I am considering a new DVD player with MP3.Currently the only players which offer this are the sub-£250 players (A good thing). But the reviews dont favour the output quality of the sound on these players (a bad thing). My question is this; Does anyone know if the sound output is affected if using a digital out for stereo recordings (Coax or Optical). If not, does this mean that (for example) if I was to send an optical signal from the DVD to a Mini-Disc player (or to an amp) - would it mean that the Mini-Disc/amp is then doing the sound decoding? In which case the quality of the sound output from the DVD wouldn't matter? I hope this makes sense! I am reluctant to purchase a new player until I know that the sound quality will not take a nose-dive when compared to my current Panasonic DVD. Thanks folks, Paul.