My source was the ESPNHD Football game tonight. Now let me caveat this - I am referring to a DVDR -not Tivo or a cable set top DVR box that will not let you record. The playback on my Pio 531 at XP+ record using my Sony Wega XBR800 display is absolutely outstanding. That includes every burned disc that I have ever burned or played on the Panny XP-30/50. Now that is comparing apples and oranges because we know you get reduced video quality when you burn to disc the XP+ record. And the new Pio XP+ is ONLY off the HDD for viewing. And... my Pio output is S-vid ! I have not even tried component. Bottom line, If you do a lot of record and watch later but no burn(but still want great record), these new Pioneers are one incredible machine.