For anyone interested..... here's a cut and paste to csun213 of my response:
Re: Which DVD?
I really like the Sony 700. I mainly bought the Pio 410 because I got it on Craigslist for I believe $35 which was a good price and many people like the Pioneers.
I'd say the picture quality is equal(or a nod to the Sony) and I really prefer the functions of the Sony, including the Sony remote. I don't care for the button layout buttons themselves on the Pio. Not that I'd say the Pio was poor, just different than the Sony which I'm very used to.
That said for region free PAL operation the Pio is what many people prefer although I've not used that function since it's been many years since I've had region free PAL material. The last time was when I had many PAL VHS tapes, so that should tell you how long ago it was
I really don't think you could go wrong with either but with Tiger Direct's price on the Sony(and also Amazon) I'd say that was a better value.
Oh the Pio does have many more buttons on the actual unit itself, if that matters to you. The Sony just has STOP, PLAY, POWER, SKIP and SEARCH. The Pio also has various menu buttons that I personally never use, I use the buttons on the remote.