Appearance I like the compact, understated styling on the VTX800. I might respray it to match the cluster of black boxes I own that were all the fashion 5 years ago. Connectivity Luckily my TV has One Scart, two "phono sets" and one S-Video input. The Scart cabling recommended by Sony allows the VCR to record the "live" Freeview channel. I think my video does not support "Smart" link - hence I cannot use the facility to select the EPG channel to record at some time in the future - so I have to rely on videoplus using analog / RF feed and the video's tuner or set the DTX800 channel and select "AV input = scart" on the video and "manually" set the start and finish time on record. This is a pain - but I don't watch TV enough to warrant throwing away a working video just to make setting recording easier. When the video packs up I will try one with smart link to make setting recording easier. I think Smartlink just uses one of the Scart pins ( 8? ) to signal to the VCR to start recording. I cannot seem to find a Scart configuration that will allow me to daisy-chain the DVD to the VCR - hence I am going to buy some phono leads or use a spare S-Video cable I have to feed the DVD into "AV2" input on the TV. Image and sound quality I live in a flat serviced by a slightly dodgy aerial feed. For example, one piece of coax feeds a plate with an FM and UHF TV socket. Anyway, the analogue TV signal produces slight to medium ghosting on the TV image and quite often a "graininess. I was concerned the aerial feed would scupper Freeview. The Sony tunes into about 20-ish stations and indicates signal quality is good but signal strength is "medium". The image quality on my 5-year-old Sanyo TV is as good as DVD. The colour tones are very natural. I am very pleased with the image and sound quality of digital TV broadcasts. From now, I will watch all "terrestrial" channels through the Sony for the improved image. Other techie stuff I can fiddle around with picture ratio and support a reasonable wide-screen format. The channel change is (just) quick enough. Draw-backs I cannot use the TV guide (EPG?) to set record with my VCR (probably a feature missing on my VCR) Content: most of the programs are woeful, but I enjoy the news channels, BBC Parliament and BBC4. Have you seen bid-up TV?? As funny as a Sadam holiday camp - if TV is going that way then all the lovely technology is getting tipped out of the window. I would like to see a TV Guide that can search by program type - but I guess that is a restriction on what is broadcast rather than the device capability. Would I recommend? Yes. The image improvement has been worth it for me - but I may have got similar improvement with a cheaper Freeview box or a £20 indoor aerial - I have no point of comparison.