"Reading disk"on by geno397
Pros Cover all disk format
Cons Has problem reading disk burned by other recorders
Summary Reads store bought disk just fine
"Great DVD Player"on by vic217
Pros Picture and sound is superior
Cons Tuner only works up to channel 99
Summary Nearly as good as HDTV (i.e., not quite but pretty good). Some other accessories that I purchased have helped really enhance viewing experience. I got an optical audio cable and an HDMI cable, which had greatly enhanced audio and video. Before I got cables it was just OK. It's unbelievable how much better the cables make! The home theater surround sound separation is 100 times better... crisper highs and deeper lows. The house really rocks now! Also, it has a TV tuner but can only go up to channel 99. Anything higher I have to go through the cable box. I haven't really used the recording feature much except to test it out to make sure it worked. Unit is a good value... paid $169.99.
Pros Easy to use; good DVD recordings
Cons Can't use unfinalized discs on other machines
Summary I purchased the ES25 along with a new Panasonic 50 inch plasma 600U. One of my original ideas was that I could improve on the quality of stand. def. on the plasma by recording a DVD on one machine hooked up to the plasma by HDMI and play it back on another which upconverted over HDMI. - nope. As it turns out, first you cannot play non "finalized" discs on any other machine and once you finalize, the disc is permanently burned and can't be deleted. Second, after having finalized one disc (recorded in LP mode) anyway as an experiment, I discovered that the image was not improved when played back on a Sony DVP-NS75H. I am still going to try it on a Toshiba HD-2a HD-DVD recorder but am expecting the same results. If it is different, I'll comment again. A second goal I had was to time shift by recording on various machines and playing back on different ones - obviously that won't work because of the finalizing issue. Oh well, this is a problem that may be addressed down the road.
Nevertheless, overall as a simple DVD recorder, I'd rate this as a very good machine.
Pros Good quality LP mode; ease of use
Cons Renders about 1 in 15 discs unplayable
Summary Have had the recorder since Jan. 2007. Love the quality of LP (4 hour) recording, BUT it renders about one in fifteen discs unplayble (usually ones that I have already recorded something on, and am recording a second or third or more segment on). I get this terrible scraping sound from the unit as it seems to struggle - then I get "There is a problem with this disc - please restart". The discs in question are the same high-quality DVD-R ones I always use, so I know it's a bug in the recorder. I had to take it once under warranty; now my warranty's expired, and I'm getting this problem again. I would NOT recommend this product, because of this terrible flaw.
Pros Good as a dvd recorder/player. Loved the multiple input/outputs
Cons It seems the RAM is glitchy
Summary Bought the product online from Beach Audio at end of Feb. Multiple input/outputs provided a lot of flexibility and picture quality was top notch. But, not even 3 months later, I had to bring it in for servicing. The machine was unable to read any DVDs. Since it was closer, I brought it to s Panasonic Select Servicer (instead of Authorized Service Center (anyone know the difference?)) and it took almost 2 months to get back. The problem they found was the RAM was bad.
Not even a month later, the machine won't get past the selection menu of any DVD. I'll bring it back, but if it fails again, I'm hoping Panasonic will give me a whole new unit, as this getting ridiculous.