Happy New Year. Looking to buy a DVD player which SHMBO wants to use to record. I want to ensure that we use the HDMI connection. My reckoning suggests either the Panasonic DMR -EX75 or the Sony RDR-HXD860S which would keep everyone happy. My question is twofold: is it imperative to use the HDMI connection to get the best from your DVD / TV or can this be compromised in favour of the recording option in the case of the Panasonic DMR ES15. Any help gratefully received.