I don't own any movies so I can't comment on improvements to video performance, but the audio performance on my DVD player (not a Pioneer) was improved immensely by the following. Take off the lid and fasten industrial floor tile (80 cents each at Home Depot-the heavy stuff-not peel and stick) to as much of the lid and sides as you can without blocking ventilation holes or interfering with parts of the player. Instead of adhesive, I used heavy duty outdoor carpet tape (two sided-black and very tacky-3M) to attach the tile. It was quick and easy. Also, change your power cord. If you have that weird 2 pin connection on the player, Harmonic Technology is now selling a 2 pin to male iec adapter (available for around $45) to allow any aftermarket cord with a female iec end to be used with the player. I use this with an ultra cheap power cord you can put together for about $20-$25. Do an online search for Volex and buy a Volex 17604 cord for about $7-$10. Then buy a quality Hubbell male end (about $8-$10) and a quality IEC (about $5)and cut off the molded male plug and iec on the Volex and replace with the quality ends. You now have a $20 power cord that will not be shamed by cords costing up to $200 or $300 (I own a Cardas Golden and a Blue Circle BC62). These two tweaks will make a very big improvement to audio and the guy who recommended the HT adapter told me video performance was greatly improved as well.
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