Hi guys I bought a Samsung DVD-HD860 to go with my new Panasonic AX100 projector but had to return it because of a faulty HDMI port. To be honest, I wasnt overly impressed with the picture quality thru component progressive scan actually produced a worse image than standard interlaced. Im looking to replace it with either a Sony DVP-NS76H or Pioneer DV-696. According to most posts on this forum, both are excellent players. Has anyone ever tested them side by side and come up with a winner? The Pioneer averages about £30 more expensive than the Sony. Is this justified or is the Sony simply better value? Any advice greatly appreciated.