I've had mine for a week now and have been using the panasonic es10 via component. However as I have a habit of recording stuff at the same time as watching a good movie on DVD I am also using my 5 year old Sony 725d via component and to be honest the PQ via the Sony appears to be almost as good as the panny even though it does not output progressive scan. I feel then that surely there is gotta be a major difference using one of the cheaper HDMI equipped players such as Samsung 950. My main concern with most of these cheaper player is the use of the Faroudja scaling chipset which in the past caused macroblocking especially with Panasonic plasmas. What are all you fellow 500 owners using and how do you find they perform.