I got a Pioneer CLD S104 player on eBay this past summer for a little over $30. It's perfect for me, considering I'm a beginner LD collector. And plus with the money situation, it was perfect! I have about 20 or 30 LD's so far with another one arriving soon (Rebel Without A Cause). I use my LD player on a 19" Element LCD HDTV and it looks pretty good. However I hooked it up one day to my old RCA 13" CRT and it looks crisp and clear compared to my HDTV. The colors looked plain and bland on my LCD but was very colorful on my CRT, which I'm sure thats the case on ALL current model HDTVs. The only reason why I have my LD player hooked up to my flat screen is mainly so that I can cut off the top and bottom portions of the picture (if the movie is in widescreen mode). I'm curious as to how the LD player will look on our old 40-42"(not sure on the size) Magnavox CRT Projection TV. That might be something I'll do this weekend!
It gets me how some magazines praise HDTV's like the VIZIO's as being so highly rated. While they will display a decent picture using HDMI, if you use the composite input for NTSC it is nothing great.