Hi all! I've been reading your reviews and threads and altough I encountered a LOT of interesting and important information (DON'T BUY THE PHILIPS! ) I still can't find a few bits of information that I need to finally make a decision. I'm planning on buying a Harddiskrecorder to replace my current VCR. The primary use will be recording tv-shows. I record approximately 2 shows a day (sometimes more!!) and I'm fed up with looking for free space on videotapes and finding them back (I try to write everything down on paper). The DVDR use will be only to directly backup some movie from the DV or maybe record something IF the harddisk is full. I don't have satellite television, I don't have HDTV and don't have a progressive scan TV (although I want one soon! So the most important features for me would be (in order of importance): - an easy and FAST User-interface for programming the timer and to find your recorded shows back - being able to choose your own title/thumbnail for the recorded programs on Harddisk. I don't want the FIRST frame to be used as this will mostly be a commercial - A quick startup - a good, not to heavy and sturdy remote-control (I prefer Philips-RC's to Sony RC's) - playing JPG's and MP3's from DVD - low noise - being able to PLAY all DVD-formats I'm trying to choose between the Toshiba XS-32, the Pioneer 520 and the Panasonic E-85. Could somebody give me advice purely based on my expectations? At this moment I would like to go for the Toshiba because of the Progressive scan (for the future), the I-Link and the custom made thumbnails for the recorded programs. But the menu-speed and ease of use is lower than the other two. Or am I wrong? Also I couldn't find back if the Toshiba and the Panasonic support MP3/JPG. Does anybody also know what the startup times are for the Toshiba and the Pioneer. Any experiences with the remotes will be appreciated too! Thanks in Advance LaTiNo I've made a comparison table to compare the features, could somebody fill in the gaps for me? Pioneer 520 Toshiba XS-32 Panasonic DMRE-85 Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7 0 [TR] 1 Progressive Scan - + - 2 [/TR] 3 [TR] 4 HD 80GB 80GB 80GB 5 [/TR] 6 [TR] 7 I-link + + - 8 [/TR] 9 [TR]-R + + ?? 10 [/TR] 11 [TR]+R - + ?? 12 [/TR] startuptime ?? ?? 20sec JPEG + ?? ?? MP3 + ?? ?? User Interface ***** *** ***** Remote ***** ?? ?? Component video - + - Timer ease-of-use ***** ?? ?? fan noise low low low menu speed **** ?? ** custom thumbnails - + + quickrec END TIME - + ?? AUTO Power off - + ??