I've just upgraded my amp from a 1 box to 2 box solution and now have the following system: Pioneer DV717 Parasound HCA1205 Parasound AVC1800 Cabasse Xo Pioneer PDP434HDE I bought the DV717 not long after it was released and it continues to serve me well. I remember at the time it was known for a great sound as well as picture. However, I have no idea how it compares to more recent players. For example, if I went down the high street and bought a mid range Pioneer DVD player for less than £200, would it be better than my 6 year old player? This isn't quite the path that I'm thinking of, but it illustrates my dilemma. As funds are currently more limited with a baby due in a few months, I'd like to see what I could get for up to £300. The Arcam DV88+ has been recommended to me and I would welcome some opinions on this and any other players. The DV717 only has a SCART connection, whilst the DV88+ has Component and PAL progressive Scan. However, my plasma has a HDMI input which I wonder if I should really be using if I upgrade, but expect I'd then have to think of something like a Pioneer DV868i for at least £500. I'd really appreciate your comments and opinions ... over to you! Thanks. Dave P.S. Main use is movies, but I still consider CDs important.