The difference in quality is so small today that the honestech is fine. Do that and you'll get your old 480i video in which always looks bad since we high such high resolution displays that amplify all the warts of analog video.
If you want to use the DVD recorder that's OK too. I don't see any difference overall since we are starting with low quality.
I've done some research on what devices can be used to convert VHS to digital on my desktop, A question please...
I already have an honestech vhs to dvd 7.0 deluxe converter. Like everyone else I want the best quality from the tapes although I realize they're old and the worst mistake of all is having purchased some standard grade tapes way back when or recording on SLP or both! I read this about another converter, the grass valley avdc110:
they do not compress the video, they just convert it from analogue to a DV AVI which is about as good as it gets for working with on a PC but at the cost of HDD space as the files will be around 13Gb per hour. The USB adapters are never going to give great quality IMO as they compress the video in real time and therefore quality will be lost. However a DVD recorder also compresses in real time but has better quality hardware to achieve this so should look better.
That's the first time I've read the comment about the usb connection on these converters. I'm aware the avdc55 came out several years ago but the use of a firewire vs usb makes it sound like it might potentially bump up the quality a bit and I desperately need whatever I can get. Is there any difference in the innards of the device compared to what's out there already?
Thanks for taking the time to read this and offer any input you have.