Am demoing one of the above tomorrow in it's original Mk 1 form. Dealer near me is prepared to sell me one for £ 400.00 My only consideration is DVD picture and sound quality, not interested in DVD-A or suchlike and have seperate Arcam Alpha 8 / 9/9p system for CD replay - have a Yamaha DSP E800 handling the processing and surround / centre duties, with Mission 782's for fronts and 77c centre / 751 rears. I have checked the forums and there appears to be some doubt over this model's reliability. Question is, if I can satisfy myself that the unit I demo tomorrow is a good 'un without any lipsynching problems etc, is there anything else at this price that I should consider ? Do the players like the Pioneer 656 and Phillips 963 match this one in terms of picture and sound quality AND throw in extra format compatibility for the same money ? Will be using the player on a Toshiba 32 inch widescreen TV vis S-Video as my Sky Digibox uses the single RGB Scart available. My thoughts / hopes are that this DVD player will be a significant immediate improvement on my current Toshiba 210 player and also withstand and benefit from any upgrade in my amplification and display in the future. And it looks the business in champagne gold as well. Comments appreciated. Am demoing at 1.00 pm tomorrow so any specific questions I should ask about reliability etc would also be cool.