Ghost ITM, and Suplex, thanks for the input info. I've made up my mind to order one from Amazon, since ABT wants to charge me sales tax.
I haven't used a DVD recorder before. I've been poking around on some other threads, to determine how best to do what I want to do with it. I gather the answers vary, based on the model of DVD recorder. Primarily, I will be dubbing SVHS tapes onto DVDs, and recording new cable broadcasts on DVD. I already have two other DVD players, a 400 disc Sony, and a 5 disc, region free, Philips. I have Comcast HD service, with the Motorola two tuner DVR. I plan on swapping out the 640 with one of my SVHS VCRs, using S-Vid inputs. I don't think I have another component input free on my AV receiver, as I am using three already. Any cable channels that the 640 can't decode from the raw RF cable input, it will get from the AV receiver, via S-Vid. I would like to make the highest quality recordings, and dubs, that I can, in SP, so my other DVD players will play them. So, I have a couple of questions, which I hope you can answer, so I can hit the ground running when my 640 arrives. Thanks in advance, for any info you can give me.
When doing SVHS to DVD dubs, will I get a better looking picture by doing it real-time, or by dumping the SVHS onto the HDD, and then transfering it to DVD? Or, will it make any difference in picture quality? Yes, I know that my editing, titleing, etc. options are much better with transfering to HDD first.
Same question for recording from the 640's RF cable input, and also when using its S-Vid input, with the Cable box S-Vid output coming in - better picture recording in real-time, or loading it to the 640's HDD first, or does it matter?