After reading through some of this thread, I'm thoroughly confused. I realize that what kind of player I get greatly depends on what setup I have. But I still need some help. Here's my setup:
Toshiba 57" Rear projection HDTV (only runs at 480p or 1080i - I know, old, and needs to be upgraded, but can't afford it right now). Also, it has component, or DVI input, which one should I be using?
5.1 Surround sound speaker setup (am wired in my theater room for 7.1 eventually)
Yamaha RV663 Receiver
Xbox 360 (so don't need a player with Netflix)
I know someone is going to ask me if I want all the extras that these players can come with, such as netflix streaming, etc., and the short answer is that I doubt we would use it much currently, but I guess they would be nice to have for the future. But that isn't a make it or break it deal for us.
I'm looking for a basic player that is easy to use, has good picture quality, and will upgrade DVDs well, as we have a fair amount of DVDs as well.
For those suggesting a TV upgrade, yes, I'd love to, and will eventually, but it's not in the budget in the foreseable future. I want to make the jump to Blu-Ray so that we've got a player for when the TV is upgraded, and that way I'll already have movies in that format. We also rent a ton from Blockbuster, so it would be nice to get the BR titles. Will we see that much benefit with only 480p or 1080i? I've kind of heard both yes and no, so is it even worth it for us to upgrade at this point?
Also, if Amazon carries it, that's a huge plus, as we have about $75 in GC to spend there. I was looking at those Samsungs that they're having on sale, as well as the Panasonic BD60. Are there other players I should also be considering, and what are the general thoughts on those Samsungs vs the Panny? Thanks in advance!