We purchased or Sony DVD Recorder/VCR combo several years ago and are very happy with it. As with all technology there is now a newer, bigger better version but we are happy with the one we have. It is very easy to use for a technology challenges person such as myself. We have a Sony Bravia TV so the picture when playing DVD's is great. Of course the picture would be even better if it was a blu-ray player but again for a simple DVD recorder it is fine. Mostly we use it to copy movies we have recorded on the DVR. We have never had any problems with the player overheating as some have stated. And I don't find it noisy at all, again as some have complained about. The only problems with the player have been our fault not the machines. We are glad we purchased the DVD Recorder and would buy it again.