Sounds like the 557 is a bit of an outlier. I have been unplugged for awhile and not following this too closely,so curious if it's still considered a worthy purchase. It sounds as tho some of the features that we've become used to have been discontinued -- so I will have to read up on the differences to see if that's a deal breaker. Might be better off just swapping the drives in some of my older ones. I keep saying I will, but never do. Buying a new - well, refurbished- recorder every time you think they're stopping production, or whenever you run out of space is kind of an excessive solution, but that approach has served me well for a few years. I think I have five, maybe six of them - all working fine and all just about filled up. I packed a few away ... One day I will get around to either watching, dubbing, or deleting, but I'm glad I didn't toss out the old models -even tho they had much smaller capacity back in the day. Glad to hear there are some more units on order -- I didn't realize Home Depot sold them... I thought it was only Walmart-- but kind of sad to hear that it is likely the end of the line. Wonder what kind of support funai will/can provide on new units if they no longer have an arrangement w Magnavox.