Here's my situation: I play in a band, traveling constantly around Nevada. I live mostly in hotel rooms. I carry a combo VCR/DVD player. I use the DVD player mostly for CD's (allows me to not carry a CD player). The VCR is used to keep up with my favorite TV shows. Space is at a premium, so I figure a DVD recorder will "touch all the bases". Although I will master some videotapes to DVD's, my main need is a unit to make temporary recordings from TV ( on DVD RW's), as well as play CD's. I've been reading the comments on the Cyberhome ch-1600. It sounds good, but I am worried about reliability issues. The unit I buy will be transported weekly or bi-weekly (so the box & ease of repacking enters into this also). I'd like to keep the cost under $200. Suggestions?