Gripes firsts - Despite the Philips blurb mentioning "VHS Index Search" - "VHS Time Search" 4 times, there is in fact absolutely NO search facility on VHS (only on DVD) - Philips eventually confirmed this to me after serveral stalls and investigations - only method is via small on-screen guage with no markings - which is essentially worse guide than looking at the tape itsself and guessing - so if this is important to you - dont buy it
That said - the actual quality of VHS recordings are flawless, even on a crap tape (which is why I kept it) - it also has 1 button dub from DVD 2 VHS - VHS also includes I.P. (intellegent play, SP/LP/IP), this is great feature which records at best quality at all time 'until' it calibrates there's not enough tape left on the spool, at which point it automatically switches to Long Play to fit the programmed recordings on - neat! (this all suggests the vhs is aware of tape positioning, it just doesn't tell you grrrrr)
The DVD includes an increadible 6 stage (manual says 4) ZOOOOOOM - and all stages maintain pixel ratio (no stretch or squash) - these are also fully functioning zoom modes (support play,still,pan,scan,ff,fr) - which is perfect for watching wide screen on square TV & vice versa, or just zooming for the helluv it (and unlike other manufacturers that advertise "zoom" or "3:4 compatability" (but only 'stilled', squashed/distorted))
The DVD virtually ignores layer changes ( blink and you'll miss them) - even some top brand DVD's hesitate for almost a full second when they hit a layer change.
Unlike the previous reviewer comment, I find you can certainly scan DVD'S (x2, x4, x8, x16, just hold down FF or FR button) + search by time + user defined marker searches + it even remembers where you watched upto on a DVD disc (even if you take it out and play upto 6 different ones in between)
I would give it 10/10 for performance in every way, but misrepresenting the VHS search means i can give Philips 3/10 best