Poor playback on the PS2? I bought the component video cables and optical cable for my PS2 and I've been fairly impressed with the quality.
However, it still doesn't compare to a standalone Sony player. I have experience with most models except Panasonic, and I still find Sony to be the best overall. The smooth scanning both forward and back, great picture quality and easy-to-use remote make it my top choice. Some say the remote is bulky, but I find it much easier to use and control.
I also have an Apex DVD player for MP3 playback and multi-region support. Picture and scanning are not quite as impressive as the Sony, but it gets the job done and is darn good for the price.
The 5-disc Sony DVD changer can be had for as little as $220 at Best Buy. Check it out. And for those of you who have not yet entered the world of Component Video, you are missing out. To me the difference between S-Video and Component Video is like the difference between Dolby Pro-Logic and Dolby Digital. Seriously. You'll notice it even more on animated titles and games on the PS2. Playing SSX Tricky through S-Video is SO BLURRY compared to component video. Really a huge difference, especially if you've calibrated your TV correctly. (Highly recommended!)
BTW, the new season of DVD players will start arriving this June.
[ 04-01-2002: Message edited by: RosettaStoned ]</p>