I also have the Philips DVD-R610 and agree with your comments. I bought it 3 years ago and only recently set it up. It cuts out frequently when recording. The door for inserting the disc will not open now…..saying blocked on display. This is not what you would expect from Philips. It is now in the waste bin. Unfortunately I did not discover this nearer the purchase date. I would definetely not buy a Philips recorder again.