Apologies in advance for such a long-winded first post! Background: I want to replace my current DVD player and would also like to be able to archive shows from my Sky+ box. I've read many reviews of players and it would seem that many cheap (£100 or so) players are now really pretty good. The thing is I'd like to reduce the clutter in my AV rack and get just a single unit for both playback and record. Reviews of recorders often say that they're not that good for playback?? To that end I'm considering the Sony RDR-HX900 or the Panasonic DMR-E85. My top budget is approx £500 but will happily spend less! Questions: I'm considering HD products as I assume that this will make it easier to cut adverts out prior to burning DVDs - is this correct? Am I correct that there are no products available that accept the 5.1 audio output from the Sky+ box to record 5.1 audio? The output from the Sky box is RGB which either unit will accept (?) but will either of them output component to feed thru my amp into the TV? Is the Widescreen switching signal (SCART pin 8) retained when recording onto DVD? I always have my TV set to switch on this signal. Does anyone think I'm looking at the wrong kit and have better suggestions? I hope that this isn't too much info for one post! Thanks.