OK, a little more info. I am in Columbia, SC. They only had one, it was dumped on top of the 3390s and I tried to fool them into giving it to me for the 139, but they didn't go for it.
Definitely does not record anamorphic signals. It neither crops, nor stretches 16:9 programs, but records the black bars as a part of the program, so those scan lines are lost on a wide screen TV. Audio output is only PCM, no 5.1. No USB input either.
The digital info from HD channels is more thorough than what I had with the LG, the Philips gives a whole page of info, with a summary of the program. There is no program guide though.
Picture quality with commercial DVDs is excellent and the internal de-interlacing looks very clean. Moving around in menus and skipping chapter is painfully slow though. The remote is not very responsive and needs to be directly pointed at the recorder. As I already said disc management is retarded, but the editing options seem pretty good to me - I am not one to ever edit recordings though - there are options for splitting and merging titles, creating chapters, renaming, selecting thumbnails, hiding and deleting.
I still don't understand why can't the clock be shown at least in the tuner mode. I tried the region hacks from previous generations Philips recorders and players, but none of them worked
The menu structure is very much like Funai and all of its clones, I bet this 3505 is Funai with a purchased Philips name.
In letterbox ratio, 4:3 programs show in a small box in the middle of a standard TV screen, with my unit, on my TV the little box is not square, it is narrower in the top part.
There is a disc resume, but only for one disc and only if the disc is not ejected, it will resume from the last point if powered off though.
There are some weird options for HDMI that I had not seen before, and since I don't have an HDMI capable monitor, I have no idea what they do. One is HDMI select - RGB or YPbPr, and another is.... can't remember, something about normal or enhanced.