I am think of buying a Panasonic E55 as cannot stretch £££ to E85!!!. I normally record onto my PC, edit and burn to DVD-r. I only need the E55 for the timer control and possible ram PC playback for simple editing out ads. As the noise of the PC (next room) at night keeps my wife awake!. also with me taping stuff early in the morning!!!!!!!!!!!. My questions are: 1. can the E55 record 3 hours to DVD-r like the E85? 2.Will the Dvd-r play back on our Phillips DVP520 (used as our main player - plays everything so far!) 3. (OK need to buy ram player for the pc) How will I edit the files on my PC will this be in the DVD format- or will I have to convert to MPEG first, edit and then re-encode!. 4. Anything else I should consider? 5. Should I also look at Tosh DR3 or Pioneer 220? Thanks for your time!.