DVD Recorder - Which One Which Format



Firstly hello to all,
I'm looking to purchase a Dvd Recorder & would like to know some answers before i buy..so Gandalf's of the AV World please point me in the right direction..!
I will mainly be using the Recorder for archiving old videos to Dvd & a bit of Tv recording.I plan to send copies of the Dvd's around the world so i need a secure Format & a glitch free if possible machine,reliable would be the word i'd use...
I'd appreciate any response to these questions greatly - Thanks!

1.Machines - Which To Buy?
Philips DVDR 890
Yamaha DRX-1
Panasonic DMR-E30
Panasonic DMR-HS2

2.Dvd-R or Dvd+ Which is more compatable with most dvd Players (A can of worms here?)

3.For picture quality use Component or Scart?

4.Also i've a Panasonic DV717 Macro/Region free Can i use this as a player & record o.k. on the above Dvd Recorders?

I use a Panasonic Plasma TH-42PW5 through an older Sony STR-DB930 Receiver/Amp

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