Having just bankrupted myself buying a Pioneer 434 plasma, Im now looking at buying a new DVD player hopefully without having to spend a penny more than I have to (!) So . regarding HDMI and how it works Take, for instance, a DVD player with a HDMI output. What comes out of its HDMI connector ? Is it literally just the raw 1s and 0s as read directly off the disc ? Or, is there some processing (in the digital domain) done on the signal before it leaves the DVD player ? You can probably see where Im heading with this. If a HDMI equipped player is just passing out the raw 1s and 0s (unaltered, as found on the disc), then are we saying that the quality of the picture from such machines, is purely derived from the quality of its transport mechanism ? So, if this is true, then one could arguably use a cheaper DVD player (equipped with HDMI when they become available), because it's futile paying for expensive video decoding circuitry that will ultimately be bypassed anyway. I note a great review this month (What Hi-Fi) for the new Samsung DVD-HD935 with DVI out, and scaling up to 720p, all for £150. Surely an indication of future direction on this matter. As a final caveat, yes I realise that transport mechs vary in quality (an entirely separate discussion), but will assume for now that the variance is marginally - not massively - significant. Opinions anyone ???