DVD Recorders: Not There Yet

My VCR thinks it is doomed. It was a bad omen when I bought a DVD player, relegating the old VHS box to a lower shelf—but at least it was still used when I wanted to record E.R. or a football game. Things got worse last week when I unplugged it and moved it to the spare room, a dusty purgatory for appliances on their way out of the loop. Then I set up the gleaming new Panasonic DMR-E20 recordable DVD player, a device designed to kill off the VCR. Instead of using videotape, it burns the images directly on to...

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