I assume the JVC HR-S7965 is a later version of the 7955, which gets a good review in one of the links at the top of this forum? (here) From reading around posts here, it's £140 at unbeatable, and I think this is a good choice for me to replace my ageing Toshiba. The way technology is going, this'll probably be the last VCR I ever buy. Here's what I want it for: Day to day use, recording TV from Pace ntl digital cable STB, and occasional timed recordings from terrestrial TV (I know there's a way to get the STB to auto switch to the desired channel at the alotted time, but we tend not to use that feature.) Shame the STB doesn't output s-video on the 2nd SCART, so I probably won't see much improvement in quality of recordings compared to my current VCR. For the future: If I later get a Freeview box that can output s-video on the second SCART, should be able to make better recordings. If I later get a DVD burner for my PC and a capture card that has an s-video input, I would like to put my irreplaceble VHS tapes (i.e. Star Wars trilogy original editions) onto DVD. With the TBC and noise reduction on this deck, I should be able to get the best quality results (or as good as can be acheived from a VHS source).