I have so far spent the day evalulating this wonderful machine.Hooked up via component on my panny 6 plasma the picture quality is outstanding.My cambridge audio dvd57 in progressive scan compared to the sony lacks clarity and detail,the picture on the sony is also more 3d like. A huge bonus is the player acts as progessive scan converter and sky digital via the machine in progressive video mode(best chosen for sky)outshines my js scart to vga adapter box by miles.The picture quality is just awesome. Recording on to the hard drive ,the picture once again in hq+ mode looks outstanding and indeed you can switch to progressive auto mode instead of video mode for a picture that is even better than when watched. Thats as far as i got so far ,i understand that some people have complained about the fan noise but mine was fine.I had a philips dvdr1000 before this and this is a world away from a machine that gave me nothing but trouble from day 1. I intend to do some recordings next week and see if the sections of a vhs tape record perfectly on this machine where they did not on my dvdr1000 causing the picture to slow down and speed up. So far im really happy and payed under £600 for a multi region version.