My Panasonic S35 player's spindle motor has died, after just eight months of use. The warranty at this point covers parts only, so it'll cost me a minimum of $90 to repair it. Since I only paid $70 for it, I'm in the market for a new player. I have rather unique needs for a DVD player since my main display device is my Infocus X1 projector, which already includes outstanding Faroudja DCDi de-interlacing. Since I utilize my X1 exclusively as a 16:9 display device, the main feature that I need from my new DVD player is the ability to convert non-anamorphic LBX DVD transfers up to 16:9. The Panny had this feature (which it called "4:3 Shrink Function w/ Letterbox Zoom & Shift"). The Panny also had a two-step Black Level Control which I found useful. Can anybody recommend a player under $300.00 with similar features? Remember, I don't need a great progressive scan circuit due to my X1's DCDi.