Hello everyone, I am new to these forums and quite new to the technicalities od DVD hardware. Up until now, I have been watching discs on my Playstation 2 and suffering through the skips and jumps and have even had to neglect a handful of purchases to date as they will not even read on my PS2 however I have decided enough is enough. I am moving into a new apartment next month and when I do, I plan on purchasing a whole new set-up. Either a widescreen LCD or a Plasma monitor (that will be a new thread), speakers, subwoofers, the works... It's time to purchase a proper DVD player and considering the fact that I have many internationally-encoded DVD's from region 2, 4, etc... I have decided to go with a region-free player. My only conflict... I know nothing about them and would like sme insight into some of the better "top of the line" models. I came accross a similair thread months ago but given that technology advances every day, I figured I would start a new thread and I would very much appreciate any help that can be offered in regards to this. I have visited the following websites and come accross many variations of models which I would like some info on: * 220-electronics.com * codefree.com To begin, I would like to make very clear my intentions - QUALITY. I am looking to achieve the absolute best picture quality with my unit given what I am working with - a multi region code-free player. Now, the majority of discs I own are big budget studio releases however a very large percentage are animated features, short cartoon subjects, etc and I do own a couple of otherwise unavailable cartoon *cough* bootlegs *cough*. I plan on purchasing some concert and music releases in future however, authentic releases, not dubs or transfers. Now that you have a general concept of what I am working with, hopefully you can lend some advice... Of the following available brands and models, which would benefit me the best... MONEY IS NOT MY ISSUE. QUALITY IS THE ONLY FACTOR I AM WORKING WITH. QUALITY AND CONVENIENCE. Again, I am not up to par on the technicalities of any dvd hardware, I have read up a little however it just doesnt seem to be my strong-point, I absolutely ignorant when it comes to all this line interlacing schmasing stuff. I need soemthing I will be able to use or learn to use, however I want the absolute best product available and in the context of a single unit... I would really like to have a built-in converter or a chip which will allow me to play any and all regions on any system - NTSC / PAL... These are some players Ive come accross, feel free to post a name of one which you consider to meet my demands for quality or just post your own opinion of "the definitive player" which would meet my standards and why... JVC: XN40/XN44, XVS600/XVS602, XVN50/XVN55, XVFA900/XVFA902, S502SL, S602SL SONY: DVP-NS725 TOSHIBA: 2815 OR Va. DAEWOO, CONIA, MALATA & AKAI models... There are also some generic international code-free players being advertised on the 2 sites listed above such as the D8500, etc. I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE ANY REPLIES THAT YOU PEOPLE COULD GIVE, YOU SEEM TO BE THE EXPERTS IN THIS FIELD AND THAT'S WHY I'M COMING TO YOU FOR ADVICE... WHAT IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST MODEL OR PLAYER I CAN GET FOR MY MONEY. THE MOST ADVANCED, THE NEWEST TECHNOLOGY, BEST PICTURE, ETC. AGAIN, I'D REALLY LIKE TO WORK WITH AN ALL-CODES STRICTLY AS I CANT AFFORD 2 PLAYERS RIGHT NOW AND I HAVE ABOUT 5 OR 6 DVD'S FROM VARIOUS REGIONS 2 & 4, ETC. PLEASE HELP!!! THANKS SO MUCH, Marco Biscotti.