I have read several of the forum treads on the price of the Pioneer 45A being over 500+. Please surf the Internet for the Pioneer DV-45A and you will find low prices starting at $377+ with ground shipping between $15 - $31. This is a terrific progressive DVD player for the price with outstanding SACD and DVD-Audio playback quality. Reviews are starting to show up all over the Internet. The only major negative feedback that is repeated over and over is how the player is light in weight compared to other solidly built Pioneer products. This has absolutely nothing to do with how well the Pioneer DV-45A progressive DVD player performs.