The quality of the digital tuner is excellent. Colours are vivid yet natural, edges are drawn carefully and sharply, motion is smooth, and deep black levels are handled well.
Not only is the recording process a painless one, but the results are pleasing. The top modes prove utterly faithful – with 250GB to play with, why bother with anything lower? The icing on the cake is a clean, detailed and involving DVD picture when using the recorder's on-board scaler. Sonically this recorder is decent too, digital audio making a decent stab at filling our room and delivering detail and dynamics. So another full thumbs-up for a Sony DVD recorder – you just have to decide how much storage you need.