A Fellow Sound Mixer recently had a major failure while recording which appears to be caused by the Compact Flash Card failing. You can view his posting HERE. It is important to realize that media failures are a major concern and often happen without warning. In this case the CF card failed not the unit. I always try and use high grade CF cards like Sandisk Ultra II cards. While they are a little more expensive I think they are worth the money but others may disagree. I have never had my Tascam Recorder fail on me in any situation and for the price of $700.00 it is tough to beat. SO if your looking for a recorder at this price point buy the tascam hd-p2 it will serve you well.
I got a number of messages regarding my thought about the Tascam Vs Fostex. So hear are my thoughts both are great machines at different price points the Tascam is $700.00 while the Fostex is either $1000.00 with out timecode and $1500.00 with timecode. These FR-2 comes from the BHvideo.com website. I have used both machines extensively and I believe both deliver a similar quality audio file. For me it came down to price. I only use my Tascam Recorder a few times a year and wanted to spend the least amount of money and get the most features. However if you need to Generate timecode then the Fr-2 is your only choice. It is just like most things in audio whatever works for you. So my advice would be go to your local store and try both.