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After a previous Sony machine died on me after about 5 years of heavy use, I opted for another Sony, on the strength that I'd had good experience in the past, but more importantly that this particular model had every feature I was looking for. As well as looking stylish, it supports 'Smart engine' (whatever that is), index search, 8 timer presets (more would have been nice), index search (to cue to a previous/next programme), Videoplus, auto-setup, auto-long-play (if you're running out of space), three line inputs (including camcorder), and a feature called Smart Search, to locate taped programs by time and date. Sadly the last feature only works on the current tape, so it's only useful if you use the same tape lots. Great picture quality, loads of features, plays US NTSC tapes too, and has a friendly remote control that can also control your telly.