Technology: Not Just a Player

Prices of DVD recorders are finally coming down. Is this the year to buy?

Your VCR records shows and plays them back as well. So why don't DVD players? The problem is price. You can buy a DVD player for less than $100, but until recently DVD recorders cost about $1,000. No wonder Americans bought more than 15 million DVD players last year and only 300,000 DVD recorders.

But now that prices on DVD recorders are finally falling, the tide is starting to turn. Research firm International Data Corp. expects annual DVD-recorder sales in the U.S. to reach 10 million by 2006. The latest offerings still aren't cheap; the least expensive brand-name model costs $500....

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