Afraid to "throw away money on crappy gear" I come to you folks. It looks like the early models of almost all brands are more reliable than recent models except for the expensive ones. I want to get a third player this Christmas (I can explain why three, but some other time), but It looks like spending a lot more gives you some reliability. I have a second generation Pioneer (DV-505) no component, no DTS, runnung like a tank, flawless all these 3 years (knocking wood) with heavy rental use. Paid full price then. Bought a Yamaha DVD-796 for DTS and Component and it has been just as good as the Pioneer for the year I've had it. Both have been glitch free and flawless performers. But I had to pay more than 500$ each. But it looks like all sub 500$ players have issues by reading your posts and threads. Once I fall in love with a new model, zap! it starts to show some problems that disapoints you and me. So, are there any exceptions out there? One in particular? I want to avoid multiple brand/model suggestions, just narrow it to a small group of models so I (and others) can choose. Thanks for any help.