I have a modified Dish 6000. I noticed questions about the lack of feedback on this unit on the Forum. My main reason for not posting more is that this device simply works. I've had a few questions, which have been responded to VERY quickly, resolving the problems. I've been busy recording and burning DVD's of lots of Discovery Channel material - Great Canadian Rivers, Insectia, Smart Travels. Have transferred episodes of Smallville to D-VHS. Recorded "My Fair Lady." This is the most promising unit for recording HD ever, and I can live with the minor problems, especially kniowing they are being addressed so quickly. The R5000 support staff has been excellent.
What bothers me about the unit? Not much. The interface is bland and unintuitive, but it's almost refreshing in its simplicity. Getting REC and STOP codes to capture was strangely difficult, but I've yet to use that function for anything important, since Zap2It works so well. (Follow the instructions explicitly, if you are having trouble.)
One question: why do some of my favorite programs have a band of light grey pixels at the bottom of the screen in the recordings? They seem not to be there in the broadcast. If they are inserted for some technical reason, can they be be made black? I have to adjust my projector when I view these shows to move them out of the visible area of the frame. If they were black, I wouldn't have to bother. I'm sure on most TV's the overscan makes these pixels invisible, but it is a pain.
I almost bought a Dish 921 PVR when it was first released. Because of the R5000, I've very glad I didn't.
This device works. It's terrific. I have a second Dish 6000 and I'm thinking of having it modified, too.