Hi all , I've now changed from the Akai 8500di (which turned out to be a none starter ) and the Sony GX700 (which is a bit expensive and overkill for my needs ) and I'm moving towards the Panasonic E65 which seems to get great reviews. I will be attaching a 36' Toshiba CRT TV and possibily a Set top box (another minefield to navigate). The main objective is to record TV programmes to watch later then record over, to transfer my camcorder footage to DVD (a bit of editing functionality would be nice... but not essential) and to watch DVD films. To be honest, it's really a replacement for my VCR which the kids have now pinched and relocated to the conservatory for their own use. So now it's whether the DMRE65 is the one for me..... any help will be gratefully received!!.