Can anyone please comment on the expected lifespan of a DVD player? I was told to "be lucky to live through the warranty period" on the cheap grocery-store variety of player, to get probably 18 months to 2 years on the $150 class of machine, and probably 5 years on the $800-$1000 units. My current (and dead!) player is a GE thing from WalMart 2 Christmases ago. So I'm on the hunt for a new one. I like the looks of the deal at ecost on the Kenwood 5700, but I'm having trouble selling it to my wife. Her question is, is there a machine that will last 10-15 years, or should we expect to spend $200 ever 2 years, or $800 every 5 years? Or $60 every year (I don't think so). Our current setup is just a DVD player & a VCR hooked to a 27" tv in the living room. But there's a nice virgin 20x11x8 room in the basement just screaming out to me. And I've already got the WAF for a PJ, speakers, and a receiver. So I do want to future-proof myself a little, but at the same time, if a machine's not even going to last until the basement is done, then why put out the big bucks now anyway?!? Sorry for the rambling. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!