We all want HD, but it's going to take some time before the blu-ay format gets ready. In the meantime microsoft has come up with windows media player 9 (WM9) that will allow us to store HD content on a regular dvd. For some positive comments on WM9 read: http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_10_3/show-report-vsda-2003.html So what features will the ultimate dvd player have - a player that we dont want to upgrade until blu-ray or some other new format hits the street. My proposal is: digital WM9 support (using new sigma chipset) 720p/1080p dvd/dvd-a/sacd/hdcd/cd dvi (hdcp) or hdmi for video output i.link or hdmi for audo output analogue 6 analogue outputs for sound component video output (pal/ntsc prog.) svhs and scart output By the way, do we really need any analogue outputs at all, or could we just skip them, and do you think hdmi will be superior to i.link and dvi? Actually we are not that for away from being able to get all these features in just one player. The new top-end pioneer has hdmi, but mises out on WM9, and the new top end denon has WM9 but not hdmi. Maybe with next years models we shall get all the gimmicks at last.