's not as good as the HDMI Panasonics, so you pretty much get what you pay for there, too. If you have a good, upscaling display, it's likely to do better itself.
Between the two, for extended DVD-authoring features, go with the Panny (I'm talking about a brand-new, international model - not one of those old, worn-out, used, US models - they were discontinued nearly a decade ago). For simple time-shifting and the transferring of programs to DVD, the Magnavox is more than good enough. If your main need is something that functions adequately as a manual time-setting "DVR", they're both the same in that regard, so you might as well go with the one that's cheaper and has the built-in, digital tuner.
If the OP's not particularly concerned with HD, it probably wouldn't hurt to at least check into those older, used Replay TV's and TiVo's (with the lifetime fee), since you get a guide and don't have to set manual timers.