Im considering the new Sony 710 DVD recorder. It seems to have everything I want (large 160Gb HDD, progressive scan, DV-in, it is a good quality player with 12 bit DAC) and is within my budget (£400 absolute max). Many of the issues with the previous range of Sony DVD recorders (e.g. poor editing, anything over 2 hours had to be recorded at 4hr quality, etc) seem to have been resolved so overall to me it seems a relatively good buy. I just have a couple of question: (1) How does the Sony recording picture quality compare with other makes (e.g. the new Panasonics) for the high quality modes i.e. 2 hours per disk or less. I record very few flms so the quality of the longer modes doesn't matter much to me. (2) Generally, I plan to record a batch of programs from Sky+ to the HD of the DVD recorder overnight. Then Ill do some very basic editing and dump to DVD. Will I get best PQ by recording in the best quality mode to HDD (e.g. Sonys HQ+/HQ) and then down converting to SP (2 hours per DVD) when I dub to DVD or should I record in SP on the HD in the first place and then use high speed dub to DVD?