Drill Down DVD Recording Gets Real
After finishing my DVD I took it with trepidation to another, non-Panasonic, DVD player and was rewarded with (Hurray!) the opening menu with chapter titles of my new DVD. Navigation and playback were flawless! I was able to get this DVD to play on 4 of the 5 players I tried it on—not bad.
The E20 is a vast improvement, in both function and price, over Panasonic's earlier DVD recorder. Despite the few areas of improvements my test drive turned up, the E20 gets my endorsement. It allows you to easily do the two important things: digitally record TV programs and make (mostly) compatible home DVDs. While the list price for the E20 is about $1,500, it's pretty easy to find for under $1,000. Other makers' DVD recorders, when they finally arrive, are expected to cost considerably more, so $1,000 for the E20 isn't all that hard to swallow.