Summary: This versatile DVD recorder handles all formats including DVD RAM which has the advantage of being re-recordable hundreds of times (vs. DVD-RW or DVD+RW which are re-recordable less than 4 times). The built-in digital TV receiver provides excellent video to my old analog TV via component video cables (red, blue, & green cables, not the single yellow cable of composite video).
Pros: Clear layout on remote, Fast Setup, Simple Controls
Summary: I always record cable programs on DVD-RAM discs. With previous models it is possible to shorten the recorded program to eliminate commercials etc. This unit does not work in the same way in the EDIT mode. I consider this an unfortunate change.
Pros: Attractive Design, Fast Recording, Fast Setup
Summary: I own two each of the Panasonic EZ28K and EZ48K recorders. They are just about the only machines out there that contain an ATSC tuner and can record 8 hours on a single sided disk. They are great, reliable machines however there wasn't a single one of them that I didn't have difficulty connecting the machine to a TV. It wasn't the mechanical connections, it was getting the machine to recognize the TV or vice versa. After several tries they finally would communicate.
Pros: Attractive Design, Fast Recording, Simple Controls
Summary: PURCHASING UNIT-THE ON LINE SALES REP. WAS VERY PROFESSIONAL BUT DID NOT APPRECIATE HIM OFFERING THE ADDITIONAL REPAIR INSURANCE PLAN WITHOUT ALSO STATING THE PLAN OFFERED BY PANASONIC-THUS I HAD TO MAKE AN ADDITIONAL TRIP TO CANCEL THE PLAN. FORTUNATELY I EXPERIENCED NO PROBLEM WITH THE CANCELLATION.