I've got a Pioneer 531 unit from years ago,80g hdd recorder unit that has a IR blaster on it that has gone caput on me and I'm looking for a new or newer unit that has a larger HDD on it, is preferably digital tuner based and has a IR blaster. I've got Comcast with a box inline,a HD one, so I kinda need the IR blaster as it's very convenient to control the cable box. I was looking at the Magnavox 515 but I don't believe that has the IR blaster,correct? I use my unit to make recordings and put two/three or more shows on a recordable DVD-RW disc,watch it,clear out the shows on disc and the units navigator,rerecord new wash rinse repeat. The Pioneer stopped recognizing the DVD-RW as recordable, even new discs so either the DVD unit is dead or something else internal. If I have to I'll have to try to replace the DVD unit internal or somehow get it repaired but I'd really like to upgrade the HDD size and get a digital tuner, hence wanting a new(er) model. Is there a beast out there that doesn't cost a months wages that will do the trick? Like the IR blaster as it allows me to schedule show(s) on the recorder and it will turn on the cable box,tune it for me and record so I can get the scrambled shows recorded. BTW, I'm new here so go easy.