I really can't compare the PQ to other HD upscaling DVD players. The PQ difference between 480P and 1080i is subtle. I found that the 480P showed a little to much saturation compared to 1080i, but your milage may vary with different HD sets. I have a 3 year old Mitsu 55" set.
One nice thing is that on the setup page, there are brightness, contrast and saturation settings.
I really can't tell you what the 720P PQ is, since my Mitsu doesn't handle 720P.
The only comparision I can really give you is that before I bought the LVD-2001, I used a CrystalImage scaler to upconvert 480i output from my old Pioneer DV-333 to 1080i and the picture was way washed out. With the new player, PQ and color is crisp and natural.
Of course comparing PQ from any DVD player, either at 480P or upscaled to 1080i, to the PQ of native broadcast High Definition is not a fair comparison if the source was recorded digitally.
A couple of other things that I have found out since I gave the player a workout last night.
I tested both +R and -R media and they both played just fine.
I burned a CD with jpegs (5 mega pixel, 800x600 & 640x480), Divx video files (prepared in Dr. Divx), mp3 files and an mpeg 1 video. Each type file was in its own directory. When the CD fires up, the Liteon gives you a display with icons for video, divx, music and pictures.
I tried the Divx files and they played perfectly. The video was both a DVD clip and a ReplayTV downloaded clip, so the source was good.
When you choose the music icon, music starts playing immediately (the first file alpha/numeric) in the folder. A list of the mp3 files comes up on the screen. At this point I haven't figured out if there are play lists or not. There doesn't appear to be too much control here. You can stop the playing file and then arrow to the track you want to play.
Choosing the video icon, the mpeg 1 file played as it should.
When you choose the icon for pictures, you get a prompt telling you that there are music files on this disk and would you like to play music in the background. There is no apparent way to let you choose which music file to play. It just starts playing the first alpha/numeric file it finds. It was a little disturbing playing Jethro Tull Aqualung behind family Xmas pics.
Here are some of the quirks with jpeg display. First off, I had 3 directories with copies of the same file at 3 different resolutions. When you click the picture icon and the first picture (alpha/numeric) displays and you are presented a file list. The file list COMBINES all the jpeg files it finds in a SINGLE file list (alpha/numeric). The files were named the same with small and medium appended before the ".jpg" for the downsized photos. The list showed 3 versions of the same file one after another. This was good to compare the PQ of the 3 files, but bad since the directories were not honored. The PQ of all 3 were virtually the same. The big difference was in the load time for the pictures. I had the slide show set to the lowest setting (3 seconds) and when the 5 mp file loads, it took 13 seconds to display the file (3 second pause and 10 seconds to load). The medium sized pic took 4 seconds and the small pic took only 3 seconds.
So the biggest quirk to these features is that there appears to be no real file control with directory structures. Since I only burned only 1 directory of mp3 files and with my experience with multiple jpeg directories, I have to assume that multiple mp3 folders would also be combined alpha/numerically.
There may be more control, but I haven't figured that out yet. As with all Asian produced and distributed electronics, the manual sucks. None of these features are fleshed out. I had to figure out that to change video settings, you had to press the "P-scan" button on the remote multiple times to scroll through the resolutions possibilities.
That said, I REALLY like this player. I bought it at PC Club for $139 ($149 online). I immediately burned the latest firmware (available from the Liteon site in Nero image format). I also read online that they are about to release a new firmware soon where they hint at having some new features. Hopefully it will address some of the directory quirks.
-- Mike --