My original setup was with my Pioneer DVD Player DV656 running component cables to my hitachi plasma, calibrated through AVIA video calibration DVD NSTC . Initially the whole calibration process took about 30mins. The plasma only really struggle with producing accurate reds through my dvd player. But apart from that the user settings is far different from the manufacturer's settings. Practically everything is turn down or off for DVD viewing on the picture settings for the plasma. The DV656 non-progressive video playback through component is much more sharper and vibrant than through s-video or rgb scart. So I settled for components for my standard viewing choice. Overall I was quite satisfied with the overall outcome, the picture can seem a bit soft at first but I mainly watch in dark surroundings as I did my calibration in. Now I mainly use the Pioneer for SACD/DVDA playback as its connected 6 channel output on my PIoneer VSX2011 receiver. Wonder why? Then comes the Momitsu. Ok all of what you have read is true, the build quality is average not even close to my pioneer. Remote control unit is flimsy has button that stays depressed ( very clever) and yes, its conflicts with all my other pioneer equipment. The LCD display is small and remote/player response is very slow compared to my pioneer dvd. You press one button that remote control and funny things start to happen to your receiver and dvd player. Problem corrected by moving the Momitsu to my hifi rack. Just looking at the unit there isnt anything significant good or bad its just a plain dvd player. Put the player in multi region mode up down up down right left and macrovision off. Now ready to rumble. Played a few Pal DVDs through S-video and wasn't really impressed and wasn't surprised either. Then I connected the Momitsu using s-video and change the settings to DVI 1080i 60hz ( custom modes for 50hz/60hz) with my 2m Lindy cable. I used the same Avia Calibration video setting from my pioneer DVD on my Hitachi. I decided to throw a few Pal DVDs at it mainly the Blade II, Chicken Run and The Office ( this all the Pal DVDs I have). One word-BREATHTAKING. The image was 3d like, colours more vibrant, more detail in the picture and more stable.. Begin swapping dvds from my Pioneer to my Momitsu just to make sure. The Momitsu image was indeed very impressive through DVi. I am quite confident that this player will stump all standard resolution dvd players 5 times its price. I am extremely happy with my purchase , custom charges and all. Now to program my Momitsu remote to my learning remote control and get the latest firmware.