Thanks Ames. I'm going to give this Magnavox a tryout since I mainly need a DVDR to convert my old VHS tapes to DVD. Any picture quality difference, if it exists, likely won't impact me since I have a Tivo HD for HD time-shifting. I actually bought a Philips 3575 in July but returned it unopened after I heard about the Tivo HD. Since then I've been keeping an eye on DVDR prices, preferring a hard drive, but unable to justify spending the $300 on the Philips after paying for Tivo. For $100 less this Magnavox may be a good compromise for me.