I don't have anything to compare this DVR to as it is my first DVR but I must say that I love it! I love that it has 3 different signal inputs so I can record 3 different things at once. It has two signal inputs for the dish and one for the antenna. The quality of the recordings is great and the menu system is pretty intuitive and easy to use. I have yet to run out of space with the standard hard drive that came with it, but I have gotten close. Another great thing about this receiver is that you can use it to control two different TVs granted only one of those TVs can be high definition. I have had the reciever for almost 2 years now and I think we have only had one or two issues with it. Both of the those issues were solved by simply rebooting the device, so there haven't been any REAL issues with it. I does run a little hot, so you don't want to have it in an enclosed area with little ventilation.