Originally Posted by CitiBear
You are a Panasonic fiend, thats all you'll tolerate in your house, primarily because Panasonic is the only
brand that managed to make TVGOS truly useful.
? I don't even use the TVGOS on my EH75/55. I bought and use them because I have Dish Network
, and they work with it in such a way that it's just like having an actual Dish DVR. I've mentioned that plenty of times on this forum.
As far as the first Panny I bought, the E85H, that was the best thing Tweeter had in stock when I returned that abysmal, Philips, component-in DVD recorder after one day (they had a good sale on it, too). I didn't mind, because all the reviews I had read up to that point said that the Pannies had a bit "sharper" PQ than the Pio's - and that was a priority for me, also (which is one of the main reasons I returned the Philips - even in the best recording mode, the PQ was sort of "dirty"). I wasn't even that interested in anything else, like reliability, editing features, etc., so much at that time. I mainly was interested in time-shifting (still am - I only rarely ever archive stuff).
I also would own the unused, perfect-condition, display model (TV Guide-less) Pio they had on the shelf for a couple of months if it hadn't have been gone when I actually got back there with the money in my pocket to buy it (I think it was 80 GB and around $200.00). And that was after I already owned the E85H.
The Sony RDR-HX900 that I own was bought mainly because of the ability of it's IR blaster to control the Dish tuner I had just gotten (my Crutchfield guides at the time listed very detailed specs - and that model was the first to offer control of satellite boxes - the E85H couldn't do that). And you couldn't even use the TVGOS when you had it set up to use the IR blaster (couldn't use the TVGOS with satellite at all until the EH75V and EH55 came out). Plus, it had a great reputation for certain other things I was interested in, and it was a deal I just couldn't pass up (totally unused, Sears display model).
For what it's worth, I chose a Pioneer Elite display over a top-of-the-line Panasonic (that I basically "auditioned" for a few weeks), and I have owned more Pioneer audio gear than any other brand. Just saying that I choose a brand for specific reasons, and the TVGOS never really was that important of a factor (never used it in the TV's, either). Yes, I was interested in having it on that first E85H - because it was novel then - but other than with that model (used with OTA and analog cable) and the Sony DVR (because I had no other choice in a standalone, HD model at the time), I never really even used it much.
In fact, I used to recommend the Pioneer international models here over the Panasonics, probably more often than not - until you kept stressing that they were "difficult to us in the US" - at least until the most recent models (and I actually came within a hair of buying one of those Pio's, too - have never even really considered one of the Panasonics so far. Was mainly interested in it for the jukebox feature, if you remember. I wanted the model with the largest hard drive, and the exhorbitant price stopped me more than anything else).