Originally Posted by blackstar79
Toshiba DR5 OR Samsung DVD-R135.. ?
I bought the R135 last week to record shows offloaded from my HD Tivo ["24" and "Rome" just fill up the unit real fast...]. The R-135 only accepts a 480i signal, but the quality of the signal over the S-Video connection is good. Easily recorded 16x9 material the first time, with very easy (almost one button) recording. Quality of the playback was very good on my Panasonic 50" plasma, and no difficulty at all with fullscreen 16x9 playback. Not quite an HD solution, of course, and I wish the unit had component video inputs, but I'm very happy with it.
It uses Divx MPEG 4, so the discs are not playable except on another MPEG4 capable player, but those are very plentiful now.