I bought the GO-Video brand at Costco for 399. I will play with it a while to see how I like it. If not, back it goes. It has a nice one touch button for transfering dvd to vhs and vhs to dvd. The GO-Video has a toll free number to call incase you need help with anything: set up, recording, playing, questions, etc.
I returned the Panny e80h because it was way to complicated, too expensive and did not have vcr.
I was thinking of getting that one also. I decided to get the Emerson because Walmart reduced the price from $400 to $300. But I'm not wild about the remote & features. Quality seem pretty good though.