I currently own a Philips DVDR890 and after a couple of years of service it is beginning to become increasingly unreliable. So no shock there then. I am looking for a recorder with RGB input/output/passthrough and the ability to record in either PAL or NTSC. I send a lot of British TV to my friends in the States and I send them NTSC disks by firstly recording onto a PAL disk from Sky+, bunging it into my cheapo DVD player (set to NTSC) and running the signal back into the recorder to get a native NTSC recording. The NTSC method means that I need a recorder that uses either DVD+RW or DVD-RW - which rules out the Panasonic recorders. My current thinking is that I should go for a Pioneer DVR-220, which seems to do everything I want it to do and is a very reasonable £215 from RGB. However, I'm wondering if any one can comment on the performance of the DVD recorders that output PAL progressive scan? It would be nice to improve the picture quality of Sky on my Pioneer plasma. How does the Toshiba rate in this regard? Does the progressive scan look good, or does the MPEG2 re-encode nullify the advantage? And is it true that it cannot handle a native NTSC input?