Kejo I grabbed the Philips 3570H while on offer here. So far I am pleased with it. I was a little disappointed because it understood that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I recorded from tv was copyright
(but I havent tried recording it to dvd yet to know what it does in such cases).
I have recorded on SLP which is super long play and cannot see any difference in quality at all - I was very impressed. The picture quality is very good. Recording is easy, you dont have to remember to put it into standby like you used to with VCRs. You can watch HDD or disc while recording TV. The live TV thing works brilliantly - I love being able to rewind when watching football - excellent.
The only thing that annoys me is that if you want to go for example to time 00:20:53 from 00:00:00 you will have to press the button 20 times to get the 20 and 7 backward to get 53 because it won't scroll
That is a pain!
It doesn't lose the time when the power goes off (unlike LGs apparently) - I have it set to get the time on AUTO from the teletext signal. This was very important for me because I like to record things when I am away for like a week.
It has progressive scan but no 1080HDMI stuff. It does have RGB out tho. I have only a normal CRT TV with no SCART! And it connects up fine. You can record from external cameras or other devices ... yesterday we had a laugh recording from the Playstation game we were playing!
For the money it is very good. I am very pleased. (I would have loved a Panasonic but dont have the money, Sony I do not trust to be reliable - having said that, my cousin has one he has had for 4 years ok)
Its an excellent bargain
Hope that helps