Well, I finally upgraded my DVD player from a Pioneer DV-525. The picture quality of the Tosh is amazing -- the image seems tighter and more film-like than on the DV-525. I know this isn't because of progressive scan as my TV isn't capable of it (it's the Sony WEGA KV-32FV27). From the DVDs I've played I have noticed considerable differences in black area detail. It even improves the quality of 1.33:1 made-for-TV material (such as the Buffy The Vampire Slayer season 2 box set, which was previously unwatchable in daylight conditions). From what I've seen so far, this seems to be a great quality player. I'll write a full review of it within the coming week.