I've had an interesting week, its been one where I've spent some money on my favourite hobby and my pride and joy...my home cinema. Now normally buying new equipment is great fun although I usually do a fair amount of research before hand. Not this time, last Monday my Pioneer 717 decided to fail on me. I'd decided to go out and buy a new machine (ooh how exciting). I already have a Denon AVC-A10SE and POAT10. I've been extremely pleased with them so naturally thought I'd try the 2800. It seemed a logical upgrade The 2800 looked fantastic with the amps but wow, what a dissapointment... The day I got it (tuesday), I watched R1 Rush Hour 2 in DTS ES, the sound dropped out about 5 times during the film, this never happened with my 717. I thought this was slightly suspect so watched a couple of others, again the sound dropped out. (When it drops out, it's only for about half a second.) Today I was able to some more 'scientific' viewing. Same sound problems but to add to these I also could see lines shimmering/flickering accross the screen at an angle of about 45 degrees. The films I watched were R1 Alien Res. and R2 Patriot. Both films exhibited video problems mostly during darker scenes . I have never seen these before with my 717 so was pretty annoyed (this was supposed to be an upgrade!!). Anyway, I took the player back and have exchanged it for a Pioneer 747a. I have replayed some sequences of the above films and the flickering lines have gone and the picture quality is much much better, obviously I need to do some extensive testing (shame!) but it's looking good so far. If anyone's interested I'll keep this thread updated with my findings Ian technical info:- Tosh 40" RPTV being fed S-Video for DVD (RGB scart is already occupied Sky) Denon 2800 was m.region using ESS2248 firmware.