This question has been bugging me for a long time, so guess there's no time like the present to finally ask. I'm under the assumption (that word has gotten me in a lot of trouble over the ages!!) that made in Japan receivers, amps, etc., are better than componenents made in China, Malaysia (see lots of receivers made there now). Am I assuming correctly, or doesn't it matter? I purchased my Panasonic DVD player (DVD RV-65) last year simply because it was made in Japan (plus, I've had good luck with Panasonic stuff). Seems like a lot of the other DVD players were either made in China or Malaysia. I obviously don't know a whole lot about audio stuff, but always thought it was better to stick with electronic equipment made in Japan vs. most other countries. And one more question I hope somebody can answer: What is my RV-65 lacking that the new DVD players have now? I stick a disc in it, it runs to my cheapo Technics SA-DX950 receiver, and sound comes out of all the speakers. What is this player missing that the new ones have? MP3, etc., I don't know what all the termonolgy means. Thanks a lot. Steve A proud owner of a Yamaha M-80 amp, C-80 preamp, GE-60 equalizer, Nak RX-505, T-85 Tuner.....but deep down, realizes he isn't worthy to own any of it!!