Proud new owner of this panasonic HD recorder. So far opinions are mixed Pros 1 - Excellent audio + video quality from prerecorded DVDs 2 - Recording quality is superb in SP mode 3 - Very quiet 4 - Looks great and built well Now the cons.... 1 - S.l..o.....w. Is it booting windows when it boots up? Boot time is 15 seconds and shutdown about 10. So turning the machine off and on takes almost half a minute! And thats when I haven't changed the media. Menus and the like are average speed. 2 - Can't copy my DVDs to HD, if they were so bothered about copying why didn't they just prevent copyrited DVDs being copied back to DVD-R/DVD-RAM. 3 - No DVD-RW, a real pain when wanting to use recordings on another player 4 - Not easy to use. The pause live TV is a joke. My wife will never work this out. Why is there no button to record, go into play mode and pause. Instead I have to either - Press record, time slip, pause, time slip OR - Press record, play, pause. 5 - No DVB tuner, so the recording features are of a 1980's video recorder. when will these machines have them? 6 - Lipsync when using time-shift (occasionally) The alternative for me is to get a Sony RX3 going £300 cheaper as part of a TV package and have an easier upgrade option in a couple of years. Any comments, greatly appreciated. Azzo.