I am getting ready to pull the trigger on one of these universal players, but I have not yet been able to see it in action, nor any of the other cheaper offerings from Pioneer or Apex. My hesitation stems from the fact that the Hi-Def thing is coming down the barrel and I would hate to blow a grand or more on a player and then get stuck missing features I would like for years. For example...I ran out and bought the first DVD player I could get my hands on (Sony DVP-S300) and have spent the last umpteen years without DTS decoding. But I can't and won't go out and spend more money just to have one feature. (OK...now there's no excuse not to get a Cyberhome for 40 bucks...but you know what I mean). My current thinking is to go with something inexpensive like the Apex universal player until the Hi-Def thing settles and Hi-Def universal players are on the shelf. If any of you are currently using the Apex player, would you recommend it as a stop-gap measure for a couple of years? How do you like the sound/video quality?