Have you ever seen MB? It's worth finding out if it really is that horrible (for yourself). Some people don't even see it on their displays; for others it's acceptable.
MB is problem with upscaling players using the Faroudja 23** chips. It is not a problem with the vast majority of DVDPs out there. If you're totally paranoid about MB, just don't get an upscaling player.
Sorry, but that's not much of good solution you are giving me and I really don't appreciate the "pissy" response.
Yes, obviously I have seen macroblocking and that is why I want to avoid it. In case you didn't know, some people do see it and find out other upscaling players avoid it on their particular display. The display is now actually the Sony KP-57WS520. If anyone has this display, please chine in.
If you're willing to go a few bucks more you can pick up a factory refurbished Denon 2900 for $550 at eCost when they have them. The Denon 2200 is also a good choice. If you don't mind buying used you can also find great deals on both players at Audiogon. Both use the Silicon Image Sil504 deinterlacer and do not have the macroblocking issues inherent in the newer Faroudja solutions.
Dave, I'm not sure why *you're* pissed (or for that matter took my response the wrong way), but you asked for "Which DVD players under $500 have no macroblocking issues?"
Any player under $500 that does not have the FLI 23** will not have MB. What part of your question did I not answer? In other words, it's a lot harder to get a DVDP WITH MB than WITHOUT. For instance, some POS $50 Walmart special would fill your criteria, but I bet that's not what you're looking for.
Now if you had asked "Which DVD upscaling players under $500 have no macroblocking issues?" things would be slightly different.