Some of you know I owned a home and car stereo store for upteen years. I still do work for a couple of customers who became friends. I never charge anyone anything over parts anymore and they respect my time, so it's a good deal for both of us. One of them, Pete, called me to give me a pair of speakers he didn't want any longer. I was over at his house yesterday to pick them up and he said he had another piece he wanted to get rid off. When he told me what it was, I started salivating, telling the man I'd pay him good money for it. A Sony RDR-HX715, it's a DVR/DVD recorder I sold Pete about 8 years ago. I knew it had something you just can't find anymore: component video and Toslink audio inputs. I don't want to transfer much from my DVRs but what I want to save, I really want to save. Just after George Carlin died, HBO ran a marathon of all eleven of his great stand-up specials. I have them on my HR20-700 and really need to get them off of it. This piece will work great for that. I can transfer them to the Sony's internal hard drive and then burn them in their original OAR to DVDs. The RDR-HX715 isn't perfect. It won't accept an input resolution greater than 480i and I can't insert chapter marks on the DVD but I can live with those limitations. Did I mention it has component video and Toslink inputs? In the end, I didn't have to pay for the recorder. My buddy just wanted his own copy of the George Carlin specials. Glad to do it, Pete.