Originally Posted by CitiBear
1)Why would you refer to the Magnavox as "Maggotbox" before you even have it in your hands to evaluate? ... The Magnavox DVD/HDD series blows every previous recorder of any brand out of the water: no contest.
2) Give it a chance before hating on it...
1) Answer: Out of frustration and low expectations re: DVD recorders in general, and because it's an old term that's been around a long time, and, last but not least, to add a flavor of humor to an aggravation filled several years of disgusting adventures with DVD players.
2) Already had decided the 515 was probably as agood a unit as could be found here and fully intended to treat it fairly.
Now that I have owned it for about a month, I am very pleased. Never before had a DVD recorder with a hard drive and it is a blessing own one. I record multiple shows every week and don't have to put the DVDR thru the wear and tear of recording, finalizing, reformatting etc.
My single biggest complaint is the lack of dual-layer ability; I record and save football games. I now, record the game, divide the title, then dub to 2 rewritable discs, transfer the video to my computer, break them down, and then reassemble in a dual-layer.
This is a hassle, but manageable; especially when compared to the Panasonic.
I have many blank dual-layer media to use up. Afterward, I will go to 4.7 GB media and buy dual disc jewel boxes for them. Did this before DL media came out.
I have no major complaints with any other part of the Magnavox.
By the way, Magnavox made the first audiophile quality CD player. I owned one. Shortly thereafter, they moved all their high end line to the Philips label. I was given a very high end Philips CD player as a replacement after their attempt (under warrantee) to repair the Magnavox. I still own the Philips. It weighs about 30lbs., has it's own heat-sink, and sold for $729 in the 1980's. I got it as an exchange for my broken Magnavox -which I bought at Sears outlet for $210.