I have just bought a Pioneer 545 DVD player after many good reviews. I have to say I am underwhelmed... the pictures are good and so is the sound with all of the twiddles to play with. I just wanted a good easy to use machine with great pictures and sound...not a lot to ask I thought. The player it's self looks great slim and silver just fits right in with the rest of my stuff. Problem is when I first put a disk on the drawer I thought it was broken, it flopps about it is only loosely atached to the rest of the machine it seemed. Anyway on with the playing when I tured the machine on stunning pictures in S-Video mode but here I hit the first problem. The search mode on the player is naff...too slow 1, 2 & 3 is all you get, and too uncontrolable, it is controlable but you have to be an octopuss to use the remote! I persevered and after initial setup the pictures do look good and yes the sound is great. I rewired the connections to get RGB as I should have done in the first place....Disaster... the pictures were even clearer and the contrast levels were superb only thing is for every dark movement on the right of the screen a band of "shaddow" ran horizontaly accross the entire picture!! I first thought it must be the TV it is getting on a bit, so I borrowed a Panasonic RV41, I tryed the same disc with the same set up and the same conectors superb picture with no faults. Infact the S-Video pictures from the Panasonic were almost on a par with the RGB from the Pioneer. As for the RGB picture I could not ask for more sublime (The disc drawer was solid and the remote though simple is easier to use and the player did what you wanted with no fuss). OK the pioneer has better looks, more functions, more sound gimmicks and better conectability but for user frendliness it sucks!!!! I feel I have made a BIG mistake, convinced I needed the Pioneer when all along the Panasonic delivers what you want with ease!!