Well, I received the 288 and VGA cable yesterday. The 288 was double boxed from Ecost, which I wasn't expecting. It arrived unharmed, although, unfortunately, it doesn't like to sit level on a level surface - the legs are uneven, requiring me to prop one up with something. That is not something I have experienced in a DVD player before. Regardless, I hooked it up and briefly watched it last night. I had to hook the S-video up to my TV to get the settings all right as just cycling through them (VGA/AV, P Scan, NTCS/PAL) wasn't working. Finally I got it thru the X1. Just a first impression here, but my initial reaction was that the picture was a good bit sharper than with my other DVD players thru component. I was very pleased with the image I had and I believe I got a fairly significant jump in PQ for under $80 - the 25' VGA cable was $20. I did a brief test of converting the signal to PAL, and that made the menu screen quite a bit sharper - the jury is still out on how it affects NTSC DVD's (I'll have to get some couch time in first). However, I could hear the color wheel on the X1 as it slowed from 7200rpm to 6000rpm for PAL. I'm a little worried that it may increase the RBE as I've effectively gone from a 2x color wheel to a 1.67x. We'll see. All in all, I think it was definitely worth what I paid and would still be a steal from Yamakawa Direct (as Ecost appears to be sold out). And now I can run the components to my DVD recorder thru the S-video adapter for improved PQ off TV.