I have looked at several lower priced models, even buying a Sharp DVp-740U which was a big mistake. It freezes all the time. Today I returned a Toshiba 5 disk tray model 3755. It was a nice enough player with lots of bells and whistles. Progressive Scan and Component outs. The shortcomings...failed to play some of my CD-R, skipped and stuttered on a few choice DVD's. Then failed to load some of my favorite CD-R's (Easy CD-Creators Stuff!). The last straw was a very slow loading/noisy tray. I am looking for a very good straight DVD player. A Plus would be with either SACD or DVD-A. I don't really want to pay over $500. I looked at several Sony's with SACD and progressive (the 650 for one) but they are getting a bad rep. Can anyone suggest a Samsung, Panasonic or JVC model? Should I go with a Pioneeer Elite 47, Denon 2802...? I a m feeling so confused by all of this.