This is our first DVD/HDD recorder.
I used to shoot and edit S-VHS video and always swore by Panasonic kit. I'm equally happy to recommend this.
Set up was straightforward and I was recording timed programmes within an hour of wiring the thing up.
Without having to look too closely at the manual I've been able to rip CDs to the HDD by following the onscreen menus. I still have to master editing unwanted sections of recorded programmes and am looking forward to burning my first DVD - Jools' Hootenanny probably :)
I looked at a half a dozen other comparable units before deciding that this one was the best balance of cost and features; groovy, baby.