This is a fairly new low price-point machine with no HD. I liked the machine the day I hooked it up because I was comparing to a VHS but.... I am finding that there is a quality difference from the original signal compared to the same signal going thru the machine to the tv. In order to maintain the highest quality I am going S-Video from my cable box (it has no component out) to the R-100 to the TV. This setup forces me to watch TV thru the recorder (it must be on). I compared it to a direct feed to the tv and I can see enough of a difference that it bothers me. I am assuming it has something to do with the DACs. Does anyone know if higher price range machines will make this problem a non issue?