I am about to buy my first dvd recorder, using it mainly for archiving stuff from sky+ and transferring loads of old vhs tapes onto dvd-r. Having studied the posts on this site and also read rasczak's excellent guide I narrowed my choice down to the following: Panasonic DMR-EH50 Sony RDR-HX510 Toshiba RDXS34 Pioneer DVR-530H I have now excluded the Pioneer because I really don't need all the guideplus gubbings as I have sky+, I am not sure about the Sony as it doesn't seem to be as flexible in the recording options as the others which just leaves the Tosh and the Panny. I have downloaded the manuals for both of these and after reading through them am exhausted and confused! Why can't these electronics companies employ someone to translate the 'techno-babble' into plain english ?! Lets face it most households still have trouble programming a VCR! Anyway I think I am more inclined towards the Panny but I have a couple of questions about it for you kind people here. 1. On the Panny the manual states that to connect up my VCR I would need to connect it to AV3/4 which appear to be SVideo/Video/Audio connections - does this mean I would need a lead with a scart connector on one end and on the other end a SVideo connector, two audio connectors (L & R) and another video connector ? (Why 2 Video connectors?) 2. The Panny manual talks about transferring material to the HDD you must set it to 'High Speed Dubbing' beforehand, even if transferring in real time - what difference does this make ? Is it stored on the HDD in a different format? (Doesn't really matter, just curious). 3. If you want to copy one of your own DVD-R's to the HDD can this be done at High Speed or is it done in real-time? 4. I really had a hard time getting my head around the chapter about inserting chapter points, editing and sometimes losing chapter points when copying to DVD-R, seamless play etc - could any kind soul who understands this please try explaining it in a more 'down to earth' manner ! As I say I am leaning more towards the Panny at the moment, although the Tosh looks an excellent machine (and has a bigger HDD) I am not sure about the possible extra noise from it, from what I can see the only possible downside to the Panny is the lack of WSS and I'm not sure if this is really a problem. Anyway thanks for bearing with me and any advice would be much appreciated.