Greetings - I read all about the black level bug with the Panasonic DVD recorders. Can anyone tell me if the Philips might just have the same problem? (perhaps it's a firmware version problem?) I owned an Panasonic HS2, and a new SONY NS315 player. I recorded DVD-R's (finalized) on the HS2, tried to play them back in the SONY, and they were very bright and faded. I took back the HS2, and bought the Philips. I recorded DVD+R's on it (finalized) and tried to play them back on the SONY - which advertises it can read DVD+RW but does NOT specify DVD+R (I didn't notice this detail, I saw + and thought I was ok). I got the EXACT same picture - bright and faded. SO - Might the Philips have the same problem? Playing the DVD+R's on the Philips looks fine. Playing them on my IBM ThinkPad and another computer, works fine. BUt I only have the SONY as a test player. Thanks in advance for any info!