I have used a Pal version of this machine & the 1st thing to say is the PQ is better than any of the Panny DVD recorders, the machine is a little bit slow to finalise a dvd-r, slower than panny models, it will work with cheap DVD-R's as well.
I haven't used one for about a month though as I work in an AV store & we sold both of our stock models, so I can't remember everything about it, if I can be of anymore help though please ask.
"Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic & in tough times of my life I can listen to music & it makes such a difference"
Kurt Vonnegut - One Giant Leap