I understand that in analog connections, component is better than S-Video, which is better than composite. So, one alternative would be to get a recorder that has component inputs--which are not easy to find.
In addition, to overcome the CPRM issue, the recorder would have to have the option to allow for recording any channel on DVD-RAM. (Not DVD-RWs, as it seems impossible to find compatible RW discs.)
The next step, after recording onto RAM (because of the expense of RAM discs, and compatability issues with other dvd players) would be to copy that RAM recording (via a 2nd machine) onto a DVD-R. This is possible; I have done it with some of my older discs that have not so good quality. Then delete the recording from the RAM.
I already have a good recording, just wondering if this method would produce noticeable enough quality to justify spending, say, $70 on a new machine. And of course, I would have to copy everything twice, which is the bigger problem. Then there's the issue of finding a recorder with component inputs, AND allows RAM recording of all channels. Is this overkill?