I dont know what kind of programming you're going to watch (HD or SD). If its primarily SD, I'd check out the Toshiba HX series or some of the pioneers. Both display SD pretty good. Elites are good too obviously...
I do not know much about this particular brand, but I do know that if I owned it and experienced the kind of early life failures you are having, I would return this product for a refund in a heartbeat.
I currently own a Pioneer Elite 620HD (my 3rd Pioneer Elite) and I fit into the category of Pioneer owner known as a "Pro Elite Bigots". I have never had a significant problem with any Pioneer product and would recommend them without hesitation.
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