I have a Pioneer 717 which I have owned since that model first hit the UK. Problem is the machine is struggling to read DVD's properly. Sometimes it can't get to the menu and other times the film will stutter and there will be artifacts all over the place. I am considering just opening the 717 up and installing a generic DVD ROM to tide me over until HD DVD or Blu Ray takes off. Is it worth replacing the whole player for a more modern model? Are newer players significantly better? I have a Loewe Aconda 32" TV with a QED Squart RGB only cable for the picture and the sound is stereo only hooked up to a Musical Fidelity X-A2 amp with Quad 12L speakers. I quite like the idea of buying a Loewe DVD player so it cuts down on the number of handsets floating about the room. And the replacement has to be multi region like the 717. Cheers.