I have finally hit the point where I am ready to buy a DVD HDD recorder, and it seems pretty clear that the Panasonic DMR-EH50 and Toshiba XS34 are the two top choices. It looks like I can get them for about the same price (here in Canada). I like the larger hard drive on the Toshiba, and it sounds like it's more likely to be good at controlling a cable box. On the other hand, the Toshiba doesn't seem to be compatible with all media, and maybe isn't quite as easy to use (although I found the owner's manual online and it doesn't look too bad) or have as good a picture quality on playback. And it sounds like if I am burning disks then I can fit more on a disk with the Panasonic for the same resolution (is that only with DVD-RAM?). I intend to use it mainly for time-shifting, so I will use the hard drive a lot. And I will probably also burn some dvd's for use on other players (mostly from content recorded already on the hard drive). It looks to me like a pretty close call between these two machines. Does anyone have any advice to help me break the tie? Thanks.