So , just to clarify i can connect my sky+ box from it's s-video mini din output to the EXT2 scart connection on the dvd-r80 and this will be of svhs quality.
Just need to clarify this before i buy a svhs to scart lead.
Yes just connect your s-video output of your Sat receiver to the EXT2 input of the DVDR80.
My Hitachi plasma clearly shows the benefit of using RGB input over s-video. If your sat reciver only has 1 RGB output why not connect the RGB output to EXT2 and use the EXT2 to EXT1 loop-through to view, as well as recording in RGB?
This is what I do with my Nokia DTT receiver and it works very well, and preserves RGB quality.
I have sky+ with only 1 rgb output which i feed to a JS RGB2VGA then to an iscan ultra then to the Hitachi. I tried what you suggested to start off with but when its connected up in loop-through rgb i can notice a deterioration it picture quality when i watch sky through the dvd-r80 , which i find unacceptable
I have , and it sorted my problem out. I had connected things up temporarily with the standard scart and that was the problem . Now replaced with Kimber .75m scart and no deterioration in quality that i can see.
Yeah,got so far,gave up,did it myself,not too hard after setting the others up,cables wise.Had to forego the aerial in though,put it in the SKY box,not a very good reception downstairs for some reason.So,use it to record from SKY and Terrestrial,and the quality is outstanding.M1 being the best,1 hour to a disc,is like for like with the retail movies !