Summary: I have two of these, one I bought in early November and one I bought in late December. The are both hooked up AFTER separate DishNetwork DVRs and record programming directly off of the DVR's flawlessly. I too have noticed the "buzzing" on the one unit, however, since it is not used in a manner that ever exhibits that problem it has no relevance to me. The other unit doesn't seem to do that.
Summary: I bot this DVD player/recorder to use with my 1080P Samsung HDTV. So far my only complaint is the remote control. It's small, the buttons are tiny, the buttons don't light up, and it doesn't have volume buttons. As far as I can tell thus far, there is no way to program the remote to operate the TV, even tho both are Samsung products. The remote for my TV works some of the functions of the DVD player, but does not work many of them.
Summary: I was very upset when I had a problem and had to send my unit to service, But have been totally amazed with the conversion of my movies so far.I was amazed to see that in the proper light that the bathing suits were see thru. I will be watching all my old beach movies very close as I put them on DVD. YES I'm very happy with the picture and ease of use.
Excerpt: It can play DVD-R , DVD-RW , DVD+R , DVD+RW , CD-R , CD-RW, DVD-RAM. Besides DVD formats it can also play MP3, Jpeg, CD/CDR, CDRW, VCD, SVCD, DivX. And it can also record DVD-R, and DVD-RW. However if you don’t need it to be able to play all of these different formats then you may be okay with someone like R130 which is basically the younger brother to this system which you can find for cheaper of course.
Summary: I bought this DVD Recorder mainly because it has the up conversion feature to be used with my 50" Plasma HDTV. I have read mixed articles about whether this works or not as it sounds like you are getting something for nothing with this feature. Well, I can say, it does work, but to a somewhat limited degree. You will not notice a great deal of difference, but any improvement is better particularly after you get accustomed to HD.
Summary: I just ordered this recorder for my dad. From the outside, the box is handsome and feels sturdy. The play quality is beautiful, a noticable improvement from my parents' 2 year old progressive scan panasonic player. The remote is cool-looking, but the button layout could be better and there's no back-lighting. Recording is very simple and easy.