Player or Recorder? Which one has the best playback quality?

I intend to buy a used Panasonic to read Divx files, and am considering these two machines:

1 - The DMR-ES15 (Recorder);
2 - The DVD-S53 (Player).

Wich do you consider to have the best playback quality? The recorder or the player?

I have a S52 and the player has more play options than my ES25 or EZ27.

[QUOTE=CCRomeo;2152617]I have a S52 and the player has more play options than my ES25 or EZ27.[/QUOTE]

And what about the image quality? Do you think the S52 is a better player overall?

Generally for recorders playback is just a afterthought. I think you’ll find the picture quality will be similar but the ES-15 will lack many of the features that would be available on the player only.
Among other things the ES-15 does not have:
A display that will show anything other than elapsed time.
No zoom function.
No go to function.
Not sure if the player you’re talking about is upconverting but the ES-15 does not have hdmi output.