Hello all. First off, a bit of a rant: This morning when I went to turn on my DVD player to watch a disc whilst I drank my morning coffee, my new Panasonic DVD recorder (3 months old) decided that it will no longer read any disc of any kind! This is the second recorder of a different brand I've had in a years time and they have both been garbage, really. My first was an RCA VHS/DVD recorder combo. It died after 8 months. Now--THIS nicer Panasonic! So my question to any of you fellow fans is this: Are there any quality DVD recorders out there that don't die suddenly after less than a year? After reading so many negative reviews on video forums, there seems to be no shortage of negative things to be said about every brand. Do they all suck? And furthermore, for those here who may have a Region-free DVD player, what's a good one? I'd love to watch some of those TF: Headmasters and Victory DVD sets from the UK. Any input would be much appreciated. Help a fellow TF fan out, I'm running out of ideas (obviously).