Elizabeth, you and I are talking about two entirely different things here. Your reference is your 42" tv with 720p. On your specific screen, the player may have little to do with clarity. My screen is more than 27 times larger than yours. The differences in picture quality become very apparent immediately with a screen that large if I don't use Blu Ray.
Before I bought the Marantz, I had a previous Blu Ray player. It had a nice picture, I bought the Marantz and the picture was mind-blowing. This is from personal experience with my screen. Your observations and what you see on your screen has no validity in rendering an opinion for a player for a screen my size. You are out of your element on this one.
Anyone out there with a projector have recommendations for a killer Blu Ray player? I think Oppo has a money back guarrantee...I may give them a try.