Thanks for paying attention, folks. OK, my list is narrowing (I hope) - having found that the Toshiba 900e does not play sVCDs it's out of the frame. The Pioneer 747 appears to play these (and everything else too), and I'm guessing is a better player than the new 656 (anyone care to contradict?). It also has two SCARTS, which is a bonus in my cable hell. I've searched all that has been said before on the merits of the two, but here's the one unanswered question - will I noticed a benefit in sound +/- video over my (dead) Sony 725? If I go with the 747, there seems to be a heck of a price range out there: Leading Edge: £600 RCE-friendly region-free Techtronics: £645 - £873 region-free and various options (PAL prog and Macrovision) That's a heck of a variation! I don't need Prog Scan yet, and have had no problems in the past with Techtronics - which is the therefore the best mod chip for the price?