|Originally posted by HoustonGuy
There has never been a stand alone DVDR with an 80 gig HD in it, much less 100 or 120 that hooks up to your cable box, satellite or TV.... And don't talk about the HS2 with was problematic and what I would call a super beta tester... There are so many things( especially with daily burning) that can go wrong with these units- no matter the brand.
I have to disagree with this. Panasonic has always had a fairly solid reputation for durable equipment and so far I haven't been disappointed. I have 3 DMR-E20 units which have been in daily operation since January 2002. In addition, I have a DMR-E30, HS2, and E80. All have been solid performers that have yet to need any service. In checking the service codes, all units (except the E-80) have passed the 1000 hour mark.
In theory, these units are nothing more than a function-specific computer, with the weakest point being the burner which has the potential for mechanical or laser failure. HDD-equipped units will be no more or less reliable than any off-the-shelf hard drive you would put in a PC and we already have over 20 years of hard performance history to draw upon.
We know that the software and firmware is integrated to achieve specific performance levels and that it works. Unlike Philips owners, Panasonic has never subjected owners to firmware updates that attempt to solve failures/bugs that never should have left the testing labs. Panasonic is in their fifth generation of manufacturing, and have yet to produce a model that has critical design flaws or known patterns of premature failure. From this standpoint, I don't feel like a beta tester-more like a satisfied user who believes that Panasonic "got it right" in the early days of the technology. While we're at it, Pioneer recorder owners seem to report nothing but positive results as well.