I have owned this unit since December '09. It worked OK with DVD+RW discs for a week or two, but now it does not work well with DVD+RW discs even though the instruction manual says it is fully compatible. I have tried both Verbatim DVD+RW discs (which is one of the recommended discs in the instruction manual) and Memorex DVD+RW discs and on every disc I get a "Recording Error: Cannot record to this disc" error. As you can imagine, this has been rather inconvenient for recording TV shows that I just want to watch later and don't want to keep forever. Sometimes, timer recording hasn't worked because when it's time to record the show, the player won't cooperate with the DVD+RW disc and will just refuse to record.
I haven't tried DVD-RW discs because those have to be recorded in "VR" mode. For now, I'm using the VCR side of the unit to record TV shows until I find some RW discs that work with this unit. Disappointing.
It works fine with Verbatim DVD+R discs. No errors with those so far. The VHS tape-dubbing feature to DVD+R discs has worked great (so far).
Another annoyance with this recorder is that the machine takes 30 seconds to load a DVD (I timed it), even a blank DVD, after you insert it. So if a TV show is starting that you want to record immediately, hopefully you already have a disc in the unit (and if it's a DVD+RW disc, you'll probably get a recording error - see above).
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