why is it that the american players, even those that are supposed to be the same models as ours, always seem to have more or better facilities. take for eg: the new Denon 1600, US model has Sage/Faroudja interlacing. There is a Panasonic called the RP-91 which looks identical to the RA-71, but once again it has full progressive scan output, 12bit video dacs, dvd-ram compatability and they're cheaper. Then there are the more obscure brands, like APEX, that have various models coming, including one called the AD-7702. This boasts dvd-audio SACD, HDCD, mp3 and has Firewire outputs, progressive and component outputs and is firmware upgradable. All this for $349! Are we to be always short changed?