I have an ANCHIENT Toshiba SD3006 first generation DVD player that I've had for about.. lets see... 5 years? Maybe more... this thing is OLD! It's held up damed good... and with the exception of a porn movie brought over to the house by some college buddies I have been able to play everything thrown at it (though, not without some hassles). I have noticed that the player is having a harder and harder time playing newer DVDs, so I think it's time to retire the Tosh to tbe bedroom and finally utilize my DTS capability of my Denon receiver!!! I don't know why, but I'm really attracted the the features/ abilities of the Malata player. I do own one Pal disc that I've never been able to play before, and copies of Pearl Harbor and Princess Mononoke my mom brought back for me from Japan. I don't BUY a lot of DVD's (my collection is around 40-50), so I'm not sure how much I'll use the Pal/Regeon free. Being the techno geek I am, the thoughs of a DVD player with all the beels and whistles of the Malata sure does sound appealing. I would jump o one in a heartbeat, but I'm worried about long term durability (man, nothing can beat my old TOshiba!), and customer support. It looks like some retailers have stopped supporting the product because of numerous problems. If I get one of the newest firmware players, will I have to worry about this thing blowing up or going on the fritz? At the price point, I was also looking at the Toshiba 375x. WOuld I be better served with a big-name player (Panasonic, Tosh, Etc?). Any input you guys could give me would be GREATLY appreciated.