Having tested the Arcam DV88 and Denon 2800mkII with varying degrees of success in the search for my next player, this week I have been living with the Onkyo 939thx DVD Player. The tests have been done on my system, using componant through the Iscan, onto a Barco 800 CRT. Sound System is a Tag AV32R, Rotel 1075, M&K 750thx LCR, M&K 55 Tripoles, Velo CHT-15 Sub. The player was set up using test patterns before viewing. This Player is being discounted heavily as they are being discontinued and replaced by a new model soon. retail should be £1,800, this unit is priced at £999. First impressions are....Christ this thing is very heavy and built like a tank. The build quality is second to none and very impressive. On the rear it has Two sets of every video output, as well as audio outputs for DVD-A, and two sets of Digital Outs and ins. This Silver finished version is very well built and offers everything a serious videophile could want as far as connections go. Picture After some tweaking, i sat back and tried out the infamous AOTC R1 disc. My first impression was WOW! The sheer depth produced in the image is excellent, with a 3D quality that the Denon and Arcam just did not have. Then the player for no reason froze up, and refused to spit the disc out. After turning the power off and back on this solved the problem, and it never did it again through any other tests, strange and proberly a one off - i hope. Next was Moulin Rouge R2, and the level of detail again was just brilliant, the flesh tones and the colours were natural looking with no bleed, and even in the shadows there was plenty of detail on offer. The sheer depth of image was what really stood out for me, and i believed i was now enjoying a proper high end player, with no lip sync issues, no pixelation issues, and a crisp 3D image that just yelled out high class. Can you tell i am impressed. Sound The DD and DTS tracks were very well reproduced and had real quality about them, I just could not fault the movie performance of the machine. Next was two channel, and my first niggle. In stereo playing CD the player has a very laid back approach, and I felt that there was a little missing in the midrange. Nothing huge mind you, but after the Arcam, and Denon, this was Different in it's presentation. I have a feeling that a better quality Digital interconnect than the one i was using, might bring a little more detail and midrange out of this beast, so I will not comment any further. But I certainly can live with it's performance, and if I really want to get better 2 channel i may as well buy a CD Player. Overall I am very impressed with this player, in my opinion it is clearly a different proposition to the Denon and Arcam, and one that I like very much, and could certainly live with. I should point out that this machine is based around the already brilliant Tosh 900, although i have not done a side to side comparison to see what the real differences are, but from what i have seen with the Onkyo, I have been very impressed. And lastly this is also a THX cert Machine and also has DVD-A, I have not tested it with any DVD-a Discs as my Tag does not have the 5.1 bypass option, and I am yet to be convinced with the technology, but the option is there. I highly recommend this machine, and it might just be sitting pride of place on my rack on a permenant basis very soon. Thanks to Craig and Nev @ Sevenoaks Newcastle for the loan Machine.