Maybe you should get the 14-bit/216mhz video upgrade with DVI output that Esoteric just announced. It 'only' costs $500.00, and doesn't affect the audio section at all.
That way, you can use the programming menus of the unit in P.U.R.E. DIGITAL, HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO GLORY before you disconnect your TV for good !!!!!
- Just kidding -
I just ordered one of the last black DV-50's in the US, and WILL be getting the video upgrade in a few months because I have a combo HT/2-channel system and DO intend to use it for DVD videos as well as audio playback.
....This thing better be as good as everyone says it is....
BTW - There is a 'new' model that just went on sale in the States last week - the DV-50S, which is simply a DV-50 with a silver faceplate and the video upgrade included. It is the exact same price as the $5500 DV-50 WITH the $500 video upgrade - MSRP=$6000.00.