Hi all. I purchased a Pioneer DV-444 DVD player at Ultimate Electronics on Friday for $249.99. I have a regular Sony KV-27S66 27" television and a Sony STR-DE1075 receiver. I hooked up the DVD player to the receiver with a S-Video connection, which is the best I can do right now. After using the player for a while, I noticed that the picture on the television was off. There were faint black lines laced through the image, which was only really noticeable when light tones (skin, off-white) were displayed on the screen. I tried connecting the S-Video directly to the TV and saw no difference. I also tried the same DVDs in the same setup on my PS2 and my roommates DVD player and did not see the distortion. I was very happy with the player otherwise. The poor progressive performance didn't matter to me, as I won't be in the market for an HDTV for a couple of years, and by that time a better DVD player will be out. The MP3 playback was very good, and any DVD I threw at it worked fine with the exception of the black lines. I decided to return it to Ultimate Electronics and get a different model unless anyone can think of something I haven't done to this player to get rid of this. I narrowed it down to the JVC XV-S70BK for $279.99, the Panasonic DVD-RP56 for $229.99, the Sony DVP-NS400D for $229.99 or the Sony DVP-NS500V for $299.99. Which one should I choose? Progressive doesn't matter to me, MP3 is nice, but not required. My main interest is the highest quality video and audio I can get in my current setup. Compatibility is the other main requirement, since I have 400+ DVDs. Ease of use is good too. If anyone has any other models in mind, for $300 or less sticker, that might help to, assuming they have it at Ultimate Electronics. Thanks all for reading this lenghty post and for any help you can give me.