I bought this a few years ago, specifically because it could be 'hard-modded' with a blob of solder to allow faultless region changing. This was at a time when not all mods were reliable. I got a champagne one from Japan, so I'm running it off a stepdown. Now I'm thinking of upgrading, but I was wondering what the quality of modern machines is like. Will I notice much difference with a newer model, or shall I wait until more PAL progressive players come out before taking the plunge?