Hello. I just bout that 65" Pioneer HDTV widescreen from costco at $2199 and now i don't want to get the wrong DVD/VCR combo just to save $30! I do, however, want to save $30 if i can. Right now I have a sony 500W reciever that's an ANCIENT 5 years old: model STR-DE625. I stripped out the matching old 5 disc changer, dual deck tape player, and rather old sony dvd player model DVP-NS400D which wasn't cheap; however, the dvd player freezes for about a half a second in the middle of some movies.. sometimes more than once. It really ruins the experience as i'm sure you HT people know. I think that i can replace all 3 of those old pieces (dvd, vcr, cd) with a combo dvd/mp3/vcr -- but it has to be good enough to match up with my new HDTV. i don't know what i need in it-- i figure progressive scan, and a lot of cool outputs, like 5.1 channel. Not sure what if anything it needs to decode; however, i don't plan on upgrading the reciever today. I want to, however, upgrade the reciever one day, and not be lacking with the combo unit. Ugg i'm so sorry that i'm long winded, and if my post is beligerant, i apologize yet again. I found this unit that seems to fit the token for a great price, at best buy: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....oryId=cat03013 my friend has a Samsung dvd player and it stinks, because it sometimes makes a high pitched "whine" when playing dvd's which totally ruins the experience for me. I don't think it's too much to ask for a smooth video playback and no whine; perhaps i'm turning into a nutso HT enthusiast, asking too much out of my equipment, huh!? I also don't like the servo mechanism in my friend's samsung; it feels cheap and clunky, and slow. ok so if not this samsung, then what? i guess it's not too good to start throwing out price ranges, because the more you pay, the better it is, naturally. I can't see myself paying $350, unless i can clearly see, and hear, the difference between it and a cheaper unit. Assume that i'm not a trained home theater junkie professoinal like you all! assume that i just want a clear picture, sound, and no breaks/whines/etc. Is this samsung missing any "functions" or "audio outputs" or video playback quality that i need? Again.. long winded. Man I can just keep going if i wanted. Please reply if you actually made it to the bottom of this post!