I am contemplating adding a DVD recording deck to our home theater setup. My main uses will be copying home 8mm and Hi8mm videos to DVD and the occasional time shift off CATV (my SVHS vcr rarely gets used for this anymore, though). In the future, I may upgrade to a digital camcorder, so a firewire input on the DVD recorder would be nice. I doubt that I will be doing a lot of editing, but some simple editing features would be an added bonus. I am looking at the Panasonic DMR-E60S. It appears to be very similar to the E50, except that it adds firewire support and a memory card slot. I have a few questions for anyone familiar with the Panasonic DVD-RAM decks: 1. Do the current Panasonic recorders use the Faroudja deinterlacing chip for progressive playback? Since this deck will get minimal use as a recorder, it would be nice to add a player with the improved Faroudja chip to my setup as a supplement to my current Panny RP-91. 2. Does the DMR-E60 have front analog a/v inputs? The specs sheet on the Panny website states it has three sets of s-video, composite video and audio inputs, but does not specify location. The picture on the website does not appear to have front a/v inputs, but there could always be an access door covering them. 3. Is the DV (firewire) digital input a big improvement in video/audio transfer quality over the analog inputs when copying from a digital camcorder? If the quality difference is minimal, would the less expensive DMR-E50S be a better choice? 4. Considering my use (minimal editing of videos and only occasional timeshifting), is the DMR-E80H with its built-in hard drive still worth considering, especially considering its higher cost? This model does not have a firewire input, so which feature is more important? 5. Are there other brands worth considering? Anything using the Faroudja deinterlacing chip? Thank you in advance.