I want to buy a HDD DVD recorder and can't decide between the Panasonic DMR-EH67 and the Pioneer DVR-650H. Consumer ranked the Panasonic slightly above the Pioneer 550H (same as the 650H but with a smaller HDD). Correcting tracking errors was the only thing the Panasonic did notably better; picture and audio were not too far apart. So, any recommendations here from people who have used one or both? I'm not worried about the music or still photos/video features - I'm just interested in DVD recording and playback features and quality.
From reading the manuals, the Pioneer has a lot of custom settings for output and input which the Panasonic lacks. It also has all the manual recording mode settings and XP+, while the Panasonic has just the standard range and flexible recording (though the Panasonic's LP is supposed to be almost as good as its SP). The Pioneer won't let you manually select the aspect for recording (16:9, 4:3), while the Panasonic will.
Any comments on these or other features/differences/experiences?
Many thanks, Dominic