I actually bought two of these, one from A__zon, and the 2nd from Walmart when A__zon raised the price. This is an amazing machine, with a 500GB harddrive and the ability to record to, or dub to, a DVD. The proper connection, set-up, and operation of the Mag 515 is somewhat complex, complicated by a user manual with some errors and misstatements. Many people have returned these units thinking they were broken, when in fact there are simple solutions for most problems. A thorough reading of the AVS Forum pages indexed at http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=940657 will solve all your problems. It is extremely helpful.
Once properly connected, set-up, and operated, this DVR is practically magic. Recording weekly shows for later playback is easy, show titles and chapters can be written, and too many features to name are available. I am recording some old movies off a classic movie channel, and dubbing them to archival-quality DVDs for my collection. I am also considering dubbing some of my old video material (home movies, etc) to DVD for archiving, and sending to family & friends.
There ARE a few quirks, and the interface with your programming provider varies, depending on who you have, where you're located, and how you're set up. I have found the complexities and quirks totally worth it, and thoroughly enjoy using both my Magnavox 515s.
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