I was initially looking at the Pioneer Elite DV-59 as I want the best possible a/v playback I can get from a DVD unit and need the multi-channel audio outputs such as SACD, DVD-A, etc. The specs on this machine are absolutely perfect, except... I need to go multi-region! I have searched the web extensively and have come upon the DV-868AVi from Pioneer which seems to be their UK variant on the Elite model, however it has universal playback functions. Now my only concern is whether or not the DV-868 IS in actuality, the exact same as the 59 Elite model in every aspect? It seems to have all the same features and connections... but what about a/v and build quality?? I am in Canada, NTSC, and therefore the majority of my discs are R1 though I do have a selection of import titles of foreign films and such. I NEED optimal playback on both my R1 and R2-R3 DVD's! I want the best possible picture quality attainable and I would like to know if I will run into any setbacks with the UK Pioneer model in comparisson to the Elite DV-59 when watching movies on my NTSC setup? Basically, does this TRULY have capable multi-region capactiy and will it be at the cost or sacrifice of quality in any regards? I want a high end player that will deliver the absolute best... If this UK variant will deliver that, and has true universal playback, than I will definitely opt for it! Please let me know your suggestions/reccommendations... I'd really appreciate your advice!!!