Is technology going backwards with video recorders, 13 years ago I got a Panasonic NVF 70 HQ, although not top of the range it was up there. Some of the features I found useful were OTR to the minute, this was handy for say I had a 1hour 35min film taped in 3:4 and an other I wanted to keep on after it, when transmitted now in 9:16 I could start recording the film set the recording and leave it knowing I would not tape over the following film. What do I get on todays video of the same make and position. I get OTR of increments 30, 60, 120, 180, 240. Also some thing can only be controlled on screen, lost is recording levels, programming need the set on also. The old machine also had the function of Simulcast, you could record the sound from one source and record vision and sound on the mono track from an other. Other things is the remote has less functions, (and some not even on the machine) no jog shuttle control, no facility to put a mark on the tape for going back to that point, no auto stop when the counter reaches zero, no time search. Yes we have S-VHS and Tape library but this is over 10 years and we can get these machines for around £200 yet going over £300 to£450 range there is not much an advance in specs. Chip technology has come on leaps and bounds over this period, so why cant some of these functions be incorporated today. You cannot even get them by paying more! Ruby quartz shades.