Today got my philips DVDR 1000, got mixed feelings about but I was probably expecting to much really, and wanted to use in a professional environment. Its a heavy unit, weighs a ton! But is made from metal and actually feels expensive. Out of the box it didn't work at all, got alsorts of errors, I unplugged it, reset the player using a hack, tried everything. Gradually things started to work (not what you expect from 21st century hardware), we gatherd it was because of the temeperature, must have been stored cold. As it warmed up it worked better and better. First of all, anybody expecting DVD film quality or transparent recordings need not apply, sorry. But even using the high quality 9.72 mbps 1hours variable data rate, compression can still bee seen on fast moving objects. I would say that on football its as bad as a Sky broadcast. However on less detailed, faces, scenary with little movement and no camera whip pans, the quality is excellent and it is difficult to seem the compression. 4 quality settings HQ 1 hour, SP 2 hours, LP 3 hour, EP 4hours. Don't bother with the EP, its terrible but the SP is okay for most recordings. At the end of the day a consumer DVD recorder is never going to compete with a professional authoring system, accept this and you won't be dissapointed. I would say VHS lies somewhere subjectively between LP and SP, and certainly the definition (when it isn't covered in artifacts) is much better then all but pro formats such as BETACAM. Jitter and stabilty are top notch, and there is no colour bleed into boundaries. We used S-INPUTS but the quality could be improved by going in RGB, shame but the Americans have component in/out and progressive scan, which we miss out on. Sound is two channel digitial. Inputs are RGB, Y/C, CV, and firewire ( will have mess around with the firewire soon). Compatibililty, touted as the deck that is backwardsly compatible, cough ... cough err. Well tried a recorded +RW disc on my wharfdale, proline (which don't play discs anyway) and on an LG3350 and .... nothing. Didn't work, which I'm not suprised at. Will try it on my tosh SD200 tonight, there is a list of players at http://www.dvdplusrw.org but none of my machines are on it. Got it for £1048 which is £250 less than ddddddixons. Oh and didn't try pirating anything on it, whats the point at £ 15 a blank, just in case you were wondering.