Hi folks, Ive been thinking about changing my old samsung dvd 709 for a while now. However, I have a few newer dvd players in the house (a limit and an xbox). I expected their picture quality to be better than my samsungs as its getting on a bit, but I found both were actually inferior-by quite a bit. And the 709 remains my main player. I have a 32" philips widescreen [no prog scan inputs :-( ] and a decent 5.1/dts set up. Ive been happy enough with the 709s picture quality to be fair, just fed up of the increasing numbers of "problem" disks. Anyway, to cut a long story short (well shorter) I'm about to buy a Panasonic dmre30 because I fancy a dvd recorder and I thought rather than spend 300 on a new dvd player I could buy this and kill two birds with one stone. Basically I was just wondering what the picture quality is like when using the dmre30 as a normal dvd player? Will I be able to replace my 709 at last with a worthy successor? Cheers guys.