Hi, Not sure if this is the right section for this but: a friend of mine is considering this: Pioneer DV-578A Code Free DVD Player from here: http://www.zonefreedvd.com/codefreedvd/dv578a.html he asked my advice but I have not looked into region free since I got my Malata 3-4 years ago. I am happy with my 996 but I am sure Region free players have evolved since then. Sounds like a good buy to me as he is not a super freak like me who needs the best of the best and is just basiclly looking to get a decent region free player. I laughed when he told he thought it might be expensive. So that should tell you he is not the type to necessaraly go for a Denon 2910 (which happens to be what I am looking into ) so any thoughts? Or better put, should he be considering another player?