Summary: Although this has a phenomenal price for running circles around other players regarding the types of formats it plays (SACD, DVD-Audio/Video, MP3, etc), unfortunately, as someone else pointed out, it gets hung up on DVD-R which it's supposed to play. Top quality DVD-R's get frozen, more so near the middle/end. This problem makes the player a waste of space if you're trying to watch recorded DVD's.
Summary: This little beauty will just play anything I stick into it (as long as it's on a CD or DVD!) From .jpg files to DivX, no problem. I use both analog and digital outputs, because the analog outputs feature a 'fake' surround option that is good for those DVDs without Dolby etc. It remembers where you were for the last 5 discs that you had in, and will resume there automatically. Audio quality is almost as good as my expensive standalone Sony ES series player.
Summary: Great player for the price, it does everything I wanted it for. I can play any DVD, MP3, CD format. I am able to easily control the menu options for my home theater system. I would say this is a great deal.
Summary: Excellent product. Hard to believe you can buy this advanced DVD player for $129. Playes everything I throw at it. I bought it especially for the DVD-Audio and SACD playing ability, which it does perfectly, but it also plays all DVD-r and MP3 and WMA plus DIVX.. Granted it does not have HDMI or 1080p, but when I do upgrade, it will be another Pioneer player.
Summary: I told someone I had purchased this player, and that it was a great deal for the price I paid--around $129. He kinda raised an eyebrow, because he thought I was going to say $50. When you can get a DVD player at Costco or WalMart for $30, then yes, this one's expensive. But, it's one of the few, if not the only, player at this price that can play DVD-Audio and SACD discs. In that respect, the DV-588A-S is a steal.
Summary: This player makes quite a loud running noise which makes listening to soft passages impossible without a constant buzzing. Also when compared by A/B testing with the older 563A model of the pioneer I found that the 588A gives less crisp and clear performance in both the high and low tones. This is due to the downconversion of DSD to PCM (which the 578 does as well).