Hey guys, first post, i got referred to this forum for advice. Im currently in the market for a DVD Recorder with HDD, i dont see the point in getting one without a HDD. I don't really have any model in favour yet, so any opinions would be great. I Live in NZ and there are really 3 options that ive seen, they are philips, pionner and panasonic. What i care/dont care for : Live TV Buffer - MUST HAVE, seriously what is the point in a HDD Recorder without a Buffer, must have good features there too, ie Pause/replay/rw/ff etc. (is it right that the philips is the only deck that automatically buffers TV? i thought that would just be an expected feature for a HDD recorder?) Quality - Not to worried about super-fantastic, but would like good Connectivity - would live a unit with decent in/outs ie Component and Digital optical out (not worried about firewire). Format - doesnt really worry me, mostly we'll be watching shows that are recorded on the HDD then deleting, i'll only be recording 'must keeps' to DVD's - Rugby will be one thing that will be put on DVD alot. Editing - Meh, i doubt ill be doing much of this, as long as it has basic editing ie removing adds or half-time breaks etc, that suits me fine, that is what the PC is for User interface - I can usually handle not-so-user-friendly system after a few rounds, so its no biggy, i'll just have to learn the partner how to do it I Doubt the NZ model has a EPG as i doubt our TV stations will support it, and generally speaking im going to be Recording from out Digital Cable TV and/or Sky Digital. Sorry for the long post, but this is gonna cost me a good $900 NZD so i want to get a unit that does what i need, i'll do some research myself but ive heard you fellas are pretty clued up . Thanks again.