I bought a Pioneer DVR-RT500 at Sams Club for just over 200 dollars mainly to copy over my VHS tapes. So far it has been flawless. I have only made one coaster and that was my fault. The unit lists for 500 dollars on the pioneer website. The DVD player is full featured with zooms, commercial skip, angles etc. Records to DVD-R/RW media. Check ou this link:

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pna/product/detail/0,,2076_4139_141435554,00.html

Pioneer and Panasonic seem to be the most reliable brands as reported my most people that post on the AVS forum..

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/index.php?

Do a little searching on the DVD recorder section.