Not sure if you know but the Hitachi is a badges Pioneer 505, from about 3 years ago , (I know i looked at the 505 then..). So on that basic I would go for the 535, its a later machine, originally made by the same company.. I have a 535, about a week now, replaced a Wharfedale with it, and i am very impressed, excellent picture and sound. Has twin lasers and is allmost as good as my decidated Yamaha CD player.. Well worth the mony, easy multi-region selectable as well (providing it has the Techtronics mode) and RCE proof.. Paid £249 for mine as Richer sounds could not get any in..well worth it.. Enjoy.. Hope this helps..