Ecost.com is taking preorders on the Panasonic DMR-E30 DVD recorder. Slimline progressive scan DVD player DVD-RAM, DVD-R record You can play and record at the same time Firewire US$555. (I have no idea when it will ship.) See here. If you can read Japanese, here are the specs. This would fit nicely with my Panasonic RP91 DVD player and my Panasonic LF-D311 Firewire DVD-RAM/-R drive, but I'm going to wait until you guinea pigs tell me if it's any good.