Hi I've been thinking about this deck for the last couple of weeks. I was thinking about purchasing a new SVHS recorder but with the prices of these decks and the media!coming down now I'm kind of leaning towards a DVD recorder. The least expensive decent one in my opinion would probably be the Panasonic. Just wondering if anyone could comment on this unit. I did read a while back that the E-30 had problems with the recording media DVD-R and that there was some sort of software problem with the unit. Just wondering how this one stacks up as far as reliability and general overall picture quality. Also there are a lot of pre recorded dual layer disks available I imagine the dual layer is to extend the recording time do these DVD recorders have this capability to record on two layers or is all the media single layer. just something I alway wondered. This is still a little new to me that's why I'm asking. Thanks for your comments and assistance! Tom j.