Hi guys, I'm new to this forum and am hoping that I can get some advice from you all. I've recently moved from the +r/+RW camp to the -R/-RW/Ram format after having a year of trouble from my original dvd recorder (Philips 880) and its replacement (Philips R70), both of which failed within one year after little use. As I bought these machines in Argos there was no problem in bringing them back and on both occasions a replacement was offered immedieatly. However after the R70 died last Saturday I decided that I needed to go for a different manufacturer and opted for a Panasonic E55, unfortunately for me the modle that Argos sells in Ireland is only the UK model and the TV tuner will not work here (as we are on a cable system we use VHF not UHF as used in the UK), so this machine was returned and the only other option was the Hitachi (the only other recorders were a Bush, Goodmans or Samsung). I've been trying to find reviews etc on this machine but can't find anything anywhere and this concerns me. I've set the machine up and it appears to be working fine but I'm not so sure that it is as good as the Panasonic. While the E55 has progressive scan outputs it doesn't have firewire or coax digital out (only optical) and cannot record to -RW, the Hitachi has both coax and optical digital out, can record to -R/-RW & Ram but has no progressive scan outputs. I can still return the Hitachi to Argos and either wait until they get some new (Irish) stock in or just accept the UK model and only record from my digital STB (which I only record from anyway) but this means that every time I switch the machine on I have to manually set the clock (no big deal I know but a bit of a pain). If there is anyobody out there who has one of these Hitachi machines maybe you could let me know how you are getting on with it. I have searched through this forum and when people are looking for advice on what to buy nobody ever mentions the Hitachi and I don't know whether this is because it's a bad machine or whether it's just a case that nobody knows about it. Anyway, all comments are welcome. Cheers.