Summary: I've been holding off on buying a DVD Recorder this year, as they're still in that "early adopter" stage and have a few bugs to work out. However, when I saw that Future Shop dropped the price of this unit from $1299 CDN to $999, I had to pick it up for an evaluation. (Thank goodness for their 30-day no-questions-asked return policy!) Before buying, I asked the salesperson if the unit played MP3 discs, since that capability wasn't shown on the display.
Pros: - Records on 3 out of the 4 popular consumer formats (-R/RW, +RW; I don't consider DVD-RAM to be a "popular" consumer format), - The first Sony progressive DVD player that does NOT have the chroma upsampling error!!, - Excellent de-interlacer; able to handle the bad-edit problems in TV series that are shot on film.
Cons: - No +R recording support., - No +VR support on +RW discs. (ie. You can't perform advanced editing features such as adding chapters), - No MP3 playback., - Resume feature is very limited (once the disc is ejected, the resume memory is lost), - "Play" on-screen-display is shown whenever a layer-change happens - very annoying!, - Sync-Record doesn't seem to work with Bell ExpressVu receivers.