I think that "Sdcampbell" is right when he comments about the Pioneer Elite DV-37. I had mines for three weeks and I couldn't be anymore pleased with it. I am still playing with the various settings right now in order to get the very best that this player has to offer. I don't know if the picture and the sound could get any better still or not, but I will say this, the picture quality that I am getting from my 27-Inch Panasonic CT-27SF37 couldn't be any better than what I was getting before. Could it get better still?? Possibly. But that's going to depend on the final settings that I will eventually reach when I am done setting up and calibrating the Pioneer Elite DV-37. The price I paid for mine was a little more than "SD" paid for his (he paid $625.00 vs. my $700.00). It's a great player, and just like "SD" has also said, it has received a 5-Star rating from "The Perfect Vision" (I have the worn issue to prove it), and if you shop around, you may get it for not that much more than your current budget. The only other alternative I can come up with is the aging Sony DVP-S7700. This was orignially an $1,100.00 player when it debuted in 1998. Believe it or not, you can now get one for around $500.00 from Crutchfield. You may even get one EVEN cheaper if you shop around on the "net".