I can get both for the exact same price. The feature lists seem identical. The 444 has a very high rating for playing back DVDR/RW and VCD/SVCDs on vcdhelp.com while the RP56 is only "ok". Reviews of both players are good. Which has the better quality or are they equal? Which should I buy as I NEED to buy it now in order to get it for Christmas. If they are equal in quality I'll get the 444 as I like its playback features.