Have a 57HX84 coming in on Saturday and I need a new DVD player. reading up on players I was interested in the Denon 2910 or the Panny DVD-S97. I am leaning towards the DVD-S97 due to price difference as I figure the quality reads as similar on paper at least. after reading up on the DVD-S97 at this and other forums it seems to be a very recommended player for fixed pixel displays and it's upscaling feature. to be honest I do not really need the upscaling. I can wait for the real thing another year or so. What I want is a kick ass player with great PQ. I will NOT be listening to DVD-A or SACD (as far as I know) so not an issue at all. the features from the DVD-S97 that attracted me are: variable zoom as I hope it means I can zoom out to compensate for overscan like I can on my Malata. Can anyone tell me if there is a buffer on the DVD-S97 to avoid that layer switch pause? Does it pillar box 4:3 material? I love that my current player adds black pillars to my 4:3 TV shows as I hate those grey bars but REFUSE to zoom or stretch. Will HDMI always upconvert or can I get 480i or 480p with pillar boxes (hopefully) through HDMI? should I decide to use the upscaling, will the benefits be lost on a CRT RPTV? meaning will the benefit be more for someone with a 720p unit?