I am looking to buy my first DVD recorder and have seen a couple that I like, but not really knowing that much about them; which ones are good and which ones to avoid, I thought I'd post here and hopefully you guys can help? I am thinking of spending in the region of £300 to £400, although I could go slightly more if it was absolutely worth it. I will be using it mostly for playing DVD's but will do the odd bit of recording too. It's essential that it has Component Video output and 2 scarts. A digital input for my Mini DV camcorder would be useful too! It would be great if it could support both DVD + and -. So, I've seen 3 Sony's that I like the look and sound of - Perhaps you can give me some feedback on each of the models and what their Pros and Cons are? Firstly I see the Sony RDR-GX7 in my local Sony Shop reduced to £379 from £500. Nice brushed aluminium front and the guy said it 'was' the top of the range model before the HD versions came out, hence they are selling off the last ones. I think I read something about the GX7 not outputting progressive or something (whatever that means) which is not ideal? Then the main one I have been looking at is the RDR-GX700 which is also in the Sony shop for £379 instead of £400. This also 'looks' really nice but how does it perform? Finally, I see the Sony Hard-Disk models which is likely to be a bit out of my price range but I wanted to find out a bit more about them first before I wrote the HD models off. What are the main advantages of having an HD in the DVD Recorder? How does the HD model perform in comparison to the other 2 mentioned above? Any feedback on these queries would be much appreciated - Am I looking at some decent units here or are there others that are better that meet my requirements? Thanks in advance!