Hello I am just wondering if anybody out there has had any dealings with the above dvd recorder. I have been looking on the Pioneer web site and I have noticed that this recorder has a HDMI socket. Am I right in saying that You can connect this recorder to say the 505 xde plasma receiver HDMI socket and if so would this give You pure digital recordings? I am new to dvd recorders and the HDMI connection so help would be very much appriatieted. One other thing how does the pio compare to the likes of the panny high end machines for picture play back,connectiverty,recording modes and value for money.