I own a Sony DVP 9000ES and have been more than pleased with its performance. Got it on right now playing some music and drinkin a beer. Life aint so bad.
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If you can find one,the EAD theatervisionP is the best I have seen. I have the Sony,Tosh,and EAD. The last time I saw a TVP it was right in your price range. The TVP also won the Golden ear award from TAS(if your into that kind of stuff).
Sony DVP9000ES $700 at tweeter
Toshiba SD9200 $477 DEMO at tweeter
EAD TVP $1750 closeout
I had a JVC XV-SA75GD DVD Audio/Video player. Let me say that the analog audio playback from this player was the worst I've ever owned. The highs were tilted up dramatically. I'm not sure if they meant to do that, if it could have been disabled, etc. Anyway, I took it back. The reason I had it to start with was because my JVC XV-D723GD DVD Audio/Video player was a lemon and could not be repaired. Needless to say, I'm not planning on purchasing any more JVC electronics in my lifetime.
Good choice on the Sony 9000ES. You are always going to have someone who tried "the next best thing" or some "esoteric" brand try to tell you otherwise, because they don't want to be alone in their decision. But the fact is, Sony spent a bunch of money designing the 9000ES. An amount that would bankrupt an esoteric company, and since they are SACD, it's R&D to them. So buy one, be prepared to upgrade to their next introduction, and be happy all the while. Tom