I wasn't quite ready to jump into Blu-Ray but wanted to get the most out of my DVD collection on my new 58 inch plasma tv. I thought this player would be a good way to see how well the upconvert players actually work without shelling out too much money (was $39 when I bought it.) At first I wasn't impressed, but then I finally went into the "settings" and got the right aspect ratio setting for the DVD (make sure you do this) and I was AMAZED. Even though I had watched this movie (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy) a dozen times, it was like I was watching a new version. The picture was sharp and clear and the colors popped right out of the screen. It was the same as I went thru my collection and watched other old favorites. To test if the player actually upconverted to full 1080P HD, when ABC broadcast "King Kong" I put in my disc and compared by switching back and forth (BTW, terrible movie, don't waste 3 hrs of your life). There was no difference between the HD broadcast picture and the DVD player except the picture on the player was slightly darker, but barely noticeable. One thing to keep in mind-ABC broadcasts in 720P HD, so whether this player actually upconverts to full 1080P is still an open question-but either way, the picture resolution is still terrific. A couple of minor complaints-3 years before I had bought a Magnavox DVD recorder, and this player uses the same remote frequency. I run my satellite thru the recorder so I keep it on all the time, and if I'm watching a movie on the player a couple of times I've accidentally recorded on the disc in the recorder. Sometimes I'll watch a movie on the player while I record, and I have to be carefull not to hit the pause or stop button. I know it's cheap, but Magnavox could have used another remote frequency. Occasionally the player will go unresponsive, and I have to unplug and plug back in to get it to work. This has happened a half-dozen times in a year-considering I use it 3-4 times a week it's not more than a minor annoyance (I have an RCA cd player that does the same thing a lot more often.) If you're on a budget and want a good player, or your not ready to jump to Blu-Ray yet but want HD quality for your discs, I highly recommend this product. I've been very happy with it.
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