Summary: I'm not sure where all the angst came from in the negative reviews here. I've had this long enough to know that we got a good unit. The main reason I'm posting a review is to make a couple of comments about the upscaling capability of this unit.
Summary: I bought this player in November 2004. I have read about tray lock problems ETC. Well I have played hundreds of discs through this player flawlessly. The PQ is fantastic on my 55" Sony WEGA HDTV and the sound is just as awesome. As for me I have no regrets.
Summary: This is a must buy or at least a must own of other branded equipment. Once you've gone out and spent money on an HDTV, you have to get an upscaling DVD player to match! Otherwise it is like putting bald tires on a new sports car!
Summary: I BOUGHT THIS PLAYER FOR 3 MONTHS AND I FOUND NO PROBLEM ON EVERY ASPECT. A VERY GREAT HD DISPLAY USING HDMI OUTPUT TO MY NEW SONY 50" HDTV.GREAT DETAILS ON 1080i OUTPUT,PEOPLE WHO GAVE NEGATIVE COMMENTS ON THS PLAYER MAY NEED TO READ THE INSTRUCTION BOOK CAREFULLY.
Summary: I got this player a week ago. The upscaling is very good even though you have to spend at least $100 for the HDMI cable. Beware that you cannot change screen size on Sony TV's when using the HDMI jack so your non-anamorphic dvd's will have to be watched thru the component outputs if you wish to...