I'm just in the process of transferring my (old) VHS collection via my new Panny E85 and have been recording in SP mode. On the latest burn there was 30 mins (SP time) left over when making the final DVR. It strikes me that to make the best use of every 4.7gb DVR it would make sense to always record everything first to the HD in XP mode and then use FR when making the final burn. The only down side would be using more of the HD space and not being able to use the fast dub facility, but picture quality and DVR usage should be at its opitmum. Unless I'm missing something here, then it seems to make sense to always record to the HD in XP mode whatever. Especially when most often its not known in advance what and how much will be archived onto the DVR.