K snowman, here's a bit of info from eopinions...
"For the better part of a year I enjoyed the 765 and it did an OK job recordings cds. Philips made it easy for the consumer by allowing the user to drop in the media and source and press two buttons to begin recording. The drawbacks come when you want to do anything else with the recorder.
This unit makes many things possible, but not without drawbacks. Mixed compilations require many more steps and recording from an analog source can be nightmarish. I purchased this unit because I wanted a standalone CD recorder with optical inputs for my home studio. It worked well for a while, but then everything it recorded started skipping and failing. I broke more than a few ruined CDRs from the frustration.
The unit was under warranty, so I called the number and got a list of service professionals in my area. Every single business I called was reluctant to service my recorder. The people at philips have done very little to remedy the situation.
This may be the way with new technologies. Perhaps it is difficult to find qualified service professionals for the latest and greatest. This is not my main concern. I am disturbed that Philips has not done anything to help despite my warranty. Buyer take caution."
"If you were to bring home the Philips CDR765BK, you would definitely be happy with its ability to record a complete CD in half the time of the original. Many people who purchase CDRs, however, also want to make compilation discs with various artists. This function is where this particular model falls short. It is possible to create a disc like this using one of two ways with this recorder. For a digital recording, you would have to program the CDR separately for each individual track that you want to record, and then dubb them one at a time. To fill up a 74 minute CD can take the better part of a day. The second way to do this function is to connect an external CD changer to the CDR using analog audio cables. To do this almost defeats the purpose of buying a CDR. If you want analog quality, then get a tape deck. Doing this will also give you at least a five second gap between each song while the CD changer moves to the next song or disc. The best way to create a compilation disc would be to connect a CD changer with either an optical or digital coax cable, for a complete digital transfer of information and virtually no sound degradation. But this is where you face the problem. The digital sync on this model cuts off about the first two to three seconds of each song. I first thought that maybe I was using a defective model, but after carefully reading the manual I found that this is how the unit was designed. It is not meant for this type of transfer. If you are considering buying a CDR, I would recommend you to look at the Harmon Kardon dual deck model CDR2. It sells for the same as the Phillips suggested retail price, and is a much better bang for your buck. It can dubb cds twice as fast as the Phillips, has no problem with digital synchronization from an external cd changer. It also has a much better DAC if you are planning to transfer any of your old LP's or cassettes onto cd."