I'm in the market for a prog. player, mainly PAL, to go with my AE300 ... using an HTPC is proving a pain and I probably will abandon the idea ... so I came here to research and learn ... ... only to find there's no such thing as a perfect DVD player that doesn't cost the earth. Seems every time someone asks "what's the best player" (s)he gets replies about various Sony, Harman, Toshiba etc. etc. which point out problems is 'this' area or 'that' area .. players like the 2900 reportedly freeze on some DVDs, 2800MkIIs can't de-interlace properly etc. etc. Then there's stupidities like the 'chroma bug'. Is this tech. REALLY so bleeding edge the manufacturers can't get it right?