I really had no intention of buying a new DVD player... But I read so many glowing things about the Panasonic CP72 and the price was cheap enough so I thought what the hell. Well all I can say is WOW! My main DVD player at home was an old Sony 7000 that I’ve had since 1997. I have a couple “el-cheapo” players mainly for playing VCD, SVCD, and now DVD-R, but the picture quality on those could never come close to the Sony. I guess it’s finally time to retire the Sony. The picture on the Panasonic is beyond impressive. And it has played everything I’ve dropped into it... DVD-R, VCD, MP3, and as a pleasant surprise SVCD, which I read many times that it would not. Right now I have a 61” standard projection TV. I’m going to buy a widescreen set after the first of the year and I’m already chomping at the bit to see what the picture on that is going to look like. I paid $1100 for the Sony 7000 in 1997. For $225, the Panasonic is a STEAL! Can’t wait to get home and play with it some more... couldn’t be happier with my purchase.