This DVD Recorder is probably the best one on the market with a Digital Tuner (ATSC & QAM) and a Hard Drive.
For any who have never experienced a DVD Recorder with a Hard Drive in it, the reason I feel it's essential is because you can record programming on the HDD, do your editing, and then dub the edited content on a DVD all within the same unit.
The Audio and Video quality of the Philips 3575 is very good, even in the lower recording speeds which yield more time on a DVD, you will still be impressed with how good your recordings look.
Speaking of recording times, you can put 1-Hour, 2-Hours, 2.5-Hours, 3-Hours, 4-Hours, or 6-Hours on one DVD, those same settings using the 160gb HDD for recording will yield: 33-Hours, 66-Hours, 82.5-Hours, 99-Hours, 132-Hours, or 198-Hours (which is more than one whole week of recording).
The interface is user friendly enough that you should be able to get most of your tasks done without looking at the manual. It will also give you an informative Menu when you create/finalize a DVD so it can be played elsewhere.
As for the Digital Tuner, with my cable company I can only receive OTA (Over The Air) channels through the Digital receiver. So channels like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, My-9, CW 11, and some PBS Channels are all that will come through. In the event that you want to record something else, the unit has Front A/V Inputs so you can wire your Cable Box to them and record via a Line Input...or in the case of the Philips 3575 "E2" which is the Front Jacks.
All in all I like this machine very much and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a great quality DVD Recorder.
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