Video is still pretty new to me and I may be wrong about this but I know that in the world of audio just as much a factor as the quality of the individual componnets is how they match up with other commponents. I just bought a Toshiba 5970. It is hooked up via HDMI to a Tosh 34hf84 direct view HDCRT. It performs flawlessly! "1080" is indistinguishable from real 1080. Perhaps it plays well, for example, with crts and bad with plasma, just a thought, But there is this thread and plenty others about upconverting DVD players. I might pay particular attention to what pwoplw who had my type of TV had to say about their players. I don't know if I'm right. Just a thought/I would also pay attention to how they are hooked up, HDMI, DVI, HDMI to DVI, etc.