Hi, I'd appreciate any thoughts or advise on this issue. I just got the new Panasonic 720p Plasma 42 inch (TC p42x1). It's replacing an old RP Panny that finally bit the dust. I adjusted the settings to allow for the break in period. Is it me or does the TV seems to settle in, almost like a speaker would? The set looks and functions better after a few days than when I first set it up. I have an older Panasonic progressive DVD player that I am running to the TV via component cables. (audio via digital optical to my Yamaha amp). There is no HDMI output on this older unit. The TV's own scaler seems to be doing a very good job. The better I feed it , the better it looks. Nicely restored standard DVDs or newer ones have a very rich color palate, good black levels and a much improved level of sharpness and contrast over the old set. Here's my question. How will getting a new DVD player with upscaling improve my picture? Will merely connecting through an HDMI cable yield a marked improvement and if so can I just get a low line unit so I can play through HDMI. In essence letting the TV's scaler carry the heavy load? I am a little reticent to get a cheap one with poor mechanics... though maybe they are fine. Will getting a better model DVD upscaling player like the OPPO 980H give me picture quality that exceeds what the scaler on the TV can already accomplish on it's own? I'd rather not spend money needlessly but is it just having the HDMI connection that will account for the better quality or are there upscaling players that truly outperform the one that is in the TV. Clearly I am not up on the specs like you guys and I may be under the spell of how good plasma looks, but this new Panny seems to have a very good upscaler in there. I would really welcome your comments and recommendations. Thanks!