"Recreated the same fault on two different units"1.5 starson by joser358
Pros: Good feature set, Editing on recorder very nice
Cons: Buggy, Freezes
Summary: I am curious if anyone else has had this problem. I purchased the DMR-ES15 based on price and features. The first one worked wonderfully for about 2 weeks, then I recorded 4 to 5 30-minute shows on a DVD+R disk in LP format, removed the disk from the unit without finalizing, and whammo! It would not read any disk, it would freeze randomly, and would have to be force-powered off by holding the power button. The tray would open and sometimes freeze with the tray open. I thought I had gotten a bad unit, so I returned the first one, got a second one, and recreated the same scenario with the exact same result. It would not read anything, and it would freeze while trying to read a disk. After unplugging it for about 30 minutes it would function again, but recreating the same scenario would cause it to go haywire again. The user manual states that you can remove a DVD+R disk without finalizing, but the disk will not be playable in any other player until it is finalized. I eventually returned the second unit because the error was just annoying. With a single disk tray there are countless times that you want to watch a movie before finalizing a 1/2-full DVD+R disk. If anyone else has had this problem I would love to know. I noticed that most of the units in the store where I purchased mine were open items, so I can only imagine that these are just buggy. Of course, I noticed that most DVD recorders in stock in the store had been returned, so maybe bugs are common to all DVD recorders, I don't know. This was my first one.