Summary: I recently moved up to an HDTV, and didn't want to commit to the high-def DVD war. I honestly don't see any picture difference with the up converting on. It looks exactly the same. Yes, I am using the HDMI output. There are two other problems that I have with the player. One of them is the flimsy DVD tray. This is not a serious problem, but it's such poor work that I worry that I'll break the tray by trying to center the DVD in it.