I recently bought a Philips DVDR985. It does not have built-in TiVo. These are currently available under $400.00 from Audio Advisor. I found the play and record quality superior to the Pioneer, which I looked at very closely because of the TiVo capability. I have a friend who bought the Pioneer piece and has been through three of them in about a month because of various failures. I also noticed that the Philips is quite a bit heavier than the Pioneer. That may mean nothing but it may mean a better transformer and solider chasis. It could make sense to buy the TiVo separately with the Philips. However, my best suggestion is to look very closely at both and make the decision that you are comfortable with.
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