I am searching for a new dvd player. I was just about to get a pioneer until I came across a website selling the Malata (interested in the pal to nstc conversion). I have a few questions. The downcoversion to a 4:3 tv. I have a toshiba that does terrible downconversion. The main reason I was going to get a pioneer was because it was so good at it. How does the Matala do? Sound How is the sound quakity? The pioneer has stong powerful bass. How well does it handle scratched discs? The website avdeals says it has a 1 year parts and labor warranty. Are they legit? Since I never heard of this brand so I was wondering if they had any authorised service centers in the US.