My toshiba has begun to skip on discs. I read some reviews on the Sony DVP-NS50P and they were pretty good, much better than the Phillips DVP642/37 which apparently has a short lifespan. I ended up picking up the Sony at walmart tonight for $75 and get it unpacked and there's no optical out, WTF is this about. My 4 yr old Playstation 2 has optical out and this doesn't??? So I'm thinking of just getting the Phillips but I'm not really exited about it. Anyone know of a good under $100 player. All I need is progressive and optical out. HDMI and upconversion is a waste of my $$$ as my HDTV only goes to 480P if I remember correctly. I have a good audio system but don't have the $$$ for a super duper DVD player at the time. Besides I'd hope the new player would be at least as good as my 3 yr old Toshiba player.