I actually bought a home unit first, which is ironic because the reason I wanted to get into MD was for portable use. I will purchase a portable as well in the very near future. I had a friend with a home unit make a recording for me and the difference in sound quality was significant enough that I figured I wanted a home deck for making better quality recordings. Thanks to Keith, Rachel, Michael and others for their valuable advice. I ended up buying a Sony MDS-JE470. I did want a higher end deck like the ones Keith and Rachel recommended or the MXD-D40 which had a CD and MD unit in one which allowed up to 4X dubbing which would be very convenient. In the end I decided that ordering from the US would mean increased customs clearance and shipping costs that would be significant. Thus I decided that a Canadian source would be best and it wasn't easy finding a home deck in Canada. Even the Sony store was sold out and they said they weren't planning on getting any new ones anytime soon. So I found my unit at London Drugs and it was the demo unit at that. I picked it up for $250 Cdn. which is about $150 US at current exchange rates. Thought it would be a good starter deck to see how much I like the format. Hoping I'll love it, but only use over a period of time will tell. So my question is, how much do you pay for blanks and which ones do you recommend?