sorry, was just venting. anyway, i am sure if you take this entire forum as an aggregate, as to who is having more problems, HR34 owners or HR44 owners, I am sure it would be HR34 owners by miles. Plus, some of the HR34 owners I am sure that think they have no issues with their unit just have no baseline to go by (other than the even worse HR21, which I had and even I WILL ADMIT the HR34 is better than the HR21..) and have a higher tolerance for a crappy performing machine. For the most part, my HR34 WORKED...it recorded programs, the guide was correct, and i could "surf" through the guide to look for programs. The difference is in the PERFORMANCE of the units. There is NO comparison. HR44 hands down, and I think that is a large majority consensus on here. And there is also the issue of the optical out and the wireless, neither of which can be compared because the HR34 ridiculously does not have either. I would expect that from the geniego, as it has been out for a few years, but there is no excuse for a unit released in early 2012 to not have wireless built in.