I've never tried the HD, but I used to work with the first version. Being able to grab DVD, put it into computer and copy files was something I realy liked. That was fast and easy. When using proper DVDs, it never failed. I liked its converters, too, but once I connected Mytek, the difference was obvious. Now prices for DVRAs are lower, it's a good time for buyers. BTW, the machine is pretty heavy. If you work on location, I would think twice before purchase. If you don't need digital IO, Korg MR-1000 is an option, too. Maybe that is not exactly answer to your question, but hope that helps.