Hi, I've been looking at upgrading my DVD player to either the Toshiba SD-340 or Pioneer DV-470. I like them because they are well featured, have DivX playback and get good picture quality reviews in the magazines. I wondered though whether to consider a recorder instead I was thinking of the either Panasonic DMR-E55, Pioneer DVR-220, Sony RDR-GX300 or the Toshiba DR-3. My questions are: 1. Would the recorders be at least a match for pre-recorded DVD playback quality when compared with either of these standalones. Has anybody had the opportunity to directly compare? 2. Does it make sense to retain a standalone for playback? Although I don't currently record a awful lot on my VCR and therefore couldn't see a real need for an HDD recorder I am attracted to the idea of being able to record digitally to archive a few programs here in there. I'm familiar with PC video editing as I have a DV camcorder so I'd be happy to take the footage onto the PC. I have a Pioneer 107 DVD burner. In which case: 3. Which of the above DVD recorders is the best bet. Panasonic/Pioneer look to be cheaper. Many thanks for any help.