While my new Lite On DVD recorder does not have S-Video ports of any kind (the fuck?), I'm still going to call it the best damn DVD-/+RW recorder I've had a chance to play with so far. Playback is better than my fledgling Daewoo player in every single way, and more importantly, the recordings look about as high a quality as I'd expect a VHS tape to look. Normally I'd post screencaps and go "Look at that! Isn't it hideous?!", but I've got a better idea:
Rapidshit that shit
The title of this obscure as crap OAV is DEAD HEAT. It's basically Nascar. With robots. Yup. Welcome to Japan. It was produced by Sunrise in 1987, runs 30 minutes + 7 minutes worth of pencil tests to show off individual animators, despite the fact that the animation is... well, it's not bad or anything, but it's hardly awe-inspiring, either. In short, it's a forgotten project from a forgotten time in which guys pilot robots with no cockpits going 320 kilometers an hour. I can't make this stuff up.
The encode is fairly noisy, but I prefer some noise to softness, and it isn't like a 21 year old VHS tape is a stellar source to begin with. I'll also say that the comb filter (assuming there is one) isn't doing its' job properly, but oh well. Truth be told, it still looks worlds better than the Sanyo recording, and with the exact same bitrate. I'm not convinced it looks as good as anything I could achieve using CCE SP, but we'll find out in due time.
Download. Play with it. Scrutinize it frame by frame, if you so desire. You know where to let me know what you think.