Hey, I've been reading the boards here since 2000 and finally decided to register. Anyway, I'm sure you are used to these threads, but I didn't want to invade someone else's with my situation. So here's the deal: I have about $300 in store credit at Circuit City and have decided to spend that on a DVD recorder. I am willing to spend slightly more than that if I need to, but I would like to stay in the $250-$350 range, if possible (or maybe even less if there is a decent recorder out there that fits my needs). I would mainly like to use the recorder to transfer some of my old VHS tapes on to DVD. I'd also like to be able to record TV directly on to a DVD. So I would mainly like to know of any other features that I should consider when purchasing a recorder. I know there is the issue of whether or not I need a hard drive, and I am sort of clueless on that one. If you can recommend any specific models, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.