"Everything I expected! (I expect a lot!)"4.5 starson by Rabenov
Pros: Records on nearly all formats (no DVD+RW), Chasing playback (on DVD-RAM), Easy to set up, Easy to use, VCR-Plus, variable recording time, GREAT image quality.
Cons: No DVD+RW recording, No chasing playback on RW disks.
Summary: I am very satisfied with this unit. At first I tried to go cheap with a "Cyberhome" but ended up returning it when a Cyberhome tech told me that it was not licensed to pass a DTS signal to my amp!
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The CNET video says that this unit does not create chapters. IT DOES. It automatically creates 5-minute chapters WHEN YOU FINALIZE THE DISK (all formats). When you record with DVD-RAM, you can put chapters wherever you like!
It does everthing I wanted it to do, especially with its many inputs. The "Variable Bitrate Recoding" feature allows you to define how much video you can fit on a disk, for example, you can record a 135 minute movie without having to jump to 4-hour mode. It just fits it on the disk (higher quality, no waste) and it works great.
The only thing that I would add is component video inputs, but it DOES have TWO S-Video inputs!