I want, nay need, to buy a dvd recorder. But which one? 2 pals are buying standalone models, the first is buying the Philips 880 DVD+R/RW machine, the other a Pioneer -R/RW. I am in 2 minds about buying a standalone or pc unit, the Pioneer A04 -R/RW or the Ricoh +R/RW. So which do I go for? I need compatibility with Toshiba, Samsung and Cyberhome players and an Asus DVD-Rom drive on my pc, Firewire is a must for mini-dv camcorder editing, and reliability is a must. Do standalone players let you ecord in the tv format of your choice; ie pal, ntsc? If not then a pc model seems the best. Any views or advice welcome.