I have a 545 which is near enough the same as the 444, and I am happy. As with all Pioneers, I am still a bit miffed that you can't do really high speed FF/Rewind speeds.. But there is a 'search' button, where you can say "Goto 23:34".. Which is nice! Also, I am not keen on the lack of gimics, like 'zoom'.. But you can't have everything. As far as players go.. Its hard to beat. And for just over £200 (Upgradeheaven are doing it for £200) its a bargin. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask. Good luck..